Leave The Beaten Path
Why camp in an overcrowded, commercial campground when you're in West Virginia with all its untamed beauty? Experience a truly relaxing getaway to the mountains. Enjoy peaceful and private, safe and secure primitive camping on the Gauley. The Tawney Farm is a small-scale sheep farm located next to the beautiful Gauley River Natio
Leave The Beaten Path
Why camp in an overcrowded, commercial campground when you're in West Virginia with all its untamed beauty? Experience a truly relaxing getaway to the mountains. Enjoy peaceful and private, safe and secure primitive camping on the Gauley. The Tawney Farm is a small-scale sheep farm located next to the beautiful Gauley River National Recreation Area in the Mountain Lakes region of central West Virginia. Our 120 acres lie nestled in between two beautiful mountains in the Gauley River gorge. Here we raise Merino and Jacob sheep for wool where I process the fiber and either sell it to other fiber artists or felt it into crafts and hats myself. Our farm is also home to miniature horses, chickens, and of course dogs and cats.
Except for the Gauley whitewater season (the day after Labor Day through Bridge Day (3rd weekend in October)), we provide a unique totally private primitive camping experience where you get EXCLUSIVE use of the campground. In other words, you will be the only campers. During the Gauley whitewater season however we open up our campground to hundreds of kayakers and rafters from across the country seeking the thrill of the Beast of the East, the Gauley River. You can still camp with us during the time, you'll just being sharing the campground with others.
Drink in the beautiful views of the Gauley River gorge and hike our nature trails while experiencing the sights and sounds of a real working farm. Camp on the mountaintop and experience incredible night skies. Or if you aren’t up to the full hike, pop up your tent at one of the shady, wooded campsites along the trail. You can even camp in one of our scenic pastures. Camp in your tent, sleep in your car/van. We can even accommodate small campers with no hookups. Get away from it all! Experience the wilderness and wonder of West Virginia as only a native West Virginian could. Fry up some farm fresh eggs over the campfire or grill. Park-style grills, fire pit grills and camping cook stoves are provided for your use. Your first load of firewood is free and we'll even provide charcoal if you'd prefer. We have tables and camp chairs you can use as well. And to make your "roughing it" camping experience not so rough, we've added a few amenities! Clean Portajohns are provided as well as a "to die for" outdoor hot water shower! Close to the newly recognized New River Gorge National Park, Summersville Lake & Dam, Carnifex Ferry State Park and just minutes from the beautiful Gauley River where you can paddleboard, kayak, fish, swim and explore. Be sure to check out Janie's Hole waterfall, Sweets Falls and the Gauley River gorge trails. You're sure to find something fun to do in the Gauley River National Recreation Area.
Children 6 and under are free.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Bring your mountain bike. Plenty of places to bike in the Gauley River National Recreation Area.
Boating is available at Summerville Lake.
Fish in the Gauley River or Summersville Lake!
You can hike the trails on our farm, the Gauley River National Recreation Area, or the New River Gorge.
If you're not up for whitewater paddling, you're still in luck. You can paddle in eddies or nearby Summersville Lake.
Great climbing spots at Summersville Lake and the New River Gorge.
River surfing the Gauley is a big thing around here. Half a mile to the Perfect Wave!
Swim in the Gauley River or nearby Summersville Lake.
Are you kidding? The Gauley River is world renowned for whitewater and is called the Beast of the East!
Observe wildlife from your campsite or hike the trails on our farm. You'll see deer, turkey, lots of song birds, skunks, possum...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Gauley River Wild & Woolly Primitive Campground in West Virginia.
Our farm is surrounded by forest.
Only 10 miles from the popular Summersville Lake.
Our farm is located in the mountain lakes region of West Virginia in the beautiful Appalachian mountains.
River, stream, or creek
We're less than a mile from the Gauley River, accessible by car or walking. We also have a creek that runs through the farm.
You can swim in the Gauley River, Janie's Hole or nearby Summersville Lake.
Janie's Hole is a beautiful hidden, two tier waterfall on the Gauley that has a cool pool at the bottom.
We live on a beautiful 120 acre sheep 🐑 farm where we raise a small herd of Merino and Jacob wool sheep.
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This place was awesome! We met so many wonderful people while staying on the land, including Susan and James! A classic back country stay with just enough amenities! I highly recommend staying here!
Special place, with special people
We booked this trip looking for a secluded campground to spend a weekend away with friends. What we got was what we wanted plus so much more.
Susan and James were gracious hosts; kind, welcoming, hardworking, and fun to trade stories and chat with.
They’ve really made their home a special place and have extended it to those who happen upon it. Many spots to explore and lovely accommodations (for a primitive camp site) all across their spot.
Beyond the land and the hosts lies the Gauley River. Just a short jaunt from their spot, Susan gives great directions. A great place to spend a hot day like we had.
I could rant and rant, though I’ll leave you to find your own magic there. We will be back again!
Susan was a lovely host and their property is peaceful, camper friendly and the perfect place for a few days away. This was my first time solo-camping and I was a little nervous, but Susan instantly made me feel completely comfortable and I had a great time. I hope to come back soon!
My husband and I spent two nights at Tawney Farm and can’t wait to return someday. Susan was so kind and helpful. She provided detailed directions for navigating the country roads around the property and offered fantastic recommendations hikes and activities in the Gauley River and New River Gorge areas. The camp itself was beautiful, we pitched out tent underneath a mature walnut tree on the edge of the meadow. We enjoyed lovely campfires and stargazing in the evening, and a warm shower in the morning. We even got to meet the sheep and their little dog. Even with a few raindrops that fell on us during our stay, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our camping experience at Susan’s farm.
Relaxing, scenic, and accommodating
Our family had a great time at The camp ground! Susan showed our kids the animals and was very helpful giving us ideas of things to do on site and in the area. We were able to hike on the property as well as visit the local national park and Jani’s hole. We hope to go back again in the future!
Can’t recommend this place enough!
On our hunt to find a more private stay we stumbled upon The Wild & Woolly Farm and couldn’t have been happier!! The grounds are gorgeous- equipped with hiking trails, a stage, a quick walk to the Gauley River, and a common area. There even is an incredible hot shower and running water for cleaning up, dishes, etc. Also appreciate that the porta-Johns were sparkling clean. The hosts were also amazing! We greatly enjoyed talking with them and they even helped us to fix our tire when we got a flat. Can’t wait to take our friends and family here to visit!
The hosts are awesome! We have a rooftop tent and had no trouble finding a flat spot in their lower field next to a fire pit. The site is up a well-maintained gravel road and quiet. There is hot and cold running water and a shower. Terrific site and a great place to explore the Gauley and New River areas. I'd love to come back.
Great hosts & perfect spot to camp!
I could not have picked a better place for a great trip with the family! The hosts were incredible (thanks for everything Susan!) and their farm is a perfect spot for a small family like ours to go and get away for a few days or for a large group looking for a great spot with plenty of space to accommodate everyone. Plenty of wild and beautiful West Virginia all around and within a quick drive!.
Beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing
Susan is such a welcoming host. Her sheep farm is situated in a beautiful spot at the foot of a mountain and a short hike from the Gauley river. The campsite has everything you need, Including clean porta johns, shelter structures in case of rain and even the luxury of a sink with hot water for washing dishes and an outdoor shower. There’s no shortage of great views of the mountains from hiking trails on the farm or down by the Gauley River. Tawney Farm is marked on my map as a place I hope I can return to soon.
It is truly a gem!