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Old 10-19-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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Where to camp on the Parkways?

My husband and I are considering two trips - one down the Natchez Trace, the other down the Blue Ridge Parkway. We want to take our time, read every sign, take every walkway.

Are there certain campgrounds that cater to the travelers of these parkways? Or, do you just guestimate where you will be on any given day and search for campgrounds within a reasonable distance? I think there may be a WBCCI caravan that does the Blue Ridge - perhaps if someone has taken that trip you could share which CGs you used?

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Old 10-21-2016, 04:18 PM   #2
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is gorgeous. I did 3 trips there this summer, in fact just returned from there this week (leaves were gorgeous). The Parkway goes right through Shenandoah National Park. About midway through you'll encounter Big Meadows. They have a full campstore, gas/diesel, and a Visitors Center. The campground there is nicely setup. There is pretty good separation between spaces and you can reserve your spot online. I think 6 months out. There are NO hookups, but there is a convenient dump station about 1/4 mile from your campsite. Arrive with a full water tank, or schlep it from the many water spigots throughout the park. Sites are $20 a night. Generator hours are 8-10 am and 4-7pm in the summer. Evening hours are later after 15 October. There is a lot to see in the park....many wonderful hikes and just awesome scenery. You can do all the booking, etc. online.

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Old 10-22-2016, 09:12 PM   #3
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Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park, an Airstream only campground, is located only 8 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Bent Mountain, approximately milepost 136. The campground is open May 1 through October 15. It has full hookups (30 amp electric) and free wi fi. The views from the camping area are spectacular, the stockholder owners are friendly, and there are many activities in the surrounding region.

Highland a Haven is located just off US 221 between Roanoke and Floyd, Virginia. Many Airstreamers traveling the Parkway, or I-81, use Highland Haven as a place to overnight or spend a few days. Most of the National Park Service campgrounds along the Parkway do not have hookups.

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Old 10-22-2016, 09:30 PM   #4
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Natchez Trace is one of America's nicest drives, through beautiful country, and ends in the historic and wonderful little city of Natchez. We loved it. I think 45 mph speed limit and no commercial traffic, no city traffic.

We stayed at two of the parks, I think one had hookups and the other didn't as I recall. Maybe one National Park and two State Parks. Google it for photos and info, very nice places to camp.
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Old 10-23-2016, 07:09 AM   #5
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The Natchez Trace goes right past Florence, AL. If it fits your schedule to stop there overnight McFarland Park is a city owned park with hookups right on the bank of the Tennessee river. Lots of great restaurants in the awesome downtown area just 5 min away from the campground.
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Old 10-23-2016, 12:08 PM   #6
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Get the Blue Ridge Travel Planner app or go online. Cell service can be spotty. Have fun! We can't wait to go back.
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Old 10-23-2016, 12:14 PM   #7
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Like @joshjack says, stop off in Florence Ala at McFarland Park. We camped there last weekend and the bluffs on the river were beautiful. Click image for larger version

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all about the Trace

Go to this website for the Natchez Trace Pkw…has all the info you want on camping, things to see and do and a map…same with the Blue Ridge…
we did both this summer…fantastic trips…
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Are there any vehicle / trailer SIZE limitations on the Blue Ridge Parkway? TIA!
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Old 10-23-2016, 02:30 PM   #10
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The Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds close 10/31/16.
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Old 10-23-2016, 05:23 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Latal View Post
The Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds close 10/31/16.

Yeah, lots of the campgrounds in the smokies start closing in October.
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:36 PM   #12
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Don't miss a night at the Meriwether Lewis site along the Natchez Trace. Soak in the history of arguably the greatest explorer of all time. Was he murdered or suicide?? There are no hookups but there's a water fill available and there are full hookups less than 15 miles away on hwy 412, if I remember correctly.
Have spent many enjoyable overnights there when we lived in TN and it's one of my best memories of life back east.
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Old 10-24-2016, 06:41 AM   #13
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The Natchez Trace speed limit is 50 mph.
There are free campgrounds along the way with no services like Jeff Busby in central Mississippi.
There are plenty of spacious turnouts where it is OK to spend the night.
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We enjoy the Trace, slowing down and rolling thru the countryside. One item of note, during the spring and fall snowbird migration, the free campgrounds typically fill up. There is a two week max stay and its common for folks to stay to the limit and move out as a friend shows up for their spot, leap frogging down south.

In North MS, there are a few non-Trace campgrounds very close by.

Don't try and overnight at the visitor centers, the Rangers will scoot you along.

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