Our Story

Meet Pete & Smokey
Owner and operator of High Country Campground Pete Bartel and his old pal Smokey welcome you!
As a native Charlotte N. Carolinian from Myers Park High, an old school motorcycle enthusiast and grill-master of Smokes BBQ and Catering, Pete decided to purchase this breathtaking property in 2020 to share his love for the beauty of the Virginia Mountains.
Please feel free to come explore the excitement of the 3600 ft elevation of White Top Mountain, home of Big Foot National Forest and horse trails traveled by Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Wartime hero’s alike.
Whether it’s the history of the property as an old Speakeasy called “The Eagles Nest” and all the tales of the land or the incredible nature of the Highlands and Appalachians themselves, Pete and Smokey would love to share with you the knowledge and experiences of such a place so dear to the heart.

Campground Accommodations


Direct access to trails of Mt. Rodgers, Whitetop Mountain & Appalachian Trail, access to 40 x 80 building, griddle, electricity & water hook-ups, 25 camper sites, 35 barn stalls & 25 tent sites.  One Camper on site available for rent with queen mattress.  Ceramic tile showers (VERY CLEAN), covered stalls (10×10), full water and electric hookup sites, nearby fishing, swimming and hiking.  Nearby dining, as well as, B&B just minutes away, but the Camp Restaurant is dependent upon campground occupancy.  If you get off the path during bad weather and need an Emergency Hostel our campground is available.


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  • Whitetop Mountain Maple Festival
  • Naturalists Rally, Mt. Rogers
  • Appalachian Trail Days Festival, Damascus, VA
  • Mt. Ramp Festival, Whitetop Mountain
  • Grayson County Fiddlers Convention
  • Wayne C. Henderson Festival, Grayson Highlands State Park
  • Christmas in July, West Jefferson, NC
  • Virginia Highlands Festival
  • Grayson Highlands Fall Festival
  • Mountain Foliage Festival
  • Whitetop Mountain Molasses Festival


Historic Abingdon, VA Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, the town of Abingdon is known for its artsy vibe, historic charm and its proximity to some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation in the state. Plan your trip and learn why Abingdon was voted one of the Coolest Small Towns in America.

Damascus, VA Access to Appalachian Trail,Virginia Creeper Trail & Historic Daniel Boone Trail

Mount Rogers, VA – the highest natural point in Virginia with a summit elevation of 5,729 feet above mean sea level. The summit straddles the border of Grayson & Smyth Counties, VA, about 6.45 miles WSW of us.  Visit the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area while you’re there.

Whitetop Mountain, VAthe second highest independent mountain in the U.S. state of Virginia, after nearby Mount Rogers. It is also the third highest named peak in Virginia, after Mount Rogers and its subsidiary peak, Pine Mountain.

The Virginia Creeper Trail makes a perfect mountain adventure. 34 miles from Abingdon to Whitetop Station and views are farmland, mountain streams and the wooded creation of nature.