Fancy Gap Cabins And Campground

You’re looking for a place near the Blue Ridge Parkway, not too far from Things To Do and not too close either. Take a drive into Virginia and give Fancy Gap Cabins and Campground a shot, which is literally right on the parkway.

If you have an RV, they’ve got a dozen full hookup spots that are mostly level and easy to get into.  We had to do a bit of creative leveling as Fay’s rear was a bit too low.  Didn’t take too much work though.  Most of the sites will handle 50′ RVs though a few will only accommodate rigs that are 30′ or shorter.IMG_20190824_104202

There are several cabins for those who don’t carry their home on their back.  We didn’t go into any so can’t comment on how they are but from the outside they seem to be a good size for a couple of people on a long weekend.

There’s also a motel, which we only saw from a distance, that features queen beds, futons and porches with mountain views and breezes.

And last but not least they have several large tent sites with water and electric.  Roughing it with benefits.  Or something like that.  Bring your own benefits.

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They also have a peach orchard and if you get there at the right time of year when the trees are full of fruit, they’ll let you pick your own peaches.  We did and they did and the peaches were really yummy.  If I remember rightly, 2019 was the first year they’d tried their hand at growing peaches so I expect that 2020 might bring even more peachy goodness.  The orchard alone is a good enough reason to stay for a few nights.

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We had a large shared “yard” behind our spot that led to several trails where we spent many hours walking our boy, wandering around the forest and searching for new and interesting, or edible, mushrooms.

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Within walking distance is the Mt Airy overlook at milepost 202.8, which was completely invisible one day, due to the fog but presented us with spectacular views the rest of the time.IMG_20190828_115045

We also visited the Blue Ridge Music Center and enjoyed the exhibits and live music but being us, enjoyed the forest walks even more.  Cool naturey things and some edible mushrooms were found.  This is also where we first saw a patch of Hot Lips fungus.  Cool and creepy.

We took a drive aaaall the way down to North Carolina (it really wasn’t that far) to take a hike at Cumberland Knob and while the hike started out well, by halfway through we were ready to be airlifted out.  This graphic should give you some idea why.  We started walking from the picnic area at about the 9 o’clock position and moved clockwise.  Even with the difficulties we had I do recommend the hike but take extra water, snacks, hiking sticks and good hiking shoes.  We had most of those but definitely needed more water and snacks.

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We also paid a visit to Mt. Airy, Andy Griffith’s adopted home town and it was as kitschy as anyone might except but worth an afternoon visit.

Charles and Jennifer, the owners, are very friendly and helpful and will help to make your stay as enjoyable as it possibly can be.

For more pictures, head on over to the gallery.

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Michael Harrison

Husband, Programmer, Irish dancer, tinkerer, astronomer, layabout (as much as possible)

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