Intro: Adventurer, Explorer, Motorcycle Camper, Rode from Cross Country and up and down the Eastern Seaboard and hiked in Alaska. Love to be outdoors, cook over fire and find new friends along the way.
So this site is literally on top of a mountain as described. The weather forecast for Simmons Gap and Free Union was clear Sunny and low 50’s on March 22, 2019. Once we arrived and made it to the top of mountain (roughly 30 minutes) the weather was completely different, 8 inches of snow and a storm on the way. It was late in the day so not really prepared to snow camp I gave it shot anyway! My Honda Ridgeline with the VTM Lock AWD was able to navigate the hill and around the cabin. I dug out a spot in between the horseshoe pits as the winds and blowing snow were just miserable anywhere else. A very cold (24 degrees) night with 30mph winds made for a very early departure for me as I was frozen and miserable. Had I known there was 8 inches of snow on the ground I would have canceled, I for whatever reason just didn’t think to ask or expect it as it had been so warm lately. On the bright side the site appears to be great and the host provides some extras for you, shovel, water, wood, etc. The view was awesome and the sunrise was worth seeing. I reserved it for two nights but only stayed one due to the weather conditions.
Very remote location indeed! Had a great overnight stay at Alpa Farm, I added some photos and a map for reference. I had the entire place to myself after Jeremy gave me the tour. It’s a new location still in the works but offers excellent primitive camping. There are no rules on where you must camp meaning you have unlimited choices within the boundaries of the property. I chose the primary camp spot due to the grass being cut, access to firewood and it had the best views of the shadowing mountain. Jeremy said they are adding an outhouse and have a really cool deer stand in the middle of the field. Ensure you ask about the location of trail cams before doing your business just anywhere. I was visited by a neighboring dog, heard a tree fall and what sounded like two owls fighting through the course of the night. Woke up around 0600 to a roosters crow off in the distance and had a cup of coffee while watching the low fog roll over the mountain. Looking forward to seeing this location develop and make sure you bring binoculars or a telescope to star gaze. Lastly, the road headed back to the fields is a bit slick and bumpy but passable by car or truck, only adventure motorcycles would handle this terrain. I would definitely recommend if your looking for a private remote experience!