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James River Depot

· Glasgow, Rockbridge, Virginia
30 acres hosted by Wendy O.
5 tent sites
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Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Best in Virginia: 3rd place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Near Shenandoah National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the Rockfish(South).
An active hay field nestled between the river and the railroad.  A great place to enjoy some R and R.  We love to float the James and there is easy access to the river on our property.  A beautiful field as well as some trees for added shade. Fun to hear the trains and the water as you get amazing views of the night sky.Narrow entrance is marked with a sign, James River Trail. Drive over the tracks and through the hayfield to find your slice of wooded, riverfront camping.  All sites are primitive with one shared portable toilet.   All sites have a picnic table and fire pit with a grate. There are two active railroad lines; one on each side of the river. They do run through the day and night and are obligated to whistle when approaching our crossing.  I have my camp listed as dispersed but all 5 sites are labeled: I treat it first come, first choice.  All sites are on the river! I can't accept or allow RV's or trailers. Zoning restrictions-sorry. Firewood is available at $10 per wagon load.   We are very close to the Jefferson National Forest where you can find great hikes like the Belfast trail fondly called Devil's Marbleyard. We are also just a few miles from the Natural Bridge State Park.
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610 ratings · 474 reviews
Kristen G.recommends
July 3, 2024
James River Depot
Book this hidden gem!
Phenomenal location and looks even more beautiful in-person! Wendy was helpful and made us feel welcome and safe during our stay. Firewood was plentiful, cheap, and easy to access. The river was accessible from the sight and we enjoyed taking a dip! Also, felt super private! Other campers were far enough away that we didn’t see or hear them. 10/10
Jennifer R.recommends
June 29, 2024
James River Depot
I have been here twice now and I love it so peaceful and a beautiful view!!!
Lal L.recommends
June 26, 2024
James River Depot
Camping with Friends
Wendy is so nice and very caring person! I would definitely come back with my friends! Not gonna lie the train horn scare us at night all the time and it was very funny to us.
Gideon R.recommends
June 23, 2024
James River Depot
Perfect spot for a weekend getaway or all week stay. Right next to the river which is great when it gets super hot out so you can cool off, plenty of shade as well to keep sunlight directly off of you. 10/10 would recommend.
Bbqchinchilla T.recommends
June 23, 2024
James River Depot
Great if not in overflow
Beautiful sunrise with a nice view of a mountain, next to a stream. My experience was a little different due to someone overbooking the sites and me being put in an "overflow site" as a result but I think this is likely not a normal experience. It did feel like I was punished for someone else's mistake, though. There were barking dogs and people loading in boats through my site at 7am, but thankfully I was already up. If you are at a normal site, this will likely not be your experience.
Niki S.recommends
June 21, 2024
James River Depot
Best camping site ever!
Where do I start? This place was magic for me. I went on a solo camping trip with my 2 dogs. Upon my arrival, I could see that the property was clean, quiet and well laid out. Each camp site has plenty of privacy from the neighboring sites. I stayed at site 5 on the end, which is the best one in my opinion. There were two tables, a bench & a fire pit. I purchased firewood for $10, which is a huge deal, considering you can fill a wagon for only $10. It was hot out, but the breeze and shade at camp was spectacular. I never felt too hot! The water there is beautiful, shallow and will lull you to sleep when you go to bed. There are trains that come through periodically, but I didn’t find that annoying or problematic. I actually kindof liked the sound. Ha! My dogs were able to roam around freely, sniffing, meeting new people and going down to the water at will. Surprisingly, I only came home with 1 mosquito bite. I consider that pretty spectacular, considering that it’s mid June. There are a few gas stations and a pizza place not far from the camp site, so that was helpful when I needed more ice and water. Scotto’s pizza slices were yummy! Wendy is great too! So personable and helpful. She checked on me a couple times to make sure I was okay. I can’t recommend this place enough! Will definitely be going back again!
Glasgow, Rockbridge, Virginia, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Monacan and Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Wendy O.Joined in August 2018
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