Hipcamp host Wendy O.,
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Narrow entrance is marked with a purple post. Drive over the tracks and through the hayfield to find your slice of wooded, riverfront camping.  All sites are primitive with one shared portable toilet.   All sites have a picnic table and fire pit with a grate. There are two active railroad lines; one on each side of the river. They do run through the day and night and are obl

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Narrow entrance is marked with a purple post. Drive over the tracks and through the hayfield to find your slice of wooded, riverfront camping.  All sites are primitive with one shared portable toilet.   All sites have a picnic table and fire pit with a grate. There are two active railroad lines; one on each side of the river. They do run through the day and night and are obligated to whistle when approaching our crossing.  I have my camp listed as dispersed but all 5 sites are labeled: I treat it first come, first choice.  All sites are on the river! I can't accept or allow RV's or trailers. Zoning restrictions-sorry. Split firewood is available at $10 per wagon load.   We are very close to the Jefferson National Forest where you can find great hikes like the Belfast trail fondly called Devil's Marbleyard. We are also just a few miles from the Natural Bridge State Park.

Campsite area
Tent sites
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
Have a question? Send Wendy a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Paddling
Whitewater paddling

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at James River Depot in Virginia.

Field

This 30 acres is an active hayfield. Please respect the grass which is a cow's dinner.

River, stream, or creek

This field is on the James River

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Hipcamper Jae
Jae L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 3rd, 2022

Fantastic place! We had a great time by the river and plenty of firewood!

Hipcamper Nathaniel
Nathaniel D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 23rd, 2022

We enjoyed our stay at James river depot the spots were spaced nicely, plenty of firewood on hand and a porta john. I didn't read any reviews before staying but the property is surrounded by two train tracks hence the name (depot), the trains didn't bother us and our kids loved it but they were busy

Hipcamper Eugene
Eugene R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2022

A totally awesome relaxing location. Been multiple times and look forward to going again. Might not be able to wait till next summer.

Hipcamper William

Awesome!!

William H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2022

This is my second time staying here, and it continues to be my favorite spot to camp in Virginia!

Hipcamper sarah
Sarah B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 14th, 2022

Beautiful private spot next to the river. Ample level space at multiple sites to park the truck and sleep in the bed.

Hipcamper Brandon

Great location, clean and relaxing.

Brandon M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 7th, 2022

Site 5 was perfect for my 17’ Conversion Van. Beautiful location right next to the River and Railroad. I highly recommend this place to stay and Wendy was a great Host!

Hipcamper Missy
Missy M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 6th, 2022

Despite a very rainy weekend, we loved our stay at James River Depot.
Pre-arrival communication was on point. Directions were easy to follow and check in was a breeze. Everything was exactly as advertised.
My pup and I stayed at site 4 which was very beautiful and spacious with easy access to the wood pile and bathroom. There was no split wood, but an axe was provided. The entrance into the site was pretty narrow but still accessible in my Tacoma. Once in the site, it opened up with plenty of space to set up camp, enjoy bonfires, relax in a hammock, and listen to the sounds of the river. My puppy enjoyed running in the river and chasing all of the sticks. There were multiple trains running all hours of the day/night but it was never too much to be an issue.
I have already recommended this location to friends even though I would love to keep this place a secret 😉 I’ll definitely be back!

Hipcamper Patrick

Wonderful campsite.

Patrick B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 5th, 2022

The campsite was great and well maintained. Wendy was also super responsive and helpful during my visit.

Hipcamper Andrew

Great site!

Andrew D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 3rd, 2022

Great campsite with convenient firewood wood pickup! We were pleased with the spot and responsiveness of the host.

Awards

Best of 2022 Virginia
Finalist
Best in 2021 Virginia
Finalist
Property
Railroad and River Retreat
State
Virginia
Country
United States
$20/night
4 Sites

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