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Appalachian Retreat

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· Newport, Washington, Ohio
500 acres hosted by J. R.
2 lodging sites · 1 RV site · 2 tent sites
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Located in the rolling Appalachian hills of Southeast Ohio. This farm has been in our family since 1869 when our relatives settled here from Germany. This particular location was originally a home site for my grandfather's sister, Lizzie. Originally farmed for cattle and sheep with many orchards over the years our property is now mostly mature forest. Southeast Ohio, including our property is known for its hilly topography and microclimates. Hills range from 400 to 1,000 feet. On our property you will find dry ridges with tree species like Chestnut Oak or humid valleys that resemble a moss-covered temperate rain forest from the pacific northwest. Much of our property has now reached late stage mature forests with an open understory. Nearly 500 acres of land with an additional 200+ acres of Wayne National Forest adjacent to our farm and close proximity to other Wayne areas for outdoor activities. We have nearly 10 miles of available trails for hiking. Many activities can be done at or centered around our property such as excellent and challenging road biking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, kayaking and boating. We are about one mile from the Little Muskingum river. A great river for kayak trips. The Wayne Kinderhook horse and hiking trail is roughly 5 miles from our location. Hike to the Irish Run Natural Land bridge trail also a short drive to the trailhead from our property. Riding your motorcycle up Rt. 26 is great! A great Ohio byway for scenic driving. This is also a great home base for dual sport or adventure bike motorcycle riders to camp while adventuring along gravel roads through Appalachia. If motorcycles aren't your method of entertainment and travel. Bring your horse and ride on several of our trails. From steep ascents to long flat ridge lines, you will have lots of time to immerse yourself with nature while hiking. We're next to a section of the Wayne National Forest and a short drive to other similar Wayne activities. It's a great place to hear a whip-poor-will sing on a spring night while stargazing as you see a satellite zip past in the sky. If you like to camp, but don't want the busy public park experience then you will enjoy the privacy of our camping location. Camp at our main site along the forest edge near the country backroad with a fire ring and mowed grassy area or there are also several backwoods primitive camp sites available for someone who wants to rough it. We are also only about a 20-minute drive to downtown Marietta. Where you can find restaurants, bars, and many other fun activities.
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Christina J.recommends
July 9, 2024
R-Frame
Rustic in comfort
I tried both cabins, one night each, and this one was by far my favorite. I missed being up in the trees in the 1st cabin, but this one still has a lot of nature to offer! While it is rustic, this cabin provides all the basics you would need for a comfortable visit. It’s also PRIVATE. I stayed in the other cabin the 1st night and can say that, at least with leaves on the trees, you cannot see one cabin from the other (just the 1st cabin from the outhouse and vice versa). I was amazed at how clean the composting toilet was; it doesn’t smell at all. Even in the hot (90-ish!), humid weather, this place was comfortable; it has both a sliding screen door and a screen window on the opposite side near the bed for great air circulation. With my battery fan, I felt cool despite the outside temps. Roomy enough for me to sit behind the screen door in a hammock chair to enjoy reading during a rain storm. This site is far from main roads, and aside from the sound of a vehicle entering/leaving the main house about a few times a day, there's zero human noise; I've been reserving spots for years through sites like Hipcamp and this is the quietest I've stayed at yet. Nothing but the sounds of nature all around me. Several types of butterflies were attracted to wildflowers all around the cabin, and birds to nearby feeders. Firefly shows at night during summer. I strongly suggest printing any directions and information you want to have on you during your stay due to zero cell service.
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Christina J.recommends
July 9, 2024
Cabin in the Woods
Quiet, private stay in the woods
This is the perfect spot for the solo traveler who is packing light and needs a quiet, serene place to stay. I wish I had more than 1500 characters to describe it. Be prepared for a little bit of a climb: the way to the cabin is a short hike of about 7 minutes, mostly uphill, and the last bit is a little steep. But this is what puts you in a great location on an edge that overlooks almost nothing but trees. It's PRIVATE. I stayed in the other cabin the 2nd night and can say that, at least with leaves on the trees, you cannot see one cabin from the other (only this cabin from the R's outhouse and vice versa). This site is far from main roads, and apart from the distant sound of a vehicle entering/leaving the main house about a few times a day, there is zero human noise; I've been reserving camping spots for years through sites like Hipcamp and this is the quietest I've stayed at yet. I got to enjoy nothing but the sounds of nature all around me. I strongly suggest printing any directions and information you want to have on you during your stay due to no cell service. There's a wagon provided, but it's solid metal; I wouldn't recommend pulling it up to this cabin. This site has a solo stove; I didn't see the directions for it in the cabin until after I used it with only the 2nd of the 2 pieces that goes on top. Be sure to read the directions: the 1st piece makes more room for wood to be in the stove and the 2nd piece goes on top of that for cooking.
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Maria B.recommends
June 23, 2024
Masons Ridge Remote Campsite
Absolutely beautiful!
This is such a wonderful hidden gem. I'm so glad we found it! The host was very accommodating and keeps the property extremely well maintained. We stayed at one spot the first night because we arrived so late and didn't want to do the big hike in the middle of the night, then the next day we hiked up to our spot. Both camp sites were gorgeous, the hike to the one we went to the second day is definitely not for the weak, I'm a beginner hiker and this was my first experience backpacking, my boyfriend is very experienced thankfully and took most of the heavy load. I personally loved the hike, just took it slow and steady and enjoyed the scenery on my way. I have already recommended this hidden gem to friends and will continue to do so, it's hard to find good private camp sites and this one was an absolute winner. I'm already thinking about planning a girl's trip in one of the A frames!
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Tamara G.recommends
June 9, 2024
Lizzies RV Boondocking Site
Peaceful Hipcamp
When I’m looking for a Hipcamp, I want one that has one site because we enjoy the solitude. Even though this Hipcamp has several sites you would never know it. We did not see any other camps or campers during our two nights stay. When we turned onto the road, I knew that we had made the right choice! Big woods and open fields with plenty of wildlife. We saw turkey, deer,, butterflies & birds. We heard coyotes, tree frogs & owls. The hiking trails felt as though you had entered a magical Forest, huge majestic trees were overhead and the forest floor was lush with ferns. (J. gave us detailed, hiking directions & we enjoyed a 4 mile hike with our two pups.) The camp site was big with paths through a field of milkweed & wildflowers that had beautiful butterflies dancing in the wind 🦋 it provided access to the picnic area with a charcoal grill, a compost outhouse and a fire ring. If you are tent camping, the wooden platform is the perfect place to set your tent on. The luxury of electric was a bonus as was the new, clean compost outhouse. The site to setup your R.V. Is close to a gravel road but there were only a handful of jeeps & side by side’s that drove by. We slept soundly for 11 hours both nights! The new cabins look amazing too. J. was just a text away when we couldn’t figure out the electrical connection. (Breaker was shut off) speaking of texting, my cell phone had connection by the picnic table. Thanks J for sharing this sweet camp.. Tami & Ric/Hazel & Duece 🐶
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Eric N.recommends
June 2, 2024
Lizzies RV Boondocking Site
Great location!
The site was perfect; it was secluded with easy access and a great view of the night sky. Our van is set up for 30 amp hookup, but the site is designed for 50 amp. The host was kind enough to divert from an ice cream run with the family to make a trip to Walmart and grab the converter cable. It was a wonderful night in a stunning location!
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Brian G.recommends
May 27, 2024
Masons Ridge Remote Campsite
Oh, that's a REAL Hike!
The was a VERY secluded spot! So much, I completely hiked past in on the first Ruck in (hahaha) It is about 1.8/2mi ruck in from the parking spot, and its an uphill hike to get to the spot. I had to ruck out earlier than expected due to a night time shoot, and I was worried about hiking back in a 2am. SUPER QUIET and the hosts were very helpful with bringing in extra firewood and getting me to the spot when I missed it the first time. **Headpalm** For sure bring Bug Spray! Also, be very particular with what you NEED for this campout. This is NOT "Glamping" If I was just camping to unplug, this is the perfect spot!
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Newport, Washington, Ohio, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), and Kaskaskia First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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