Quality Time, Quality Views: Our Favorite Campsites for Twos and Crews (Part 1)
Welcome to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you’ll find dripping caves, whitewater, horse trails, and climbing routes galore. After all that excitement, you’re going to be ready for a good night’s sleep. We’ve made a list of our favorite campsites in the area so you can get enough rest to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for more adventure.
Peaks of Otter (Bedford): After a day spent exploring the region’s trails on horseback or summiting Sharp Top on foot, head to the Peaks of Otter Campground to pitch your tent and admire the impressive display of stars. There are a total of 142 primitive campsites available, 63 of which are available for reservation, while the remaining 79 are first-come, first-served. Flush toilets and potable water are available on site.
Trout Pond Recreation Area (Capon, WV): Nestled beside two beautiful lakes, this campground consists of 50 primitive sites and 14 RV sites. Both lakes are kept stocked with trout, so grab your tackle box and spend the weekend casting and cooking up your catch over the fire. Warm showers, flush toilets, and potable water are also available here. Advance reservations are recommended, but there are also a few first-come, first-served sites.
Hone Quarry (Natural Bridge): Near the border between Virginia and West Virginia is Hone Quarry, a reservoir surrounded by scenic hiking trails and rock climbing routes. The 10 primitive sites are first-come, first-served, but if you manage to secure a spot, be sure to check out the 15-foot waterfall hiding nearby. No potable water is available at these sites, so don’t forget to pack your MSR Thru-Link™ Inline Water Filter!
Now that you know where you’re headed, pack up the s’mores supplies and get out there! From the grandiose Peaks of Otter to the quiet solitude of Hone Quarry, the Blue Ridge Mountains will not disappoint. Make sure to stop by Walkabout Outfitters to stock up on fuel for your trusty MSR stove and get a few more wilderness tips from our staff. See you soon!
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