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Blue Ridge Parkway Changes to Camping Fee Structure (2024)

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The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on proposed fee changes for camping and other associated fees on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Proposed rate changes include front country and backcountry camping site fees, as well as non-camper user fees for shower and dump-station services. The Parkway is a popular camping destination for park visitors and neighbors, and recreation fees provide a vital source of revenue for needed facility maintenance, future campground improvement projects, and increased costs associated with campground operations.

The proposed fee structure is outlined below:

Front country campground standard site (eight locations parkwide): current fee is $20, proposed fee increase to $30.

Front country campground GROUP site (20-person occupancy - group sites available at Rocky Knob, Linville Falls, and Doughton Park campgrounds): current fee is $35, proposed fee increase to $45.

Back country campsite (6-person occupancy, 3-night limit, three locations parkwide): currently there is no charge, proposed fee of $15. Backcountry camping permit reservation would now be available on www.recreation.gov

Non-camper dump station fee (dumping allowed at eight locations parkwide): current fee is $3, proposed fee increase to $6.

Non-camper shower fee (showers available at Julian Price Park and Mount Pisgah campgrounds): current fee is $3, proposed fee increase to $6.

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) requires that recreational fees are appropriate to the benefits and services provided. Fees charged by the NPS must be comparable to fees charged by others in the local area for similar benefits and services.
The last major fee rate change on the Parkway occurred in 2016. After research of local campground rates and provided services outside the park, the proposed rate increases were found to be comparable with current market rates in the surrounding areas for similar services.

Public engagement is an important part of the park's planning process. Parkway leadership is accepting public comments on the proposed fee increases from February 15, 2024 until March 15, 2024. Following public engagement and NPS approval, new fees up to the amounts outlined above could be implemented as soon as May 2024.

Please submit all comments at the link on the lefthand side of this page that says "open for comment", then open the file and you will see a "comment now" tab. Comments may also be submitted via mail at the address below. Comments must be postmarked by March 15, 2024.

Blue Ridge Parkway HQ
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803
RE: Campground fee comments

Contact Information

Brigid Jennings,
Fee Program Manager,
828-348-3430