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27 reviews
· Hurt, Virginia
15 acres
2 sites
2 Tent
Welcome to Hidden River Camping, a single family-friendly, pet-friendly, group-friendly campsite located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the gorgeous Staunton River winds it's way through rock and valley on it's way to the coast. Because it is a single campsite, your privacy is assured. There is also plenty of space for additional tents and room to spread out and roam on our 15-acre riverfront tract. The river represents one of many giant arteries of life flowing through the body of Nature, carrying food, water and nutrients that sustain all living things along the way. To be near this river, let alone to be in it, is to feel kindred with all that surrounds you, creating a unique sense of wholeness, not only of self, but as an integral part of Nature. Experience that which cannot be adequately described by words. We (Steven and Tracey) will again be hosting campers at Hidden River Camping for registered Hipcamp guests only for the 2022 Memorial Day to Labor Day season.  Hidden River Camping is not a commercial campground, but our own personal and private property, that we share with select groups of registered Hipcamp campers.  Hipcamp campers are our best guarantee that guests will be knowledgeable, responsible and respectful of our property, of wildlife and of Nature, herself.  It's why we created Hidden River Camping and why we accept only Hipcamp bookings.   As a Certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Butterfly Waystation, we are strictly focused on providing a low-density, high-sensory, natural experience for "on your own" responsible campers.  You may notice that our property either has been or is being fully transformed from an area once plagued with invasive shrub, vine and tree species, to one re-planted in native species, most of which provide some form of food or shelter for our other "welcomed guests" who graze and chew their way through the property daily. Upon arrival, we will show you to the campsite and provide an orientation as to the layout of the property, explain the amenities, provide relevant river and safety suggestions and answer any other questions you may have.  Beyond that, we believe in respecting your privacy and leaving the entertainment portion of the program to Mother Nature.   For 2022, Hidden River will have a single campsite offering either sufficient room for groups with multiple tents or the secluded intimacy for a couple's weekend getaway.  The Riverside Campsite area has a fire ring and picnic table and is vehicle-accessible (4WD or AWD recommended), either at the site or very nearby.   The campsite is on a nicely wooded riparian ridge that lays along the sandy river bank and is convenient to a privacy enclosed "pit toilet" comfort station and an enclosed shower for the exclusive use of our guests.  The campsite is mostly shaded and there are plenty of trees for hanging hammocks in the summer breeze.  There is also a tiny cabin (240 sq ft) on this site with a screened front porch, solar lighting, 2 innerspring sleeping bag foundations and an indoor dining table/chairs.  The cabin does not otherwise have electricity or plumbing, but may be gently utilized to store food or for shelter in case of inclement weather. The campsite is amidst 15 acres of land some of which is parklike, some semi-cleared and some still naturally wooded. And being the only campsite on the property virtually guarantees your total privacy.  We also have a few acres of closely mowed "wanderland" for guests to roam, consisting of paths, meadows, an emerging orchard (peaches, cherries, pears, plums, quince, 5 varieties of blueberries, goji berries and two kinds of gooseberries) and lots and lots of fresh clean country air! The river is magnificent.  Where we are, it is about 200 feet across and offers an ever-changing panorama, full of wildlife that can include otters, turtles, fish, osprey, bald eagles, great blue herons and giant pileated woodpeckers as well as tiny hummingbirds, butterflies, fireflies and bumblebees.  In the summer dry season, the river often drops to about two or three feet deep.  When it does, the river bottom is sandy and incredibly nice to wade, swim and fish in, as conditions allow.  The riverbank is all-natural and kind of steep in places, but mostly sandy and nice.  Scrambling up and down the bank and getting wet on a hot summer day should pose little challenge for the young or especially the young at heart.  The river is also stocked with a wide variety of fish by the Virginia Dept. of Wildlife Resources and quite a few have been caught (and eaten!) by the hosts and guests alike.  But it is a natural river and therefore 100% dependent on the weather for how nice or naughty she can be.  Our shallow knee-deep river can quickly turn into a dangerously deep and swift torrent after a heavy rain, so keep an eye on the weather if you intend to be a weekend river otter!  Our full 15 acres are registered as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" and a significant portion of our property has been left "au natural" and dedicated to providing and protecting nesting and feeding areas for the wildlife that co-occupies or transits our property.  Look down in the sand on the riverbank and check out the tracks of turkey, deer, possum, groundhogs and raccoons. Hidden River Camping is intended to be a place where peace and tranquility abounds and where humans and animals may peacefully coexist.  There is plenty of free firewood (gather/cut/chop your own) on-site.  We do also have a limited supply of locally-sourced split logs at $5 per 4pc bundle.  We do not have a camp store, neither do we provide camping supplies, but the Altavista Walmart is only about a 15-20 minute drive.  Be also prepared for the nocturnal sights and sounds of Rural America.  There is nothing quite like the experience of standing beneath a sky peppered with bright twinkling stars and colorful planets while fireflies dance and sparkle among the trees!  You will likely hear from the farm dog hotline, crickets, frogs and other creatures that buzz, croak and call out in the night.   Across the river is the Norfolk Southern rail line, upon which travels the train that hauls coal from West Virginia to the Port of Hampton Roads.  It is that rail line that guarantees perpetuation of the natural scenic view across the river from your campsite. And although the rumbling of a train isn't always compatible with the peacefully melodic sounds of Nature, one can experience the immense power of the locomotive as it muscles thousands of tons of coal on hundreds of railcars through the Blue Ridge and on down to the Coast.  Sometimes the train runs at night, providing a spooky light show, as it parts the nighttime fog, with headlights playing on the misty trees ahead... a rare and impressive sight! At Hidden River you will experience the kind of unique in-country sleep that ultimately culminates in the fresh morning aromas of coffee, bacon and eggs popping and sizzling over a crackling campfire. Experienced campers are all too aware of the effect that weather can have on an outing.  And here in Central Virginia the weather is as unpredictable as it is anywhere else.  Gorgeous sunny days may or may not yield to afternoon thunder boomers, leading us to strongly recommend that the campsite be accessed by 4WD or AWD vehicles only.  Positively No trailers, RV's, pop-ups or other pull-behinds are permitted downhill at any time.    .
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Hurt, Virginia, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Steven M.Joined in June 2018
Response rate: 100%
30 ratings · 27 reviews
William M.recommends
June 20, 2022
Site 2 - 1 Campsite - 15 Waterfront Acres
Loved camping on their land. kids had a great time and we all are looking forward to the next time
Samantha T.recommends
May 31, 2022
Site 2 - 1 Campsite - 15 Waterfront Acres
Beautiful, private camping spot
Our Memorial Day Weekend stay was tranquil and private. The land at Riverside 2, which is the only campsite open on the property, was HUGE. It included two large mowed fields and a cleared, wooded shaded area. We had four couples, but there was so much room to pitch tents, we were super spread out. There is an inclement weather shelter with a porch where we kept our coolers from getting too hot. There is also a beautiful area full of trees perfect for hammocking and lawn games. We had three dogs with us and they had the time of their lives. It was also super private. You aren't going to find a more private site. The outdoor shower was also amazing. Refreshing when it was cold, but there was some warm water as well. Things I'm so glad we brought - hammocks, toilet paper, lawn games, shower stuff, a 5 gal Gatorade cooler, bug spray/sunscreen, shade tent for the picnic table. Things to be aware of: the river may be inaccessible - We were planning to spend all of our time on the river and brought tubes and fishing equipment. I wish we had asked beforehand about the water level. We could have brought other things to entertain us. Nature - We probably pulled 50-60 dog ticks off of us and the dogs; we saw black widow spiders in the fire pit (we killed them all); and we saw a very large, happy black snake slithering through the field. Just good to know if someone in your group would be traumatized by any of this. In all, we would definitely return! Thanks to the hosts!
Erin B.recommends
September 19, 2021
Site 2 - 1 Campsite - 15 Waterfront Acres
Great times for all!!
Lovely spot on the Roanoke River. Hosts were incredibly kind. Good shade on site 2, caught some nice size fish and kids had a wonderful time. Bathrooms were nicer than going in the woods but a bit of a hike from our site. The shower too, and no hot water, but the coolness was appreciated! It’s a bit of a walk to both and the clean water source but that counteracts the s’mores you ate that night. Bring something to cart water back and forth and you’ll be fine. Also they have these cool rope ladder/step things to get down to the river so if you have mobility issues will be a bit hard. None of us cared! Yes the trains come by occasionally but that’s camping next to a river as all of them have tracks near them. Our whole family (including the dog) had a fantastic weekend. Lovely time and we would definitely come back!!!!
Anaïs R.recommends
August 12, 2021
Site 1 - 1 Campsite - 15 Waterfront Acres
Sacred Medicine, Sacred Stay
Wowowow my partner and I had the most beautiful time staying here for the weekend. Steven and Tracey were a beam of bright light; so welcoming, so loving, so willing to share this sacred land with us. Conversation with them was so natural and profound. We’d been needing some land medicine and we got exactly what we came for. The land is cared for exceptionally with grace and deep love. This to me is a beautiful example of what preservation and ecological understanding is. The elements hit hard one day and it rained abundantly and prior to us setting up Steven had told us that if we need to use the cabin on site please do. Needless to say we did when our tent had a mishap at 5AM… we were soaked. So we moved in there for the day to get some more sleep. And a little later Steven came and checked on us to make sure we were alright and to bring us dry firewood. I mean to me this is humanity a small gesture like this means the world. We will be back for sure, and will be bringing offerings to the sacred land. If you’re thinking about this spot, do it, it’s more than 100% worth it.
John P.recommends
July 11, 2021
Site 2 - 1 Campsite - 15 Waterfront Acres
Fantastic hosts, beautiful camping
Our group had a great time! The camp sites are beautiful and the hosts are amazing! 100% would recommend to anyone! Can’t wait until our next trip!
Chris S.recommends
July 4, 2021
Site 1 - 1 Campsite - 15 Waterfront Acres
Beautiful site and friendly hosts
Steven and Tracey were great hosts! They met us at their driveway and showed us the way down to the camp site as well as walked their property with us to orientate us and show us all their awesome amenities! After the walkthrough, they let us know they were a text away and left us to our own devices. The campsite was beautiful, spacious, and very private! We brought our two boxers and they loved being able to zoom up and down the strip of grassy area at campsite 1. We really enjoyed staying here and enjoyed getting to meet Steven and Tracey!
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