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Creeping Thyme Forest

· Abingdon, Washington, Virginia
75 acres hosted by David M.
3 RV/tent sites
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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. Primitive, private, and beautiful open camping. We have 100+ acres of mostly-wooded land nestled between two mountain ranges in the Appalachian mountains, on a south-facing slope of about 5 degrees. There are some open fields for camping, and plenty of firewood that can be freely gathered. PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT be able to reach all camping areas if you have a low clearance compact vehicle!! However there are areas to camp that are accessible—slightly less scenic. A primitive composting toilet is available, but also a simple bathroom with sink, toilet, shower and hot water. A water spigot is available in multiple spots with municipal water source. Campers can choose from a variety of locations to pitch a tent in the open areas, or explore the woods (if they can find a flat, non-rocky location for tent!). There are many isolated spots from which you won't be able to see any other homes. Generally, it is very quiet except for wildlife, and the stars are bright on a moonless night. We have trails throughout our land and multiple rushing rocky mountain streams to explore. There are several popular trailheads nearby: one about 3 minutes away to Pinnacle Rock, and another at The Channels (voted best hike in Virginia) about 30 minutes away. A country kitchen is down the road about 5 miles. You can gather firewood from any fallen trees, from the sawmill scrap pile, or if you want to stop by our house, we will give you some split firewood for free.
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47 ratings · 37 reviews
Ellen H.
March 30, 2024
Creeping Thyme Forest
The host was quick to respond. Very generous and accommodating. I cannot give a great review because of the INCESSANT BARKING of neighborhood dogs. It was day and night. It wasnt just one dog but MANY. Maybe there's a sled dog team located nearby or a dog shelter of some kind. Regardless, it was unpleasant.
Cathy O.recommends
March 18, 2024
Creeping Thyme Forest
The site was convenient for my travel plans, and I appreciated being able to grab a shower before I hit the road in the morning. David was very responsive to my questions and even offered firewood! The stars from the site were absolutely amazing!
Raul R.recommends
March 18, 2024
Creeping Thyme Forest
Great Experience!
We chose a spot right by the creek and it was extraordinary. There was plenty of wood around. The camping area is well maintained and grass is low. As David mentions, you need a 4x4 car to drive around, it didn’t rain during our stay but certainly challenging.
Olivia P.recommends
March 3, 2024
Creeping Thyme Forest
We loved tent camping at on David’s land! The creek was nearby our location which was a nice source of water to cook our meals! It was raining when we arrived in site and the terrain is super tough and rocky. Just something to be mindful of but other than that our stay was excellent.
David W.recommends
October 30, 2023
Creeping Thyme Forest
My friend and I met up here to have a relaxing camping experience. David was very quick to respond and was very helpful regarding directions, location of various camping sites, and firewood. We would definitely love to visit this beautiful area again! Would highly recommend.
Lisa H.recommends
October 30, 2023
Creeping Thyme Forest
Peaceful Stay full of Fall Color
We had an amazing stay at Creeping Thyme. We were looking for a quick fall getaway with convenient location near The Great Channels hike. Arrived in the rain, so wood at the site was very saturated and not fire-worthy, but David checked in on us shortly after our arrival and brought us dry wood so that we were able to get a campfire going. About 25 minutes from the site to the trail head for the Great Channels, so an easy trek there and back. Beautiful views of the fall colors around the area from the site.
Abingdon, Washington, Virginia, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East) and S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) First Nations according to To 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%
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