Hipcamp host James R.,
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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 110 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
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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 110 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 10 acre pond and on the river. The farm currently features an apiary, a peach orchard, vegetable garden, blueberry bushes, and animals including ducks, chickens, geese, and goats. *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. * Site #3 has an available alternative site for anyone who would prefer to be unseen from the path. Firewood is available. $10/bundle. We are now offering beekeeping classes and edible wild plant tours for guests! Check us out on Instagram @blackwater_birds_and_bees
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
5 sites
Up to 9 guests per site
Up to 4 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 32 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
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Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out

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Firewood bundle

A generous portion of dry firewood.

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Experience

Beekeeping 101

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Goods

Fresh Herbs From The Farm

Fresh picked for you when you arrive! A mix of oregano, rosemary, sage, peppe...Read more

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Blackwater Birds and Bees T-Shirts

NEW! Black Tees with white lettering sizes S-XL

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Experience

Edible Wild Plants Tour

Mike Rasnake has over 40 years experience leading foraging groups and can hel...Read more

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Rental

14’ Jon Boat/ Trolling motor

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

Bass, crappie, pickerel, bream and a few other freshwater species are regularly caught in the pond. All of those fish can be fo...Read more

Paddling

We have two canoes, four kayaks, and two John boats available for use by guests.

Swimming

The river has a few sandy areas that a good for swimming.

Wildlife watching

Whether you'd like to see Birds, mammals, reptiles or amphibians, we have just about every species that's native to this area.

Biking
Boating

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Blackwater Birds and Bees in Virginia.

Forest

Zuni is part of the ancient shoreline that started here and ended in Texas. For that reason, our soil is almost pure sand. For ...Read more

Lake

Great for fishing from the shore or from a boat.

River, stream, or creek

The Blackwater is designated a scenic river by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Swimming hole

Conditions for swimming in the river can vary based on the water level.

Wetlands

At one end of our pond we have created a bog and introduced native carnivorous pitcher plants and a variety of other native wet...Read more

Farm

Fruit trees, blueberry bushes, vegetables, birds, bees, and goats

Driveway

The entrance is just under one mile off of the paved road on the right.

Field
Ranch

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Hipcamper Marie

Fishing paradise 🎣

Marie M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 11th, 2022

For the short time we were at Blackwater Birds and Bees, we loved every minute—especially the fishing for our son. Campsite 3 was perfect for our little fishing lover since he could fish from the shore and we could see him.

The solar-powered bathroom is a brilliant set up. We purchased eggs and glad we did! My husband and I walked to Cypress Landing and loved seeing those trees in the water. As promised in the listing, we saw wildlife (a crane, a black rat snack, a turtle) and unique plants. This place is flourishing with nature and wildlife! The peacock on our way out was a beauty too.

We were only at Blackwater Birds and Bees about 4 hours when a heavy storm rolled through. We spent the rest of our evening in our tent. We hit the road pretty early, but not before our son caught a gorgeous bass!

We drove onward to Virginia Beach from Zuni, which was a little over an hour away, to watch the Stihl Timbersports competition.

That was a nice bass!Blackwater Birds and BeesWhat an exotic plant!The sign above a cabin
Hipcamper heather
Heather E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 8th, 2022

We have camped here many times, and each time is full of new experiences.

Hipcamper Eric
Eric B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 8th, 2022

Great communication.

Hipcamper David
David D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 8th, 2022

Had a blast loved everything about the place perfect place to take your kids plenty of things to do bring fishing poles. 10 out of 10

Hipcamper Abigail

Had a blast!

Abigail J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
May 4th, 2022

My friend and I went tent camping for a long weekend and stayed in site 5! We where right next to the goats and couldn’t be more excited about that! We signed up for bee keeping, we learned lots and had a blast! James and his family where super friendly and welcoming; they even got us vegan marshmallows! The camp shop was convenient and super cute! Definitely a quiet, peaceful, fun weekend! Would definitely recommend.

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Hipcamper Harold
Harold S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 2nd, 2022

Great campsite. Lots of room for the kids to play and the fishing was great.

Hipcamper Shauna
Shauna M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 1st, 2022

Beautiful setting! We especially enjoyed the goats, chickens, and resident peacock as well as the plant life. Site 4 was the perfect fit for us: back from the road and overlooking the river.

Hipcamper Greg
Greg B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
May 1st, 2022

First impressions are everything. When we pulled up, we were greeted with dilapidated buildings, unkept lawns, and no clear indication of where to go or how to get there; nee better signage.

Hipcamper Troy

Farm camping

Troy L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
April 25th, 2022

Really loved camping on James property. It was spacious and quiet. He was very accommodating and was a great communicator. I would recommend camping here for anyone. I definitely would stay again!

Awards

Best of 2022 Tent or RV Site
Finalist
Best of 2022 Virginia
Finalist
Best in 2021 Virginia
1st place
Best of 2019 Virginia
1st place
Best of 2018 Virginia
1st place
Property
Blackwater Birds and Bees
State
Virginia
Country
United States
$49/night
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