Hipcamp host Ned S.,
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Come and get cozy by the fire pit with your friends and family in this slice of Appalachian heaven. 

About the Property

Just off the Appalachian tail, five minutes from Dragon's Tooth trailhead and 10 minutes from McAfee's Knob, you'll be able to find plenty of hiking and nature to take in. TONS of killer single-track mountain biking around t


Come and get cozy by the fire pit with your friends and family in this slice of Appalachian heaven. 

About the Property

Just off the Appalachian tail, five minutes from Dragon's Tooth trailhead and 10 minutes from McAfee's Knob, you'll be able to find plenty of hiking and nature to take in. TONS of killer single-track mountain biking around the area, including some nice trails on our property. We are very close to the North Mountain trail system, not far from Carvins Cove. These areas also offer amazing swimming and tubing.

This area is paradise for road cyclists as well. Our country road is long, scenic, very little traffic, and the grade is almost imperceptible. Lots of similarly scenic back roads in the vicinity, easy to map out a loop according to your preferences. 

We are located ~35 minutes from Roanoke and ~45 minutes from Blacksburg. While I provide some bottled water for campers, bringing in your own is always a good idea as I do not offer a way to refill water containers. 

About the listing

Tucked away at the base of a huge meadow, under an ancient walnut tree, pitch your tent on the edge of a mature hardwood forest floodplain, with sweeping views of the valley, and enjoy the sounds of Craig's Creek flowing just behind you. The creek is filled with lots of bluegills, etc. and some trout, and we're very close to a lot of really great trout streams. We're blessed with a beautiful swimming hole fed by the cool clean creek, which gets to about 6 feet in depth, maybe a 3 minute walk from the campsite. 

We can provide tubes, floats, etc. 

For meals, we provide a charcoal grill and a grill grate for cooking over a fire. There is also a picnic table at the site. 

Well-behaved dogs and other pets are always welcome, but please keep them under close supervision.

While you have privacy at your site, expect to run into other campers in common areas or in passing. We like to greet folks when they arrive and show them to their site, and someone is typically here at the house should you need anything.

Additional Details to Note:

  • Porta Potty available  
  • Extras available below 
  • Limited reception for some carriers
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 55 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Ned a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


TONS of killer single-track MTB around the area, including some nice trails on our property. Very close to North Mountain trail...Read more


The site is right on Craig Creek, with lots of bluegills, etc. and some trout, or we're very close to a lot of really great tro...Read more


Tons of trails on our land, or a very short drive to access Appalachian Trail (less than a mile as the crow flies, two miles by...Read more


Tough to put in at our place unless water is very high, but there's a good put-in about 2 miles away where Craig Creek opens up...Read more


There are a couple decent sport, trad, and bouldering areas within a half hour.


We're blessed with a beautiful swimming hole, which gets to about 6 feet in depth, maybe a 3 minute walk from the campsite. We ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Pretty easy access to John's Creek, plenty of other creeking options when the water's high.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Savage Acres: Walnut Bottom in Virginia.


A couple small openings on the property, or we can tell you where to access some bigger rooms in the area.


We're in a long valley, right at the base of small but steep mountain, with views of a much larger mountain opposite.

River, stream, or creek

The campsite is right along Craig Creek - you can hear the flowing water from your tent! The creek opens up into a gorgeous swi...Read more

Swimming hole

We have a great big swimmin' hole at the base of a cliff. Gets to about 6 ft, depending on level. We can provide floats, tubes,...Read more


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Hipcamper Ian
Ian D.
recommends this listing.
November 21st, 2021

Ended up staying at Maple Knoll since there was a tree at Walnut Bottom that Ned needed to process. Both are great sites, but we really enjoyed Maple Knoll. Ned was a very gracious and friendly host. He met us on arrival and gave a detailed tour. Highly recommend Maple Knoll and Savage Farms.

Hipcamper Bill


Bill U.
recommends this listing.
October 28th, 2021

Beautiful night sky peaceful quiet setting

Hipcamper Justin
Justin M.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2021

One of my favorites on hipcamp! I’ve been back 3 times already. I will be back for a forth before no time.

Hipcamper Ridgley

Safe, secluded, clean, nature

Ridgley J.
recommends this listing.
October 16th, 2021

It was a lovely secluded spot but not too remote. I loved staying there rather than staying at a public campground and it was SO CLOSE to great hiking! After every hike we went and swam in the fresh spring swimming hole and it was so divine. Most of all it was a spot that felt safe for three women to camp. I really really appreciate that!

Hipcamper Sean

Not for us...

Sean G.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 13th, 2021

Ned is a very helpful and kind host. He answered all my questions in a timely manner even while on vacation himself. However, we chose not to stay at his Walnut Bottom campsite because the site wasn't what we were looking for that evening.

Granted, it was labor day weekend, there was a large group at the Maple Knoll site and it was dusk when we arrived. We were a little stressed out by our dog who is a horrible traveller and the site was just dirt. The trash and recycling receptacles were full and there was trash in the fire ring.

Seeing that Ned was on vacation himself that weekend and not on site to oversee his camp I'm going to cut him some slack and may try and secure the Maple Knoll site or the River site at another time, not a holiday weekend. I just wouldn't reserve the Walnut Bottom site again.

Everyone has their own wants and needs when looking for a campsite. However, for us, on this particular day we just chose to go somewhere else. Again, we may try one of the other site's on Ned's farm we just won't book Walnut Bottom again.

Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica A.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

Such a beautiful location! Ned was very helpful with directions to the location and on top of communication regarding the property and expectations. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Mark

Great creekside escape

Mark L.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2021

This was a gorgeous spot on Craig Creek. Actually one of the most beautiful bends of the river with towering shale cliffs I’ve ever been to. Sky out here is unabated with light pollution so starry skies are astounding at night. Plenty of fishing and swimming holes brimming with smallmouth bass, sunfish, and redeye.
The camping area is vast and semi-private, plenty of room if with a larger group. The spots are spaced out far enough (100 yards or so) that you may barely see or hear the other campsite across the field. The namesake Walnut tree is truly a blessing of shade and fallen branches are everywhere in the surrounding forrest to help start a fire. The only recommendation I have is for the portable pit toilets to be cleaned more often, and possible better signage at the pull-in. GPS was no issue but the entrance is an unassuming entrance to a field (maybe it’s better kept a secret that way). Thank you to Ned and Alexis for sharing this stunning property!

Hipcamper Madison
Madison B.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2021

The campsite was really cool! We had a meadow and Mountain View, and could hear the trickling of the creek from our site. The walnut bottom site was a bit muddy due to some recent rain, we didn’t mind but something to be aware of! Our pup loved swimming in the creek and chasing toads. Ned was very accommodating. Would definitely recommend this spot for some dope hiking on the AT!

Hipcamper Weston

Unexpected extra night

Weston B.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2021

We had such a great time staying at Ned’s. He was very quick to respond to any questions. Our 30ft skoolie made it to the site with no problems. We enjoyed it there so much, we booked an extra night. Thanks for sharing such a special place!


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