It took seven years to carve this winding trail and scenic campsite into the wooded hill behind my home. Now completed, I feel inspired to share its 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 to a campsite leveled within a cleft of rocks that form a tiny overlook. A soft and level campsite awaits you there under the canopy of trees where you will find guaranteed privacy and a (leaf-permitting) northwest view that usually includes a sunset.
Overnight guests will find a huge, fully-stocked box of supplies to furnish absolutely everything you might need to camp in comfort, from pots and pans to lighting and phone chargers. (There's even a Scrabble game and playing cards.) Enjoy limitless free local legal firewood, a bag of charcoal, even plenty of spring water-none of which will you have to carry up. There is even a dual burner propane camp stove if you'd rather go that way. We tried to think of everything so you wouldn't have to. 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. Did I mention birding? 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 site as they often do. The best part is that no one else will know you are there.
Tree climbing and treetop camping are welcome and encouraged for those who are 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.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
The vibe at Ironwood Trail & Private Campsite
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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.