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Arcadia Sanctuary

· Buena Vista, Amherst, Virginia
83 acres hosted by Fran P.
1 lodging site · 1 RV site · 9 tent sites
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Near Shenandoah National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the Rockfish(South).
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Arcadia is the name we gave to our 83-acre mountainside retreat center for Earth-Based Spirituality. It’s nestled on the south-eastern slope of 4000-foot Mount Pleasant in Central Virginia, convenient to I81. (Note, there is a town called Arcadia off I81, but that is not us. Not to confuse.) We have a mountain creek with waterfalls, towering Beech and Sycamore trees, Witch Hazels leaning over the water, trout, crayfish, snakes, salamanders, and all the rest. We have about 2000 feet of the vertical mountainside with trails to explore. (But the stage and most of the camping is down closer to creek-level.) There are more sites higher up the mountain if you like more isolated camping. More of a trek to the bathrooms/showers/freshwater. We have one of the finest private stages on the East Coast with a top-notch sound system and a natural amphitheater which is like a single pie wedge of a Stadium that has regular live performances throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Our yurt is regularly booked as a unique glamping experience. There are chickens, ducks, turkeys, and guinea fowl free-roaming. Two dogs, nine cats, and several humans are blessed to call this home.
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285 ratings · 171 reviews
Bitt D.recommends
June 11, 2024
Over hang - Lower Balcony
Nice camping site
Awesome place, really nice host. Love the animals, amazing night sky
Lindsay R.recommends
June 10, 2024
Up the hill - Crows Nest
Very lovely place! Fran was kind and very accommodating and helpful. Their dog Buddy was a great little protector during the night.
Fana H.recommends
June 9, 2024
Snuggle up corner
Clean and beautiful facilities. Very kind and accommodating host.
Edmund B.recommends
June 9, 2024
Pond life - Upper
Queer Friendly Space w/Cute Animals
My partner and I had an amazing time! Our stay was peaceful and filled with many adorable animals and critters. The creek could be heard nearby and gave a very soothing feeling to our campsite. The hosts were friendly and kind! They helped us out with some minor car troubles and welcomed us to return soon for outdoor concerts. 10/10 would recommend this as a campsite for queer and trans campers.
Morgan P.recommends
June 9, 2024
Spring side - East Village
My husband and I loved our stay with Fran. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. The campsite was peaceful and the stars at night were breath-taking. Highly recommend this stay.
Paul B.recommends
June 6, 2024
Red yurt in beautiful setting
Perfect amount of wildness for fam
We returned to the yurt after visiting 2 years ago as well. Loved it once again, it now has an outhouse nearby which helps. Our two kids (under 5) enjoyed the yurt, various fowl, swings and creek immensely too. Cooking on the grill went well, bring a cast iron pan if you prefer those. Very few mosquitos or ticks, the free roaming guinea fowl keep them down apparently.
Buena Vista, Amherst, Virginia, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Monacan, Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), and Occaneechi First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Fran P.Joined in April 2019
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 2 hours
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