Hipcamp host Judson B.,
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The Big Dipper Ranch offers beautiful views of the mountains, fields and forest. Perfect for stargazing and cool dips in the spring fed pond. Close to wineries, breweries, fly fishing, hiking on Old Rag and White Oak Canyon. Historical sites are nearby too!  

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Judson a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

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Hipcamper Jeff

Amazing property with great hosts!

Jeff W.
recommends this listing.
June 8th, 2020

We booked both of The Big Dipper Ranch camp sites had a fantastic time! From start to finish, we had a great experience. We loved meeting Jud and his wife who greeted us and showed us around the beautiful property. They were extremely accommodating and even opened the camp a week early for us so we could celebrate our son's birthday. You can certainly tell they love this property through their attention to detail. The tents are stunning, and the beds are as comfortable as our beds at home! There is a brand new compost toilet and pump sink which was nice to have in the woods! The pond is down the hill from the site and is nice and shaded and also has a wooden, floating dock. It is fully stocked with fish, and we catch at least 20 during our stay (one really big bass!). The fire pit in the evening was so much fun, and the star grazing was phenomenal (saw the rings of Saturn and moons of Jupiter with our telescope). We were honored to be the first guests to this beautiful property, and we are already looking at dates for our return. Thank you to Jud and his family for sharing this special place with us!

Hipcamper Todd

Bdr exceeded our expectations.

Todd R.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2020

From the moment we booked until we left the site, Jud made us feel incredibly welcomed. The serenity, the views, the trails and the pond were just what we needed after being cooped up at home for the last three months. And the compost toilet and hot shower were added benefits. Will definitely rebook. Can’t wait to escape the city again for BDR.

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Hipcamper Christina
Christina C.
recommends this listing.
July 1st, 2020

We had an awesome time at the Big Dipper Ranch! My husband and I booked tent #1 last minute and everything was great from the time we arrived - Jud and his daughter met us and showed us around the site. The bed was so comfortable and the tents are very nice, and it was really convenient to have the composting toilet and hot (!) shower right there. The site is convenient for getting to hikes in Shenandoah (we did Old Rag while we were there), and just a beautiful location. The stars were awesome and making s’mores around the fire was a lot of fun and a welcome break from being stuck at home for the past few months. The pond is a welcome and relaxing place - we were serenaded by the frogs! We will definitely be back!

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Hipcamper Lily

Amazing last-minute getaway

Lily M.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2020

We had such an amazing time at Big Dipper. The tent was spacious and clean, and the bed was super comfortable. There was plenty of space for us and our two dogs to explore, and some paths around the property to walk on. The stars at night were AMAZING! Close to lots of wonderful activities. There's a brewery right down the road, wineries all around, and some excellent hiking. We headed over to Whiteoak Canyon for a quick morning hike - it's only 15 mins away. We plan on returning as soon as we can!

Hipcamper Shannon

Best glamping in the dmv

Shannon O.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2020

Big Dipper ranch was amazing! The host Jud was so communicative and helpful and friendly leading up to our stay and gave us a personal tour of the property when we arrived, the tents are very spacious (would easily fit kids in the floor or even a pack and play). The linens on the beds were soft. The mattresses were super comfy too! The fishing pond was our favorite part of the property. We fished and grilled and hung out down there all day because it was shady and much cooler. We rented sites 1 and 2 so we had the whole property to ourselves which I would highly recommend. The compost toleit bathroom was actually one of the nicest bathrooms I have ever used! No smell and super clean(even had a sink with fresh water!) there is also a shower tent with a high tech warming system that uses propane! (We opted for cool showers though bc it was hot while we were there) the tents at night were not very hot bc there are zipper windows in all 4 sides so there is a nice breeze. We didn’t see many stars bc of clouds but the few times the clouds cleared it was amazing! Highly recommend Jud and his Big Dipper ranch! (He even left me a hand written birthday card and a bottle of wine upon check in because he knew the next day was my birthday! Oh and my kids ages 8 and 11 had a blast too! Def a place to bring kids!!

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle C.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2020

We really enjoyed our stay at the Big Dipper Ranch site! The pond was lovely for cooling down and floating in. The tent was really comfy and well-appointed. There's a lot to do in the area and it's a great jumping off point for trips into Shenandoah. Loved the brewery right up the road too!

Hipcamper Gavin
Gavin B.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2020

Beautiful property. Well kept. Exactly as described on the website. Even my wife who hates camping had a good time.

Hipcamper Judson

Great campsite!

Judson H.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2020

Judson was a great host. True to the site's name, there were a million stars out, and he has a telescope there for you to use. The tent was perfect- clean, spacious, and the bed was very comfortable. The composting toilet was a lot nicer than most I've seen, and the shower had hot water and really good water pressure. We didn't utilize the pond area, but it looked like a nice place to sit, relax, and enjoy the deer that were always over there. I'd definitely recommend this place- lots of hiking nearby, and a winery and brewery right down the street to help relax after a nice hike. We'll definitely be coming back.

Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica G.
recommends this listing.
August 4th, 2020

what a fun experience! Jud and his wife Jill are wonderful hosts! The site was beautiful and very peaceful! They were beyond welcoming and everything is exactly as you see them in the photos! One of the items that isn’t mentioned in the photos is the telescope! Wow! It’s so beautiful and they allowed us to use it during our stay! It was a very cool experience! As we’ve posted about our stay on social media, we’ve already had several friends ask for the link to this property so they can book! And we’re already thinking of our next trip with some friends!

No camping breakfast is complete without some bacon! Building a tent within the tent! Cozy bonfireView of the moon from the telescope! Wow!
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