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Bedford, Virginia

Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground)

Bedford, Virginia


Mile Post 86 Blue Ridge Parkway
Bedford, Virginia 24523
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Sites: 144
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.443521963298
Longitude: -79.60510969162

Elevation: 2604' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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16 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We have camped at several other National Park Service campgrounds and decided to try Peaks of Otter. Our experience was less than stellar. The sites are all on hills meaning our tent pad had a slope and trying to enjoy the fire was limited by trying to keep a balance in the chair so we didn't fall over. The fact that the entire park is on the side of a mountain means there was a lot of constant wind (wind, not breeze) the entire time we were camping. That made it annoying trying to start a fire, but because the wind direction was consistent it did make it easy to avoid the smoke once starred. Being on the side of a mountain means most sites had stairs you had to use to get from your vehicle to your site. Some just a few stairs, some many. Being on the side of a mountain meant the site perimeters were very unkept because you can't really mow or maintain the area around the sites. Many of the sites are right next to each other. As we started to go to sleep a family came in and starred setting up camp about 35-feet from us. We spent the next hour listening to what sounded like a construction site and the following two hours after that hearing every word they said - every little foul vulgar word - because the sites are so close to each other. Up until about 2 am we heard constant vehicles driving around, car doors closing, and car alarm sounds throughout the entire campsite. There are bathrooms, but no showers. There is water available to fill jugs/bottles, but only next to the bathrooms. On a positive note, the park was clean and at least the group next to us seemed to be enjoying themselves. The National Park Service runs many campgrounds in Central Virginia and this one is definitely not one of their better ones. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Small mountain campground. It would be hard to navigate with a 30' or more camper. Very peaceful and clean. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
rv section
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

On the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

While this is a beautiful campground with nice trails, a pretty lake, and plenty to do exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is an older campground that is not ideal for modern-sized RVs. Many of the sites are so unlevel that they exceed the jacks' leveling range, even with wood blocks. We were able to fit our RV in one site and paid for a second site for our tow vehicle. Although the rangers and park hosts are especially nice, helpful, and flexible, many of the descriptions provided on the reserve system website give inaccurate descriptions about the reality of the actual sites. If your rig is less than 20', you might be okay. Anything over 24' will be a big risk with only a few sites that will actually work. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
t37
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

The Peaks of Otter Lodge is great and the trail to the farm is beautiful.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground should just be closed. Words can not explain how unexceptionable it is. We didn't even stay here and forwent our prepaid 2 night reserved payment, as a donation to the park. I understand this is an older smaller campground similar to others along the parkway. That's fine and not the problem; this particular campground is not actually being maintained. For comparison, we traveled the parkway and stayed at a similar campground that was very clean and well maintained; they seem to do the best they can with what they have. We had reserved a 2 night stay at Peaks of Otter. We arrived, checked out our site and actually wondered if the campground was even open. The campground was mostly unmowed/untrimmed, overrun with invasive underbrush such as garlic mustard, bathroom closed; sign says use bathroom on loop A. The problem with this campground is there doesn't seem to be much if any day to day maintenance, in addition to the known (but acceptable) much needed upgrades and repairs. I would recommend staying here only for a night stop and only if absolutely necessary. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
site 9 loop T
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

After 30 years of camping at Peaks of Otter, I give up. In all this time I have Never seen any maintenance performed at the park. If a lantern post rots and falls over for example - it will never be replaced. Pathway washed out to the rotting, moss covered table and deteriorated fire ring, all (almost all are up hill or down hill). The comfort stations look like something an urban explorer would be interested in taking pictures of in the middle of the night. But what is Most Annoying is their favorite trick is to close the B loop irrespective if there is a valid reason or not. So if you are looking for any amount of privacy beyond a KOA/parking lot, forget it. And you can always, of course, pick one of the choice spots were you are almost camping on the side of Route 43. The NPS staff or host, the few times I have ever seen either of them, act terrified and at absolute wit's end if they have to do anything other than drive around in the service truck. Too bad, it could be a really awesome park. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

I loved the setting of this rather rustic campground. A lot of space between the sites on our circle. Privacy and quiet abound. Hiking trails to all of the areas in the park and a cute camp store. Bathrooms are very simple but adequate. Will definitely return. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Friday night seafood at the lodge is very pricey. Travel down the mountain to downtown Bedford for local flair and fare.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Flush toilets and a dump station are the only facilities in this no-hookups National Park campground. Most sites are not level and very few could accommodate our 30 foot trailer. Luckily, we arrived on a Sunday when only a few campers were present and found a pull-through that was reasonably level. Many sites are reservable but unless you know in advance which site is suitable for your needs, I would forgo reservations. The campground is heavily wooded and hilly. A road leading onto the Parkway lines the campground and you can hear the cars go by. On many of the sites, the picnic table and fire ring is either up or down a steep incline from your site. On the plus side, we saw deer walking through the campground and the Peaks of Otter Restaurant is close by which offers a Sunday buffet. We came for the buffet and while it was good, it was not exceptional. We much preferred other Blue Ridge campgrounds, i.e., Mt. Pisgah and Linville Falls, over Peaks of Otter. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here two nights in small fifth wheel. The sites are very small and very old and surface is deteriorated. Bathroom has NO LIGHTS and we had to go up the hill through other campsites to get to it or walk a mile around on the road. Very shady and damp. This campground needs to be remodeled. It rained and was foggy on the Blue Ridge Parkway, so we left. About 20 miles to Roanoke, VA. We would not camp here again. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Our $8 rate is based on the senior pass holder rate for National Parks, non-senior rate is $16. We camp in a 20' Class "B" so if you're the owner of a 40' class "A" this review will probably not be of any use to you. There was an abundance of sites available when we pulled in here in October, almost all the sites on loop "T" were pull through but almost none of them were level. With our short little 20 footer I was able to find a spot that was almost level and we could live with. Our picnic table and fire ring were down the hill from the site with no steps and the ground and leaves were wet so we did not try to use it, some of the sites had uphill walks to their tables almost none of the sites had all the amenities on the same level as the rigs. The bath house was no where in site from our parking spot so we did not use it and can't rate it. All in all we found it a very pleasant camping experience and enjoyed the break from wallet busting RV park rates. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

I'm sorry to disagree with the previous reviewer, but we were very disappointed in this campground. We have stayed at many NPS & NFS campgrounds and did not expect "amenities" such as electric, etc. However, we did find that it was NOT level, pull-through sites had very short radius's, and the pavement needed resurfacing several years ago. We would not camp here again. Sorry NPS, you need to upgrade this facility!! We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very wooded campground along the Blue Ridge Parkway located at milepost 86. The high peaks of the mountains can be seen from the campground and lake. There is no swimming here. There is a bus that, for a small fee will drive visitors up to the top of Otter Peak. From up here the view is outstanding. Campground is very rustic and quiet. At night it is pitch Black here. Two things this park has are Deer that will walk within 3 feet of you, and the most persistent Raccoons begging for handouts at night I have ever seen. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Peaks of Otter is an outstanding campground for families with children. It's an NPS campground of the old CCC type, as are all the other Blue Ridge Parkway federal facilities. These facilities were originally designed for car camping back in the 30s, and indeed loops A and B are very nice for this purpose. Loop T was adapted for RV use. There are about 50 sites in loop T. My motorhome is 28 feet and could fit in almost any of the spots. I can think of maybe ten sites in the loop which could accommodate a diesel pusher. Being an NPS facility: there are of course no games, pool, etc., but for ranger programs, exhibits (i.e. the nature center and Johnson Farm), kid-friendly hikes, fishing, and all the other things NPS is known for, it's more than adequate. The camp bus operates to the top of Sharp Top mountain and it's well worth the price of admission. Peaks seems fairly lightly traveled. It's south of the Shenandoah NP crowds and I have never seen the campground full except during mid-October. Strange, because I have traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway many, many times by RV and consider it the best in-park facility. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a great time at this campground. Just remember it is a "camp" ground. No electric no water, mostly private, woodsy, sites. I could see where improvements could be made. Fix up picnic tables, a little gravel here and there but all in all a good camp area. We like to be in the woods with wildlife and lots of shade trees. Fire pits are in good shape. Roads into and around the park are paved and in good shape. Dump station works well and is graded properly. Lots of hiking only trails are available. Camp store and gift shop are well stocked. One of the few restaurants on the Blue ridge parkway is located near the campground and serves very good food. Great trip, just be prepared to be self contained! We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 152
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

It's too bad. To see our National Parks fall into this sad state. This park has so much potential, but is so badly outdated that it was almost completely vacant during the 4 days we were there. Nearly half of the sites are closed, apparently because no one uses them. Picnic tables are covered with moss and rotting. All the sites are small, and not well maintained. The rest rooms were not cleaned once during our four nights there. There are no showers, no electricity, minimal ranger programs, excellent hiking, a pretty lake, but a very unpleasant and unhelpful camp host. Perhaps he likes the park to himself, which he is getting, and our tax $$$$$ are going for this??? It's sad to see. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2006 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Limited facilities. Ideal for tent camping. Sites too small for many RVs and unlevel. Maintenance is minimal. Sites full of broken limbs/leaves, and in the trailer section erosion and overgrown sites. Grass is cut and comfort stations clean. No showers. No Cell phone and TV coverage. CG usage is less than 50% most all summer. Ranger interpretive programs primarily weekend daytime plus Sat. night. Visitor Center, trails and nearby lodge facilities. Very quiet CG. We camped at Peaks of Otter Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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