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Blackwater Birds and Bees

6 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents101 acres 路 Zuni, VA
Come visit the farm and stay with us! We have primitive tent camping, RV sites, and a cozy little cabin. Blackwater Birds and Bees is a developing farm that started in 2016. If you're looking for privacy, you won't find a better place in Southeastern Virginia. It's over 100 acres on the Blackwater River with access to over 2 miles of waterfront without leaving the property. The river is much like a cypress swamp with large channels running through the middle and it creates a perfect environment for all kinds of spectacular wildlife. We have kayaks and canoes available for campers to use for free and a Jon boat with trolling motor available for rent. Fishing is permitted in our large pond and on the river. The farm currently features an apiary, vegetable garden, blueberry bushes, and animals including ducks, chickens, geese, and goats. The cabin features a full-size bed complete with linens/bedding as well as a sleeping loft for 2 additional guests. While the cabin does not have electricity or plumbing, it does have battery operated lights and an outhouse with flush toilet on site for the convenience of cabin guests. We have a farm shop stocked with local products, camping essentials, fishing gear, and much more! *If you are bringing a large camper or RV please pick site #3 or site #2.*Site #4 is about 75 yards into the woods away from the parking space.* Check us out on Instagram @blackwater_birds_and_bees
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Big House Farm

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents100 acres 路 Chesapeake, VA
We are located in Chesapeake VA back in a more rural section. We own a poultry farm and have 40 acres of pasture and 60 acres of trees. There鈥檚 tons of wildlife and plenty of farm work if your up for it! This is a private and. Plenty of restaurants, shopping and beach around. We live on the property and around to help with any questions or needs.
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Meet at the Creek

1 site 路 Lodging4 acres 路 Chesapeake, VA
Our property is located in Deep Creek Chesapeake, VA on the intercoastal waterway/dismal swamp canal. We have 4+ acres of natural beauty at the end of a gravel road. Though we are not far from the city, nature definitely is the main character around here. The waterway is brackish (salt and fresh) so there is a wide array of wildlife to enjoy. Bald eagles and heron fly over daily and we often see otters, foxes and raccoons and birds galore. Guests have access to kayaks and dock (2 story) for fishing and/or relaxing. Water views from any spot on the property. We also have chickens, ducks and two friendly dogs that would love to meet you.
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Spruill Farm Conservation Project

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents110 acres 路 Roper, NC
(Note: no fireworks, crackers, sparklers, or garbage burning are permitted) Tip: check out the 'Phases of the Moon' calendar in photos before booking! The Spruill Farm belonged to the Spruill Family for over a hundred years and has just been set up as conservation easement protected land. It includes hardwood forest, swamp, a beautiful swimming beach* on the Albemarle Sound - one of the largest freshwater sounds in the world-, acres of farmland, vegetable garden and perhaps the largest fig orchard for hundreds of miles around. The purpose of the Spruill Farm is to further environmental research, promote ecological education and sustainable practices, and provide access for the public to the ever-diminishing shoreline experience. Please enjoy the incredible sunsets and woodland views, while respecting the serenity of this unique gem on the inner-banks. Wildlife on the property include Red Fox, River Otter, and 95 species of birds, including Bald Eagles (2 nests on the farm), nesting Osprey, Wood Ducks. Visit the 'Spruill Farm Conservation Project' on inaturalist(dot)org to see all 95 species, and upload any images from your observations. Because it is a nature preserve, please read the guidelines and rules closely if you choose to book with us. *Note: the shoreline changes with the wave action and the seasons. This makes the Bobby Wilkins shoreline trail so beautiful- always changing. If your expertise and interests coincide with the mission of the Farm, feel free to propose collaborative projects to julia@thepeanutfactory.org
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Private Primitive Tent Site

1 site 路 Tent1 acre 路 Elizabeth City, NC
Surrounded by trees, this is a perfect spot to unwind and get back to nature. While large enough to host multiple tent sites and camping groups, we limit the availability to just one group at a time, in order to provide you with the most private experience possible. Enjoy the quiet of nature without traveling far from so many additional activities! After you spend the day kayaking on the Dismal Swamp, site seeing in Portsmouth, VA, or spending your day on the Outer Banks fishing, the downtown is just a 5 minute bike ride away! Elizabeth City is an up and coming downtown, with more than 7 wine bars and breweries, 5 coffee shops, and many unique restaurants, all within walking distance of each other, the downtown is perfect place to both start your day with a fresh cup of coffee, and end it with a beer and friends. This is a beautiful, PRIMITIVE campsite. There is currently no electricity or running water. It is a 鈥減ack it in/pack it out,鈥 campsite. Leave nothing behind but the nature the way it was when you arrived. 鈥淐at holes,鈥 and 鈥減ig holes,鈥 are not authorized and will not be tolerated. For your convenience, a camping toilet will be provided as well as a camping sink. Seasonal activities close by include: Strawberry Picking Apple Picking Gem Mining Kayaking Beach Fishing Boating Duck Hunting Deer Hunting Site Seeing in Portsmouth/Norfolk Museums Aquariums Dinner Cruises Busch Gardens Monster Truck Shows Dixieland Speedway/Motocross H20 Water Park Elizabeth City, NC Sipping Trail Elizabeth City, NC Hot Cocoa Trail Farmers Markets
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Cypress Cove Retreat

22 sites 路 Lodging14 acres 路 Harrellsville, NC
We want to share our slice of the Chowan River with those who will respect fellow campers as well as wildlife. We have a hobby farm which includes goats, chickens and ducks as well as our guard dog, Bailey (Great Pyrenees) and some country cats. Learn more about this land: Book with this link: https://app.fireflyreservations.com/kiosk/property/CypressCoveRetreat We have a boat ramp for small boats, beach has pier to fish, swimming in the river, peaceful getaway you won鈥檛 want to leave. Full hookups as well as primitive land with well water faucet if you need water also dump station access. Overnight as well as long term stays are welcome. Primitive tent sites on the beach. Call office for details. 757.803.8496
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Country Living at Its Best!

1 site 路 RV, Tent46 acres 路 Suffolk, VA
This 46-acre horse ranch is located in the Whaleyville township of Suffolk. We are off of Highway 13, five miles from North Carolina state line. The 46 acres include 15 acres of pasture that host horse and sheep, and 31 acres of surrounding woods for hiking, camping, horseback riding and ATVs. A unique wildlife swamp borders the rear of the property.Learn more about this land:Enjoy country tranquility on this 46-acre horse ranch! 15 acres of pasture host horses and sheep. 31 additional acres available for camping, hiking, ATVs, and hunting. Unique wildlife swamp borders the property. Great star gazing!Located in the Whaleyville township of Suffolk, off of Highway 13 and 5 miles from North Carolina state line.
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Water Retreat

1 site 路 RV1 acre 路 Grandy, NC
This beautiful waterfront property has been transformed, and is prepared to聽welcome聽RV vacationers year-round. Surrounded by waters from the Currituck Sound, this retreat offers a聽small watercraft ramp聽on site, with nearby community ramps available for larger vessels. This is the perfect place for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and waterskiing聽just to name a few.聽 You provide the equipment, we will provide the perfect setting.聽 If you don't have equipment, local watersport rentals are minutes away, Everything from paddleboards to pontoon聽boats. For those who like to stick close to shore this聽is the ideal聽spot for聽swimming, fishing, crabbing and floating the day away.This property is newly renovated, however,聽the satellite map is a few years old and does not provide an accurate up-to-date image, so聽I have loaded several pictures for your convenience.聽聽Near by amenities include:聽grocery store, farm markets, gas stations, post office, churches, restaurants, laundromat, coffee shop, winery, brewery, golf courses, monster truck garage, water park, hang gliding, and of course just minutes to beautiful beaches.聽 Day trip opportunities for:聽Deep sea fishing tours, wild horses tour, aquarium, OBX lighthouses, Dolphin tours, airplane tours, Wright Brothers Museum, and much more.聽
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Captain鈥檚 Corner 鈿擄笍

1 site 路 RV1 acre 路 Grandy, NC
Welcome to your slice of paradise on the easternmost canal of Walnut Island! This stunning .20-acre corner lot boasts over 200 feet of new bulkhead, offering direct access to the lower Currituck Sound. With a convenient boat ramp just a 200-yard walk away at Barry鈥檚 bar and restaurant, you'll have easy access to endless aquatic adventures. Imagine starting your day with a peaceful kayak excursion or setting off on a leisurely boat ride to explore the scenic beauty of Duck and Corolla. After a day of adventure, return to the tranquility of your canal-front oasis, where you can relax and unwind while soaking in the breathtaking sound views. Located in Grandy, this property offers a convenient location near shopping and dining options, ensuring you have everything you need within reach. Plus, with attractions like the H2OBX Waterpark just a 15-minute drive away and the Outer Banks a mere 20 minutes away, you'll have endless opportunities for fun and excitement. Whether you're seeking a serene retreat or an action-packed getaway, this canal-front lot offers the perfect blend of convenience, relaxation, and adventure. Don't miss your chance to make memories in this tranquil corner of paradise!
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Scarlett鈥檚 Waterfront

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Hertford, NC
Hello, this property is located right on the water in beautiful downtown Hertford ! There is a local bar the 鈥淭aphouse鈥 walking distance from our property, coffee shops, Bakery, Pharmacy where they sell amazing ice cream, local parks with slides and swings, antique store, and this property is right beside a beautiful fishing pier. This is the best spot in town! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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Vintage RV retreat

4 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Hertford, NC
Learn more about this land:We own vintage campers located in the quaint Snug Harbor community. We own 4 campers and offer a fully furnished kitchen exclusively for our guest. The community bath house with toilets and showers are located across from our sites. We have a fire pit, horse shoes, DVDs and board games. Perfect for a family trip! Our campers are a block away from the Yeopim River where there is a boat slip for canoes and kayaks. Along the water there is also a beautiful park exclusive to the Snug Harbor community with a grill, picnic tables, and a playground. Near the park, the water has a low spot perfect for fishing and swimming. If you aren鈥檛 a fan of lake swimming, during the summer months there is a community pool! We are located 1 hour from the Outer Banks and a convenient 20 minutes from Elizabeth City where there are shops and dinning options. We look forward to hosting you!
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Gator Creek

1 site 路 Tent6 acres 路 Columbia, NC
Located near Alligator River on the Little Alligator Creek. Fishing all around, just a short walk thru the woods or down the road. Public boat ramp in walking distance. Game lands are nearby with hunting for deer, bear etc. in season of course. No hunting allowed at Gator Creek. Not much light pollution so great for sky watchers. Lots of wild plants. Fiddle Head Ferns, Hearts A Busting, Wild Blueberries, Eelderberry and more. We have an outdoor shower and porta john located at my personal cabin but guest are welcome to use it or even pitch your tent in my cabin yard. City water available. We are adding a cooking shack for your use and hope to have it ready in a couple weeks. We do ask that you dispose of your trash appropriately because of the wild animals at Gator Creek. Hope you enjoy your stay.
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Embark on an adventure through Dismal Swamp State Park, a haven for hikers, bikers, paddlers, and nature enthusiasts. Traverse the 21.5 miles of trails, delve into the rich tapestry of the park's past, and keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this place home. While overnight stays under the stars aren't on offer, the day-use activities promise a full day of exploration and discovery.

When to go

The best time to visit Dismal Swamp State Park is during the milder months of March to October, when the trails are open from 8am to 5:30pm. Winter offers a serene, frost-kissed landscape, but prepare for shorter days, as the park closes at 4:30pm from November through February.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather before your visit, as conditions can influence trail accessibility and comfort.
  • Remember, pets are welcome but must be leashed and attended at all times.
  • Boat and bike rentals are available to enhance your exploration of the park.
  • For your safety, adhere to park rules and stay on designated trails.
  • Visitor center hours vary, so plan accordingly to take advantage of the educational exhibits.

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