Hipcamp host Eric P.
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Pitch your tent in the woods on our property. This sight is just north of the house and it’s quite large. It comes with its own picnic table and fire ring. The bathroom and shower are at your sight and fresh well water is a 1-2 minute walk away. There’s also a hammock strung up at this sight. You are on top of a hill and get to overlook the woods.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Eric a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Lots of biking is done in the hills around here, or for short protected biking you can go to Muddy Run Park or there's another ...Read more


You can rent all kinds of boats at Muddy Run Park (2 miles away) and ride them on the lake there. You can also bring your own ...Read more


Fishing is allowed at Muddy Run lake and local creeks and the Susquehanna River.


Tons of trails in this area. Our favorite is Kelly's Run that is just down the street from us.

Snow sports

Skiing and serious sledding is within an hour away. In the summer they rent OGO balls to go down their sledding slope.


There is a local pool within 10 miles. There are also a few creeks.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Big Rock in Pennsylvania.


Muddy Run lake is within 2 miles for boating or fishing.


They call them "hills" around here but some of them are very steep !


Yes, yes and yes, you will find them all in this neck of the woods.

River, stream, or creek

Susquehanna River is a short 2 miles away. Lots of streams and creeks all over.

Swimming hole

Yes, there are a few.


Some of the swimming holes have small waterfalls.


This is the country, there are farms as far as you can see, mostly Amish.


Our driveway is available to park your car.


The vibe at Big Rock

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Hipcamper David
David M.
recommends this listing.
June 17th, 2020

My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful time during our short two night stay. Eric and his family were very welcoming and helped us bring our things down to the campsite (a couple hundred feet away) by golf cart. We enjoyed the secluded nature of the site in the woods on their large property. Had fun roasting marshmallows over the fire at the fire ring next to our camp site and eating meals together at the picnic table. The private enclosed bathroom/shower tent with luggable loo toilet was perfect for our needs, though we didn’t use the shower, but appreciated the option. Enjoyed exploring the local parks at the Pinnacle Overlook (gorgeous view over the Susquehanna river) and Muddy Run. Fun to see so many friendly cats and a dog, too! Great camping location if you’re looking to visit the Lancaster area.

Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle G.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2020

My friends and I had a wonderful time staying at The Secret Garden! You can’t really ask for a more perfect site. Lots of space to spread out, a toilet, fire pit, drinking water. Eric and Donna were really great hosts and made us feel very welcome. They also respected our privacy but were easy to reach if needed. Eric sent us directions to a local swimming hole and we had a blast. This was also my pup Waylon’s first time camping and it was the perfect site for him. He had plenty of room to run around and explore. I would highly recommend this site if you’re in the Lancaster area! Thanks again!

Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole D.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2020

Great hospitality and accomodations at Big Rock site.

Hipcamper Carolyn

Secluded and restful.

Carolyn H.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2020

Traveling across the nation we were looking for small campsites that were away from the hustle and bustle. We loved River Hills Hideaway. Eric and Donna provided a lovely spot in their woods. They set up a convenient toilet and sun shower tent that worked great. We had a picnic table, fire ring with plenty of wood and even a hammock. We survived a big thunderstorm nestled safely in the trees and emerged the next morning to a beautiful day. Amish country was about 30 minutes away and we had fun exploring that before returning for another (this time dry) night. There were traffic noises but they were minimal. Mostly we just enjoyed the birds.

Local barnSecluded tent site at Big Rock. Private bath! Amish country
Hipcamper Marie-Luise

The perfect peaceful hideway

Marie Luise F.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2020

The site was beautiful and clean. Plenty of firewood on site. The potty and sun shower worked very well. The hosts were gracious but respected our privacy. Thanks you for a peaceful weekend.

Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua E.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2020

My daughters and I had a lovey stay. The space was peaceful and secluded. Donna (and Eric) were lovely hosts.

Hipcamper Sari

Beautiful retreat

Sari S.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2020

This is a great campsite with welcoming owners! Upon arrival we were offered delicious homemade root beer from their Amish neighbors ($3) and a list of local suggestions from river outfitters to hikes to ice cream shops. Our spot was up on a hill with a nice sunset view. The hosts provided supplies for the luggable loo including hand sanitizer, TP, and paper towels. The nearby city of Lancaster is great for art lovers and vintage shopping enthusiasts. If you want to boat on the Susquehanna or rent bikes, it's best to get to the outfitters early in the day or make a reservation.

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel K.
recommends this listing.
August 6th, 2020

The property was lovely, everything we wanted. Eric was very welcoming and kind, we will definitely come back!

Hipcamper Garrett
Garrett C.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2020

Donna and Eric are lovely and welcoming. I was provided with everything I needed during my stay, and I would 100% go stay with them again!

River Hills Hideaway
United States
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