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Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the peace and quiet at this secluded campsite. 

About the property

Arcadia is the name we gave to our 83 acre mountainside retreat center for Earth-Based Spirituality. It’s nestled on the southeastern slope of 4000-foot Mount Pleasant in Central Virginia, convenient to I81. (Note, there is


Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the peace and quiet at this secluded campsite. 

About the property

Arcadia is the name we gave to our 83 acre mountainside retreat center for Earth-Based Spirituality. It’s nestled on the southeastern slope of 4000-foot Mount Pleasant in Central Virginia, convenient to I81. (Note, there is a town called Arcadia off I81, but that is not us. Not to confuse.)

We have a mountain creek with waterfalls, towering Beech and Sycamore trees, Witch Hazels leaning over the water, trout, crayfish, snakes, salamanders, and all the rest. Our property backs onto the George Washington National Forest and offers 2000 feet of vertical mountainside with trails to explore. 

Enjoy biking near your campsite or up on the mountain trails if you are feeling adventurous. There are also bike trails a short car ride away which are both private and public. We live at the base of Mount Pleasant and are happy to offer additional trail suggestions upon request. 

In addition to the trails, there are also three large lakes within a short drive: Thrasher's Lake, Stonehouse Lake, and Mill lake. In the surrounding area you can also find wineries, Rainbow Mountain wolf sanctuary, and amazing bird watching. 

We offer several sites, including some that are higher up the mountain if you prefer more isolated camping. Just note that they are more of a trek to the bathrooms, showers, and fresh water.  

During your stay, you may encounter free roaming chickens, turkeys, ducks, and guinea fowl. Additionally, one dog, eight cats, and several humans are blessed to call this home. 

Finally, we are proud to offer one of the finest private stages on the East Coast with a top-notch sound system and a natural amphitheater which is like a single pie wedge of a stadium.  During the summer months, there are musical events and other extra activities which you will be welcome to join in. 

About the listing

These tent campsites are a little bit of a trek to get to on foot, but worth it for the seclusion and sense of being among nature. If you have a four or all-wheel drive, you can access them by partially gravelled rough dirt road (5-minute drive). There are two sites and both have fire pits that can be used except during a no-burn ban. 

Hot and cold running water showers are available, including shampoo. Other necessities can be purchased for a small fee. 

We also offer firewood, jams, eggs, breakfast, and energy healing, all of which are available upon checkout as Hipcamp Extras. 

We don’t have any cooking supplies, but clean, safe drinking water is available from our well.

We are very dog-friendly. Up to two well-behaved, quiet dogs are allowed, but please do not leave them unattended at any time. Persistent barkers (barking for more than 20 minutes or complaints from other campers) will be given two warnings before they and their people are asked to leave. If it is felt that the dog is being unattended the owner's reserve the right to intervene. Pet sitting may be provided upon request.

The Host will greet you upon arrival and then leave you to enjoy your stay, but we are also happy to interact as campers wish.

While you will have privacy at your site, we do have a few different campsites on the property, so you may run into other campers in common areas or in passing during your stay. 

Additional details to note:

  • Cellular service is limited for some carriers, so plan ahead accordingly. 
  • While we recommend disconnecting from the digital world during your visit, we do offer limited WiFi for campers upon request.
Campsite area
Tent sites
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
No kitchen
No picnic table
Have a question? Send Fran a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 83%

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Small pond with some fish in it.


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Wildlife watching

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Swimming hole

Swimming in the pond is undertaken at campers own risk.


Free ranging birds - Chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, and turkeys.


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Hipcamper Amber

Upper balcony site was amazing!

Amber Y.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2022

Amazing view of the stars at night! The upper balcony was perfect and secluded but still a quick walk to the shower/bathroom. Dog friendly too! We had a blast.

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan P.
recommends this listing.
(Up and over)
September 16th, 2022

Very welcoming with secluded camping sites and good facilities. They host occasional event (eg music), so be on the lookout!

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Hipcamper Peter

Don't expect peace and quiet

Peter S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Up and over)
September 5th, 2022

We were at one of the farthest camp sites but we could hear people singing, laughing and talking until about 3 am. We ended up staying for only 1 of the 2 nights reserved.

Hipcamper Peter

Don't expect to get much sleep

Peter S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Up and over)
September 5th, 2022

While Fran was a nice host, the camping experience itself was pretty unpleasant. A large group of people outside the house stayed up singing, laughing and shouting until about 3 am and, even though we were one of the farthest campsites from the house, we could hear them as if they were right beside us. Suffice it to say, we didn't get much sleep and ended up only staying for 1 of the 2 nights we had reserved.

Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin G.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2022

Excellent campsite

Hipcamper Fran
Response from Fran, the Host, on September 16th, 2022

Glad you found it so. Do come again if you are out this way again.

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Hipcamper Jacqueline

Camping with large family group!

Jacqueline C.
recommends this listing.
(Up and over)
May 30th, 2022

Absolutely great property for group, kids and dogs. We appreciate Fran’s hospital with communication, prep of the site, privacy, cut wood on-sight, fresh eggs and bathroom setup. We love coming here!

Hipcamper Erica H.
recommends this listing.
(Up and over)
June 26th, 2022
Arcadia Sanctury
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