The Downtown Visitor's Center has area information, maps, guides, and two hours free parking validation. Walking tour maps are available. The center is located on the east end of the Downtown Mall at 610 E. Main Street. Call for a free visitor's guide. Open daily. Charlottesville Free Trolley Service - Free rides between Downtown, The Corner, and UVA grounds. 434-293-6789 (12 miles)
Revered home of Thomas Jefferson , third U.S. President and founder of the University of Virginia. The new Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center is now open and includes new exhibitions, theater, museum shop & café. In 1769 at the age of 26, Thomas Jefferson began the design and construction of Monticello. Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the city of Charlottesville, Monticello is a majestic reminder of Jefferson's creativity and talent. House and garden tours. Advance tickets are available on-line. 434-984-9822 (11 miles)
Ashlawn-Highland is the restored home of James Monroe , the 5th president of the United States and a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. Monroe's 550 acre estate recreates the atmosphere of a working farm with demonstrations and living history. Tours of the house and gardens are available. There is a summer music festival as well. 434-293-9539 (13 miles)
One of the oldest homesteads in Virginia, Michie Tavern , is located on a mountainside near Jefferson's Monticello. Daily interactive tours (9am - 5pm) allow guests to explore 18th-century tavern life, social history and customs. Visitors dine on hearty midday fare in the Tavern's Ordinary from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily where they are greeted by servers in period attire. At Michie Tavern there is a gift shop, and a grist mill exhibit. 434-977-1234 (10 miles)
There is a lot to do on the campground, but there is even more in and around Charlottesville. Don't leave Charlottesville before checking it all out!
The James River runs through Scottsville, 12 miles south of the campground. For more information on tubing, contact James River Runners or James River Reeling and Rafting.