Info about: Beartree Campground (the closest one to Damascus) Grindstone and other Forest Service facilities in the area. The remote reservation number is 877-444-6777. Exercise patience. They answer until 10:00pm Eastern.

Town of Damascus - 866-DAMASCUS open space camping.

Mount Rogers Recreation area - 800-628-7202

Grayson Highlands State Park - 276-579-7092. High country camping. Reservations--800-933-PARK

Hungry Mother State Park - 276-783-3224. Reservations--800-933-PARK

Cherokee National Forest - 423-735-1500--Backbone Rock Camping.

May - Our favorite here on the Creeper Trail, is the time for all the wonderful woods flowers--Violets, Blood Root, Trillium, Flags (miniature wild iris). Solomon Seal, Dutchman's Britches, Lady Slippers, Larkspur, Wild Geranium, Columbine.
June - Catawba Rhododendron (blue/purple), Mountain Laurel and strawberries.
July - Maximal Rhododendron (white/Pink) all sorts of field flowers, black raspberries, blackberries.
August - Multitudes of field flowers, blueberries.
September - New York Asters, milkweed, iron weed, coreopsis, goldenrods
October - the brilliant change to fall.