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 currently Closed from Milepost 112 to Milepost 115 due to the Roanoke River Bridge rehabilitation project. The Parkway is OPEN from US Route 220 to Milepost 115. Explore Park can be accessed on the parkway at Milepost 121 from US Route 220 headed North, 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.
  • Special Rates & Discounts: Special discounts may be available for extended stays, see CURRENT DEALS
  • Look Inside: See photos of our CABINS or YURTS
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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 D17 is our couples cabin with electric fireplace, futon and breakfast nook. All units contain heating and air conditioning. A refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are included. Linens are not included, but may be rented for an extra fee. Units D11, D13 & D15 are pet friendly for a service fee of $10 per night (maximum two pets), others do not allow pets. Please select "pet fee" during checkout process.

Rates:  Standard cabins are $80/night on season or $60/night off season (plus tax). Premium cabins (bunkhouse/couples) are $90/night on season or $65/night off season (plus tax). Two-night minimum stay applies Friday & Saturday nights.

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Yurts: Sleep up to six in a 16 foot round yurt. Units are air-conditioned, but not heated (heated mattress pads included Nov.-Mar.). A refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are included. Linens are not included, but may be rented for an extra feeSites D18, D19 & D21 contain a three-level double bunk bed. Site D14 contains one queen size bed. Unit D18 and D21 are pet friendly for a service fee of $10 per night (maximum two pets), others do not allow pets.

Rates:  $100/night on season or $75/night off season (plus tax).  Two-night minimum stay applies Friday & Saturday nights.

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RV Sites: Pull into a small 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). 

Rates: $30/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. Please note that these sites are only available Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May 5 to October 29.

  • 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.
  • Campground Map: Click here to view the Campground Map
  • Customer must provide tents
  • Two pets maximum, must stay on leash
  • Site Amenities: Fire pit, picnic table

Blue Ridge Campground sites are pack-in and pack-out, except for the following times:

  • Shuttle-In: 3 PM - 6 PM*
  • Shuttle-Out: 9 AM - 11 AM

Firewood can be purchased 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
  • Two pets maximum, must stay on leash
  • Site amenities: Fire pit, picnic table, hammock hooks built in for two
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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