Camp in Jefferson National Forest at a variety of creek-side campsites off the AT leading to the popular day hike destination, Dragon's Tooth.

At the well marked Dragon's Tooth Parking Area off Catawba Valley Drive (VA-311), park here for free where a restroom can also be found. From here hike a quarter mile past the large kiosk to the first set of 2 campsites. You'll also see some backcountry campsites people set up along the trail. If you do this, be sure to follow national forest rules for camping. 

The first more recognizable campsite is before the first stream crossing, and the second is after it. Both off to the left side of the trail. The campsites are first come first serve and can be quite popular during summer weekends.

Highly recommend a morning hike to Dragon's Tooth or even an out and back along the AT which follows a beautiful ridge. The Dragon's Tooth hike adventure can also be found on The Outbound's website for ease of planning.

Pack List

  • Tent
  •  Sleeping bag
  •  Camping essentials
  •  Food/bearbag
  •  Hiking shoes
  •  Good company
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RT Distance 0.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Camping, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking


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