Camping near Abingdon Virginia

Mile 493 on the Appalachian Trail in VAThe region around Abingdon is an outdoor lover’s dream come true, and camping near Abingdon, VA offers the best of both worlds: access to the unique shops, restaurants and attractions in Abingdon, just minutes from outdoor recreation.

The editors of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine chose the Virginia Creeper Trail as the best rail trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s 34 miles of scenic fun for the whole family.

Wild ponies grazing in Grayson Highlands State Park, near Abingdon, VALakes, rivers and some secluded streams offer great fishing and paddling. Local sporting goods shops and outfitters can assist with fishing licenses, gear and maybe even directions to a secret fishing spot.

Just one of many camping opportunities, Grayson Highlands State Park offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. Facilities include a visitor center, campgrounds, and hiking trails leading to waterfalls and overlooks. The famous Appalachian Trail winds through the region, where hikers can encounter wild ponies grazing in the endless meadows.

 

  • Backbone Rock Recreation Area

    Watauga Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest

    p: 423-735-0367
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    One of the world's most interesting rock formations. Camping on-site.

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    Backbone Rock Recreation Area is located along Beaverdam Creek in northern Johnson County. Backbone Rock gets its name from a spur ridge on Holston Mountain that abrubtly ends at a bend in Beaverdam Creek.

    A tunnel was drilled through the rock in 1901 to allow railroad access between Shady Valley and Damascus, VA. Motorists pass through what is known as "The Shortest Tunnel in the World" as they travel along TN 133. In the 1930s The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed the recreation area for day use, constructing two picnic shelters and hiking trails that incorporated native stonework. The campground was added in the 1960s and rehabilitated in the mid 1990s.

  • Callebs Cove Campground

    25136 Whitaker Hollow Road

    p: 276-475-5222
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    Callebs Cove Campground invites you to enjoy the great outdoors in one of Southwest Virginia's most attractive settings.

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  • Creek Side RV Park

    100 Railroad Ave, Damascus VA

    p: 276-475-5276
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    Located in the middle of the town of Damascus. Across from the Bike Station. Full Facilities.

  • Creeper Trail Campground

    Whitetop, VA

    2248 Whitetop Gap Rd

    p: 276-388-3426
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    Come ride the Creeper Trail and stay with us!

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    Creeper Trail Campground is conveniently located at the head of one of Virginia's most scenic hike and bike trails, the Virginia Creeper Trail. The Virginia Creeper Trail is an old railroad grade that was converted to a trail. It winds along the Whitetop Laurel Creek with beautiful wooded and farmland scenery. There are lots of great swimming holes along the way.

  • Fox Creek Horse Camp

    Troutdale, VA

    3078 Fairwood Road

    p: 276-783-5196
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    Provides easy access to the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.

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     What this horse camp lacks in amenities, it makes up for in unparalleled access to the most scenic trail riding in our region. Ride from your campsite and be within the Mount Rogers High Country for a spectacle day of riding that is arguably the best in the eastern U.S. Showers, water, and septic dump station are available at nearby Grindstone Campground for an additional fee. It has camping units and portable toilets. No potable water. Open field for camping. Hitching posts.

  • Grayson Highlands State Park

    Mouth of Wilson, VA

    829 Grayson Highlands Lane

    p: 276-579-7092, 1-800-933-PARK
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    "You'll feel like you are on top of the world here"

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    This mountain park is next to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest. Grayson Highlands State Park was originally named Mount Rogers State Park and was established in 1965. Pets are allowed in the park but not allowed inside public facilities including the bathhouses, visitor center and office.

  • Grindstone Campground

    Troutdale, VA 24378

    1946 Laurel Valley Road

    p: 276-388-3983
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    "High-Elevation Campground providing cool, shaded summer camping."

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    Located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Grindstone is in Fairwood Valley, with pastures and wooded hillsides. The valley is known for outstanding trout fishing in Fox Creek. Facilities provided include restrooms, picnic tables and two impact areas. Popular activities include fishing, hiking the nature trails, horseback riding and interpretive programs. Firewood is sold at the campground. There is a local store within 5 miles of the site. Water play area and playground equipment available.

  • Hurricane Campground

    Mount Rodgers Recreation Area

    2021 Hurricane Campground Road, Sugar Grove, VA

    p: 800-628-7202
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    Hurricane Campground provides an excellent base camp from which to explore the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area by foot, horse, or mountain bike.

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    Hurricane has 30 camping units with parking spurs, picnic tables and fireplaces. Hurrican Knob Trail is a 1.5 mile trail in the campground and access to the Appalachian Trail is within a half mile.

  • Iron Horse Campground

    Damascus, VA

    30460 Blossom Road

    p: 276-475-6008

    Campground, Bike and Rental Shuttle, Restaurant and Dance Hall

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    Ironhorse Campground is a family owned full service campground, including cabins on the river. Its restaurant has a menu that includes everything from pizza to steak dinners. They have a large dance hall, with a variety of music and artists every Friday and Saturday nights. Bike Rental and Shuttle Service.

  • Lakeshore Campground

    19417 County Park Rd, Abingdon, VA 24211

    p: 540-628-5394
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    Located on beautiful South Holston Lake, where the fishing is good all year round.

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    Located on South Holston Lake 200 camp sites, sanitation facilities,swimming, boat ramp, boat storage, game room, fishing and telephones. Open April-November

  • Laurel Creek RV Park

    812 Orchard Hill Rd. Damascus,VA 24236

    p: (423) 440-3042 or (276) 492-1040
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    The Laurel Creek RV Park is a full-service, RV-based campground.

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    The 16-site RV park, located along the scenic Laurel Creek in Damascus Virginia is open year-round. The RV park provides a great spot from which to enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and the many attractions of Damascus which is also the gateway to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and is a destination for families wanting to experience the out-of-doors in a relaxing setting. In addition, many campers enjoy the convenience of Laurel Creek RV Park as a base of operations in order to take time out and explore this amazing tri-state area!

  • Mahoney's Outfitters

    825 Cummings Street

    p: 276-628-6249
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    hours: M - W 9am - 6pm Thurs - Fri 9am - 9pm Sat 9am - 6pm

    Everything you may need for your Outdoor Recreation Experience

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    Retailer of the finest outdoor adventure equipment available. Including: Hunting, Camping, Hiking, Climbing, Fly Fishing, Running, Casual, Kayaking, Work, Guns, & Knives

  • Riverside Campground

    18496 N. Fork River Rd., Abingdon, VA 24210

    p: 276-623-0340
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    Riverside Campground is nestled over 15 beautiful acres with 2000 feet of scenic river frontage on the North Fork Holston River.

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    They have 94 hook up sites with 30 amp access, overnights, monthly, and permanent. (Pull through sites available) Also, have 38 sites with 20 amp electric and water for tents and pop-ups. Most are located right on the river. Riverside offers new updated bath house facilities, an in ground pool, basketball court, volleyball court, horse shoes, arcade, on site laundry, full service store, propane fill station, and some of the best fishing in Virginia.

  • Washington County Park

    19482 County Park Rd

    p: 276-628-9677
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    Located on the scenic South Holston Lake

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    140 camp sites with electric , water, and sanitation facilities. 10 tent sites, playground, picnic shelters, fishing, boat ramp with courtesy dock, and telephone access. Open April- September.

  • Wolf Lair Campground

    19091 County Park Rd

    p: 276-492-8024 or 276-492-4645
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    "South Holston Lakes Friendliest Campground"

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    Located .5 mile from South Holston Lake with gorgeous lake views. 44 full hook-up sites, numerous tent sites. Full hook-ups have sewer, electric and water. Sanitation Facilities, public boat launch, bathhouse, pool. Laundromat, video arcade, ice cream shop, market with deli& camping supplies, and a 9 hole miniature golf course. Open year-round.