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Creeping Thyme Forest

· Abingdon, Virginia
75 acres hosted by David M.
2 RV/tent sites
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Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Early settlers of this area were mainly Scotch-Irish and there are several dominant family names that still populate these areas. Tobacco was grown in the area for many years, but now is rarely seen. This whole valley between two mountain ranges was chosen in the 1970's to be dammed and made into a reservoir for a hydroelectric power plant; however, the residents at the time formed a strong resistance, went to Washington, and eventually blocked the development, preserving its natural beauty. This land is within the Jefferson National Forest. It was owned for many years by Roy Light, owner of a nearby lumber mill, but when he passed away, his children cleared the timber and moved away. Since then, the diverse deciduous forest has regrown quickly. A rustic cabin made from salvaged hand-hewn logs was built on the site in 2014 and an alpaca farm was established; however, the owners had to move away due to employment changes. Currently, we are working on developing a perennial food forest, as well as dairy goats, and chickens. 
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Abingdon, Virginia, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by David M.Joined in April 2018
Response rate: 100%
35 ratings · 28 reviews
Sara N.recommends
June 24, 2023
Creeping Thyme Forest
Fantastic stay! Quiet, clean, and very private. We really enjoyed listening to the birds and coyotes. The campsites are truly remote, so do heed the advice on type of trailer and vehicle! Also, be sure to fill up your fresh tank at the buildings at the entrance, as there is not an easy way to go back down once you find your spot for the night. Fantastic views, would love to come back and stay longer!
Ruth P.recommends
June 20, 2023
Creeping Thyme Forest
Camping with a sedan
I loved tent camping on David’s land! There was a friendly black cat who greeted us, but wasn’t too pushy and gave space as well. The fireflies were magical in the third week of June, and we made a fire to roast hotdogs and marshmallows. We caught a little bit of rain, but it was still really nice. There were some wildflowers and beautiful trees. The bathroom was perfectly adequate, with a toilet, shower, and some cleaning supplies :) We came in a vehicle with low ground clearance and there was a place that we could reach. Overall, if you’re looking for a place to camp in the Abingdon area, located about half an hour from The Great Channels of Virginia, I’d wholeheartedly recommend Creeping Thyme Forest. It felt as comfortable as camping in my own backyard. Thanks for everything, David!
Zach S.recommends
April 13, 2023
Creeping Thyme Forest
David's land was wonderful. We had the whole place to ourselves. We walked around the property and enjoyed nature. We camped on the upper hill that had a stream running close by. We enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of that. As described, you will need a higher clearance vehicle to access. We very much enjoyed our stay. Cell service was spotty and we have Verizon. If that is important to you.
Brian M.recommends
March 26, 2023
Creeping Thyme Forest
Perfect Secluded Spot Brumley Gap
Beautiful views all around, and our dog loved exploring the woods around the campfire we set up camp at. Really couldn't be a better experience. We didn't see anyone else in our time there. David was awesome and communicative and sent over very helpful instructions and a map. We'd love to come again!
Johnson B.recommends
November 27, 2022
Creeping Thyme Forest
Our host was very helpful and responsive as well as answered all of our questions clearly and to the fullest extent. The campgrounds was super easy to get to with many scenic views as well as mountain views and including pond views/stream views overall it was a super pleasant campsite and extremely easy to navigate
Renee E.recommends
September 26, 2022
Creeping Thyme Forest
David was very responsive before we arrived, and then once there, made a point to check in to see that we were comfortable, gave us the lay of the land, but also gave us a lot of space. It was a perfect combination. His land is beautiful. While he does cut swaths, he also keeps much of the property beautifully naturalized. Lovely pond; woods, Meadowlands. This was my first Hipcamp experience, and I can't imagine a better place to begin. Thank you, David!
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