Today we’re going to be looking at the
Blue Ridge Parkway which is basically like the the back road drive to the
Appalachian Mountains. How’s it going? I’m Jared Gillis welcome
to the Campendium YouTube channel where it’s our hope and our goal to provide
you with the resources and the information to get out there and camp.
So many of the drives and places in this country are just very iconic like
Highway 1 going through Big Sur, or the Iron Mountain Road going through the
Black Hills in South Dakota. Well today we’re gonna be covering the Blue Ridge
Parkway that connects basically two different national parks. Like I
said it’s the the back road to the Appalachian Mountains.
It’s a winding two-lane road that hugs the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Connecting the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains. I do have
to warn you if you’re gonna try and traverse the entire Parkway to find
these beautiful views, it does have its share of hairpin corners and the pull
outs aren’t always accommodating to larger rigs so, you want to do your
research and check these things out before you just dive into the whole drive.
So we’re gonna start our list off at the Shenandoah National Park and work our
way down. So the first one that we have is the Lynchburg Blue Ridge Parkway
KOA, where The Real Deal says what an awesome place to stay. The road up to
the campground was a two-way highway. Lynchburg is a nice 30 minute drive
with history, colonial architecture and lots of biking. The Riverwalk trail is
perfect for those looking for exercise and the great outdoors. If that doesn’t work for you could look at Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area where one review says “The campground itself exceeded our expectations. The site was
clean and well-kept, nestled along a bubbling creek that feeds into the
mountain lake. If our paths ever leads back to this area, we will certainly camp
here again.” Moving down the parkway, we find Peaks of Otter Campground where
Todd said “It’s a really nice spot that has tons of shade. There’s tons of hiking
to be done, a lodge with a restaurant that is within walking distance of the
campground. Plan on disconnecting from the world when you are here which is
what you should do every once in awhile.” Moving down the Blue Ridge
Mountains, we come to Chantilly Farm Campground, where one review says
“Absolutely beautiful. In the Blue Ridge Mountains close to the little, very
little town of Floyd, peaceful fun hills to bike on, amazing sunrises and sunsets
over the mountains. Great local restaurants and the view. Long and
winding roads to get there. Add extra time.” Now as we continue the road down to
North Carolina, we come to Stone Mountain State Park, where one review says “Large
spaces, lots of great hiking. We loved our stay here. Very friendly vibe on the
campground, very pet friendly. Have the kiddos bring their bikes. Tons of great
hiking in the park. Do check maps for the best roads into the area, those
switchbacks are no joke.” Next on our list is Julianne Price Campground where Beebe Van Life says “Great campground along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can’t beat the
location of this campground. Located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great
hiking trails, recommend the Boone Fork trail but be prepared for many stream
crossings.” As we continue our trek down the road we come to Crabtree Falls
Campground which is labeled “a nice little campground that is not very busy.”
Most people come to see the main attraction which is a hike to Crabtree
Falls. Last on our list is Wilson’s riverfront RV park. And we have a review
from Liz and Jake. Liz is on the Campendium team. She’s basically the admin hero.
Her review says “What makes this park for us is the trail running right
through the park and then up along the river for several miles all the way to
New Belgium Brewery about two and a half miles, if you wish to go that far. We also
have walked a few miles into Asheville proper. There is an area to launch a
kayak or canoe down a bit in the nearby park, or you could probably plop it in
via the riverbank in the RV park. So as usual, I hope that this whet your
appetite to see what is available along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It really is
stunning and beautiful. If you want to read the whole
article and see so many more places to camp, there will be a link down in description.
If you want more details about any of the places or the locations that we
talked about camping at in this video, you’ll find those in the links down in
description it’ll take you to Campendium to get all of the details. So hope
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We’ll see you on the next one.