Intro: I'd describe myself best as a weekend warrior that lives for any days I can return to the outdoors. My photography is generally disciplined in landscapes and wildlife, so I can't wait to share what I capture with this community!
The cabins at Russ's land were great! His property manager Keith gave us a great walk around tour of the property and had our cabin ready for us at arrival. The cabin was warm, had everything we needed to make dinner and has a full bath inside, which is great for the winter months. We would absolutely stay here again and recommend it to anyway passing through on the trails or are just looking for a warm place to stay.
The Backwoods Manor was a great overnight stay! Amy was very accommodating and her property had nearly everything you need for an outdoor getaway. The property is very well maintained and the newly introduced bathhouse was very welcomed. I would absolutely recommend staying here and hope to make it back one day!
The Trailside Ranch was a great getaway! We stayed at the recently finished sugar shack and it was the perfect spot for a couple. The loft bedroom was great and with a window slightly opened, we were able to hear the creek flowing all night; very calming. Ours and every cabin on the property has a full bathroom and full kitchens. The patios are all enclosed in bug nets which are great seeing the cabins are close to water. The swimming hole was very refreshing despite its cold temperature, and the rocks below the surface are so smooth bare footing it is no problem. We would definitely recommend this property and hope to make it back.
Our stay at Piedmont farm was great! The land owner Susan was out of town, but Vincent, who helps run the farm, gave us a great welcoming. He provided us with fresh veggies for dinner and showed us around the property. Our stay at the Black Walnut Shelter was comfortable, private and clean. The outdoor kitchen near the garden was a great spot to hang out and the trails surrounding the property were perfect for short hikes around the farm. The outdoor shower is very secluded and the swimming pond, while cold, was very refreshing. I would absoloutley stay here again and would definitely recommend it!
We stayed here for a one night and enjoyed every bit of it. The views were incredible for both sunrise and sunset. While the views are obstructed on the actual sites, a short walk down the road to the observatory will lend a great view down the valley. The drive up the rocky road to the site should absolutely be done in a 4WD vehicle, if available. It may be able to be done in a FWD or RWD, and we did see smaller sedans descending the mountain, but a 4WD drive vehicle would be optimal. The sites are well maintained and mowed, and they are equipped with fire pits and grates to cook on. The sites are primitive so you will not find any bathrooms, showers, hook-ups or water spigots. I would definitely recommend this camp for great views of Shenandoah Park and for the open, private atmosphere the sites provide.
Randy and Allison were very accommodating and are all around great people. They gave us a tour of their property and allowed us to meet their herd of goats, as well as their two dogs Storm and Gunner. The sites were very clean and well marked. Both the tent and cabin sites were very private, to where you wouldn't even know that they were hosting other campers. The sites were provided with firewood and and fire pit, and the cabin had everything you would expect a primitive cabin to have, including a wood burning stove and comfortable bed. We would definitely recommend their property and hope to be back in the future!
The Lil Cabin was a great retreat to stay at for the night. It is set back enough from the road for a private stay, and it is kept very clean. The baseboard heaters and fireplace kept us warm and the back patio was an excellent spot to hang out. Their is ample woods to hike in, a pond to fish and swim, and horseshoe pits to use. This is a great place for a couple or a group of friends. Would definitely recommend!