Grindstone Recreation Area


Escape the summer heat at 3800 feet. Hike from your campsite to the top of Mount Rogers or stay and enjoy one of the best birding sites in the region. Kids can enjoy campfire programs, splashing in the creek, playground, volleyball, 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
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. 
Open Season: May 1 through October 31
Closest Towns: Chilhowie, VA
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets with warm water showers.
Operated By: American Land and Leisure
Information Center: Visit American Land and Leisure for more information.

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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