Hipcamp host Eric P.
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Past the vegetable garden and through the pines, enter into a magical space with separate areas for all your camping enjoyment.  There's an area as you enter for your tent, walk down a short path under the canopy of trees to your fire pit and another alcove for your tent if you prefer to be closer to the fire.  Then another short jaunt to your picnic table to enjoy your meal


Past the vegetable garden and through the pines, enter into a magical space with separate areas for all your camping enjoyment.  There's an area as you enter for your tent, walk down a short path under the canopy of trees to your fire pit and another alcove for your tent if you prefer to be closer to the fire.  Then another short jaunt to your picnic table to enjoy your meals surrounded by nature.  At one spot in your camp you can peer through the trees for a beautiful view of Amish farm land. There's plenty to do in the River Hills of the Susquehanna Valley, come for the fun and then enjoy a quiet, relaxing stay at your campsite.

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
Have a question? Send Eric a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 15 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Firewood bundle

Start your trip off right with a bundle of firewood waiting for you at your c...Read more

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There are bicycle enthusiasts riding in these hills year round. If you like a safer, less hilly ride you can ride around one o...Read more


If you have a vessel you can ride it on the river, in the local creeks or at the local lake. At the lake they also rent severa...Read more


You can fish on the river or on the lake and possibly the creeks. I’m not a fisherman so I’ll have to check that.


Many trails are all over this county and the county on the other side of the river. I’ve been on a handful and never grow tire...Read more

Horseback riding

30 minutes away is a riding farm where they take you on a guided ride.


Kayaking, canoeing, tubing is in abundance in our neck of the woods. Not on our property but nearby.

Wind sports

I’m guessing you can do sailing on the river. I’ve not seen it but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening!

Off-roading (OHV)

I’m sure there are trails around here to ride. I see so many of these on the back of trucks. Let me know if you’re interested...Read more


I’ve seen people climbing some of the local rock faces. But there’s also a great indoor climbing arena about 45 minutes from us.

Snow sports

There is a ski resort about an hour from us. Other than that you can cross country in the parks.


There is a public pool the next town over, about 10 miles, not far. Other than that there are swimming holes that are good for...Read more

Wildlife watching

There deer, turkeys, Fox, all sorts of wild animals but probably the most exciting are the eagles that nest down by the river.


Natural features you'll find at Secret Garden in Pennsylvania.


We have a lake at Muddy Run Park that is a mike from the house. You can rent all kinds of boats to explore the lake and you ca...Read more


We call them Hills around here, I’m not sure what makes a hill a mountain but these are beautiful. Just not as high as mountai...Read more


Yes, yes and yes all around these parts.

River, stream, or creek

We are 2 miles from the Susquehanna River where you can boat or fish. There are many creeks in the area for kayaking, canoeing...Read more

Swimming hole

There are a few great spots in creeks for swimming. Bring your water shoes or an old pair of tennis shoes !


There are some small waterfalls on some of the creeks where you can take a dip !


There are farms all around us, mostly Amish.


We have a driveway where you can park and a golf cart to bring your gear back to the campsite.

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Hipcamper Justin
Justin S.
recommends this listing.
July 28th, 2020

Gorgeous spot with perfect amenities. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper brandie

Secret garden weekend

Brandie L.
recommends this listing.
August 12th, 2020

We were very happy with our visit to Secret Garden. The hosts were so helpful, even gave us a hand with our gear. The suggestions for nearby activities were also appreciated. Definitely recommend!

Taken from the fire pit area/canopy. Very spacious site
Hipcamper David

Great site, great hosts

David M.
recommends this listing.
August 19th, 2020

Eric was a fantastic host. Very friendly and very helpful. He delivered firewood and helped bring gear down to the site on his golf cart. The site, though right in his backyard, felt very secluded being downhill and completely surrounded by trees. We barely saw or heard anyone else during the trip. Across the street is an Amish meetinghouse and if you stay on Sunday, you can hear them singing and see their horses and buggies lined up along the street. It was well worth the drive from DC.

Hipcamper Natalie
Natalie S.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2020

This is such a nice spot! Eric & Donna are great hosts. The site is definitely private, but close enough to their house in case you need anything from them. They gave great recommendations of things to do in the area — really nice hikes and spots to cool off in the water! They also have so many cute cats on their property! Pippy stayed with us all day and almost all night! She’s adorable. I definitely recommend this spot!

Hipcamper Tai
Tai S.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2020

Great, secluded site. Would recommend!

Hipcamper Amanda


Amanda H.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2020

My first Hipcamp experience was perfect! The hosts were great communicaters, and the site was beautiful! The private bathroom tent was a super convenient touch. Great trees for hammocks, lots of shade, and very spacious. I would highly recommend the Rhododendron Trail at Susquehannock State Park (switch over to the Fire Trail for some beautiful overlooks). I should note that this is probably not a great site for loud parties, but perfect for families, hikers, Lancaster tourists, or a romantic camp getaway!

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Hipcamper Calloway
Calloway K.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2020

We had a lot of fun in the Secret Garden, despite the rain! Our hosts were very accommodating. If you don’t like cats, you might not have a good time but we do so we had a great time! Thanks Eric and Donna!

Hipcamper Jessy

Serene, eclectic, and delightful

Jessy B.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2020

The Secret Garden site was an absolute dream- natural, secluded enough to feel the peace of being in the forest while close enough to major roads to get wherever we needed. Our hosts were lovely and kind. The fire pit was awesome and we loved the company of sweet furry kitties that came to visit.

Hipcamper Erica
Erica G.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2020

Absolutely loved staying here and will definitely come back! Such a great experience 💕

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