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6 months ago
Had a wonderful stay at Camp Karuga!! The hosts are very accommodating, it’s an especially great spot for motorcycle riders. The campsite was easy to access from the road! Clean bathrooms, campgrounds. And what an incredibly serene and peaceful location- right along a bustling creek. Will definitely be back! TY!!!
- Brian M
4 months ago
I didn't have any plan to stay in a primitive camp while going to enjoy the Merle Fest, a Bluegrass festival at Wilkesboro community College. But I didn't have much choice other than getting this place, since all the hotels were taken long before. And the weather was heavily rainy. I was little scared to go to the camp in the beginning. Once I went there and seeing Kathy, and her son Gavin, and getting there help and assurance, I was feeling secure. As time went by, I started to fall in love with the place. Little stream with sweet sound of flowing water, birds' chirping constantly, and beautiful scenery of Blue ridge mountains gave me serene comfort, which cannot be compared with anything. Kathy and her two sons are always present for any kind of help. Bathroom is very clean, and cabins are beautiful and clean. This place is a gem in Blue ridge mountains. I am definitely going back, there, soon to enjoy the Fall foliage!
- Abu A
a year ago
The cabin was perfect for storing our stuff, keeping everything dry. More than that, it gave our little one a secure place to sleep when she got scared tent camping. The firepit was ideal. We loved how close the bathhouse was and how clean it was. Can't wait to return.
- Mary G

About us


Nestled under a pine forest, Camp KaRuGa is a campground with tiny cabins and tent sites located 1 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the New River. Beautiful creek side campsites and primitive cabins each with its own picnic table and fire pit with cooking grill.

Camp Karuga offers 2 fully equipped shower houses with hot/cold water, electricity and charging stations. The "Family" bath house is also hanidicap accessible.  

The tiny cabins accommodate 2 adults and 2 children maximum occupancy. The cabins have an 8ft carpeted sleeping loft. The Gavin cabin also comes with a twin sized pullout loveseat.  Camping cots or air mattresses are highly recommended.  Please bring everything you need for a amazing camping experience.  Each cabin is generously spaced from the others for a pleasant heir of privacy. Tent sites are also spaced apart with your privacy in mind.

Ashe County is offers something for everyone. Beautiful hiking trails are as close or as far as you want to drive to get there. Downtown offers an experience in walking back in time with a small town feel that is unmatched. Delicious eating experiences are available from country cooking to fine dining.

Camp Karuga is also perfectly situated for traveling to Boone, Blowing Rock or Banner Elk without the exhaustion of a long drive. There is so many wonderful experiences around Camp Karuga that it will be hard to choose from.

At Camp Karuga, you can be as active as you want, or just kick back and enjoy the view while your ears relax to the sound of our beautiful creek. Either way, you will leave a healthier, happier person and we are sure you'll want to come back. When you stay at Camp Karuga, we will make sure of it!
NEW for 2023!!
We now offer kayak float trips on the New River! Additional fees apply.

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  • (828) 295-2274


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2712 Phillips Gap Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694

Business Hours

Mon:8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tue:8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wed:8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thu:8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Fri:8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat:8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sun:8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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