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Grindstone Recreation Area Campground

Troutdale, Virginia


1946 Laurel Valley Rd, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest
Troutdale, Virginia 24378
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.68833
Longitude: -81.53930

Elevation: 3727' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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17 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Nature, nature, nature. Stayed at site Cotts 053 - mostly level, very wooded area with stream nearby. Great hiking, biking and very family friendly. There has been a recent local management change and the new staff is energetic, friendly (don't know what previous management was like). The bathrooms/showers were musty, but serviceable, we chose to shower in the RV though. We will be back for more than two nights... seems like a good place for a four-five day stay. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
Cotts 053
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Quiet, wooded, mountain setting 9 miles clear of any cell reception. This is truly an escape from civilization! Great motorcycle roads, Appalachian trail, clean facilities and privacy makes this an ideal getaway. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
G97
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

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

Appalachian trail, Virginia creeper trail, hiking trails

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Cut off -- and loved it! If you need to continually check your email and Facebook, this is *not* the place for you. There is *no* cell coverage (voice or data) available in the park. You'll need to drive 5-10 miles out, in order to get a signal. Sites are all back-in and most will need (at least) minimal leveling. As other reviews point out, the Groundhog Den loop is closest to the road, but it is a mountain road with minimal traffic -- we never noticed. Sites are all heavily wooded -- lots of choices for hanging the hammock. Sites have electric (30amp) and water with good pressure. Bath houses (2 per loop) are small and dated, but were clean an functional. Camp hosts were highly visible throughout our stay. There's a play area and wading pool and 2 hiking trails in in the campground. We camped over the 4th of July holiday and temperatures were 10-15F cooler than in Damascass -- we never used the A/C. We stayed in Grindstone primarily for the VA Creeper Trail. * Price includes $3 online reservation fee. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We used the Shuttle Shack in Damascus for the shuttle ride to Whitetop to ride the VA Creeper Trail -- highly recommended.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We 'camped' in 40+ foot motorhome over July 4. There are bigger sites that accommodate this size unit. It is splendid at this campground. We used one AC, instead of all 3, because of 30amp power, but no more was needed; its cool up there. We camped in Cottontail, sites bigger, quieter there, away from a little road noise. Access to the Mount Rogers trail is right there, but does need some maintenance on this trail, some overgrowth of vines for a stretch. But, this doesn't distract from cg. Hosts are very nice, always accessible. We love it there, the elevation in the summer makes it a pleasant experience. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36-D
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The closest grocery store is in Konnarock, we figured this out close to end of our stay, and very nice people there, banana pudding is delicious, they make great sandwiches, and a full breakfast!
VA Creeper Trail, we like the Bike Station for getting bikes, nice people work there.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Great CG for the "rustic" camper. This is an old growth forest with lots of huge trees and a thick canopy. Lots of great trails, and access to the AT directly. Sites are fairly level and most are huge. The site base is gravel and drains well. Sites on the Cottontail loop are spaced wider apart than the others. The interior roads are a little narrow, but did not prove to be a problem in parking a long rig. This CG is remote and there is very limited TV reception, spotty cell coverage, and a heavy canopy on most sites that limits satellite reception. There is a wading pool fed by a cold mountain stream in the day use area - great on a hot day.
The dump station is a little tight to get into for long camping units. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Take a day trip to Grayson Highlands State Park for some great hiking and to view the wild ponies.

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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Grindstone is a contractor-operated facility in Mt Rogers National Recreation Area. It could be described as remote and rustic with electric and water. There are 100 well separated and spacious campsites on a paved loop road system. The Opossum Loop (sites 1-21) is for dry camping, with occasional water spigots. Cottontail and Groundhog Loops (sites 22-100) have electric and water. Most sites are gravel, with a few ADA paved sites available. Virtually every site will need levelers, and most driveways are sloped up or downhill. Electric service and water pressure excellent. One dump station. Dumpsters bear-proofed.

There was a $9 fee to reserve online, but dozens of sites could have been claimed by walk ins during weekdays, eliminating that cost. We felt, along with the $24/night fee that it was overpriced. Thick forest, mostly deciduous, but some sites are in fir/hemlock groves. Cool mountain climate, 4,000' altitude. Over-the-air digital TV caught 5 channels, including NBC and FOX, and the only means of severe weather alerts. Zero Sprint voice or data service, nearest hit is 6 miles toward Chilhowie at the overlook or in Troutdale. No pay phone in campground, and no Wi-Fi. No way to communicate. Damascus has citywide free Wi-Fi. Roadways good for bicycling. Mt Rogers summit hiking trail begins in the campground. Appalachian Trail access three miles east. Pitch black dark at night. There is a swimming area, kids playground, and volleyball area.

Amphitheater appears abandoned. No ranger programs; dead with regard to interpretation. Backpack hiking, visiting the ponies at Grayson Highlands, and a downhill run on the nearby Virginia Creeper bicycle trail are the highlights. Come well prepared with groceries, supplies, and fuel. Communicate with loved ones before arriving. We would choose another campground next time. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Virginia Creeper Bicycle Trail was our reason for being in the area. Excellent rail-trail. Rent bikes in Damascus, or bring your own. NO phone or cell phone/data in area.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful remote campground. Very well maintained. Fully wooded sites. Some are level; some are not. Beautiful setting in the woods, close to plenty of hiking, mountain biking trails. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and helped us change sites when we realized the one we picked online didn't suit our needs. Awesome motorcycling area if you bring your scoot. Remote location so don't expect to find shopping nearby. This place is a new favorite getaway for me. I will return! We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Small, quiet park in a wooded area with a VERY friendly staff. No cell service with Verizon. Our friends had Sprint and I think they had service.

We were in site 45 Cottontail which was very private but very sunny. Probably the only sunny site in the park. If you like sun this good but our trailer got hot during the day. Next time we are staying at 44. Beware sites along the road in Groundhog loop, you can hear the cars. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Cottontail 45
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Checkout the Virginia Creeper Trail on a "Rails to Trails" path where you ride (or hike) your bike from Whitetop Station to Damascus VA (mostly downhill). Takes 2-3 hours. Shuttle service and bike rental that takes you to the top where you ride your bike down. Absolutely beautiful

If you need cell service take a left out of the campground and drive several miles (6?) to a stop sign, turn right and up the hill on the left is a large scenic overlook parking lot.

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Grindstone is a US Forest Service campground, with the extremely friendly campground hosts provided by the Cradle of Forestry. It is located in a remote area on the flanks of Mount Rogers. At approximately 3,700 ft. elevation and heavily wooded, the campground is relatively cool. We escaped the summer 90s and enjoyed the 72 degree highs in the campground. Campground roads are paved, while sites are gravel. Most sites are long and very widely spaced, providing a lot of privacy. Sites 29, 43, and 58 have steep downhill entry slopes, so longer rigs will have difficulty leveling front-to-back. Opossum loop has no hook-ups. Cottontail loop sites have water, electric hook-ups. Groundhog loop has both basic and water, electric sites. Groundhog loop is close to the highway so road noise can be aggravating. There is no WiFi or cell phone service, and the tree canopy makes locating satellite dishes difficult or impossible. The nearby VA Creeper Trail provides enjoyable bicycle riding experience. Hikers can take the trail up to the summit of Mt. Rogers right from the campground. For those wanting a cool, peaceful, and quiet camping experience, this is the place! The fee shown reflects the senior discount. The campground is busy on weekends, so reservations are recommended for sites with utilities. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

My wife and I were there on our fall track to the VA Creeper. This State Park is highly maintained by a group of very friendly personnel. Each lot is spacious and heavy in tree cover. On our visit the leaves were turning color, which to the enjoyment of our ride. We will utilize this park again. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

The sites are mostly shaded with plenty of space between them. The staff was outstanding! There are staff members parked on each of the three loops and marked with permanent signs in case of after-hours problems or emergencies. Unfortunately our site (#43) isn't really suited to anything much longer than 28 to 30 feet, even though the listing on recreation.gov shows 80 feet, because of the slope of the driveway and a tree at the back end. We couldn't get our 38 foot fifth-wheel level (front to back)even with the landing gear fully retracted. The staff would have moved us when we pulled in if they weren't full up. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We camped here in April to ride on the Va. Creeper Trail. The staff was sitting around the entrance gate when we arrived. They were all very welcoming and friendly. We left our tarp and a member of the staff offered to loan us one. The campground is beautiful with wooded lots. There is a playground, wadding area fed by a stream and hiking trails. The bath house was clean and well kept. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I could see bath house being crowded on holidays but we never had to wait. I would like to stay here in the future. It was very peaceful and quit. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice and relaxing campground. Online reservations were a bit high but very nice trip. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Quite clean campground with very friendly people operating it. The sites are nicely shaded and have hills. There is nice roads around for riding. We will stay here again. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Grindstone is the best kept secret in southwest Virginia. This place is gorgeous. The sites are enormous & woodsy. As the previous poster said, there isn't much to do within the confines of the campground, but the surrounding area is full of hiking and biking trails. The campground has a spring fed concrete wading area for your swimming pleasure, a basketball net in the parking lot, and a small playground that looks fairly new. The bathrooms are old but kept very clean, and the water is warm but not steamy hot. The altitude makes it cool here. When we were camping, it was 20 degrees warmer down the mountain in town, so bring sweatshirts. This is a great place to stay to ride the Virginia Creeper trail, as you can drive into Damascus within a half hour and catch a shuttle or accress the trail directly from the town. The campground hosts are wonderfully friendly. We camped at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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