Primitive, private, and beautiful open camping. We have 100+ acres of mostly-wooded land nestled between two mountain ranges in the Appalachian mountains, on a south-facing slope of about 5 degrees. There are some open fields for camping, and plenty of firewood that can be freely gathered. A primitive composting toilet is available. A water spigot is available. For now, camp
Primitive, private, and beautiful open camping. We have 100+ acres of mostly-wooded land nestled between two mountain ranges in the Appalachian mountains, on a south-facing slope of about 5 degrees. There are some open fields for camping, and plenty of firewood that can be freely gathered. A primitive composting toilet is available. A water spigot is available. For now, campers can choose from a variety of locations to pitch a tent in the open areas, or explore the woods (if they can find a flat, non-rocky location for tent!). There are many isolated spots from which you won't be able to see any other homes. Generally, it is very quiet except for wildlife, and the stars are bright on a moonless night. We have trails throughout our land and multiple rushing rocky mountain streams to explore. There are several popular trailheads nearby: one about 3 minutes away to Pinnacle Rock, and another at The Channels (voted best hike in Virginia) about 30 minutes away. A country kitchen is down the road about 5 miles. You can gather firewood from any fallen trees, or if you want to stop by our house, we will give you some split firewood for free.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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We came here on our first primitive experience with the kids for my son’s birthday. We had the best time! We came with a 3yr old, 13yr old, and our pooch. The kids loved feeding the fish in the pond and watching them jump up to eat it. They also enjoyed jumping off all the rocks and chasing the dog through the field. Definitely a family friendly spot!! There’s plenty of space to explore and drive around if you have 4WD (be careful there’s a lot of thorny brush). There was plenty of wood to gather too! David answered all of my questions beforehand and gave plenty of information and tips, we didn’t need to contact him at all during our stay! Super easy to find too. GPS took us all of the way, except the end destination was a little off, David’s directions helped with that! Literally every spot has a fantastic view, it did not disappoint. The only thing I would say, the neighbors like to shoot their guns; that didn’t bother us, but may bother some.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, Thank you so much!!
Pretty property & great views
This was a great place to camp. I brought my son and some scouts from his troop. We rode the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus and spent two evenings at the site. The owner was very responsive and cut the grass down to accommodate us. There is a water spigot on the property which was convenient. I would suggest using a vehicle with a higher ground clearance to get over to the side of the property where the pond is located. The road is a little steep with some rocks. I made it there with a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan front wheel drive. My friend drove a Hyundai Elantra to the pond area and he made it over (which was very entertaining for me!) The host was very flexible and allowed us to also camp on the more accessible side by the property entrance behind the out buildings. The neighbor has rooster which gave us a 5am wake up call (I loved it). I would camp here in the future.
Creeping Thyme Forest had a backwoods vibe, I really enjoyed the quiet and space. Large acreage, no issues finding a private spot. My car didn’t quite have the clearance to get all the way up the hill but it’s easy to walk in or just find a spot before the road gets rough.
Secluded and serene
We had a peaceful night of rest after hiking and driving all day. Once we got there the property was relatively easy to follow as far as finding a place to set up. Somewhat rough terrain driving in. I'd suggest having something a little more robust than a car to navigate the path.
This place was great - we camped at the top of the hill, which is quiet and has a beautiful view. We hiked the Channels one day and took a trip to Asheville the next day. In order to get to the top of the hill, you definitely need a higher clearance car or 4-wheel drive for the uneven path. If you have a compact low-clearance car, you can camp anywhere else on the property, but the view won't be the same. I highly recommend this place if you want to explore this corner of VA!
Creeping Thyme Forest is as described. We enjoyed the stars, fireflies, wild flowers and blackberries. David was great with communication. The road was a bit tricky for us, however it was worth it. Oh yea, the frogs did sing us to sleep each night!