The Blue Ridge Campground is located 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway on McKinney Mine Road in Little Switzerland. We are next door to North Carolina’s premier gem mining attraction, Emerald Village, and its North Carolina Mining Museum, and 3 miles from an ice cream shop, a coffee shop, a general store, etc.
We are a small family owned campground currently offering 12 primitive tent camping sites, 2 of which have rustic shelters. Our sites are private and wooded, nestled among Hemlock, Beech, Oak, and Rhododendron forests. Our property boasts an amazing variety of plant life - giant Ferns, Butterfly Weed, Milk Weed, Trillium, Mountain Laurel, Bee Balm, mosses, mushrooms, and wildflowers galore! We encourage exploration and conservation of our natural wonders, and invite our campers to explore our walking trail and pond (no fishing or swimming - but you can feed the fish!).
Our restroom and shower (with hot water) are located at our main office/shop building, easily accessible for all our campers. We have drinks, bagged ice, extra firewood, and some basic camping supplies for sale upon request. Pets are allowed if they are well-behaved, restrained, and are not left unattended.
This flat, ridge-top site has a rustic log cabin-type shelter (log walls with no chinking, a metal roof, floor, and door with latch), a fire ring and firewood to burn, a picnic table, and room for a tent (or 2!). It is at the turn-around at the end of our campground access road, but still within walking distance of the restroom and shower. This is our #5 site.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Cabin on the Ridge
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We watched the weather all day in anticipation of our trip to the Cabin on the Ridge but as luck would have it we arrived under gray skies that pretty quickly turned to rain. Still, the weather didn't dampen our enthusiasm.
Once we found the site we decided to do a little exploring, first driving through the cute and very small town of Little Switzerland (literally, don't blink or you'll miss it) as well as Emerald Village which is a gem mining attraction. I honestly had no idea something like Emerald Village existed in North Carolina and couldn't get over how cool the cave/rock structure looked. It reminded me of things I've seen out west. Be sure to leave time to check it out. There's a pretty good scenic view and it's free!
Also not to be missed is the Blue Ridge Parkway which is only about 3 miles away from the campsite. It has gorgeous overlooks and tons of places to picnic and hike.
As for the site itself, it's awesome. The road leading up there is gravel and on an incline but our little RV had no problem gaining traction and making it up there. We ended up using a couple boards to help us level out since the sites were at an angle but we didn't even mind because it was quiet, clean and peaceful.
Each of the sites has a fire pit, a couple of them have a picnic table and some of them even have a little wooden rustic structure on it (you'll see them in the photos.) We loved the access to an actual toilet and hot, running water for a shower. As you know, sometimes these amenities make all the difference in a trip.
Though we didn't have the best weather, we did have a blast and would love to return at some point in the near future!
This campground worked great for the weekend we were there because we were the only people there. If it had been full we would have no privacy at all as the sites are very close to each other. The pictures you see on the page of caves and waterfalls is not on the premise although it is close by. I couldn't tell you about the store/museum as it was not open for our entire stay. I did see Laurel , who was very pleasant, one time. Firewood and ice are free (if you can find someone to give it to you). There is only one bathroom and one shower for everyone at the campground to use but they are clean.