Hipcamp host Donald  J.,
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116 acres of rolling hills, streams, old growth hardwood forest and other areas of young growth pine forest. This property has wildflower meadows and miles of interconnecting hiking trails. 

We have been upgrading the access roads with improved culverts. It can still be a challenge during the very wet Spring season. We will work with you if you don't have 4wd and want

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116 acres of rolling hills, streams, old growth hardwood forest and other areas of young growth pine forest. This property has wildflower meadows and miles of interconnecting hiking trails. 

We have been upgrading the access roads with improved culverts. It can still be a challenge during the very wet Spring season. We will work with you if you don't have 4wd and want to get to a remote site.

Sites 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11 and the Cabin are ok for 2wd vehicles.

Sites 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 may require a 4wd vehicle during wet times. We need to talk. 

For the 4wd sites, if you don't have a 4wd, we will carry you to the site in our 4wd vehicle or we may use our tractor and  farm wagon (like a hayride).  Once at your site you would have a short walk to your vehicle if you need to go to town or to the lake (Lake Orange 5 minutes away, or other lake/river or Shenandoah trail adventures). 

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Pitch your tent in the forest or meadow and walk the labyrinth, sit around a fire ring, and explore miles of marked hiking trails. More adventurous campers may want to explore the wilderness woods and observe the native plants and wildlife. (see site 11) Large system of beaver dams beaver channels and ponds to be discovered.

Each designated site except site 11 has a picnic table, a fire pit, a stash of firewood and container of fresh water. We are rolling out camp chairs made from pallets this Spring for most the sites.

Camp near the vernal pool and hear the frogs and crickets. Great opportunities for bird watching. Investigate six different kinds of bamboo - including Giant Japanese Timber Bamboo, Giant Vivax, Giant Moso Gray, Thick-stem,  Giant Black and Golden Bamboo. This is an herb farm - so there are lots of fruits and berries to sample in season. 

You will find miles of well maintained trails on half the wooded property, and another 50 acres of relatively untouched hardwood forest on the other half.  (Evidence of some tree harvesting about 60 or 70 years ago.) Back in the wild 50 is where you will find beaver dams where three small streams meet.  These streams become "Clear Creek" and feed Lake Orange which is about 2 miles away as the crow flies. 

Site 1:  Large grassy area with a small tipi for the kids.  Easily accommodates three or four families. Good for larger groups with kids. Near the labyrinth and large fire pit.  The clean odor free Bio Toilet is a short walk - behind the cabin, out of sight and accessible to all campers.  This site is good for RV's - no actual hookup.

Site 2: This site is near the pond and open - no tree cover. Good for two tents.

Site 3: Tucked between a stand of giant timber bamboo and a small stream, this site is best for a one tent camper - a second tent could be put up nearby.

Site 4: This site is in a forest clearing of giant oak trees. You can usually park near the site and it's a very short walk in. In wet times this site is not car accessible.

Site 5 and 6: Car accessible from Route 625. These sites are just under the forest canopy. Campers can enjoy a large bonfire in the open area near the camp.

We like to advise campers with large parties to book these two sites together. Basically these two sites command the first big hill. Two other sites 7 and 8 likewise are at the top of the next big hill. Site 9 is tucked into the high point on the third big hill.

Site 7 and 8: Generally in wet times these sites require a 4wd or hike in. In dry weather we have had 2wd vehicles drive to these sites without a problem. There is a low spot that is often marshy. The sites are under the forest canopy and beside the hiking trails. If you have 4wd - no problem. If you have 2wd then you will park on the hill and walk to the site. Short walk from where you can park your vehicles.

Site 9: Nestled up against a pine forest, this site is secluded and peaceful. You won't hear or see any other campers from this site. To get to this site you will drive the same road as site 7 and 8... this summer we a couple of 2wd vehicles drive to the site with no problem  (very dry weather)... however in wet weather you will need a 4wd or be carried in by us in our hay wagon and tractor or 4wd pickup (bench seating in the back).

Site 10: We call this site "Blue Mist" because of the prolific Blue Mist flowers in late summer. It is a very secluded site - you won't hear or see any other campers from this site also. To get to this site you will drive the same road as site 7 and 8... and we have had 2wd vehicles drive to the site with no problem in dry weather... however in wet weather you will need a 4wd or be carried in by us.

Site 11: Camp anywhere within 50 acres of wilderness. Totally unimproved camping. No trails, no frills, only the canopy of the climax hardwood forest. One booking only within this entire area - south of the pipeline. (see map) Campers will park at the forest edge and hike in. We are developing a walking trail back to the old spring once used by General Robert E. Lee during the Civil War.

If you want to book a 4wd site and have a 2wd vehicle... no worries. Park in the dry ground... and we will carry your gear in with our 4wd vehicle and carry it out for you when you want to leave.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
11 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 20ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Donald a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

This is a rural county. The highway roads are narrow and not bike friendly, but all the back roads are very lightly traveled an...Read more

Boating

Lake Orange is just around the corner. Canoes and row boats... rentals available.

Fishing

A trophy bass was taken out of Lake Orange a few years bak. Great fishing lake... new pier designed for fishong... bait shop too.

Hiking

There is a 6 circuit simple labyrinth that is a approx. 1 mile to walk in and out. There are 5 miles or more of beautiful hiki...Read more

Wind sports

Open space for kite flying.

Snow sports

For this region, snowfall is variable. When snow is good, one of the hiking trains is a nice cross country ski trail with gentl...Read more

Wildlife watching

Bird watching is popular. We see deer and rabbits daily... often fox, skunk, racoon and possum.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Labyrinth, Trails, and Solitude in Virginia.

Forest

About 80 acres of forrest within the property boundaries.

Lake

Lake Orange is about 5 miles around the corner from us. Championship bass have been hooked in this lake in the past. It's a ver...Read more

River, stream, or creek

Three small trickle streams run though the property toward Lake Orange which is as the bird fly's to miles away. Drive to the l...Read more

Wetlands

Deep into the 50 acre wilderness which is part of our property, there is a large marsh area where beavers have had their way an...Read more

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Farm

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Hipcamper Chris

Enjoyable stay

Chris H.
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(Site 8)
October 10th, 2020

We really enjoyed our stay. Donald was a gracious host and supplied us with firewood and water. He even apologized when he had to drive some after dark campers past our tent site. This isn’t backcountry camping — it is located near the Orange airport so you will hear plenty of aircraft (and maybe see some skydivers!) and you may be within earshot of a road. Still, those looking for a quick camping excursion will be pleased with this location.

Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on October 14th, 2020

Thank you Chris. Glad you enjoyed... and the deer did not bother you!

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Hipcamper Katherine
Katherine P.
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(Site 2)
July 5th, 2020

We had a lovely weekend of social distance-safe camping! Donald was a great host, andhis property is beautiful!

Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on September 22nd, 2020

Thank you for choosing us! The location where you camped was my favorite when we bought this place over 20 years ago. I used to drive from DC on weekends and tent camp even in the snow... till the house was brought up to shape (running water, electricity and septic system) When we bought it - it only had an "outhouse". (It was basically a "ready to demolish" old house... but it's good now) Thanks again!

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Hipcamper Mitchell

Wonderful host, beautiful property

Mitchell I.
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(Site 3)
July 5th, 2020

Donald's property is amazing and he is a very kind host. The property is only about 40 minutes from the best hikes in Shenandoah. My girlfriend and I stayed in the cabin which was rustic, but very nice. You could tell Donald was very thoughtful in setting up this stay, he brought us firewood for the fire pit, large jugs of water, toilet paper for the compost toilet, and was very responsive with anything else we needed. The property it's self is beautiful and Donald is an A+ host.

Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on September 22nd, 2020

We enjoyed seeing you all enjoy! Thank you for your kind review. We are just getting the "hang" of this. It help to have great guests like you all. Stop in and say Hi, if you are passing by, anytime.

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah L.
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(Site 5)
September 8th, 2020

I had such a fantastic stay at Donald's farm, I'm already planning when I can go back! It was wonderful to have walking trails on the property, that have been mapped out, and the campsites were very spread apart from one another to give a lot of privacy. Donald was such a gracious host, who made sure I had wood for a campfire and a big jug of well water available. Highly highly recommend!

Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on September 22nd, 2020

It was a joy to share our little patch of nature with you. Thank you for your great review. Come back any time!

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Hipcamper Lindsey

Peaceful weekend getaway

Lindsey B.
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(Site 2)
September 21st, 2020

Donald and his beautiful property allowed us (2 couples, 2 dogs) to have a perfect Labor Day weekend! The highlights:

- there are campsites throughout the property. We were isolated on our site and rarely saw anyone else
- the site (pipeline #2) was along a drivable path. We were able to park our cars about 20 feet away from the site which made loading and unloading extremely easy. Donald asked and knew we had a lot of gear so recommended this site. Others are more embedded in the property and would have been a quarter mile walk
- the site had a picnic table and was at the edge of the woods. It was a short 6 minute walk to the bio toilet (easy to use and didn’t smell at all!). Donald brought us a large amount of firewood, a fire pit and potable water
- the property has a series of well maintained, wide trails. Very peaceful and serene. When we visited the wild flowers were in full bloom and stunning. Yes there are multiple “labyrinth” paths
- we found a fun small swimming hole in the nearby river. About a 7 minute drive from the campsite. Look for the intersection of route 15 and the dead end Madison Mills lane (Rapidan River). The current is mostly calm, but it did get slightly strongwe in the middle so be careful if you have small children or dogs

Overall, I highly recommend staying here! It’s a beautiful property that gives you the peace and quiet of camping but close enough to amenities if needed. I would imagine this would be the perfect spot for a young kids’ first camping expedition bc there is no way to be out of sight on the trails! Donald and his wife are lovely people and hosts - don’t miss out!

The campsite The swimming hole (only about 7 minute drive from property). Entrance is a shot trail off off Madison Mills Lane, route 15One of the many well-maintained paths on the property Looking out from the site, fire pit location
Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on September 22nd, 2020

Thank you you for choosing us and for your awesome review - and the pictures! Come back anytime!

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Hipcamper Samina

Lovely stay

Samina A.
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(Site 5)
September 27th, 2020

This is a lovely place - peaceful and calm. We had a really nice time with our young kids being able to wander around and play in the labyrinth and the wild flower fields. We enjoyed exploring the bamboo groves and finding little critters. The Shenandoahs were a scenic drive away. Donald was a very responsive and kind host, offering us use of the cabin when it rained, and Deena dropped off hand made bamboo walking sticks the kids loved. The teepee (with tarps for rain!) were a very thoughtful touch. The sites closer to the highway do get a little sound.

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Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on October 14th, 2020

So glad you and your family enjoyed your visit. We are always working to make little improvements. ... one thing we can't improve on is Nature. So we try to highlight really nice camping sites so others can enjoy.

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Hipcamper Jenna

Lovely

Jenna M.
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(Site 2)
September 28th, 2020

We had a lovely stay. The sites are quite spaced out which provides a good amount of privacy. We were provided with water and firewood. The trails are beautiful- they are kept but also "wild." Our dogs loved them. I would certainly return!

Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on October 14th, 2020

Thank you for visiting. We made the trails and the labyrinth for ourselves and our kids... and over the years... we were wondering if we could invite others to experience this place.... then Hipcamp .... and now others can walk the trails and see the amazing things we capture with our phones and post on social media... can't really capture it, no?

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Hipcamper Amy

Hidden gem!

Amy L.
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(Site 7)
September 28th, 2020

Fantastic campsite. We had five kids ages 5-9 and they had an amazing time running around the labyrinth. Campsite was clean and well maintained. Donnie and Dina were fantastic hosts. They even built a teepee for the kids to play in and gifted them bamboo walking sticks before we left. Will def come back again!

Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on October 14th, 2020

We loved to see your kids whooping and hollering and running in the Labyrinth. What a joy. Thank you for your visit.

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Hipcamper Kathy
Kathy B.
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(Site 8)
September 28th, 2020

We had a wonderful and relaxing night at Donald’s campground. Donald is a wonderful host who greets you upon arrival and provides you with wood and water. The grounds have lots of places to explore. We are looking forward to our next trip to visit.

Hipcamper Donald
Response from Donald , the Host, on October 14th, 2020

Thank you for your visit. Now you are motivating me to keep up the trail maintenance over the Winter.

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Property
Trails, hills serenity & bamboo
State
Virginia
Country
United States
$65/night
11 Sites