▶ OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
in the High Country
Envious summer weather and majestic scenery makes the High Country a perfect place to camp for a night, weekend or longer. Whether you prefer primitive camping in the rough-and-tumble backcountry or spending time in more of an RV-style setting with all of the amenities, the Boone area has various campsites and campgrounds for a memorable camping experience. Check out your options below.
at Local State Parks
Elk Knob State Park
Elk Knob State Park has recently opened backcountry campsites, which are accessed by an enjoyable hike into a cove forest with beautiful streams. Three individual sites accommodate no more than six people and two tents each. Two group sites for organized groups can accommodate up to 25 people, and a zone camping area can accommodate three sites of no more than six people and two tents each. These are primitive sites with no facilities except one pit toilet to be shared by the two group sites. The closest site is approximately a one-mile hike and the farthest one is approximately a 2-mile hike.
All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least five minutes. Campfires are not allowed. Cooking by camp stove is permitted. Reservations are required for the group sites while the other sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Unimproved campsites without pit privies cost $10 per night, while unimproved campsites with pit privy for group camping costs $13 per night for the first five people and then $2 per each additional person.
Grandfather Mountain State Park
Camping is allowed with a permit at 13 backpack camping sites along the trail system including the Hi-Balsam Shelter. At this time, there is no fee for camping or hiking; however, camping permits are required. Campers must self-register at the trailheads. Permits can be obtained from the Profile Trailhead parking area located off of Hwy 105 and along the Tanawha Trail before accessing the Nuwati and Daniel Boone Scout Trails located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
In addition to completing a permit, campers are asked to mark on the “Campsites in Use” form (located on clipboard at registration area) which site they will be camping at and the date(s) the site will be occupied.
Campers must leave vehicles at either the Profile Trail or Blue Ridge Parkway trailheads; no vehicles can be left overnight in the Grandfather Mountain attraction. Camping is permitted in designated areas only - identified by nearby signs and a camping icon on the trail map.
Fires are permitted at most lower elevation campsites, but not on Grandfather Trail or at the Hi-Balsam Shelter. Fire rings are provided but must be left in place. Use only firewood that's on the ground. For cooking, a gas-powered backpacking stove is recommended. Campfires may be banned during dry periods. Water is available only from intermittent streams.
All untreated water should be purified by boiling for 10 minutes or by using purification chemicals, or through use of a filtering device. Please do not disturb nearby campers, take care to protect the terrain and plant life and carry all trash from the site upon leaving.
New River State Park
New River State Park offers three access areas that total more than 750 acres. Each area provides a canoe-in primitive campground with tables and grills.
Wagoner Road Access Area offers 10 primitive campsites and bathroom facilities with hot-water showers. At Wagoner Access, campers may park and carry their supplies 250 yards to the campsite, or campers may canoe downstream to a take-out ramp at the campground. A group campsite is also available that can accommodate up to 40 campers.
Two camping areas are available at the US 221 Access. Campers must park and walk, or canoe to the 15 primitive campsites. Bathroom facilities with hot-water showers are nearby.
US 221 Access also has a 20 site drive-in campground with a dump station, bathroom facilities and hot-water showers. It can accommodate campers and tents. All 20 sites have electricity and 10 offer full-hookups. Two sites are handicapped accessible.
Alleghany County Access, which has eight canoe campsites, is accessible only by canoe and has pit toilets and a pump for drinking water. Check out camping sites and fees here.
Camping on the
Blue Ridge Parkway
Doughton Park Campground
There are 110 tent and 25 RV sites, restrooms and a campfire circle at this campground (Parkway’s east).
To the west, you will find the Bluffs Coffee Shop (closed for the 2012 season), service station, and information center and to the east, the 24-room Bluffs Lodge (closed for the 2012 season) and a picnic area, for information call 336-372-8568.
Also to the east is Wildcat Rocks Overlook. It, like the lodge, is on the left fork of the road. A short trail leads up to the overlook where a sign describes the homestead of Martin Caudill, which can be seen in the valley below the overlook.
Area hikes include: Bluff Mountain, and Fodder Stack Trails.
Area historic buildings include: Brinegar and Caudill Cabins.
• Nearby trails
• Concession area
• Bluffs Lodge (241.1)
• Wildcat Rocks Overlook
Julian Price Campground
This campground has 129 tent and 68 RV sites and those on Loop "A" are located near Price Lake.
One back-country campsite requiring a hike is available, and a permit must be obtained from the campground during season.
For more information, call 828-963-5911 or 828-295-7591. During the summer, rangers present programs on various topics at the amphitheater located in the campground.
Area hikes include: Green Knob, Boone Fork, Price Lake, Gwyn Memorial and Tanawha Trails.
• Nearby trails
• Moses Cone Estate
• Cone Manor House Craft Center (MP 294)
• Price Lake (MP 296.7)
Linville Falls Campground
This campground has 50 tent and 20 RV sites which sit on the banks of the Linville River. It is the Parkway’s smallest, most popular campground and the only developed site on the Parkway that allows group camping. For more information, call (828) 765-6082.
Linville Falls Visitor Center (MP 317.8) hosts 350,000 visitors annually. Linville Falls is probably the most famous waterfall in the Blue Ridge.
Area hikes include: Flat Rock, Camp Creek, River Bend, Duggers Creek, and Linville River Bridge Trails
• Nearby trails
• Visitor Center (MP 317.8)
• Linville Falls Spur Road
• Picnic area
Private CampgroundsBlue Bear Mountain Campground
Blue Bear Mountain offers private, remote, rustic, leave-no-trace tent camping on 150 acres of pristine, natural land. RV camping, while not remote, still offers the beauty of a natural setting. The number of campsites is limited to protect the land, so you can have plenty of room to play and to enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Come get away from it all at Blue Bear Mountain. Luxury teepees are in the works, too.
Ways to Stay: Tent camping prices for one tent, two people run from $25 to $40 per night and 150 to 240 per night with each additional camper costing $8 more per night or $48 more per week. See rate sheet here. RV camping prices run from $35 to $40 per night; $200 to $210 per week; and $600 to $650 per month depending on electricity usage. RV camping without power runs $25 per day. See rate sheet here.
Boone KOA Campground
For a real high, camp overnight at the Boone KOA, the highest KOA east of the Mississippi at an altitude of nearly 4,000 feet. Nature and comfort meet here. Sit below a shady tree and check out the farm animals or swim in the pool or play mini golf and arcade games near the onsite provisions market. A playground exists as well and live music occurs each week during the summer months. The KOA is open May 1 to October 31.
Off of NC 194 in between Todd and Boone.
Ways to Stay
• Tent sites with water/electric run $27 per day.
• Rental unit with bathroom runs $70 per day.
• One room camping cabin without bathroom runs $52 per day
• Two room camping cabin without bathroom runs $62 per day
• RV camping prices vary depending on factors.
A rushing stream runs right through Flintlock Campground, which is roughly the epicenter of the High Country and within a short drive from Boone, Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain and Banner Elk. Flintlock Campground welcomes you with all the camping amenities, including camping cabins, tent sites and full hookups. Flintlock is open from April to November.
Off of NC 105 in between Boone and Foscoe.
Ways to Stay
• For tents and vans with water and electricity run $27 per day; $162 per week and $480 per month.
• Full hook-ups cost $33 per day; $162 per week; and $480 per month.
• Cabins cost $51 per day.
*Note that tent and hook-up rates are based on single or double occupancy and additional occupants cost $4 per night, and children eight years of age or younger stay at no charge. See rate sheet here.
Phone: 828-355-4535 or 1-800-788-2582
Address: 125 Profile View Rd
Pisgah National Forest, Banner Elk, NC
Grandfather Mountain Campground features breathtaking and majestic views and has more than 100 idle acres, ideal for light to moderate hiking. Grandfather Campground features a trading post, barbecue grills, laundromat, playground, picnic tables, cabin rentals, RV camping, deluxe bathhouses and more.
Located near Foscoe off of NC 105, Grandfather Campground is also convenient to all of the wonderful attractions of the High Country like Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, Linville Falls, gem mining and more.
Ways to Stay: Sites rates for two adults – from rustic tent to RV with cable – run from $16 to $33 per day; $96 to $198 per week; and $320 to $500 per month. Additional adults cost $5 per night; children from 6 to 16 years of age cost $3 per night; and children 5 and under are free. Depending on cabin size and occupants, cabin rates vary from $49.95 to $119.95 per day; $299 to $719 per week; and $595 to 1,395 per month. For more details on rates, click here.
Vanderpool Campground near Boone offers year-round excitement for RV camping, tent camping and more. This is a very family-orientated campground that features Wi-Fi, camp store, a picnic pavilion and outdoor games such as horseshoes, beanbag toss and volleyball.
Vanderpool Campground is located in Vilas. It features 37 full-hookup sites with 20, 30 and 50-amp service, water, sewer and cable.
Ways to Stay
• Rates - $32.00 - 1 Night (2 people)
• Weekly - $180.00 - 1 Week (2 people)
• Monthly - $385.00 plus electric - 1 Month (2 people)
*Each additional person costs extra. Those in ages 6 to 16 cost an additional $3.00 per night and those over 16 years of age cost an additional $5 per night.
Honey Bear Campground
Honey Bear Campground is a 26-acre campground that while secluded in a beautiful area off of NC 105 is just a short drive from nearby attractions and shopping and just three miles from Boone. Honey Bear Campground has all of the amenities one would need for both a primitive and convenient camping experience: laundry facilities, hot showers, camp store, ice and firewood, cable TV, fishing pond, hiking trails, shaded private sites and much more.
Honey Bear Campground is located on Honey Bear Campground Road. Heading from Boone on NC 105, take a left at the Tomato Shack and follow Poplar Grove Road South for about one mile until you come to Honey Bear Campground Road.
Ways to Stay: Camping costs vary from $25 to $85 depending on whether you are primitive camping or staying a four-bedroom cabin.