Welcome back 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.
Brandywine Recreation Area (Brandywine):
If you’re looking for a convenient basecamp to station the family, look no further than Brandywine. With plenty of adventure within easy reach, including mountain biking, hiking, and fishing, it’s easy to pitch a tent at one of the 35 available primitive sites and embark on a day’s worth of excitement. In the afternoon, head to the swimming beach to lounge on the sand while the kids finish tiring themselves out. Bathhouses with hot showers, flush toilets, and potable water round out the amenities, making this campground the ultimate easy weekend destination.
*Photo courtesy hikeupward.com
Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area (Buchanan):
If you’re sticking around Lexington, check out Cave Mountain Lake. Of the 40 primitive sites, 28 are reservable, the rest being first-come, first-served. Arrive early in the day, set up camp, and then find the trailhead for Panther Knob beside the group picnic shelter. The longer Wildcat Trail also begins in the campground. When you’ve had your fill of the forest, head down to the campground’s sand beach to cool off.
Lake A. Willis Robertson Recreation Area (Kerrs Creek):
Also close to Lexington is this 53-site campground that boasts a tennis court, volleyball court, softball field, and 31-acre lake. Just .35 miles away, you’ll find North Mountain Trail, considered one of the best mountain biking trails in Virginia. All 56 sites are pet-friendly, and are first-come, first-served.
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!