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Chappel Hill Tree Farm

· Grand Valley, Warren, Pennsylvania
140 acres hosted by Dave T.
2 RV/tent sites
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This 140-acre property is an old farmstead last farmed in the 1950's. It lies in the Allegheny Plateau region of NW Pennsylvania and is mostly hardwood forest today. It is surrounded by thousands of acres of private forestland and is very secluded. Our goal is to provide a private and secluded yet accessible camping experience where you will see more deer than people. AANR friendly. There is excellent Verizon and T-Mobile service. The skies are dark at night and the sounds of nature will surround you. Campsite 1 is near where the farmhouse and barn once stood. The site is shaded by large, old maples that once shaded the farmhouse. Old fields surround the farmstead, but the woods are a short walk away.  It is the most popular campsite with an outhouse, fire ring and picnic table available. Campsite 2 is on the other side of the property. There is a fire ring but no picnic table.  Both sites easily accommodate anything from tents to RV's. Each site has a separate, gated, gravel road access. These are the only 2 campsites on the property and they are far enough apart (1/4 mile) to avoid any contact should both sites be occupied. There is a 2-mile loop hiking trail on the property that traverses a variety of habitats which are home to many animals and birds. The trail is well maintained and mowed. The terrain is flat to gentle slopes. The 1/2-mile Narnia Loop trail weaves through a young spruce forest like a maze. It is so cool, literally, even on the hottest days. The Allegheny River is about 10 miles away, near Tidioute, PA, and has excellent paddling and fishing. Titusville, PA is about 15 miles away and is home to Oil Creek State Park which has great trout fishing, an excellent paved bike/hike trail, and Drake Well Museum site of the first oil well ever drilled. Finally, you will be on the doorstep to the Allegheny National Forest with all the outdoor recreation it has to offer. We hope you enjoy the peace and quiet of nature on our property as much as we have. If you are curious about more details of the history and management of the property, please ask your host, Dave Trimpey, and he will be glad to share his knowledge of the land. Learn more about this land: The property was a family farm from the late 1800's to the mid-1950's. Aerial photos of the 1940s and 1950s show much of the surrounding area was being farmed for crops and dairy cattle. Agricultural farming ended around 1956 and the farmer, Mr. Matkovich, planted acorns in many of the fields. An observant hiker may notice rows of red oak trees today in former fields which are now forests. In the 1970s the property was acquired by Lester Noll. He planted some of the remaining fields with spruce and fir for Christmas trees. The old farmhouse was still standing until it burned down in 1975. Mr. Noll sold the property to Dave and Rhonda Trimpey, your hosts, in 1992. We continued and expanded the Christmas tree business for 20 years and one point having nearly 6,000 Christmas trees growing in the fields around campsite 1. The Christmas tree part of the business ended in 2014 and management of the land now focuses on timber and wildlife. We have always used the property for personal recreation - primarily hunting, hiking and camping - and decided to open it up for others to enjoy by camping through Hipcamp in 2020.
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144 ratings · 67 reviews
Ed A.recommends
July 12, 2024
Campsite 2
What an incredible location for a peaceful weekend away. Dave's tree farm was so tranquil. Our weekend was one for the record books. The walking trails were groomed well and let us enjoy hours of adventure. The site itself was clean and very flat. We had great campfires with dry wood supplied by Dave. The stars at night were absolutely incredible. We rank this as one of the BEST places we have ever camped. 10 out of 10!!
Jeremy C.recommends
June 24, 2024
Campsite 1
I really enjoyed my long weekend at Dave’s tree farm. Dave greeted us when we arrived and told us all about the property. Campsite 1 was very secluded and had a great set of amenities. There was a nice flat spot close to the picnic table and campfire, perfect for the tents. The outhouse was the nicest I’d ever seen, and the horseshoes and hiking trails made for great activities. I would definitely book another stay here!
Hiho S.recommends
June 12, 2024
Campsite 2
Beautiful and unexpected
The place was rare and surprising. There was such thoughtfulness and beauty in the design. It’s wonderful if you’re really looking to immerse yourself in nature and have trails and freedom. There’s whimsy in the trails and Dave’s conservancy is inspiring!
Kelly E.recommends
May 28, 2024
Campsite 1
We loved our stay at Chappel Hill Tree Farm! It was a quiet and much needed unplugged getaway. Campsite 1 was perfect for our 16ft trailer with lots of room to spare. The hiking trails throughout the property were an added bonus. There were other campers staying at campsite 2 and if we hadn't been told they were there, we would have never have known. Dave and Rhonda were excellent hosts and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed for our stay. We will definitely be back!!
Dawn N.recommends
May 27, 2024
Campsite 2
We love the quiet place, it is beautiful out there.
Kathy S.recommends
April 9, 2024
Campsite 1
A Real Gem!
Chappel Hill Tree Farm is a real gem! We stayed at Campsite 1 for 4 nights. There was plenty of room for our party of 6 to spread out and play yard games including horseshoes at the court that was part of camp. The outhouse was very clean and convenient. Dave has 2 hiking trails right on his property which we enjoyed immensely. The best part of camp is how private and secluded it is from all other people. We did not hear or see anyone else, other than Dave who kindly greeted us upon arrival. We felt very safe with the gated entry. We all loved this camp and hope to return in the future.
Grand Valley, Warren, Pennsylvania, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Erie and Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Dave T.Joined in June 2020
Response rate: 100%
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