Heartstone Campground is really a special place. We met Mandy and Dan very quickly after arriving; it was their busiest weekend yet and they were shuffling people around to accommodate their wishes. A larger group wanted the place we'd originally booked and because we wanted a more private experience, Mandy and Dan were quick to set us up with the perfect site, right next to a creek with plenty of shade. We did some hiking, which was mostly uphill and there were no trails-- fun little adventure. There are a lot of little touches throughout the campground that really add to the experience -- picnic benches and swings, etc. The "Pit Palace" stands up to its name in that its super clean and stocked with all your essentials; there's even a shower area that you can use your solar shower bag in. Anyways, you can tell the campground is a labor of love. You can also walk in the creek bed and it was great to be able to dip your toes in the water to cool down. But be ye warned: we did spot snakes in the creek, which is always a risk when outdoors. They got away from us as quickly as we did them, so just be alert and you'll more than likely be fine. Clear nights lent to great stargazing and the meadow was illuminated so brightly a flashlight wasn't really necessary. Totally worth the 2 hour drive-- thanks Mandy and Dan, we loved it!
Our experience began by a warm welcome from Patti and her family and pack of big, friendly farm dogs. No one else had reserved, so we had our choice of sites. Site 1 is a pull in site, you can see and hear the creek but it is not accessible. Site 2 does have creek access and would be a great tent spot -- quite secluded with a firepit built into the slight slope taking you down to the creek; we didn't opt for this spot simply because we camp in our van rather than a tent. You probably wouldn't put your tent right by the creek due to the rocks but you could have a fire and set your chairs up there. We stayed at site 3, which is the most secluded and closest to the "mini water fall" in the photos. We had a truly lovely time, the rush of creek was the weekend's soundtrack. Its a perfect place to read, write, spread out a blanket and soak up the sun during the day in the meadow and sing songs around the camp fire at night. One thing to note is that 99% of the time there was no cell service--which was a bonus for us but if you need to be constantly accessible, this probably isn't a good spot for you at the moment, if you are with AT&T anyway. Patti checked on us the second day and offered hay as fire starter if we needed it (it had rained overnight) and invited us to explore the farm, trails and interact with any livestock. She even lent us some tools for getting more firewood if we needed it! This would be a great place to bring a dog if you had one--we don't but we ended up adopting one of theirs for the weekend -- Bruno the Magnificent! He's like an old cat trapped in a dog's body, sleeping in the sun all day and waking up for pets -- we so enjoyed our time with him. A clear night lent itself to some great stargazing in the meadow, with our new pal Bruno by our side of course :-) . Finally, Patti sent us home with some farm fresh eggs from their own chickens. All and all, we had a great time and Patti's above and beyond hosting (with the help of Bruno, too, of course haha) really made this a memorable experience. We hope to camp again here and highly recommend to anyone. Thanks Patti and family and please give Bruno our love!
Cherry Hill Farm was just the experience my fiance and I were needing. Near Center Hill Lake and Edgar Evins State Park, there is much to do in the area. We arrived just prior to sunset and Carl met us and gave us a ride in his truck to where he thought the best site for us would be, which is the very last shack that has the exquisite view in all the photos, site 6. Site 6 has a bbq grill and picnic bench too. Many of the other shack sites had fire pit grills with them too I noticed. There is also a flush toilet near the shacks and a short walk away is a blue building that has an outdoor, yet private shower and restroom area, where you can also get water if need be. This area also has other camping sites with electricity hook ups. Firewood is provided and there is plenty of kindling to forage. Although Carl pointed out that the best spot was site 6, we were unable to stay there since our old camper van couldn't get down the gravel path to it, so we stayed at site 1 instead and just went to site 6 to take in the views when we wanted. Really any site at this place is a treat. I think that had we been even in my little Scion, we'd have been able to make it to site 6, so I wouldn't say that others really need to worry about if they'd be able to make it or not; our old van just has trouble from time to time. We were the only campers that weekend and it being October, the empty shacks, quiet and darkness set a perfect mood for ghost stories around the campfire and also much singing. Carl came and quickly checked on us on our second day, which was really nice without being intrusive at all. This is a beautiful and peaceful place, great for reflection, relaxation and fun. This is a great place for writing and my fiance and I were able to finally finish a song we'd been working on for over a year, so we certainly have fond memories of this place and hope to make many more in future visits. This was a great place to get away for he and I but I also think this would be a fun retreat for a group of people to rent out the shacks; maybe one day we'll be able to make that happen. Thanks again Carl!
Howlin' Hill campground was an amazing experience. You drive in from the highway and stop at a little office and sign in. There is also firewood available for $10 by the office. We just ended up foraging this time. I didn't meet the hosts, but they were very responsive to questions via text. If you want a really secluded spot, you can park in the lot and walk down the trails and stake your claim. Or, you can go down towards the boat ramp and camp closer to the river. We opted for the latter, site 18. The stage sits in nice grassy field, plan to bring our badminton set next time. Apparently they have events from time to time--would be interested in checking those out. Pristine portapotties! We fished the river, although we didn't catch anything, it was a great time. The only minor negative thing I could say is that you can hear the traffic from the highway from time to time, but that was easy to ignore. This was a great time and great value and I can't wait to go back! Especially looking forward to camping here next summer, can't wait to swim in that river and every site is well shaded. Thanks again Howlin'!
This is a beautiful property. The host, Marie Lloyd, greeted us upon arrival and was very nice. She showed us possible sites and a quick drive around to point out amenities. You're welcome to walk the stable, which is also where the shower and restrooms were. There was also a lounge all guests were welcomed to relax in with television, etc, although we didn't partake. There is also a pond in the center that was very picturesque and you are welcomed to fish as well. However, if you are looking for a traditional camping experience, one with uninterrupted views of nature and seclusion, I wouldn't recommend camping here. I would recommend if you are looking for a unique camping experience though! Especially if you have a love or interest in horses.
We loved staying on Jack's farm. The campsite has a concrete slab with a pole with some outlets. We brought a box fan that saved our lives in the August heat. Jack even has a little boat you can use to row on the private lake. Fishing, hiking and privacy. Jack was a great host who called to talk us through very speciic directions to the site, provided us with a map of trails and checked in just to make sure we were enjoying our stay. I cannot wait to stay at Ficken Farms again!
Staying on Aaron's farm was a real treat! We loved the time spent here and hope to stay again some time. We stayed at site 1--very secluded. Great views of the lake from there but no access. There is some access to the lake at site 2, however. Aaron was a great host--checked in via text the day of our arrival and came to check on us on day 2. We enjoyed the peace, the sunsets and the star gazing the most.