Hipcamp host David W.
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     We are fully OPEN to summer, fall and winter instant bookings once again.  We have always been about social distancing - what could be sweeter than fresh air in a secluded camping spot!?  Enjoy more than an acre of your own private forest and camp on a ledge overlooking the valley below.  We remain open with no restrictions at a time when most everything is at least par

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     We are fully OPEN to summer, fall and winter instant bookings once again.  We have always been about social distancing - what could be sweeter than fresh air in a secluded camping spot!?  Enjoy more than an acre of your own private forest and camp on a ledge overlooking the valley below.  We remain open with no restrictions at a time when most everything is at least partially closed or understaffed. Come secure yourself a space in nature at a beautiful time of year!

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     It took seven years to carve this winding trail and two-level scenic  campsite into the wooded hill behind my home.  Now completed, I feel inspired to share their solitude and beauty with others who will appreciate it. From the top of a steep drive, a brief but precipitous hike leads you high up very quickly through a mature forest to some steps that lead the first of two camping locations leveled within clefts of rocks forming a pair of overlooks. A soft, level campsite awaits you there under a canopy of trees where you will find everything you'll need for a small-scale forest outing.

     The lower level either stands alone (1-2 persons) or serves as a base camp for the Northwest Expansion area (3-5 persons) a very short hike away. The expansion features a roomy 13 x 15ft groomed tenting surface, a stone fire ring with steel fire pit, and plenty of extra space to spread out.  It provides an additional layer of privacy and a (leaf-permitting) northwest view that usually includes a sunset.

     [Note: A booking of 3 or more campers reserves both the original lower level and the upper Northwest Expansion camping areas.  Keep in mind that the technical nature of the trail to reach the upper level may make it unsuitable for children not experienced with hiking/camping.  Under 7 years old not recommended.]

     Hundreds of feet away, there are a few homes residing below the camps, but you are high enough above the world below to enjoy a sense of separation from it.  Were these camping areas part of any state or commercial campground in Pennsylvania they would easily be among the best tenting sites in the state.  Even among Hipcamps we were awarded a top-ten rating in 2018-and we've improved since then. People love it here.

      Overnight guests will find a huge, fully-stocked chest of supplies at the lower level to furnish virtually everything you might need to camp in comfort, from pots and pans to cushions, an air pump, and repellent to lighting and phone chargers. (There's even a Scrabble game and playing cards.) We took every item on your camping list and tried to supply it for you so you can visit more spontaneously and not have to stock up on everything in advance.

     We provide a two-person hammock, some firewood, a bag of charcoal, and plenty of spring water-none of which will you have to carry up. A dry bag with a fire starting kit is included if you aren't keen on starting from scratch. Extra firewood can easily be gathered or purchased. There are hatchets and saws in the supply box for cutting fallen branches down to size, and bundles of dry firewood are available at the trailhead (which can be paid for in advance or as needed during your stay.) There is even a dual burner propane camp stove provided if that's your thing.  We tried to think of everything so you wouldn't have to, just bring your tent, bedding, and food up and we'll supply almost everything else.

     Daytime and evening hours are available too for morning bird walks, lunch breaks, herbal retreats, sunset cookouts--whatever guests might imagine doing in the privacy of the outdoors. The woods are teeming with resident species of woodpeckers, owls, warblers and more, and vultures and hawks and can almost always be seen riding thermals overhead. If you're lucky the turkeys will come to roost in the woods above the area as they often do. The best part is that no one else will know you are up there.

     Tree climbing and treetop camping are welcome and encouraged for anyone looking for a good place to hang their gear and enjoy the view.  There are scores of great campsites waiting to be discovered up there for experienced and responsible climbers.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Wifi available
Bins available
No showers
No picnic table
Have a question? Send David a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Cyclists flock to the area for scenic road biking opportunities. Two miles away from Schuykill River Trail.

Fishing

The beaufiful and well-stocked Manatawny Creek is a short walk from our property. It's especially popular in the spring trout ...Read more

Hiking

French Creek State Park, Monocacy Hill, Birdsboro Waters, St. Peter's Village, all high-quality hiking destinations that are a ...Read more

Paddling

Beautiful Manatawny Creek is right down the street and our legal (often muddy) public access point gives you an easy put-in or ...Read more

Climbing

Acclaimed Birdsboro Climbing Quarry is 15 minutes away. Guest climb by day and camp at Ironwood by night.

Wildlife watching

The campsite is elevated and surrounded by mature forest with outstanding canopy views, EXCELLENT birding location.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Ironwood Trail & Private Campsite in Pennsylvania.

Forest

The original campsite and new expansion areas are at the end of an 1000-foot-long trail that begins behind my residence and asc...Read more

Mountainous

A tiny mountain but with steep and rocky terrain. Built into a sloping boulderfield, there are portions that will be challengi...Read more

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Hipcamper Sara

Great spot!

Sara B.
recommends this listing.
April 29th, 2019

I would highly recommend this site! Although we did not formally meet, David was an amazing host! We had everything we needed, the site was well maintained and David was a great communicator. The unlimited firewood and amenities were really nice to have. We went to Hidden River Brewery near by, it was about a 8 minute drive from the site if that's your kind of thing! The tent area was small so I would recommend just camping with a total of 2 people.

Hipcamper David
Response from David, the Host, on June 9th, 2019

We loved having you as a guest Sara, and based on your review and other feedback--we are expanding! We are adding an extension to the original site that will easily accommodate a 12 foot x 12 foot tent with room to spare. This will open up Ironwood for families and larger groups in the near future and offer smaller groups room to really spread out. We are always improving and adding new features so check back to see what's new!

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Hipcamper Katharine
Katharine P.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2019

This is a great site! It's super private and it feels like you're in the treetops. David provides everything you could need (fire kit, bug spray, a deck of cards) and is very flexible and easy to communicate with. The site is beautifully maintained. The only thing is that space is a bit limited. We have a fairly spacious 4 person tent and it took up the entire site so we couldn't set up until we were going to sleep. If you have a two-person tent you should be able to squeeze in but it still might be tight. Also, you should definitely check out Hidden River Brewery!

Hipcamper David
Response from David, the Host, on July 24th, 2020

We have vastly expanded the size of our camping area! In addition to the original camping spot we now can accommodate up to a 15x15ft tents with plenty of room left over on our upper lot. We are always growing and expanding, stay tuned!

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Hipcamper Elizabeth

Would camp there again!!!!!

Elizabeth L.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2019

Absolutely amazing. We were there for 3 nights and You can feel like legit camping while having everything you could possibly need. It was private and secluded but not too far away from people. David went above and beyond and made a whole list of food places, activities and maps along with providing the all the things he stated on the list. Would definitely come back again!

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Hipcamper keith
Keith G.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2018

Ironwood trail was a nice clean organized space to camp. Everything was easy to get to and use. David was easy to communicate with and everything went well. He had flashlights and cellphone charging packs waiting for us at the check in box. The trail in and out is cleverly marked with reflective squares that lead the way in the dark with a flashlight. We heard some really cool birds at dusk. The site is small and compact but work very well. Definitely have a sense of privacy there but conveniently located.

Hipcamper Jen
Jen D.
recommends this listing.
September 16th, 2018

Great spot, super well equipped! Loved the setting - didn’t realize the road would be within earshot, but aside from occasional cars down below, it was perfectly secluded and idyllic!

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Hipcamper sharon
Sharon P.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2018

Secluded and quiet. David went above and beyond to provide firewood and supplies. It really was as simple as setting up the tent and settling in. We had a great time with our 2 dogs!

Hipcamper Chrissy
Chrissy L.
recommends this listing.
November 27th, 2018

Host was great, site was fully stocked with everything a camper would need and plenty of firewood. Very well maintained and just big enough for a tent and a little moving space. Nice spot to go for a night in the woods.

Hipcamper jordan

Absolute best camp i’ve had in life

Jordan C.
recommends this listing.
March 3rd, 2019

So to start I was expecting a simple small spot, but no way. This was a 5 star two person campsite! David the owner had plenty of dry perfect firewood. In the box provided he had chairs lighter plates pots pans and literally everything one would need for camping! In the middle of the night we wanted some eggs for breakfast, so we texted David and he hand delivered us eggs! (Left some extra cash because this was amazing) there was plenty of water and a beautiful well kept site and hammock with a beautiful overlook view! Definitely worth it, we biked to and camped here! We had a massive two person tent which was tight, but two smal hiking tents would have plenty of room, and it’s so secluded so it’s perfect! Some steak, potatoes, and the best night I’ve had in so long!

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Hipcamper Jessica

Beautiful spot, would recommend!

Jessica R.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2019

The trail and campsite was very impressive! Such a lovely little spot that was really well-maintained. The host provides all the necessities and more. It was very peaceful under a canopy of trees, and we even saw some wildlife in the early morning. The location is great, too. You’d never expect that town is just a short ride away, so you can run to the store or pharmacy or diner if you forgot anything!

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Awards

Best of 2019 Pennsylvania
Finalist
Best of 2018 Pennsylvania
10th place
Property
Ironwood Trail
State
Pennsylvania
Country
United States
$48/night
1 Site

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