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Tawney Farm's Wild & Woolly

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· Summersville, Nicholas, West Virginia
129 acres hosted by Susan T.
2 RV/tent sites · 5 tent sites
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What says agritourism more than a primitive campground on a sheep farm in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia? Here you’re only a short drive from the New River Gorge National Park where you can go whitewater rafting or take a hike and experience the stunning beauty of the gorge, swim or paddleboard in Summersville Lake or go rock climbing on one of around 150 routes on the crags of the lake. In addition, you’ll be within walking distance of the Gauley River with all it’s wild untamed beauty where you can kayak, swim, fish, paddleboard, or splash in a waterfall. Not to mention being on a sheep farm, you can have the opportunity to learn about wool and wool processing. You can even learn how to felt wool and take home your creation! The Tawney Farm is a small-scale wool sheep farm adjacent to the beautiful Gauley River National Recreation Area and just a short drive to the New River Gorge National Park. Our 126 acre farm lies nestled in between two beautiful mountains, one of them named Panther Mountain, in the Gauley River gorge. Here we raise Merino and Jacob sheep for wool where we process the fiber and either sell it to other fiber artists or felt it into crafts and hats ourselves. Our farm is also home to a miniature horse, chickens, and of course dogs and cats. In addition to the NRG and Summersville Lake and Dam, also close by are Carnifex Ferry Battleground State Park where you can see where a crucial civil war battle took place, as well as Babcock State Park with its iconic grist mill and waterfall. Our region has it all! But why stay in an overcrowded, commercial campground? Leave the beaten path and enjoy peaceful and private, safe and secure primitive camping on our mountain farm. We provide 7 sites on our farm for every camping style, from dry RV to tent, each with a table, fire pit and grill. All sites are spaciously separate from one another for privacy and perfect for couples who want to get away from it all, or for families or groups of friends who want to reconnect and catch up. Get away from it all! Experience the wilderness and wonder of West Virginia as only a native West Virginian could. Fry up some farm fresh eggs over the campfire or grill. Park-style grills, fire pit grills and tables are provided for your use. Very affordable firewood is available. And to make your "roughing it" camping experience not so rough, we've added a few amenities! Clean portajohns are provided as well as a common area with a dishwashing station and a "to die for" outdoor hot water shower (above-freezing temperatures permitting)! Drink in the beautiful views of the Gauley River gorge while hiking our nature trails and experience the sights and sounds of a real working farm. Green and lush in the summer and brilliant hues of red, gold and orange in the fall. Come see what the mountain lakes region of West Virginia has to offer at the Tawney Farm. DURING GAULEY WHITEWATER SEASON (SEPT. 6 - OCT. 15), THE PRICE IS DISCOUNTED TO $35/NIGHT AS ​WE BEGIN FESTIVAL-STYLE CAMPING. TENT, VEHICLE AND SMALL RV CAMPING (DRY-ONLY) ARE STILL PERMITTED, BUT THE ONLY DESIGNATED SITES AVAILABLE WILL BE THE WALK-IN AND HIKE-IN (MTN. TOP) SITES. ​
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Benjamin W.recommends
May 30, 2024
Wild & Woolly Mountaintop Site
We camped at the top site. We had a wonderful time, despite a major storm on the second night. The campsite is extremely well run and Susan was very helpful and charming. The location is ideal for hiking and visiting the New River Gorge National Park. We hope to come back soon.
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Elaine W.recommends
May 21, 2024
Site 3 Head of the Hollow Site
Magical, unique camping experience
This was an amazing camping experience! It’s the perfect combination of primitive with tons of privacy for our teenaged daughters and dog and great dishwashing and hot shower for the parents. Susan and Jim were always helpful, down to small details, and we hiked, swam, and even learned how to felt. Beautiful!!
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Justin D.recommends
May 17, 2024
Site 3 Head of the Hollow Site
Wonderful Experience
We loved tent camping on Susan’s land!! She was an excellent host and gave stellar directions and accommodations. She even stayed up late to wait for us to arrive/show us around (we were delayed). She was extremely helpful and friendly, and even had dry firewood and fresh popcorn waiting for us (we paid for the firewood ahead of time but it was raining - the popcorn was a happy bonus). The campsite was great also: pretty scenery, provided table/canopy tent, the bathrooms were very clean, and it was private, with hiking trails along the property. There was also a shower and dishwashing station (with hot water wooooh!) available a short distance away. Overall, 10/10 experience and we have already recommended it to our friends! Definitely go- we will again!
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Brian M.recommends
April 29, 2024
Wild & Woolly Walk-In Tent Camping
Perfect Spot
Lovely farm with a wonderful host, sheep, beautiful views, amenities like a HOT shower and kitchen sink, and so very quiet.
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Marisa G.recommends
July 18, 2023
Site 3 Head of the Hollow Site
Lovely spot if you are looking for private primitive camping! Well maintained portajohns. Hot water shower and sink available, as well as a sink for doing dishes! Extra camp chairs, games, and activities available too! We stayed at the farthest site so it was a bit of walk down to the amenities but wasnt an issue! There was a large nice canopy at the site which was a total lifesaver because it rained for a chunk of our stay. Susan was SO friendly and offered to show us the river access that is close by. Also lovely to get farm fresh eggs and see the animals! Be aware though that the property is about 3 or so miles out a gravel backroad. My little car was struggling a bit and I was a little anxious with the rain/mud. I was able to get in and out fine but it was a little stressful because there is also no cell service in the area. Additionally it looks closer to the lake/nat. park than it is. About 40 min drive to the nat.park and 25 to Summersville lake. Would definitely still recommend though - we had a fabulous time!
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Joshe R.recommends
July 7, 2023
Wild & Woolly RV Electric Hookup
Lovely! Perfect environment to get away from daily life and recharge in the WV wilderness. Wild and Wooley is all that is says. Peacefully wild camping on the sheep farm and incredibly wild hiking and fishing. Hosts are especially gracious with camping and local knowledge including the best fishing spots and swimming holes within walking distance. Bonuses; clean, quiet, hot water, felting option, and wildlife including a bear sighting.
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Summersville, Nicholas, West Virginia, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Moneton, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), 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
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Hosted by Susan T.Joined in September 2015
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