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We (Steven and Tracey) will again be opening Hidden River Camping, our beautiful piece of Mother Earth (for registered Hipcamp guests only) for the 2022 Memorial Day to Labor Day season.  Hidden River Campground is not a commercial campground, but our own personal and private property.  Hipcamp campers are our best guarantee that guests will be knowledgeable, responsible cam


We (Steven and Tracey) will again be opening Hidden River Camping, our beautiful piece of Mother Earth (for registered Hipcamp guests only) for the 2022 Memorial Day to Labor Day season.  Hidden River Campground is not a commercial campground, but our own personal and private property.  Hipcamp campers are our best guarantee that guests will be knowledgeable, responsible campers and respectful of our property, of nature itself and of other campers.  It's why we created Hidden River Camping and why we accept only Hipcamp bookings.  

As a Certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Butterfly Waystation, we are strictly focused on providing a low-density, high-sensory, natural experience for "on your own" responsible campers.  

Upon arrival, we will show you to your campsite and provide an orientation as to the layout of the property, explain the amenities, provide relevant river and safety suggestions and answer any other questions you may have.  Beyond that, we believe in leaving the entertainment portion of the program to Mother Nature.  

For the 2022 season Hidden River Camping will have only one Riverside Campsite Area available per weekend.  The Riverside Campsite area has a fire ring and a picnic table and is generally vehicle-accessible (4WD or AWD recommended), either at the site or very nearby.  

Space #2 Riverside is the only available campsite for the 2022 season.  Because we will be hosting only one camping group per weekend, the "campsite" is actually acres and acres of beautiful riverside land.  Some is cleared and grassy, parklike, some is semi-cleared with plenty of trees and shade to hang hammocks, food bags etc. and some of the property is new purchase land "under renovation" but still walkable.  "Under renovation" means that we are working to remove the invasive foreign vine, shrub and tree species and replanting with native Virginia species, along with fruit and nut trees which produce good food for the deer and turkey. 

There is also a spacious sleeping cabin (240 sq ft) on the site with a screened front porch, solar lighting, 2 innerspring sleeping bag foundations and an indoor dining table/chairs, which is usually reserved to owners.  However the cabin may be gently utilized in the event of inclement weather, when a tent just isn't enough shelter.  The cabin does not otherwise have electricity or plumbing.

We also have lots and lots of mowed "wanderland" for guests (and their pets) to run and roam, consisting of paths, meadows, an emerging orchard (peaches, cherries, pears, plums, quince, 5 varieties of blueberries, goji berries and two kinds of gooseberries) and lots and lots of native Virginia Cherokee plum trees, wild persimmon and hickory and black walnut.

The river is magnificent.  Where we are, it is about 200 feet across and offers an ever-changing scene that can include otters, turtles, fish, osprey, eagles, great blue herons and giant pileated woodpeckers as well as tiny hummingbirds, butterflies, fireflies and bumblebees.  In the summer dry season, the river can drop to about two or three feet deep.  When it does, the river bottom is sandy and incredibly nice to wade, swim and fish in, when conditions allow.  The riverbank is all-natural and kind of steep in places, but mostly sandy and nice.  Scrambling up and down the bank and getting wet on a hot summer day should pose little challenge for the young or especially the young at heart.  The river is also stocked with a wide variety of fish by the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and quite a few have been caught (and eaten!) by our campers and by your hosts.  But it is a natural river and therefore 100% dependent on the weather for how nice or naughty she can be.  Our shallow knee-deep river can quickly turn into a dangerously deep and swift torrent after a heavy rain, so keep an eye on the weather if you intend to be a weekend river otter! 

Our full 15 acres are registered as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" and a significant portion of our property has been left "au natural" and dedicated to providing and protecting nesting and feeding areas for the wildlife that co-occupies or transits our property.  Look down in the sand on the riverbank and check out the tracks of turkey, deer, possum, groundhogs and raccoons. Hidden River Camping is intended to be a place where peace and tranquility abounds. 

There is plenty of free firewood (gather/cut/chop your own) on-site.  We do also have a limited supply of locally-sourced split logs at $5 per 4pc bundle.  We do not have a camp store, neither do we provide camping supplies, but the Altavista Walmart is only about a 15-20 minute drive. 

Be also prepared for the nocturnal sights and sounds of Rural America.  There is nothing quite like the experience of standing beneath a sky peppered with bright twinkling stars and colorful planets while fireflies dance and sparkle among the trees!  You will likely hear from the farm dog hotline, crickets, frogs and other creatures that buzz, croak and call out in the night.  

Across the river is the Norfolk Southern rail line, upon which travels the train that hauls coal from West Virginia to the Port of Hampton Roads.  And although the train isn't always compatible with the peacefully melodic sounds of Nature, one can hear and then feel the immense power of the locomotive as it muscles thousands of tons of coal on hundreds of railcars through the Blue Ridge and on down to the Coast.  Sometimes the train runs at night, providing a spooky light show, as it parts the nighttime fog, with headlights playing on the misty trees ahead... a rare and impressive sight!

At Hidden River you will experience the kind of unique in-country sleep that ultimately culminates in the fresh morning aromas of coffee, bacon and eggs popping and sizzling over a crackling campfire.  And if you enjoy fresh farm eggs, stop by the National Center for Healthy Veterans, 980 Wards Rd (near Altavista).  They have an unmanned farm stand near the highway (US29S) loaded with fresh farm eggs that will not require refrigeration until washed.  The cost per dozen is not specified, but all proceeds go to the Veterans at the Center, so your generosity is encouraged.

Experienced campers are all too aware of the effect that weather can have on an outing.  And here in Central Virginia the weather is as unpredictable as it is anywhere else.  Gorgeous sunny days may or may not yield to afternoon thunder boomers, leading us to recommend that the downhill campsite be accessed by 4WD or AWD vehicles.  2-wheel FWD cars should be ok, but I don't want to pull anymore Chrysler Sebrings uphill and out.  Positively No trailers, RV's, pop-ups or other pull-behinds are permitted downhill at any time.  

Whether you are single, or your group is 2 campers or 12, if you are looking for a campsite with unprecedented beauty, peace and privacy in a safe and secure location, consider Hidden River Camping and stash away a lifelong memory.

Campsite area
Tent sites
2 sites
Up to 14 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
4WD Recommended
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
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Have a question? Send Steven a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 3PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper William
William M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 20th, 2022

Loved camping on their land. kids had a great time and we all are looking forward to the next time

Hipcamper Samantha

Beautiful, private camping spot

Samantha T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 31st, 2022

Our Memorial Day Weekend stay was tranquil and private. The land at Riverside 2, which is the only campsite open on the property, was HUGE. It included two large mowed fields and a cleared, wooded shaded area. We had four couples, but there was so much room to pitch tents, we were super spread out. There is an inclement weather shelter with a porch where we kept our coolers from getting too hot. There is also a beautiful area full of trees perfect for hammocking and lawn games. We had three dogs with us and they had the time of their lives. It was also super private. You aren't going to find a more private site. The outdoor shower was also amazing. Refreshing when it was cold, but there was some warm water as well.

Things I'm so glad we brought - hammocks, toilet paper, lawn games, shower stuff, a 5 gal Gatorade cooler, bug spray/sunscreen, shade tent for the picnic table.

Things to be aware of: the river may be inaccessible - We were planning to spend all of our time on the river and brought tubes and fishing equipment. I wish we had asked beforehand about the water level. We could have brought other things to entertain us. Nature - We probably pulled 50-60 dog ticks off of us and the dogs; we saw black widow spiders in the fire pit (we killed them all); and we saw a very large, happy black snake slithering through the field. Just good to know if someone in your group would be traumatized by any of this.

In all, we would definitely return! Thanks to the hosts!

Hipcamper Erin

Great times for all!!

Erin B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 19th, 2021

Lovely spot on the Roanoke River. Hosts were incredibly kind. Good shade on site 2, caught some nice size fish and kids had a wonderful time. Bathrooms were nicer than going in the woods but a bit of a hike from our site. The shower too, and no hot water, but the coolness was appreciated! It’s a bit of a walk to both and the clean water source but that counteracts the s’mores you ate that night. Bring something to cart water back and forth and you’ll be fine. Also they have these cool rope ladder/step things to get down to the river so if you have mobility issues will be a bit hard. None of us cared! Yes the trains come by occasionally but that’s camping next to a river as all of them have tracks near them. Our whole family (including the dog) had a fantastic weekend. Lovely time and we would definitely come back!!!!

Hipcamper Anaïs

Sacred medicine, sacred stay

Anaïs R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 12th, 2021

Wowowow my partner and I had the most beautiful time staying here for the weekend. Steven and Tracey were a beam of bright light; so welcoming, so loving, so willing to share this sacred land with us. Conversation with them was so natural and profound. We’d been needing some land medicine and we got exactly what we came for. The land is cared for exceptionally with grace and deep love. This to me is a beautiful example of what preservation and ecological understanding is. The elements hit hard one day and it rained abundantly and prior to us setting up Steven had told us that if we need to use the cabin on site please do. Needless to say we did when our tent had a mishap at 5AM… we were soaked. So we moved in there for the day to get some more sleep. And a little later Steven came and checked on us to make sure we were alright and to bring us dry firewood. I mean to me this is humanity a small gesture like this means the world. We will be back for sure, and will be bringing offerings to the sacred land. If you’re thinking about this spot, do it, it’s more than 100% worth it.

Hipcamper Steven
Response from Steven, the Host, on August 12th, 2021

Anais, you are a very special spirit. Reading your review - no - FEELING your review was a precious and special moment. I thank the Universe daily for the many natural blessings of this place and for people like you who come to enjoy it.

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Hipcamper john

Fantastic hosts, beautiful camping

John P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 11th, 2021

Our group had a great time! The camp sites are beautiful and the hosts are amazing! 100% would recommend to anyone! Can’t wait until our next trip!

Hipcamper Steven
Response from Steven, the Host, on July 14th, 2021

Hey John, reviews like yours reflect exactly why we do this. We love sharing our land with people like you who love, appreciate and respect nature. The only evidence that ten (10!) adults were camping that weekend were a few blades of grass bent over from where the tents were. You guys are all great campers and are welcome to come back anytime.

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Hipcamper Chris

Beautiful site and friendly hosts

Chris S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 4th, 2021

Steven and Tracey were great hosts! They met us at their driveway and showed us the way down to the camp site as well as walked their property with us to orientate us and show us all their awesome amenities! After the walkthrough, they let us know they were a text away and left us to our own devices. The campsite was beautiful, spacious, and very private! We brought our two boxers and they loved being able to zoom up and down the strip of grassy area at campsite 1. We really enjoyed staying here and enjoyed getting to meet Steven and Tracey!

Hipcamper Steven
Response from Steven, the Host, on July 14th, 2021

Thank you Chris and congrats to you both on the coming new addition! We are so glad you and Jess had the opportunity to get away for a nature break before the action starts, but we are especially pleased that you all (pups included of course) had such a great time. We wish you all the best and hope that in years to come you and your family find your way back here again.

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Hipcamper Joan

Serene and relaxing

Joan P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 29th, 2020

Hidden River is a very beautiful place. Serene and relaxing. Steven and his wife were very welcoming and did their best to see we’re happy and comfortable.we will definitely be visiting in the future.

Hipcamper Steven
Response from Steven, the Host, on July 6th, 2021

Thank you Joan. You are welcome back anytime. We meet the nicest people through Hipcamp and this whole experience with campers such as yourselves, being on our land, has been an awesome experience.

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 14th, 2020

What a great stay! We had Riverside #2. It was a huge, shaded spot on the river. Plenty of room for tents, hammocks, and running around. And because of COVID-19 restrictions, there was only one other family there.

The outdoor shower was nice to have and very refreshing. We went for a quick dip in the river. It was chilly, but worth it. It’s a steep bank, so be careful with kids. My daughter thought getting in and out was quite the adventure.

Steven and his wife were so nice. They take great care of their land. It was nice hearing about what they’re growing and the animals that live there. We saw deer, rabbits, turkey vultures, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

The train across the river came through the first night of our stay. We weren’t expecting it to be so loud. It blew its horn the entire way. But it didn’t last long and then we were back to nighttime forest sounds. Not too bad. We would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a lovely weekend!

View of the river from Riverside #2.Riverside #2 is huge!Looking out of the river from the campfire at Riverside #2.
Hipcamper Steven
Response from Steven, the Host, on July 6th, 2021

Thank you Michelle for the wonderful review. Our land is a gift meant to be shared. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 11th, 2020

It rained very hard the first night of our weekend trip so fishing and wading were not an option anymore. Otherwise, the place is quiet and very private!

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Hipcamper Steven
Response from Steven, the Host, on July 6th, 2021

Thank you Sarah. Individual privacy is our strong suit and as you noted, being in the river is just one way to have physical contact with the soothing and centering presence of Nature at its most "natural". Being under the cool shade of mature riparian trees, along the sandy riverside and sharing your space only with the locals... deer, rabbits and other animals, the birds, a landscape in constant motion and even the forest-fresh oxygen-rich air... yeah, it's all good.

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