Grindstone Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed

Partial Closure

Managers are working to plan, decommission and replace the current wastewater system at Grindstone Campground. The campground will open for the 2024 season on March 29, 2024 with limited camping options. The Opossum Loop of Grindstone Campground will be open with 20 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. A portable toilet will be available in Opossum Loop and the backpackers’ parking lot. Other loops at Grindstone campground will be closed. Water and electricity will not be available and the dump station will not be in operation.

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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gate open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fees: $24 per single site per night (max 8 people, 2 vehicles). $48 per double site per night (max 16 people, 4 vehicles.). $5 day use fee per vehicle, up to 5 people. 
Open Season: mid-April - late-November
Closest Towns: Chilhowie and Damascus, VA
Water: Drinking water is not currently available
Restroom: Portable Toilets
Passes: The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass provides a 50% discount to the base campsite fee (not hook ups) and the day use fee. No other America the Beautiful Interagency passes are valid at this site. 
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.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 20 Primitive sites (no water, no electricity)

Day Hiking

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas


No. of Sites Picnicking sites available
Reservation Info No Reservations Required

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