Peaks of Otter Campground

Blue Ridge Parkway

2 Reviews
Peaks Road Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-7321 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 37.4432, -79.6046

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Overview of Peaks of Otter Campground

Number of Sites 143

Pad Type asphalt

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally May-Oct.

Elevation 2577 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 3G
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Last reported 8/23/2018
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24' Jayco Yosemite
20 reviews
“Secluded, forested, peaceful setting along the BRP”

Reviewed 8/23/2018

Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: T-07
Overall Rating

Site Details: We stayed in site #7, in the trailer loop. It was a pull-through site with an additional area containing a picnic table and fire ring, accessible via a small set of steps up the hill. The whole campground is kind of “carved” out of the mountain, and is therefore quite terraced in appearance, so a lot of sites had a similar setup to ours (as in, a lower pull-through space for trailer and TV plus an upper “walk-up” area). I hadn’t seen anything like it before, and I thought it was really neat. The setting was heavily wooded, so the shade combined with the higher elevation made for a very cool, pleasant retreat from the July heat.

Facilities/Overall Park: Bath house was decent. On the ladies’ side, there were three flush toilets, two sinks with cold water only, and no soap. Was pretty old, but reasonably clean and adequate for our needs, since we were just passing through for one night. The CG as a whole looked kind of overgrown and neglected, but for some reason that added to its charm for me. The overgrowth made everything look extra green and lush, and I really like the heavily forested, secluded feel.

Surrounding Area/Attractions: The Peaks of Otter area seems to be a pretty popular destination on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a nice-looking lodge and restaurant on the (gorgeous) lake right around the corner from the campground, as well as an NPS visitor center, hiking trails, and a shuttle bus service that takes you to the top of one of the three peaks for which the area is named. We didn’t partake in any of these activities, since we were just passing through on our way down to the Smokies, but it would have been nice to explore a bit more.

Overall, I felt this was a very pretty, peaceful, and perfectly serviceable campground for an overnight stop, and would make a nice weekend destination. Not sure there is enough going on in the area to keep one occupied for more than a few days, and I know I personally would need at least electric hookups and showers for any type of extended stay. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to return for a night or two!

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Verizon 3G

jenventola would stay here again

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23' Airstream Flying Cloud 2014 Ford F 2 fiddy
17 reviews
“Hilly, woodsy, lots of wild life, close to the BRP, tons of hiking, tranquil, no hook ups”

Reviewed 5/28/2015

Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: T38
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We visited this campground over Memorial Day weekend to reconnect with old friends. Despite being a holiday weekend, there was plenty of sites. There are some pull through sites right on the road and others are back-in. There are picnic tables and fire rings at every site.

Its a really nice spot that has tons of shade. There are certainly better sites than others in the campground, but overall, the ones that we scoped out were pretty decent. They have flushing toilets, dump station and water fill station. There are no individual site electric, water, or sewer hook ups. There is tons of hiking to be done, a lodge that has a full service restaurant that is within walking distance of the campground. BTW, there is no cell signal in the campground or wi-fi. I did get a 1 bar near the lake, but was unable to get a call out. Plan on disconnecting from the world when you are here....which is what you should do every once in awhile.

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  • dry camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • restaurant
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets
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