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Tawney Farm's Wild & Woolly

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· Summersville, West Virginia
126 acres
8 sites
2 RV/Tent
1 RV
5 Tent
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 8 sites on our farm for every camping style, from 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.
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Summersville, West Virginia, United StatesTo 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
Response rate: 40%Response time: Within 15 hours
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51 ratings · 48 reviews
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Leland R.recommends
October 21, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
Delightful tent camping! Susan and James were absolutely wonderful and made sure we were taken care of. Good guides to what’s what nearby, from kayaking to climbing - they knew it all. We left too soon! Hoping to make it out next year.
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Megan K.recommends
September 6, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
Quiet, Private, Very Accomodating
Wild and Wooly was just what we were looking for and more! Susan's property is on a quiet dead-end road with absolutely no traffic. She allowed us to check in a little early so we could head straight to the lake. We had our choice of places to camp along the field and multiple fire rings. The hot shower was an added bonus to our weekend. She gave us a great list of attractions in the area, many of which we hit. We're looking forward to a return trip and would definitely consider staying there again.
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Shawn M.recommends
July 26, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
The tawney farm is an example of almost heaven in West Virginia. Nestled in a mountain side surround by nature with unmatched hospitality awaits you . Summerville lake is just a short drive as well as the new river gorge . If you just want to stay parked plenty of hiking and swimming surround the farm !
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Candra T.recommends
July 25, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
We absolutely loved the land and the location. It was beautiful and had all kinds of games available. We loved the hot shower and the covered pavilion for cooking and drinking some coffee. Susan was super. Very kind, accommodating and helpful. She even through a tarp on our tents when a little threat of rain was coming while we were out adventuring. Can’t wait to go back!
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Marcia N.recommends
July 11, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
Quiet and private camping opportuni
Wild and Wooly is a good description of this campground. The host, Susan, is very nice and welcoming. We had a choice of several locations around a large meadow to park, we chose the site that would give us morning sun and afternoon shade. We watched deer and wild turkey wander around the meadow, and listened to a late night conversation between several barred owls. Hot water shower, clean porta johns, an area to wash dishes, and shelters all make this a great place to say. And there are so many nearby beautiful areas to visit! If you like white water, or waterfalls, or hiking in deep mature forests full of moss and fern you will find something to do here!
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Tesia C.recommends
June 24, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
Campsite and Wild and Woolley
The farm is in the back country very close to the Gauley River. The directions she gave me to get there were very clear. I definitely recommend this site for someone looking for a secluded, back woods, quiet camping experience. Susan and her husband were very friendly and helpful. There were amenities provided such as a hot shower, a sink to do dishes, and they gave us our first bundle of wood for free (they also gave us some more complimentary wood after a big storm that passed one of the nights we were here). There is a beautiful view of the stars at this site that made for charming campfire nights. We had a wonderful time at this site and look forward to coming back next time.
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Aaron M.recommends
May 22, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
We had a great time! We camped in the back of the field, and it felt very private. Facilities were clean, and the property was pretty. Susan was very friendly and helpful.
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Carol S.recommends
April 17, 2022
The Nut House
This was a wonderful experience. A truly private cabin experience with acres to enjoy!! The cabin was tidy and the cooking area was spacious with good access to potable water! It was lovely hearing the creek behind us as we slept. Easy access to Gauley recreation area and the river. And close enough to the New River Gorge Bridge for pictures and hiking.
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Lisa W.recommends
April 5, 2022
Site 1 Creekside Site
beautiful views! very accommodating host! highly recommend!!
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Steven S.recommends
October 4, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
This place was awesome! We met so many wonderful people while staying on the land, including Susan and James! A classic back country stay with just enough amenities! I highly recommend staying here!
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John R.recommends
September 6, 2021
The Nut House
Nut House = Fun House
Susan and her husband are wonderful and so is the property at Tawney Farm! Its secluded and private with easy access to the Gauley national recreation area. Great amenities for slightly less than primitive camping, with electrical outlets for my Traeger grill and charging items in the common area and clean facilities all around. Hot outdoor shower was a nice surprise too! On top of the location and amenities, Susan her husband, their dog Flo, the sheep - all great hosts and helped us with any and everything we had questions or difficulty with, from finding outlets to setting up propane cooktop (that they provided). They deserve all the positive reviews they can get!!
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Elliott R.recommends
September 1, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
Special place, with special people
MAGICAL. We booked this trip looking for a secluded campground to spend a weekend away with friends. What we got was what we wanted plus so much more. Susan and James were gracious hosts; kind, welcoming, hardworking, and fun to trade stories and chat with. They’ve really made their home a special place and have extended it to those who happen upon it. Many spots to explore and lovely accommodations (for a primitive camp site) all across their spot. Beyond the land and the hosts lies the Gauley River. Just a short jaunt from their spot, Susan gives great directions. A great place to spend a hot day like we had. I could rant and rant, though I’ll leave you to find your own magic there. We will be back again!
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Erin D.recommends
August 22, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
Susan was a lovely host and their property is peaceful, camper friendly and the perfect place for a few days away. This was my first time solo-camping and I was a little nervous, but Susan instantly made me feel completely comfortable and I had a great time. I hope to come back soon!
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Aubrey W.recommends
July 27, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
My husband and I spent two nights at Tawney Farm and can’t wait to return someday. Susan was so kind and helpful. She provided detailed directions for navigating the country roads around the property and offered fantastic recommendations hikes and activities in the Gauley River and New River Gorge areas. The camp itself was beautiful, we pitched out tent underneath a mature walnut tree on the edge of the meadow. We enjoyed lovely campfires and stargazing in the evening, and a warm shower in the morning. We even got to meet the sheep and their little dog. Even with a few raindrops that fell on us during our stay, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our camping experience at Susan’s farm.
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Gina Z.recommends
July 21, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
Relaxing, scenic, and accommodating
Our family had a great time at The camp ground! Susan showed our kids the animals and was very helpful giving us ideas of things to do on site and in the area. We were able to hike on the property as well as visit the local national park and Jani’s hole. We hope to go back again in the future!
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Jonathan A.recommends
June 18, 2021
The Nut House
Awesome experience. Friendly hosts, relaxing environment. Loved the sheep and everything about the stay. Wish we booked another evening.
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Bill S.recommends
May 24, 2021
The Nut House
Susan and James are two of the nicest hosts you will ever meet! They couldn't have been more helpful or friendlier. The property and amenities were perfect and the surrounding area was absolutely beautiful. The nut house where we stayed was great. Being that James completely built it himself from onsite sourced materials made it even cooler. We especially appreciated the outdoor hot shower! Observing the animals, horse and sheep, up close and having Susan explain the wool preparation process was a real treat! Overall, our stay couldn't have been any better and we will definitely be back!
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Bianca K.recommends
May 9, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
Can’t recommend this place enough!
On our hunt to find a more private stay we stumbled upon The Wild & Woolly Farm and couldn’t have been happier!! The grounds are gorgeous- equipped with hiking trails, a stage, a quick walk to the Gauley River, and a common area. There even is an incredible hot shower and running water for cleaning up, dishes, etc. Also appreciate that the porta-Johns were sparkling clean. The hosts were also amazing! We greatly enjoyed talking with them and they even helped us to fix our tire when we got a flat. Can’t wait to take our friends and family here to visit!
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Steve R.recommends
April 25, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
The hosts are awesome! We have a rooftop tent and had no trouble finding a flat spot in their lower field next to a fire pit. The site is up a well-maintained gravel road and quiet. There is hot and cold running water and a shower. Terrific site and a great place to explore the Gauley and New River areas. I'd love to come back.
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Matthew K.recommends
April 9, 2021
Site 1 Creekside Site
Great hosts & perfect spot to camp!
I could not have picked a better place for a great trip with the family! The hosts were incredible (thanks for everything Susan!) and their farm is a perfect spot for a small family like ours to go and get away for a few days or for a large group looking for a great spot with plenty of space to accommodate everyone. Plenty of wild and beautiful West Virginia all around and within a quick drive!.
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Porter R.recommends
November 1, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
Beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing
Susan is such a welcoming host. Her sheep farm is situated in a beautiful spot at the foot of a mountain and a short hike from the Gauley river. The campsite has everything you need, Including clean porta johns, shelter structures in case of rain and even the luxury of a sink with hot water for washing dishes and an outdoor shower. There’s no shortage of great views of the mountains from hiking trails on the farm or down by the Gauley River. Tawney Farm is marked on my map as a place I hope I can return to soon. It is truly a gem!
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Jason E.recommends
August 30, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
Great weekend!!
We camped at the farm for a guys weekend and had a blast. Susan and James are excellent hosts and we loved the various options of where to camp on the property. This was our first time in the area, and they went out of their way with advice / directions to all that we wanted to see. More than anything, they are good people - fun to chat with, way chill, and they made sure we had a great weekend. Highly recommend!!!
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Kevin E.recommends
July 29, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
A piece of heaven
My wife and i stayed at thos beautiful campsite for her birthday the mountain views and peacefulness was just what we wanted wildlife everywhere a flock of turkeys and a small deer spent the first evening within 25 yards at some points almost as if they were tame you also have sheep on the farm, TIP we stayed in july in the off season you will have it all to yourself if you like they have a pavilion with all amenities including a shower the host Susan and her husband were great gave us a wheel barrel full of firewood even came out and let me know there was a storm coming so i could prepare so if you need a little heaven away from home then this is the place also 5 minutes from the river and not far from new river gorge bridge so give them a try WE LOVED IT
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William H.recommends
July 18, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
Recommended
The hosts where nice and kind people. Highly recommended.
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Zoraida S.recommends
July 17, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
If you want to get away from it all
Susan and James are great hosts, they made us feel welcome and happily answered every question we asked. The site, bathrooms, and shower where very clean, the shower was the most comfortable outdoor shower we've ever seen. We even got fresh eggs before heading back home. It was great, highly recommended.
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Donovan B.recommends
July 14, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
Awesome! Great people and totally beautiful area! I bet rafting season must be so much fun! We’ll be back.
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Harry H.recommends
July 12, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
Private, Quiet, Great River Access
Susan and James were great, just checked us in and left us to chill. We loved the private setting of Tawney Farm and the river access was ideal - the road to the river is literally right at the end of their driveway. Although we weren't there for whitewater season, the tubing was great and the river was nice and cold in July. We took a 24 foot RV there with no problem. Definitely going back on a regular basis.
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Catherine K.recommends
July 10, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
Awesome stay!
Beautiful location, great hosts. Spotless bathrooms and nice quiet spot. Great for our family of four with young children.
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Brett S.recommends
June 28, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
Susan and James were amazing hosts. We felt extremely welcomed and the site exceeded all expectations. We had everything we needed and our hosts made sure of it! Their facilities were very clean and well kept. We could not have asked for a better camping experience.
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Jessica S.recommends
June 25, 2020
Site 1 Creekside Site
We'll be back for sure!
What an exceptional place to stay! The hot shower, covered barn area, and clean portajohns were such a terrific bonus for us with our camper. Not only were the surroundings beautiful, but the primitive camping sites were well marked with switchbacks along a creek for a true nature experience, if that's what you want instead! Best of both worlds. Susan and James are top notch! We'll be booking again this season!
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