14 Parks near Whitetop, Virginia
Oct 2014 - $38.00
We will camp here again. Start with 10, then -1 poor in campground signage, -1 poor campground roads, -1 poorly marked sites, -1 poorly marked/oddly spaced hookups, -1 web site says wi-fi, but only available at camp store, -1 bathhouse 1/4 mile from trailer camp, -1 too few showers/toilets,-1 wi-fi signal not dependable-tested .3 down, .1 up (megs) when working. +1 no night lighting in trailer camp. This is a unique campground. Beautiful night sky set on a wooded ridge and renting bikes @ $15 to ride trail. Very laid back guy around the store (managing or running is too strong). They prefer cash. Plenty of hot water for returning Creeper Trail riders. 6 of us rode trail while the 7th took our truck into town to return riders and bikes. Campground has bikes on demand for $15. Roads to camp are good. Roads in camp are poor and steep and narrow and begging for grading and stone. Sewer connections very difficult to find as grass grows over them. I found 3 sites with WES, there may be more. About 10 are WE. Hook up services good. Dump site is on the ridge, too. Sites are not assigned-pick your own. There is no check in procedure and no rules sheet. First priority is growing Christmas Trees. 2nd is tent camping near the store for lots of Boy Scouts and youth groups riding the trail. Third priority is trailer camping which is 1/4 mile away from camp store and tents. We did not see big rigs. Road layout allows always driving forward so if a big rig can handle the roads and hills, the campground can handle the rig. - Frank Rader
Jun 2012 - $35.00
This campground is located on the trail head of the Virginia Creeper (rails-to-trails) near the top of the mountain (3500'+ elev.). Getting there challenged our GPS as we ended up missing a critical turn and found ourselves towing our fifth wheel up a gravel, one-lane road across the ridge. Without 4-wheel drive we would not have made it. If the GPS liked us, we would have been on paved road all the way to the campground. The campground is rustic in nature and our site was on a newly cut of mountain. It overlooked the office. Check in and VERY friendly and easy - the owner is a nice, older guy. Our site was a pull through with water and electricity (thought it was 30 amp but the breakers were only 20 amps). Water pressure was low but of good quality. The site stills needs a 'finish' grade to get it more level (needed a LOT of planks to get the fiver level). It hadn't been mowed in some time making our site more of a field. The view was very nice. We were one of two campers in the whole place. So the night was very quiet and the stars were out in full force. Used the fire ring for S'mores. Leaving the next day, the exit road was very rutty and it was a slow go. Overall, this campground is perfectly placed for Virginia Creeping. It's not really close to anything else, so pack in whatever you need. The campground need some TLC and grooming but it will do for a night. Little pricey at $35.00/nite but there's no close competition so c'est la vie. - Owlet
Jul 2013 - $38.00
Called to arrive during the week in mid July, no same day reservations, told to drive the winding mountain road on up to be greeted with a drive up reservation fee, tourist tax, pet fee, price jumped from $24 to $38.50 for water and 30 amp electric site. Choice of 3 remaining sites. Tried all 3, very unlevel even for 31' motorhome. Ended up with front wheels off the ground to level. None on the sites are big rig friendly. Small sites very close together, no privacy or quiet. No TV, satellite, due to heavy tree cover, or AT&T cell phone. Many low trees hanging over roadways rub the RV from top and sides. Dirty restrooms and showers. This place was full of family campers. Many vehicles jammed into small sites. Not a nice restful escape we were seeking. Will not return. - davidm99
Jul 2011 - $24.00
Second time staying here in the last two years. No complaints. Very clean bathrooms. The trails in this park are wonderful. 78 degrees in July, fresh blueberries to be picked, great wildlife and views! - jrackley
Oct 2010 - $30.00
This review is about the campground itself, not the park. We were disappointed in this Va. state park. The sites with electric/water were for the most part small. Most were on the outside of the loops with the back of your camper on the road. The sites don't look like they have had fresh gravel put down in years so when it is dry, it is very dusty and dirty. If the camp host drove by once, they drove by 500 times a day on the loud gas powered gators. Very annoying when you are so close to the road. Also, when we arrived we found that it was acceptable to save the best sites for your friends with lawn chairs, who knew? We enjoyed hikes inside the park but we can now say we've been there and done that. Virginia has too many parks with much better sites to be squeezed in like that again. - paphil
Jul 2016 - $24.00
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. - elainev
Jun 2016 - $16.00
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. - Bama Camper
Jun 2016 - $24.00
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. - The Happy Traveler
May 2014 - $28.00
This park has recently opened and is going through some growing pains. The entrance and exit roads for the park are steep but manageable. The trees on the streets leading to the park need to be trimmed big time. The entire park is on packed shale and needs to be re-graveled. There are some pot holes but nothing major. Twelve of the fifteen sites back up to Laurel Creek. All sites have full hookups with 20/30/50 amp electric service. The electrical voltage is excellent, hovering around 124. Each site has a picnic table and there are two fire rings at either end of the campground. The campground is located on a quiet street and it was nice to sleep hearing the rushing water. There is no bathroom, showers or Wi-Fi at this campground. The price reflects the weekly rate. Daily rates include the cost of electric but weekly rates do not. This campground is within walking distance to the town of Damascus, the AT and Creeper trails. The cost for staying at this campground is a bit steep but that appears to be the going rate in this town. This park has lots of potential and the owners are doing everything they can to get it right. Our rig is 32 feet long. - adsaxs
Aug 2015 - $30.00
This park is a perfect location for biking the Virginia Creeper Trail. It is a tight campground for a 40 foot motorhome, but the owner is super nice and everyone camping is friendly as well. Other than the bike trail, there is nothing much in town, but we enjoyed our stay. Keep in mind this is 30 amp electric and not 50 amp. We had the site closest to the main road and the trucks started coming by at 5 am. Not real great for sleeping. - RV4fun15
Jul 2015 - $30.00
The campground is small and limited, but the camp host, Russell, Is very friendly and full of info, and the CG is right in the middle of town (Location, location, location!). The VA Creeper recreational trail is at one end of the street (about 3 blocks) and the other end of the street is the AT which runs right thru the middle of town. several other trails very close by. Site was about 1" out of level and power was excellent @ 116 Vac. Not a whole lot of space between sites but we did put out the awning, and all 7 sites back up to the lovely babbling Laurel Creek. We will return here for more bike riding and maybe some kayaking. - FreeWheeler
Oct 2014 - $30.00
Nice little park right in town. Very good location for bicycling on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Small sights that back up to the creek with a picnic table. Level sites. Small town so not much road noise. Good friendly owner. Not much to do other than the bike path. - JimSC
Jun 2013 - $13.00
This is a small campground in Jefferson National Forest. It is fine for hiking, trout fishing, or just to relax, not much else around. Our rate was with the Senior Pass. Our site, as was most, was unlevel in both directions, I used two complete sets of Lynx leveler blocks, (20 blocks) & still never got level. Ours was in partial shade, & grassy, with electric and water hookups. Wi-Fi is available in the electric sites, and it was not very strong, but that was fine by me. The host was friendly and helpful. The electric sites back up to Route 16, which is much busier & noisier than I would have thought. This is obviously an older campground, as evidenced by the obvious lack of emphasis by the Forest Service, I assume because of the small size. The bathrooms were relatively clean, but need remodeling. There are NO showers, the nearest are 5.5 miles away at Hurricane campground, which requires an entry fee, plus $2.00 per person per shower. The streams at the rear of the campground are a nice touch. I doubt we would stay here again, with nicer, bigger campground just a little ways down the road. - bukhrn
Aug 2008 - $22.00
Twin Rivers is just awesome for families, for relaxing and enjoying nature. The river is great for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, wading and fishing. Perfect for kids. Full on weekends, quiet and peaceful on weekdays. The managers are fantastic folks and go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and comfortable. - marshavon
Aug 2008 - $20.00
Great family CG. WE had a site on the River and the staff were VERY friendly and helpful. This is one of your back in the woods CG, once you get through the little dirt road, it opens to a BIG beautiful grassy river front CG.. The lawns are well maintained and you just pull on your site however you want, it is not graveled sites. We played in the river all day and had a great time. Will return to this CG again and again, also they have lots of shade. The river has a lot of rapids to go tubing or canoing and a playground/ volleyball court. My kids love it. Bring your bike there is a road that is in the back that has a little rocky beach, but be careful because some of the rocks are slick... Have fun! - rnacmiddleton
Jul 2007 - $18.00
Outstanding staff, well maintained, had some routy partyers and it was dealt with quickly. Rented tubes and used the bath houses. We were staying in a tent and it was a great experience. A couple more porte johns or a bath house in the primitive area would be nice. Kid`s had a blast. Will be back!!! - fishtrap
May 2016 - $20.00
Convenient place for an overnight when traveling I-81. Most sites seem to have 30 amp only. They are really 2 backing sites end to end. It would have to be fairly empty to be able to pull thru. Pay internet is available through Xfinity at $7 per day. Verizon cell service is very strong so we used that. Mostly clear of trees so satellite works well. May have some power issues as the 5th wheel next to us was plugged into our outlet with a long extension. Since nomone was home, I moved his connection to his pedestal and used our marked outlet. - glenthompson
Sep 2015 - $20.00
As the name indicates it is on the interstate. The owner was friendly and helpful. Our site was at the entrance, paved and level. Very noisy due to the road noise. It is a double row of about 8 spots each row between rows of apartments. There is a bathhouse but no amenities at all. We were here 3 nights while enjoying the creeper trail. This is a great place if staying a night or 2, but not a destination place. - esta34950
Sep 2011 - $20.00
We had a great night sleep. Didn't hear the interstate noise, but there is a train that comes by. It is a small place between an assisted living and motel units. The drive throughs were even, hot topped, I would recommend this place in a heartbeat. We will stay here again when passing through. Glad they has a place for us. - ma1948
Aug 2015 - $22.00
One of the cleanest and best maintained state parks we have ever visited. We reported an issue with the bathroom water heater and they had a crew working on it within hours.
The park staff and the camp host were friendly and helpful.
We tubed the New River twice and kayaked it while there, and also drove over to Stone Mountain State Park to hike the upper loop trail. - Red Wolf
Jun 2015 - $22.00
Great state park up in the mountains: small, clean, well kept and VERY friendly staff. One thing you need to be aware of is that some of the sites that have electric are constructed backwards, meaning that the picnic table, fire pit, tent pad, etc are on the "driver-side" so if you have a trailer that can be an issue. - Robert_Gail
Nov 2014 - $25.00
New River is a beautiful little state park in the mountains, about 15 minutes from the quaint little town of West Jefferson. The park is small, with only about 20 total sites. A limited number of sites have full hookups and are big rig friendly. I had no problem with a long bed truck towing a 39' fifth wheel. The approaches to the park on 221 are also big rig friendly, though going slow is recommended the last few miles from Jefferson northbound on US 221.
The park has about 3 miles of very nice hiking trails, as well as a canoe launch and some day use areas along the New River. Very scenic. There is also a small museum and interpretive center at the park office that is worth a visit. The facilities are all in great shape and the bathhouse was immaculate (and heated!).
Plan to visit West Jefferson's downtown area for shopping and a number of eateries, including a nice brew pub. Also, the drive up Mt Jefferson is well worth it for some gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A bit longer drive (one hour) will get you to Stone Mountain State Park, which is also a must see.
Overall, this is a great little park if you are looking for somewhere to just unwind and maybe do a little bit of hiking and sightseeing. - akf15e