Camping

One Park, Two Campgrounds! Choose from cabins, yurts and RV sites operated by Don’s Cab-Inns or primitive camping, raised platforms and group sites from Blue Ridge Campground at Explore Park.

PLEASE NOTE: The Blue Ridge Parkway is OPEN and Explore Park can be accessed on the Parkway at Milepost 121 from US Route 220 headed North, at Milepost 112 from VA 24 headed South, Mill Mountain Parkway at Milepost 120, or our alternate entrance at 3900 Rutrough Road, 24014. Click here for detailed directions and information.

Don's Cab-Inns Campground

Stay overnight in a hand-crafted cabin, spacious yurt or RV space, all within close proximity to a bathhouse. On season rates apply April through November, and off season is December through March. 

  • Register Online: By using Roanoke County's ONLINE REGISTRATION PORTAL or by following the links below. Please note you must have or create an account to complete your purchase. Select available features and dates on our interactive map.
  • Register By Phone: Call the Explore Park Visitor Center at (540) 427-1800
  • Same Day Rental: Call the Explore Park Visitor Center, during open hours, to book on the same day (540) 427-1800
  • Special Rates & Discounts: Special discounts may be available for extended stays, see CURRENT DEALS (Specials must be booked over the phone (540) 427-1800)
  • Refund Policy: Refund must be requested seven days in advance of reservation; After seven days an account credit will be applied to your account
  • Look Inside: View the photo gallery to see all the special amenities and details that make these campsites a unique place to stay! View: CABINS or YURTS
  • Pet Fee: If your pet is coming along for the adventure please choose a pet friendly cabin or yurt; pet fees are $10 per night (maximum two pets)

When you book your stay at Don's Cab-Inns, don't forget about convenient extras that are delivered to your campsite before your stay. Some extras include: Firewood, Linens, Bath-sets, Coffee, Charcoal and more! These can be purchased when booking your campsite using the online registration portal

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Pod Cabins: These unique structures pack lots of amenities into a small space. Most contain a queen size bed with mattress (ground level) and full size loft bunk with mattress (requires climbing a ladder). Cabin D9 & D13 are bunk style units which sleep up to 6. Cabin D8 is our couples cabin with electric fireplace, futon and breakfast nook. All units contain heating and air conditioning, plus a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker (no coffee or filters provided but you can purchase these as extras). Linens are also not included, but may be rented for an extra fee. Outdoor features include a picnic table and fire ring with cooking grill topper at each site. 

Units D11, D13, D15 & D9B are pet friendly for a service fee of $10 per night (maximum two pets); other units do not allow pets. Please select "pet fee" during checkout process.

Want a unique experience? Pod Cabin D9B uses no electricity making it an eco-friendly choice for your next camping adventure! $55/night on season and off season.

Rates: Standard cabins are $85/night on season or $65/night off season (plus tax). Premium cabins (bunkhouse/couples) are $95/night on season or $75/night off season (plus tax). Two-night minimum stay applies to Friday & Saturday nights.

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Yurts: Sleep up to six or eight guests in a 16 foot or 20 foot round yurt. Units are air-conditioned and have a half-bath (except when winterized December - March). Yurt amenities include air conditioning, plus a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker (no coffee or filters provided but you can purchase these as extras). Linens are also not included, but may be rented for an extra fee. Outdoor features include a picnic table and fire ring with cooking grill topper at each site.

Units D18, D19 & D21 contain a three-level double bunk bed that sleeps six. D14 contains one queen size bed. D16 has a three-level double bunk bed that sleeps six and a futon that sleeps two.

Units D18 and D21 are pet friendly for a service fee of $10 per night (maximum two pets); Other units do not allow pets.

Rates:  $105/night on season or $85/night off season (plus tax). Yurt D16 rents for $130/night on season and $105/night off season (plus tax). Two-night minimum stay applies on Friday & Saturday nights. 

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RV Sites: Park in a pristine site served by a nearby bathhouse. Sites are 12’ by 35’ and have 30 amp electrical service. No water or sewer hookup is available, but there are municipal water spigots near each site. A dump station is available, free for overnight guests ($15 for non-guests). Each site includes a picnic table and fire ring with cooking grill topper.

Rates: $35/night (plus tax). Two-night minimum stay applies on Friday & Saturday nights.

Blue Ridge Campground at Explore Park

Primitive camping, raised platforms, and group camp sites at Explore Park are operated by Blue Ridge Campground. This beautiful campground is hike-in / hike-out (no car camping) unless you catch the shuttle (see times below)!

Please note that these sites are only available Thursday, Friday and Saturday  

Blue Ridge Campsite will also be open on the following Holiday Dates: May 28, May 29, June 18, June 19, July 2, July 3, July 4, plus September 3 and September 4 ( Holiday dates by phone reservation only at (540) 427-1800 )

  • Register Online: By using Roanoke County's ONLINE REGISTRATION PORTAL. Please note you must have or create an account to complete your purchase.
  • Register by Phone: Call the Explore Park Visitor Center at (540) 427-1800
  • Same Day Rental: Call the Explore Park Visitor Center, during open hours, to book on the same day (540) 427-1800
  • Holiday Date Rental: By phone reservation only at (540) 427-1800
  • Refund Policy: Refund must be requested seven days in advance of reservation; After seven days an account credit will be applied to your account
  • Campground Map: Click here to view the Campground Map
  • Customer must provide tents
  • Two pets maximum, must stay on leash, no pet fee
  • Site Amenities: Fire pit, picnic table
  • Vehicles are not permitted at the campsites; No "car camping" allowed. This campground requires a quarter mile walk in and out unless you catch a shuttle during operating hours (see below)
    • Shuttle-In: 3 PM - 6 PM
    • Shuttle-Out: 9 AM - 11 AM

Firewood can be purchased when booking or on-site via the shuttle attendant from 3 PM to 6 PM.

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Small Primitive Site (1 Tent Only, Up to 4 Guests) Campsites: 4, 9, 12

Rates: $25.00/night

Medium Primitive Site (2 Tents, Up to 6 Guests) *All medium camp sites include a tent platform. Campsites: 1, 5 , 6 , 11, 13, 14

Rates: $50.00/night

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Raised Platform Site (1 Tent, Up to 6 Guests) Campsites: 7, 8, 10

Rates: $65/night

  • Customer can bring one tent for on ground use
  • Two pets maximum, must stay on leash
  • Site amenities: Fire pit, picnic table, hammock hooks built in for two hammocks on raised platform
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Group Site (10 Tents, Up to 25 Guests) Campsites: 2, 3, 15, 17

Rates: $150/night

Group Site (5 Tents, Up to 15 Guests) Campsite: 16

Rates: $75/night

  • Customer must provide tents
  • Two pets maximum, must stay on leash
  • Site amenities: Fire pit, picnic table