A Guide To RV Camping In Natural Bridge, VA

Natural Bridge, VA

Taking a spring RV camping trip?  Natural Bridge, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley, is one of the finest destinations for scenic beauty, outdoor activities and natural wonders!  Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Natural Bridge, VA and its attractions are popular with RV campers of all ages!

The Natural Bridge is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!  The bridge, twenty stories of solid rock carved by nature, is so amazing that Thomas Jefferson purchased it from England’s King George III!  It was surveyed by George Washington and crossed by Civil War soldiers, so history is alive at this natural wonder!

Close to the Natural Bridge is the Monacan Indian Native American Village complex.  It’s a living history village where visitors can observe what life was like for Native Americans 300 years ago.  Guides conduct presentations and answer questions. The Monacan Indians discovered The Natural Bridge and called it “The Bridge of God”.

Nearby are the Natural Bridge Caverns, which opened to the public in 1977.  Visitors descend more than 34 stories underground to see several enormous rooms, lakes and stalactites and stalagmites that were formed over thousands of years.

Cedar Creek Trail, just under a mile long, includes The Natural Bridge and the Native American Village.  Among the many plants and flowers you’ll see is a 1500 year old tree!  Over 100 species of wildlife live along the trail, and the best times for viewing them are early in the morning and late in the evening.

In The Natural Bridge Wax Museum, you’ll see over 150 life sized figures in scenes from the history of Virginia and The Natural Bridge!  You can even visit the museum’s factory and studio!

Other attractions in the area are historic Lexington, VA, the Natural Bridge Zoo, the Natural Bridge Speedway, the Virginia Safari Park, Foamhenge and, of course, the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Natural Bridge, VA offers RV campers a great base from which to enjoy the area’s attractions and resort style activities for campers of all ages.  Only 5 miles from Natural Bridge, the campground is open from March 15th to November 25th.  You can make reservations online, call (800)258-9532 or e-mail reservations@campnbr.com.

Activities at Jellystone Park campground in Natural Bridge, VA include:

  • Canoe or Kayak Rentals & tube rentals
  • New Yogi Bear’s Water Zone featuring dual water slide & splash ground
  • Lake
  • Lake Swimming
  • paddle boat Rentals
  • River Tubing
  • Sandy Beach
  • splash park/Water Playground
  • Swimming Pool
  • water slide
  • Basketball Court
  • Biking Trails
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • game room With pool tables
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horseshoes
  • Jumping Pillow
  • Mini-Golf
  • Pavilion
  • Playground

With so much to do and enjoy in the area, RV campers and their families are assured of an interesting and fun-filled vacation!

Before your first Spring RV camping trip, make sure your RV is in perfect working order and ready to be enjoyed!  If you have any doubts, make a service appointment and have everything checked.  And stock up on whatever RV parts and supplies you’ll need to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Camping At Its Best

RVs at lake

The Blue Ridge Parkway, running through the Blue Ridge mountain chain (part of the Appalachian Mountains), is the longest, narrowest National Park in the world and the most visited area in the US National Park System.  The Parkway has east and west facing slopes and elevations from just under 650 feet at James River in Virginia to over 6,000 feet south of Mt. Pisgah in North Carolina.

The scenic highway connects Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee.  Renowned for its mountains, forests, wildflowers and lakes, it’s ideal for a wide range of outdoor sports and activities.  Throughout the area are charming historic buildings and towns to visit, including Asheville, NC, the site of The Blue Ridge Parkway’s headquarters.

For RV lovers, The Blue Ridge Parkway is a dream destination any time of year.  There is a great variety of campgrounds nearby from which to choose.  A list of 39 of them is on the “Campgrounds and RV Parks Page” of blueridgeparkway.org.  In addition, there are 9 public campgrounds, most of which are at elevations higher than 2,500 feet.  These campgrounds offer access to miles of hiking trails, Ranger talks and campfire programs, but they do not offer hookups as they were built years ago.  These campgrounds are open May through October.  Reservations may be made for some of them by calling 877-444-6777 or visiting www.recreation.gov.

The Blue Ridge Parkway hosts numerous events throughout the year.  There are concerts, wine events, art and craft festivals, motorcycle events, dancing, an apple harvest festival and more.  You’ll find a calendar of events on virtualblueridge.com.

Whether you like skiing, hiking, bird watching, fishing, enjoying the fall foliage and the spring flowers, or exploring historic towns, you will have a wonderful camping experience at The Blue Ridge Parkway.

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