This wooded, secluded site is intended for experienced campers. Self-sufficent, able campers who like to be off-grid who can manage with primitive amenities are best for this site. The camp site is about 50 yards behind my house and is shielded from view. There are no neighbors behind or on either side of me. The night sky is amazing. The Milky Way is visible with the n
This wooded, secluded site is intended for experienced campers. Self-sufficent, able campers who like to be off-grid who can manage with primitive amenities are best for this site. The camp site is about 50 yards behind my house and is shielded from view. There are no neighbors behind or on either side of me. The night sky is amazing. The Milky Way is visible with the naked eye. We are located on a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, so the bird life here is abundant. Don't be surprised if the tap-tap-tap of a pileated wood pecker serves as your alarm clock. This land is meant to be a quiet refuge from the too-busy world around us, so it is always quiet hours. The nearest store--a 24 hour mini-mart--is 13 miles away, so you'll want to bring provisions with you. The nearest grocery store is 17 miles away.
Don't worry about eggs or firewood, though. Both are included! You'll meet the hens and you're welcome to help yourself to eggs each day. Firewood is also included at your site. You'll definitely want to bring insect repellent in the summer months.
There is also a pretty hefty vegetable garden next to the house that produces from March-October. Help yourself...the only rule: For everything you take, you need to pull 5 weeds. :-)
While you have your own fire circle with a cooking grid, there is also a community fire circle on the other side of the woods. You are welcome to join us with your acoustic instruments if we are hanging out there.
Please note that all people in your party, including children, are included in the total number of people allowed on the site.
I have kayaks available for *local* rental, and if I'm available, I can even give you a guided tour on the Pocomoke River, where Captain John Smith sailed in 1608 (see the extras section for more details). There is a free public boat ramp one mile down the road, with easy access to the Chesapeake bay. Two other excellent, free boat launches are within an easy drive.
I'm within 30-60 minutes of Crisfield, Salisbury, Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Ocean City MD, Berlin, Chincoteague, Assateague, and boats to Smith and Tangier Islands--the last two inhabited islands in the Chesapeake Bay. And in September, we are only 30 minutes from the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland--3 days of nonstop music, dancing, story-telling, food, and fun!!
So, whether you are looking for a secluded woods and water getaway or a jumping off point to visit coastal attractions, this is the place to do it. I've been here 20 years, so I can help with loads of "insider tips." If you need a place to rest while travelling up the coast, I'm smack in the middle between Norfolk, VA and Philadelphia. I'm also about 3.5 hours from Washington DC.
The cell service here can be somewhat spotty, but texts work pretty well.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Kayak Rentals & Kayak Tours
I have kayaks available for local rental: $10/hour or $30 per day. Local rental includes o...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Two public boat ramps with access to the Chesapeake Bay and Pocomoke River are within a couple of minutes. You can also launch...Read more
Lots of good fishing and crabbing nearby. consult Maryland DNR for licensing requirements. All recreational crabbing (except ...Read more
Your host teaches kayaking and is very familiar with the area paddle trails for both kayak and canoe. 2 beautiful launches are...Read more
We are located in the Atlantic Flyway, so the bird life is pretty spectacular. There are also ample deer, Sika, raccoons, p...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Refuge 1 in Maryland.
Don't forget insect repellent.
There is a blacktop parking pad for you to park. The camp is a short walk into the woods from there.
The vibe at Refuge 1
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A peaceful forest retreat!
Diana is a wonderful host and this was a wonderful site to camp in away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. True primitive camping but with small amenities such as an outdoor shower, a composting toilet and firewood. Diana keeps a small flock of chickens who provided me with breakfast eggs and more than a few giggles. I absolutely recommend renting a kayak from Diana and exploring the nearby Chesapeake Bay by water. Total serentity!