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Grandfather Campground Blue Ridge Parkway Trip
June 26-30, 2007

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In checking out the map of the area, this looked like the best place from which to explore Grandfather Mountain and I'd been looking forward to that mile high swinging bridge for years after seeing it in a brochure.

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Grandfather Campground

Hwy. 105 near Foscoe
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 963-7275
Our last stop at Crabtree Meadows Campground on the parkway was beautifully peaceful and quiet, but I admit after a couple of days of having to run the generator every time I need electricity got tiresome. I have an easier time with it than mom does, though. She hated having to wait until 8:00 am to turn on the generator for her breakfast and coffee!
Here I am in Site A-38, a 50 amp pullthrough with plenty of room. I like how the sites here are terraced down the hillside instead of like a flat concrete parking lot. The sites themselves are gravel and level. This row is more out in the open with no tree cover, so if you want satellite TV from the rooftop like mine, this is the place for you. The views all around are gorgeous!
This row, beginning with A-47 has more trees and shade. The first motorhome you see is in site # A-48.
Some sites back up to the Watauga River where you can fish to your heart's content. One camper I talked to said he enjoyed this aspect of the campground and also the fact that it's close to some great area golf and tennis courts. Me, I just loved the dreamy look of the river and the fog lingering in the mornings.

See site map for campground and site details.

Camper Comments: I met two nice couples here who had nothing but nice things to say about Grandfather Campground. Roy & Susan Johnson (on the right) say it's one of the few places in the area that can handle their big rig (a gorgeous Beaver Solitaire in site #A-50) comfortably. They're from Oak Island, NC and return here frequently for all the fun things there are to do in the area. Ken & Helen Terry from Pompano Beach, FL were their neighbors and echoed their satisfaction. They all agreed they enjoy the climate, as well as the warm and friendly owners who make them feel welcome and at home. The Johnsons like the reasonable seasonal rates and are never bored with all the activities and attractions of the area. They told me about "Singing on the Mountain" blue grass festival in June and the Wooley Worm Festival in October in Banner Elk, and the Volkswagen Camper Convention held here each July, and how much they've enjoyed meeting the great folks with these groups. Susan summed it up by saying "Here you have the peaceful feel of the mountains but are just a few miles from all the great amenities and restaurants." She says the best restaurants are in Banner Elk, so come on over and eat, drink and be merry on the mountain!

GPS Coordinates: 36.14278° N; 81.79837° W
Location: On Hwy. 105; 10 miles south of Boone; 7 miles north of Linville
Exit Parkway at milepost 312 (heading north), taking highways 181 (also 221) and 105.

Malia's 2 cents: Full hookups with a view - the best of both worlds! I really enjoyed the peace, quiet and spacious sites here, and the play of clouds and fog on the mountainsides were endlessly fascinating. I also appreciated the little things the park provides - like garbage cans at each site that are picked up every morning. And fire rings that are situated so that you won't burn your awning when extended. And laundromats reasonably priced and kept clean.
Not only is this a great campground for exploring this part of the country, they also have cabins for rent for family members without the benefit of homes on wheels. So get the whole group together and enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway and Grandfather Mountain from here!
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