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Camp Douglass - Schuylkill River

· Douglassville, Berks, Pennsylvania
10 acres hosted by Shane R.
1 tent site
All to yourself
96% of recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp felt private.
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Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Amazing views
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Tucked away alongside the Schuylkill River, and just next to the expansive Schuylkill River Trail, Camp Douglass gives you an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle without leaving the creature comforts at home. A 5 minute drive gets you to more than 6 restaurants, a grocery store, a Wawa, and more.Hello and welcome to Camp Douglass, your private 10 acre oasis along the Schuylkill River. Come by to relax and unwind without needing to leave the creature comforts at home. 🏕 The camp area consists of a large cleared out section of the forest, 3 picnic tables, and a metal fire pit. Here you’ll find beautiful views across and up the Schuylkill river with no houses in sight. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the camp on foot from the parking area via a flat clean trail. You may also drive directly to the site, see below for details. 🐣 PLEASE NOTE: We are still new to hosting, so we politely ask for your feedback and kindness during your stay. Your messages help turn this into a great camping experience to be enjoyed by everyone. 🚲 We are located directly alongside the Schuylkill River Trail, a beautiful nature and biking trail that spans more than 75 miles across Pennsylvania. Bring your bicycle, or simply go for a walk through the endless expanse of beautiful forest in the region. 🏝 Feeling adventurous? Take your kayak or canoe to your very own private island in the middle of the river to experience the ultimate seclusion. 🪵 We have prepared a moderate amount of firewood for our guests, and there are more than enough downed trees throughout the forest around the camp area that you may cut as well. Please do not cut any living trees. 🛤🔊 Camp is located near an active train line, so you may hear the low rumble of a train a few times during your stay. Because there are no road crossings nearby, you'll never hear a horn. Please read our reviews to see our past guests feelings on the noise before booking. 🐜 Keep in mind, this is a riverside forest. There will be bugs! You may find some mosquitos along the trail on your way to the camp, but generally we have not had any issue with them at the camp itself. Bug spray is advised. 🍳 You'll be a 10-15 min walk from at least 5 restaurants, an 8 min walk to Wawa (24 hour food and toilets), and a 12 min walk to Redners (full size grocery store). 🚌 We are located a 15 min walk away from the Klein bus terminal with twice daily service to and from NYC. 🛻 Vehicle access! We are working hard to bring you comfortable van and truck access directly to the riverside campground. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise along the river in the comfort of your own vehicle. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask us about beta testing our new access road.
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63 ratings · 54 reviews
Erin C.recommends
May 12, 2024
Secluded Riverside Campsite
Amazing spot- felt very secluded! You may have the local kayak paddle by. I found the train to be really really cool! I was able to make the journey on the new road with my suv but I wouldn’t try it on anything that’s not on a car frame. Yet! Great job maintaining the site!
Erin C.recommends
April 30, 2024
Secluded Riverside Campsite
Felt very secluded! Great job clipping back and prepping the site! The dogs could be off the leash and loved the water- they even learned to ride on my paddle board this weekend! Easy to put in kayaks or paddle-boards close by! Ended up extending the trip a night solo because it was so relaxing there!
Ashley M.recommends
April 28, 2024
Secluded Riverside Campsite
We tent camped at this site and it was awesome! Secluded and private, this site was tucked away near the river. The site could be accessed easily with an suv or truck. I drove my Tahoe out there with no problems in the dark since we got there late our first night. For a riverside site the mosquitoes weren’t bad, and plenty of shade. Beautiful view. Loads of cute honking geese splashing and flying around. The spot was huge and we had plenty of room to spread out. This site was a perfect retreat for my best friend and I to disappear into the woods for the weekend. We had a blast and look forward to booking this site again! Thank you Shane for having us!
Edward C.
April 26, 2024
Secluded Riverside Campsite
Shane waa attentive and laid out instructions clearly for self check in on arrival. Plenty of wood provided to keep warm. We knew going in of the train but for our particular 4 day stay, the number of passes and time of day was unfortunate. Tough to make up sleep with multiple trains coming through between 1230-130am and 3:30 and 430am. Site itself and view was easily top 3 of any place we've stayed over our 5 years of using Hipcamp. Mosquitos need to be recond with as you would expect being on the water. Breeze off river handled them well for us onsite but spray is needed for any walks. All in all an amazingly beautiful site but not likely to return due to interrupted sleep that caught up to us after 3 nights. The review can there. But if interested I can elaborate more on the trains. There are basically 2 types. One we called the Amazon train cause it pulled double decker Amazon truck trailers, JBHunt, swift, and various other outfitters. That train seemed well maintained smooth and quieter (low rumble). Not annissue at all. The 2nd type of train was the real problem. It pulled quary rocks and chipstone gravel. It was much heavier and longer. Wheels squeeled obnoxiuosly& heavy rumble was very loud and shook the ground. When it passed, it owned the area. Couldnt hear anything else. Couldnt even shout over it to continue a conversation. No way anyone can sleep through those passes. For our stay, there were 4 to 5 passes of those heavy trains a day including overnight.
Matt C.recommends
April 26, 2024
Secluded Riverside Campsite
Great Site.
We just returned from a 4 night camping trip on Shane’s land and it was almost a 5 star site…the only deduction from the site is the railroad that sits very close to the site.. Though warned in the description, I would be remiss if I did not mention it here. It can be LOUD and frequent. Plenty of amazing views and space. We had 3 trucks and 2 tents and still had plenty of room to space out and relax. It was a great location to explore. Shane was a great host and all our needs were met. The area was well maintained and we had plenty of wood for our stay. I would return…with ear plugs to sleep…but I would for sure return!
Steve S.recommends
November 5, 2023
Secluded Riverside Campsite
Amazing large site and very secluded! Thank you for an awesome campground
Douglassville, Berks, Pennsylvania, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Lenapehoking (Lenni-Lenape) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Shane R.Joined in February 2022
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 4 hours
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