some folks sweated it out in steamy suburbs of Washington some of us were
lucky enough to get up to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the 4th of July
weekend , myself included. I had read and heard about Willville Motorcycle
Campground and so I decided the 3 day 4th of July weekend would a perfect
time to go and check it out. I am happy to report that it was all I expected
location, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 177 and within
a mile of the town of Meadows of Dan at Rt. 58 and the Parkway, sits at
a little over 3000 feet. While the surrounding lowland areas are often
in the 90's during the summer months it rarely gets above the 80's this
high up along the Parkway. An added bonus is that mesquites and several
other annoying insects don't often find their way much above 2000 feet
either. Combined with the wonderful views, great roads, and clear, clean
mountain air you couldn't ask for a better location.
campground is in it's third year of operation and is owned and run by
an avid motorcyclist who decided a number of years ago that the rat race
of city living just wasn't his thing and bought 25 aces which comprise
the campground. Over the next few years he spent as many weekends as he
could get away clearing some the land and building the structures that
make up the campground common areas, his shop and year around home.
The main camping area consists of a large cleared, level field with trees
scattered around the edges that provide ample shade, situated behind a
line of trees that separate it from the cleared field in front of the
side is bordered by a small stream that then cuts across the lower end
of main field and wanders around to form a small densely shaded "island"
camping area which is accessed by a small wooden bridge.
This is the area where I stayed with several others with whom I was riding
that weekend. There was plenty of room for 4 or 5 small tents and our
are a number of picnic benches , trash containers and fire pits placed
around the grounds for the use of the campers. Wood is also available
by the wheelbarrow load. No cars are allowed beyond the main building
into the camping area.
The camping fee also includes a breakfast of your choice of ham or chicken
biscuit and first cup of coffee, with donations requested for additional
The campground is run almost entirely on an honor system, camping fees
are paid by depositing your money in an envelope and indicating your camping
area, license tag number and preference for ham or chicken biscuit.
main building houses men's and women's showers with hot and cold water,
bathrooms and a small covered porch with table and chairs, where sodas
and coffee are available.
There is also a refrigerator with sodas, ice (just drop your money in
the can for what you use) and a coffee maker is available for those early
risers who wish to make their own before the owner gets the larger pot
A small shop stocked with tools for performing minor repairs or changing
oil is also available for use.
Local attractions include Mabry Mill a few miles up the Parkway, the
Floyd Country Store located in the town of Floyd about 45 minutes away,
that features music on Friday evenings, plenty of great two lane mountain
roads, and of course the Blue Ridge Parkway. The town of Meadows of Dan
which is less than a mile away, has several eating establishments, gas
station, motel, country stores and Saturday night blue grass music concerts
during the summer months.
in all I was well pleased with my stay at Willville Bike Camp. It is a
well run, friendly, clean campground where you can meet other motorcyclist
and talk bikes or whatever else comes along, ride some of the best road
Virginia has to offer, hear some great country blue grass on weekends
or just kick back and enjoy the quiet of the mountains. At right around
300 miles from northern Virginia and less than that from most other locations
in Virginia, it makes for a leisurely day ride and wonderful overnight
destination. Having gone once, I am most assuredly planning on a return