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Tenderfoot Learning Lab

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· Ohio
16 acres
2 sites
2 Tent
At our roots, we are a learning lab for students to learn how to live a sustainable life within their chosen study and life path. Your stay here will help support our mission of preparing students for life beyond college, teaching them to be self-reliant critical thinkers who understand the ripple effects of their decisions in their local and global communities. Learn more about this land: Enjoy camping in a deciduous forest canopy opening that is tucked into the bank of a holler.   A primitive campsite site with tent pad, fire ring, and picnic table will allow you to forget about the world outside of your camp.  Ash Cave is within 30 minutes. Zaleski state park is a 22 minute drive. Attractions UNDER 10 minutes away: - Fox Lake  - bass fishing and birdwatching  - Waterloo Wilderness Area - hiking and wild turkey hunting  -Athens Ohio - many great attractions including our world famous breweries (yes, plural) -Hockhocking Adena  Bikeway - A 21 mile rail to trail paved footpath between Nelsonville and Athens -Wayne National Forest Headquarters -  A patchwork of public land that covers over a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills  We are located 22 miles from Hocking Hills State Park We can accommodate trailer parking with a pull around driveway for all the Hocking Hills ATV trails nearby. No riding on site.
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Ohio, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Tenderfoot Learning Lab T.Joined in October 2020
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59 ratings · 48 reviews
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David G.recommends
November 13, 2022
A Forest Hug
Directions and signs were easy to find, campsite was clean and private. Even though we had neighbors, I didn't really see or hear them. A great place for a quick getaway! Definitely would recommend.
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Amelia B.recommends
October 31, 2022
A Forest Hug
Lovely space in the woods, quiet and beautiful star gazing. Host was very kind and friendly. Forest hug is closer to the privy and parking than the other site. It’s near the road but not too close and the road isn’t busy. Would definitely recommend and stay again.
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Jesse S.recommends
October 25, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
For anyone looking to spend time in the greater Hocking Hills area and would like a quiet, private yet spacious, in close proximity to sights rustic camping experience - Tenderfoot Learning Lab's land and campsite will not disappoint. Easy to find, about 500 feet from parking space down through a scenic wooded path to a great campsite overlooking the valley forest that has a great firepit, large picnic table and space for a good sized tent. While getting to hiking places is not far in any direction the land at the campsite is super friendly for getting out and exploring on foot. Very friendly hosts. Hope to come back in the future!
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Nate G.recommends
October 17, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Beautiful AND comfortable!
Our family so enjoyed our experience on the property, and the owners were incredibly helpful in supplying us with additional firewood to keep us warm on the prematurely chilly nights. The site is extremely convenient both for accessing hiking trails and the city of Athens. We would absolutely book this site again!
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Blake R.recommends
October 17, 2022
A Forest Hug
We had a great stay at this site. Fully surrounded by woods but not far from the car lot. Sits on a beautiful property to walk around on. We did wish we weren’t as close to the road and that we had some type of table/surface, but overall a great experience.
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Bree S.recommends
October 16, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Checks all the boxes
Absolutely gorgeous secluded campsite that had everything we needed. The owners put a lot of thought and time into their sites. The sites were a very short walk from where you park and everything is well marked with tree blazes. We so appreciated the water spigot as well. A beautiful place for a weekend get-away and everyone we encountered on the property were so friendly and great to chat with. We’ll be back again!
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Britney A.recommends
October 9, 2022
A Forest Hug
We loved the site. The only downside was the closeness to the road. I can’t stress enough how much this is my personal opinion, but the fact that you are heavily encouraged to urinate outside combined with the closeness of the road made me a tad uncomfortable. Otherwise we had a great time!
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Skye F.recommends
September 30, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Camping here was amazing! As promised the outhouse was glorious, and for an added bonus the fire pit was cleaned out and there was a nice pile of extremely dry wood waiting for us. We got in late so did not get to explore much, but the morning revealed a quiet, secluded site. The hill down to the lower site is really nothing so don’t that persuade you from staying at this camp! Would stay again
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Caroline W.recommends
September 30, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
We enjoyed tent camping in this little spot while we attended the paw paw festival. Travis was really kind when we asked for a late checkout because my child was sick. And the outhouse truly has no smell!!!
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Elle P.recommends
September 25, 2022
A Forest Hug
Camping
We loved camping at A Forest Hug! The directions were very clear, it was a quiet, cute place with another site nearby! This site is closer to the road so we occasionally heard cars, but it is a perfect spot!!
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Sarah H.recommends
August 29, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Nicely situated between Athens and Nelsonville. Great spot! Hosts were very nice and accommodating!
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Alicea H.recommends
August 23, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Nice private campsite with lots of trees, there was a little bit of road noise but that quieted down during the night. Pretty convenient to west side of Athens. Great fire pit and picnic table and the tent area was nice and soft. The site is on a bit of an incline. Overall we had a great time even though it rained most of the night.
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Luke S.recommends
August 2, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Solo Camping w/ the Pup
Travis and Lindsey are excellent hosts and their 16 acres of land is beautiful. The camp site is tucked away nicely down the hill from their property and comes with all of the necessities. My dog and I stayed there for 3 nights and she didn't have to be on a leash the entire time. She enjoyed running around the woods and being near their pond (which is nice to take a morning or evening dip in). Tenderfoot is the perfect distance away from town where you can see the beauty of the stars in their entirety, but close enough that you can pop by a nearby brewery for a burger if the mood suits you. Also located close to many trails including Hocking Hills. Bring a telescope and enjoy your time!
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Christopher R.recommends
July 31, 2022
A Forest Hug
They aren't lying- the outhouse was incredible.
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Ryleigh T.recommends
July 24, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Rest and Relaxation
My wife and I had a blast! Great location and our host was extremely sweet and responsive. Can’t wait to come back!
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Elise H.recommends
July 16, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
We’ll be back!
We had an amazing stay! The campsite is secluded and spacious. We took advantage of the 10 minute drive to campus and hit up some favorite local establishments (Casa Nueva, Jackie O’s, Little Fish Brewing Co). We also enjoyed a hike at Strouds Run State Park! New favorite place to stay when visiting OU.
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Lynn R.
June 29, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Bringing the tent gear up that hill was rough
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Trevor H.recommends
June 12, 2022
A Forest Hug
A great campsite. The campfire place is well designed and there is a spot for the tent that is cleared and padded. The host was very welcoming. We went for a weekend excursion from the city, and had plenty of privacy in a beautiful wooded area. Would recommend.
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Kayla Jean K.recommends
June 5, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
We had the best time camping here! It was secluded, well kept and very beautiful.
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Paige W.recommends
May 31, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Stargazing & Secluded!
Nice campsite setup! The one campsite is down a hill so get ready to get your workout on getting the camping gear there, makes it very secluded so it’s worth it. Enjoyed the AT theme as well!
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Ryan K.recommends
May 15, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Campsite is downhill from parking, an easy walk away (maybe 50 yards or so?), but be sure you're comfortable with traversing a small slope. Very kind, laid-back hosts. I looked at, but didn't use, the privy - clearly influenced by the AT and seems like legit craftsmanship. I'd definitely consider staying here again and taking more time to explore the property.
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Danny Y.recommends
April 4, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Weekend get away
My brother and I spent the weekend camping at the Tenderfoot Learning Lab 4/1/2022 - 4/3/2022. It is a beautiful site tucked away on the property. The tent pad was just enough for our two tents (Coleman 4 person and Teton Sports Vista cot tent. We enjoyed some campfires, coffee and and just taking in the scenery. We met Travis on day one and he let us know that if we needed anything to just reach out to him. Site was clean, and they have the finest outhouse in Athens county (no joke!). We will definitely coming back.
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John Y.recommends
April 3, 2022
Deciduous Downtime
Beautiful secluded campsite!
The campsite is a perfect spot for spending some time outdoors, and has a beautiful view of the forest. You can hear passing cars at night from the road above, but it was nothing that would've ruined our trip! Highly recommended!!!
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Zoe L.recommends
November 7, 2021
Deciduous Downtime
We had the best time staying at Deciduous Downtime! It is the perfect clearing for stargazing, and we had just the right amount of firewood for our night. We had so much privacy which was super important to us! There was a little noise throughout the night (chainsaws, roosters) but noise like that is always expected! Thank you!
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Jocelyn R.recommends
October 3, 2021
Deciduous Downtime
Nice little gem among the tall trees. Easy access to Hocking Hills, private, great place to de-stress!
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Sarah M.recommends
September 27, 2021
Deciduous Downtime
We had a very relaxing stay here! The site was perfectly tucked away to feel secluded, but was a short downhill walk from parking and the toilet. The picnic table was wonderful to use and the stone fire pit with log benches created a perfectly cozy atmosphere among the beautiful trees. The stars are absolutely insane out here and we loved hearing various nature sounds. The noise from the road was minimal, but we found it oddly comforting since we are used to urban life. Travis was super attentive and very welcoming! We would definitely come back :)
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Jessica S.recommends
September 11, 2021
Deciduous Downtime
Wonderful Hidden Gem
The location is wonderful! Very private. Hosts were wonderful and very accommodating if you need extra firewood! I underestimated the walk to the campsite as I’m a “glamper” and go all out with bringing a lot of things, so if there’s a next time I’ll definitely pack lighter LOL. Would definitely recommend this spot to anyone! Thank you again, Travis!
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William F.recommends
September 7, 2021
Deciduous Downtime
We had a great time taking our son on his first camping trip! Nice area to set up tent, fire ring, and picnic table. Travis was great and responsive but gave us our privacy. Site is private and in the trees far enough from the house and road. The outhouse is great addition as well.
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Tara J.recommends
August 4, 2021
Deciduous Downtime
What a gem.
What a beautiful private camping retreat! The campsite is a beauty. Definitely will come back. This spot makes you feel like your the only ones in the forest. If you need any last minute items/ice there is a Family Dollar not too far from the campsite, which was a nice surprise.
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Mallory S.recommends
July 29, 2021
Deciduous Downtime
Tucked Away
We loved this site! It felt so secluded as it is tucked down into the woods and a wonderful space to relax!
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