Originally Posted by BigfootRV
Plan to drive down Skyline and Blue Ridge Parkway next summer end of July, do we need reservation for park campgrounds or there's always site available?
In July, it would be much better to have reservations. Maybe it depends on your lifestyle to some degree. My wife and I are still working, and we often schedule a big family camping trip. So if we started out after work on a Friday, it would be disastrous to have kids and others arrive at a campground and not be able to get a site. If we were retired and traveling, I would just drive on to another campground.
The BRP campgrounds, to a large extent, and the Skyline Drive campgrounds (naybe to a lesser degree) don't have a whole lot of sites that can accomodate bigger rigs. Peaks of Otter for example, is never full, but there are few big and level sites. I have seen many RVers do the slow, multiple drive throughs - hoping, backing in, and then leaving because they won't fit.
My post is probably too long, but it might help you some.
Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds;
Otter Creek (MP 61) No reservations
Peaks of Otter (MP 86) Yes reservations
Roanoke Mountain (MP 120) No reservations
Rocky Knob (MP 167) Yes reservations
Doughton Park (MP 241) Yes reservations
Julian Price Park (MP 297) Yes reservations
Linville Falls (MP 316) Yes reservations
Crabtree Falls (MP 340) No reservations
Mt. Pisgah (MP 408) Yes reservations
On the Skyline Drive, "Reservations can be made for Big Meadows, Loft Mountain, and Mathews Arm campgrounds. Loft Mountain and Mathews Arm Campgrounds have approximately 20% of their sites available by reservation and 80% available as first-come, first-served."
Lewis Mountain doesn't accept reservations.