13 Oct

Got 48 Hours and an RV? Visit Fancy Gap, Virginia! (Destination Inspiration for Go RVing)


One of our most popular podcast episodes ever was about camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Last summer we originally planned a stay in Fancy Gap, Virginia largely because we needed a place to rest on our way down to the Great Smoky Mountains.

We were shocked when Fancy Gap became one of our favorite stops that summer. The Fancy Gap KOA was a peaceful and sleepy retreat, just a few tenths of a mile from the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We enjoyed driving along one of America’s most popular scenic byways, and we loved watching live music at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Plus, our visit to Mount Airy–the childhood home of Andy Griffith and inspiration for the Andy Griffith Show–could not have been amore delightful way to spend a day sightseeing with our boys. After pork chop sandwiches at Snappy Lunch, haircuts at Floyd’s Barber Shop, and a tour of the town in the back of a police car our kids were obsessed with all things Andy Griffith.


And they are still watching the TV show in regular rotation.

Go RVing has a special section of their website called Destination Inspiration, where you can find out how to make the most out of 48 hours in some amazing locations around the country. We were thrilled to write one about Fancy Gap, Virginia and the surrounding area.

You can read our step-by-step guide here on Go RVings Destination Inspiration. And then tell us where you love to go when you have an RV and 48 hours to kill…


And you can also check out the podcast we recorded about the area last summer…RVFTA Episode #42 Greetings from the Blue Ridge Parkway!

One thought on “Got 48 Hours and an RV? Visit Fancy Gap, Virginia! (Destination Inspiration for Go RVing)

  1. While we were in Fancy Gap. on our drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway we stopped for the night just off I77 and Chances creek Rd. We found a wonderful restaurant there called the Gear Head Diner. The building from the outside appears to be a service station that once serviced autos in the area before the interstate came thru. The fuel pump island with the overhang from the station is still there, but the the pumps and the fuel tanks below had been removed.
    The inside of the diner is, for lack of a better way to describe, a motor head museum with signs, license plates, and pictures adorning the walls. The tables are made from former chalkboards from a retired elementary school in the area. The floors are the white and black checkerboard style but made from diamond grip shop flooring. The sign leading to the kitchen is named “The Grease Pit”.
    The food that we had was super and not greasy. I had the “Roadrunner” Reuben with the sauerkraut on the side. The sauerkraut was homemade and was surprisingly good. Sally had a Salad that was fresh and very tasty. One of their specialties is deep fried pickles that are on the menu as “Stick-Shift Pickles”. What a name and a restaurant worth stopping in,
    Toni and Sally Bright

    P.S,.Let me know how to post or send pictures and I’ll send what we took between bites, lol.

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