Grindstone Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Escape the summer heat at 3,800 feet in elevation. Hike from your campsite to the top of Mount Rogers or stay and enjoy one of the best birding sites in the region. Enjoy watching a campfire, splashing in the creek, or exploring the playground and the Whispering Waters Nature Trail. It is a favorite spot for both RV and tent campers with primitive sites, water/electric sites, and hot showers. Reservations recommended.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gate open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reservations: Grindstone Recreation Area Reservation Information on
Fees $24 per single site per night (max 8 people, 2 vehicles). $48 per double site per night (max 16 people, 4 vehicles.). $8 for hookups. $5 day use fee per vehicle, up to 5 people. $5 shower fee per person (non-camper). $5 dump station fee (non campers). An annual pass is available for $25. 
Closest Towns: Chilhowie, VA
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets with warm water showers.
Operated By: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (800) 628-7202

General Information


From Troutdale, VA:  Take exit 45 and travel on Highway 16 south for 17 miles.  Turn right onto State Route 603 and continue six miles the to Grindstone Campground entrance on the left.

From I-81 Northbound:  Take exit 35 at Chilhowie and turn right onto County Road 762 and travel approximately 10 miles.  Note that County Road 762 becomes County Road 600 at the blinking yellow light.  Take a left onto State Route 603 and continue for five miles to the Grindstone Campground entrance on the right.


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No. of SitesPicnicking sites available
Reservation InfoNo Reservations Required