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Forest Gardens is a new permaculture center which supports and promotes the human connection with the natural world. We offer camping as a way to support people to make a connection to a special place, enjoy and take care of it. Nature is good for mind body and soul.

Forest Gardens consists of 50 acres of rolling fields and steep forests in the heart of the Virgini


Forest Gardens is a new permaculture center which supports and promotes the human connection with the natural world. We offer camping as a way to support people to make a connection to a special place, enjoy and take care of it. Nature is good for mind body and soul.

Forest Gardens consists of 50 acres of rolling fields and steep forests in the heart of the Virginia Piedmont. We have a unique beach hardwood forest and many interesting edible and medicinal plants.

Forest Gardens borders a Nature Conservancy easement along Horsepen Run down to the Rappahannock River.

The Nature Conservancy land is without a trail but it is a great adventure for those abled bodied to explore the adventure of making your own path as you follow the run down to the river.

Forest Gardens has some trails through the fields and marked routes through the forest to the creek. Some routes are steeper than others and in time we will have signs but feel free to ask us if you have concerns. The easiest trail leads to a portion of the creek above the fall line and that is the best area for young children and families.

The areas are generally private and several of the spaces are remote and great for contemplatives or vision questers. You can pack in and camp along the creek.Or you can have your equipment taken to one of the campgrounds by Golf Cart.We offer Forest Therapy Walks here as well as other programs and events. Ask your host what is happening during your stay. You are also close to Historical and other Nature areas. Crows Nest is an old growth forest preserved along the Potomac in Stafford County. There are several reservoirs including Lake Mooney just around the corner. Many historical sites and other areas of interest nearby. It is a perfect natural get-away for individuals, couples, a small group of friends, or family outings.

Because we have a deep love for this land we ask that our guests also have or are willing to adopt a deeply respectful appreciation and relationship with this land and walk as lightly as possible during your stay.

We gladly accept clean recyclables and Stafford County has a good recycling program but to increase awareness of packaging and the amount of trash we create, we ask everyone to be mindful by taking your trash back with you. This allows us to offer other amenities and keep our prices down as well.

We have 6 camping locations.There are 2 places near the barn that can accommodate car camping. These areas are less private. This village camping area near the barn will also be available for late arrivals to set up temporarily if they get in after dark. All parking is at the barn area.

You are welcome to back pack into more primitive sites. There are several camping areas we offer concierge service, bringing your equipment to your selected site and back, by the little green bug seen in the pictures.

There is water at the barn and shortly we will have a fully functioning bath house and camp kitchen.

Their is a big grassy field for softball or other sports.

You can fish with a state license in the Rappahannock but you need to have a collapsible pole on your walk to the river. Fishing in nearby reservoirs also. Right next door is a large reservoir Lake Mooney where you can fish, paddle board, canoe, kayak etc. There is a pond at Forest Gardens that is currently being remediated but will be available in the future.The Creek, Horse Pen Run is one of 2 rivers in Virginia where you can pan for gold.

The area is rich in history and ghost stories. There is a 1700's tavern that was moved to the property from Rt 1 and 17. An 1800's farm house sits above the barn.

We are Fredericksburg's back yard, so only 20 minutes away is old town Fredericksburg, Ferry Farm and many other Revolutionary and Civil Way sites as well as a charming down town shopping area along the Rappanannock River.

Besides Forest Bathing there will be other educational and workshop opportunities in the future. We offer a composting toilet up at the barn and otherwise ask that people burn tp and use the woods. A camp shower and kitchen area is coming soon.

Because there are multiple sites and activities going on, I need to have a more in depth phone conversation concerning each rental inquiry so while phone numbers are not supported I am assured we can speak before hand, and that is what I hope interested parties are willing to do. This comes from a deep desire to make sure that we offer what you are looking for and you will be really satisfied with your stay. Thanks so much and I look forward to hosting you.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
6 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
No toilet
No pets
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Darlene a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 3PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off


    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


    Holly Corner is not good for biking so it would be on paths through fields around the property.


    Lake Mooney is right around the corner. Non Motorized.


    Lake Mooney and the Rappahannock River


    Much of the hiking is without cleared and maintained trails, but marked routes or follow the stream and the river.

    Horseback riding

    In the area


    Rappahannock River. See Rappahannock Outdoors and ACA

    Wind sports

    Sailing small sailboats on lake mooney, sail boarding, paddle boarding. Need your own equipment.


    Rock out cropping's along the canyon and in the stream. No climbing areas.


    Wear a life jacket but you can when the water level is good, swim in the Rappahannock.

    Wildlife watching

    Many birds and deer, coyote and other creatures live here too.


    Natural features you'll find at Forest Gardens Permaculture Center in Virginia.


    Beautiful beach hardwood forest


    Lake Mooney is very close by and also Forest Gardens has a pond.


    The southern boundary of the property lies along a canyon with steep forested sides and some rock out croping's.

    River, stream, or creek

    Borders nature conservancy land along Horsepen Run with access to the Rappahannock River.


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    Swimming hole

    At the Rappahannock River


    Huge old barn and pasture land with sweeping views.


    Westebbe Lane is a long gravel driveway that brings you back into the property and there are several other mowed paths.

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