Hipcamp host Susan S.
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Pitch your tent in the woods along the Little Schuylkill River at the base of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary at Hawk Shadow Farm.  Very private. We have 150 acres of farm for your little campsite. Private camping at its best in just a very special location. 

We have three campsites.  We will consider 1 night stays, please contact for availability and pricin

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Pitch your tent in the woods along the Little Schuylkill River at the base of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary at Hawk Shadow Farm.  Very private. We have 150 acres of farm for your little campsite. Private camping at its best in just a very special location. 

We have three campsites.  We will consider 1 night stays, please contact for availability and pricing.   We will also consider more than 8 campers. Please inquire!

Each site has a picnic table, a Hawk Shadow Out House, water to wash with and a good bundle of firewood for each night.  Firewood is kept in water proof plastic containers. There Is a shovel, cooking grates and log benches.

Campsite #1 (Lean To Site) is along the river. It is private and lovely.  You may park your car above the site and walk down to the river and camping area.  Very private, lots of space.  It is perfect.  Walk is a about 50 yards.

Campsite #2 (Dog Gone Site) is also along the river.  It too is private and has the same set up as site one.  Park your car on top of hill and walk on down. It is a lovely spot. Walk is about 50 yards.

Campsite #3 (High Site) is above the river and looks over Hawk Mountain and the farm.  It is private with beautiful views.  Sunrise, Sunset, Moon rise, Bird watching, all very visible from this site.  River can be accessible depending on our reservations.  Car accessible, no walking to campsite.

Different seasons bring different activities. Spring Kayaking and hiking, summer hiking or tubing, cooling off in the swim hole, fall raptor watching and biking plus trout fishing in the Little Schuylkill. The nights are dark with star lit skies. We have a 2 acre bass pond on the farm for fishing, so bring your rod.  Your camp site is surrounded by woods and forest. 

You are a two hour drive from center city Philadelphia and 2.5 hours from down town New York City.   

What to do here? Plenty! Hawk Mountain Sanctuary entrance is only 3 miles away, you can walk, it is straight up however!  Both entrances to the Appalachian Trail, Eckville and Port Clinton, are a 10 minuet drive.  A visit to Yuengling Brewery  in Pottsville, Americas older brewery, is a 26 minute drive. Jim Thorpe is a fourty five  minute drive.  Kutztown University is 35 minutes away.  The heart of Amish Country is an hour drive.  And Cabela's in Hamburg is just 15 minutes down the road. But most of all to do here is to relax, fish, play in the river, walk and visit with your family and friends. 

Please see schuylkillriver.org for more information about our area.  Hawk Shadow is located between New Ringgold and Port Clinton.

There is plenty of local produce, we can provide or can give you directions to our local farm stands. Fresh butchers are not far away.  Winerys and distillery's rather close. Restaurants and bars about 5 miles away. Swap meets and antique auction houses are scattered around the area.  This location and campsite is a gem. We have many necessities available at the farm for your personal needs. 

We provide a hospitality box with some essentials including a first aid kit.  If you want a cook box with cast iron pans and all the rest of the cooking things, just ask.  They can be provided with an extra cost and will be set up for you before your arrival.  Just ask !  BECAUSE OF COVID-19 THESE ARE NOT AVAILABLE.

Yes, you can drive to the area of the campsite, but no, you cannot drive to campsite #1 and #2.  It is a walk down the hill.  Contact me and I will give you as much information as I can. 

Cancelations due to weather:  If the weather is truly horrible, I will be contacting you and suggesting that you not come to camp.  I will give you a rain check or refund due to my  requesting that you do not camp.  However, if you decide to not camp because of the chance of bad weather, I will wait until after your leave date to access the situation.   If a major storm does roll in while camping, I suggest that you wait it out in your vehicle.  

Lodging provided
Cabin
3 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No showers
Have a question? Send SUSAN a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

I am not a biker, but I understand that there is many places to bike. Do your home work and have fun.

Fishing

The Little Schuylkill River has bass and trout and other things. I believe a fishing license is in order. Sold locally! Also...Read more

Hiking

Hawk Mountain and the Appalachian Trial are minutes away. What more can you say! There is so much hiking around here, but you...Read more

Horseback riding

Part of this farm is a horse farm. We might be able to board your horse if there is room. Just ask.

Paddling

When the Little Schuylkill River is up (spring/early summer and maybe fall) it is fun for kayaking. The river is great for tubi...Read more

Snow sports

Cross County Skiing! Sledding and ice skating.

Swimming

There is a sweet swim hole. And I like to tie my tube on a rock in the middle of the river and just float. Lots to do in the...Read more

Wildlife watching

You bet. The Hawk Mountain West lookout is straight above us. Those raptors follow the river. It can be amazing. And of cou...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Peace and Quiet Along the River! in Pennsylvania.

Forest

The forest along the river is pretty pristine. Across the river from the site magical.

River, stream, or creek

The Little Schuylkill floats by a good portion of the boarder of the farm. It is clean, there are fish, there are birds! Just ...Read more

Swimming hole

There is a sweet swim hole. Use to have a rope. I took it down, don't need a problem. But the hole is there. Have fun.

Farm

The vibe at Peace and Quiet Along the River!

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Hipcamper Katy

Word of caution to black/brown folk

Katy B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 12th, 2020

We want people to be aware of the violence towards our Black friend that occurred in this area. We are a mix-raced race group of campers who spent two days on the farm with five children ages 2-8. We all arrived on the site around 2pm, but one friend, a Black male, wasn’t able to join us until about 8:45pm, after work. He mistakingly missed the dirt road entry on River Road, and ended up driving all the way to the end of River Road. When he realized he was lost, he attempted to turn around, but before he could, a white woman ran out of her home screaming, “you don’t belong here! Look at you! You don’t belong here! This is private property!” He apologized and tried to explain to the woman that he was on his way to our campsite and just got lost, but she wouldn’t let him speak. She stood two feet in front of his car yelling at him. He asked the woman if he could just loop around so that he could drive back towards the campsite, but she refused to move from him front of his car, forcing him to make a tight u-turn to get off of her property.

In addition to this, another friend noticed a racist garden ornament in Susan’s (our host’s) yard.

We say all of this to caution Black and brown people who might be considering camping here. Our host, Susan, was pleasant and very responsive to our emails prior to our trip. And while we had a great time on the campground because it is private and we didn’t have to interact with other campers, just a few yards off of the campsite proved to be a scary and hostile place for Black folks.We want people to be aware of the violence towards our Black friend that occurred in this area. We are a mix-raced race group of campers who spent two days on the farm with five children ages 2-8. We all arrived on the site around 2pm, but one friend, a Black male, wasn’t able to join us until about 8:45pm, after work. He mistakingly missed the dirt road entry on River Road, and ended up driving all the way to the end of River Road. When he realized he was lost, he attempted to turn around, but before he could, a white woman ran out of her home screaming, “you don’t belong here! Look at you! You don’t belong here! This is private property!” He apologized and tried to explain to the woman that he was on his way to our campsite and just got lost, but she wouldn’t let him speak. She stood two feet in front of his car yelling at him. He asked the woman if he could just loop around so that he could drive back towards the campsite, but she refused to move from him front of his car, forcing him to make a tight u-turn to get off of her property.

In addition to this, another friend noticed a racist garden ornament in Susan’s (our host) yard.

We say all of this to caution Black and brown people who might be considering camping here. Our host, Susan, was pleasant and very responsive to our emails prior to our trip. And while we had a great time on the campground because it is private and we didn’t have to interact with other campers, just a few yards off of the campsite proved to be a scary and hostile place for Black folks. Please, just be alert and careful in these rural areas.

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

I have had many people of color here on the farm, maybe 30 from Hipcamp. No problems. I have had Colombians, French, British, Argentines, Algerians, Jewish, Catholic, Gay, lesbian, Transgender, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, friends Irish, Protestants, you name it. We are not prejudice. You questioned me about a statue of a black man that you referred to as a Black Face and I refer to as the Coachman. I explained my pride in him to you and by no means is it a racists symbol to me or my family and to anyone I know that comes to visit my house. River Rd. is a road that is about two miles long, last half of it is private property, like the sign says. Your friend was trespassing and the country folk do not take kindly to anyone, not just of color, but anyone, that trespassing. That lady lives all by herself in the middle of know where. I have had about 600 Hipcampers camp on my property this year, there has not been a problem . Yes, I just defended my self and my farm. I, on the other side, am most sorry that you had this type of experience from a distant neighbor and that you feel that our Coachman is derogatory. You are always welcome to come camping again.

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Hipcamper Loren
Loren H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 15th, 2017

This was a great experience and I would strongly recommend it to all campers! Susan was a great host and the campsite was beautiful and secluded located near mountains and a trout filled river. Would definitely come again.

Karen enjoying the river.Girls enjoying exploring.
Hipcamper SUSAN
Response from SUSAN, the Host, on June 27th, 2020

Thank you, hope to see you next year. It has surely been a busy summer, but lots of fun meeting folks like yourself.

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Hipcamper Aaron
Aaron W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 6th, 2018

We had a great weekend and got some peace and quiet along the river. Booking was very simple and our host, Susan, contacted us personally. She gave us directions and told us what to expect for our stay. Once we arrived, Susan took us past her private pond, stocked with large mouth bass and huge blue gills. Then we took a quick hop onto a private dirt road that surrounds her Christmas Tree farm. The dirt road led us to our parking spot where Susan could walk us down to our camp site. It was amazing! Just a quick trek down and you can start to hear the gentle flow of the Little Schuylkill River as your personal fire pit and picnic table come into view. At the site, we had a complementary box of camping essentials, a 5 gallon jug of water and a large stack of split wood ready for the fire pit. From the campsite, you have nice views of the river and access to the water. We had everything we needed for a successful stay! We brought both of our dogs and our lab loved having access to the river every day! Extremely dog friendly. Don't leave your best friend at home. Our experience was very secluded. We had our own little camping sanctuary. We hiked, went to a local winery, had a beer by the river with our dogs, soaked up the views, cooked food on the fire, and caught fish! It was a BLAST! Thanks Susan! See you again next time.

Water access!The blue gills in this pond are bigger than this bass! . . .My wife and I enjoying peace and quiet along the river.  . .
Hipcamper Katie
Katie C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 30th, 2017

This camp site is really serene and beautiful. Set along a river on the edge of a tree farm and at the base of Hawk mountain, you are surrounded by nature. The camp site is well cared for with a fire pit, grill grates, naturally made benches and a picnic table. Susan left us a hospitality box with some basics including but not limited to TP, Paper towels, drinking water, washing water, knife, lighter, lanterns, trash bags, plates, cups and cutlery. She provided some fire wood and has more available for purchase. She even cleared and tarped and area for our tent. You can drive your car very close to the camp site which made loading and unloading easy. We would come again.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 1st, 2018

HIGHLY Recommended!
The site was BEAUTIFUL!! It was like living in a dream by the river for a few days. Susan was an incredible host, available at anytime, but left you to enjoy the peace and quiet in her nook of the woods. Complete with offering fresh eggs from her granddaughters farm for purchase, which made the best breakfast in the skillet. Water was provided, fire wood, hospitality box, cooking box (for purchase), which covered anything you could need! There is a bit of a walk down a hill from the car to the site, so pack light if you can. As you descend into the lush site, you really feel as if you are escaping. We cannot wait to stay there again!

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Hipcamper Elisha
Elisha D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 10th, 2018

This campsite is beautiful and private. It is right along the river so you get to listen to nature’s sleep sounds all night. Susan was very friendly and helpful and gave a quick walk through of the campsite to show us around. Next time we will probably pack a little light or bring a small wagon since you have to park pretty far from the campsite up a hill. We will definitely be back again to check out the other campsite!

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Hipcamper SUSAN
Response from SUSAN, the Host, on June 10th, 2018

Thank you for the great response. We are working on a solution to haul things up and down as it is rather steep. Both sites are. Please come back and thank you so much for staying at our site. Take care

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Hipcamper Hans
Hans P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 14th, 2018

Peace and Quiet Along the River was exactly what I found for a camping weekend with my old friends! This campsite was beautiful, secluded, well kept and a had a very friendly host. The river next to the site added such calm and plenty of hiking near by including Hawk Mountain. I'll most definitely be back again!

Hipcamper Angelo

Our best family camping trip!

Angelo E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 29th, 2020

It was the best camping trip we had as a family. The place is very accessible. Went to Cabelas and Heisler’s Dairy Barn on our first day before we arrived on our site. The campsite 1 was nice and you will really find peace and quiet along the river. The directions are very detailed and we are informed what to do and expect before we arrived. Driving to the camp site we are already enjoying the farm views, it was breathtaking. Its a short walk to the site from where you can park your car, take note it is a little steep but there was a wheelbarrow provided so carrying our camping stuff made it a breeze. My 2 year old son had so much fun exploring the campsite and we also carried a float he used when we swim in the river. The river provides so much fishing opportunities as I caught my very first wild brown trout, tons of fallfish there too and even caught a 2lb smallmouth bass right by our campsite so if you are into fishing this plqfe will not disappoint! There is also a pond which I hit the next morning for an hour and caught two decent largemouth bass. Me and my wife were thinking of going to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to do some hiking but then decided to just relax and enjoy our camp which is not a bad idea at all. We met Susan on our second day as she was running some errands the day we arrived. Super friendly and very accomodating. Overall it was a very nice stay and we can’t wait to come back in this place! Go check this out and see for yourself.

PS: we went to Boyer’s Market on our second day and there’s this ice cream place called Twisted Sister’s (go check them out as well) just 2-3mins away from it, they serve some really good ice cream too!!! Next time we come back we will definitely visit the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for sure!

Hipcamper Stephen
Stephen G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 2nd, 2018

Susan was awesome, thoughtful, and extremely accommodating! The campsite was amazing and peaceful. Close enough to the stream to hear the tranquil sounds (with easy access streamside) but not too close where we had to worry about the kids getting in trouble. Plenty of room for our entire party to spread out a bit but still stay in the same area and share the campfire area. We took the kids to hawk mountain just in time to see the live educational animal show where we saw 2 eastern screech owls and a red tail hawk up close. Then we hiked the trails before returning back to the farm. Two big thumbs up!

Hipcamper SUSAN
Response from SUSAN, the Host, on June 2nd, 2018

Stephen it was so nice to have you and your family/friends stay. Autumn is adorable! So happy that you enjoyed your weekend. The weather was iffy but it held out. That is good! Please come back and thank you so much for staying. Susan

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Awards

Best of 2019 Pennsylvania
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Hawk Shadow Farm
State
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Country
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