What a special spot – I hated to leave it behind! The “cabin” on Swan Lake is indeed rustic, but it’s also spacious and entirely comfortable. The electricity and plumbing (warm shower? check!) felt like luxuries, as we’d been traveling and camping for a few weeks prior to our arrival.
The lakefront location proved so relaxing that we drifted off to sleep on the dock for a quick afternoon nap, which my guy continued on the couch inside once a thunderstorm began to blow through. It was pretty remarkable to watch the lake disappear altogether beneath the weather, only to reappear an hour later under calm, still skies.
One thing worth noting: There are neighbors close by. Although the listing says that dogs are allowed off-leash, your pup will need to be better behaved than ours to take advantage of that! On our arrival, Enzo promptly went visiting the Italian greyhound next door, whose human was thankfully very tolerant of the furry intruder.
That aside, the Trapper Cabin would be the perfect location for a weeklong escape with the family, or with a group of friends. Highly recommend!
With this cabin, it was love at first sight. When we first walked in, my guy leaned over and whispered to me, “This is how I’d decorate, if I was stylish.” Hosts Hazel and Michael are artists at heart, and it shows in the design of Hazelbrook Cabin and all the sweet little details, both inside and out. They’ve really created a magical spot here.
We had a ball exploring both the farm itself and the coastal preserve a short bike ride away. It’s pretty amazing to be on a farm in the woods, yet in such close proximity to the dramatic coastal cliffs that Maine is known for.
The farm is lush and spilling over with living things, between the gardens and the critters; it just FELT like a healthy, nurturing place to be. Both my dog and I developed a crush on Pablo the ram - what a handsome guy! Harry, one of the resident rescue pups, also stole a piece of my heart. The hosts have a great energy about them, and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting at length with Hazel.
You can’t go wrong with a stay here. Plan for a few days of fantastic R&R, and be sure to give Pablo a chin scratch from me!
Wow. What a great little cabin! Jerusha, the host, has thought of everything you could possibly need to enjoy a relaxing stay in the mountains – so your only job here is to just do the relaxing. Easy enough, in this cozy space. I especially loved using the oil lamps and candles for light; there’s just something that feels great about getting away from our normal electrified world. No worries, though, if you need to charge your phone and stay connected – there are battery chargers available for that very purpose, and my Verizon signal was actually pretty decent outside the cabin.
Getting there is an adventure in itself, but Jerusha provides detailed directions complete with photos so you know you’re on the right track. Once there, you’ll want to spend at least a few nights to really sink into the rhythm of being away from it all. It’s a great place for letting your dog roam free; ours loved having free range of the woods.
Highly recommend a stay at Evans Notch if you find yourself in the area!
After our first day at Serenity Field, I caught my boyfriend looking at real estate prices in the area. Situated right off the Kingdom Trails network – we rode straight from our campsite - the spa grounds are a peaceful oasis, with enough amenities to help even the dirtiest, hungriest mountain biker feel human again.
We rolled in at dusk and were greeted warmly by host Susan and a gang of her family and friends, who were sitting around the firepit. They helped us get settled into our campsite and made us feel right at home.
If you’re coming to this neck of the woods, odds are you’re at least something of a mountain bike enthusiast. I promise you this: You won’t be disappointed here. There are plenty of level, grassy tent sites to choose from. Near the (nice, clean) port-a-potty, Susan has set up a bike wash station complete with a bin of rags to use. The patio provides a great place to relax and on the weekends, you have access to a café with food and drink for sale. The best part, though, is that you can leave your car keys in the tent if you’d like, and ride the extensive trail network – including trails to town – right from here.
Highly recommend if you’re coming to the Northeast Kingdom and looking for a place to pitch your tent!
We stayed at Moss Hill on a busy and beautiful weekend in June. There were a number of folks in the tent camping area, but the RV spot is further down the gravel road than the tent camping areas, offering more a bit more privacy and seclusion. The site itself was spacious and easy to back into, though we needed to unhitch to drop the nose of the trailer enough to get level.
After settling in, we hiked down to the creek to explore; the waterfalls and the pools formed below them are definitely the highlight of this campsite. While the water was too chilly for the humans to do any extended soaking, the dog went crazy and loved sinking his belly into the cool, clear pools. It’s definitely worth doing some downstream exploration to check out the landscape beyond the main swimming hole. We also took advantage of the spring-fed drinking water station and filled up a couple of jugs to hike back up the hill.
Back at the campsite, it was quiet enough to let the dog cruise around unleashed – his favorite way to camp. We did see a few dirtbikes whiz by, so keep in mind that you’re on a public access road – a little-used one, but still. We slept well in our lil’ clearing, and rolled on out in the morning.
Jed, the host, is working hard to make Moss Hill a welcoming spot in the woods for Hipcampers. Look for more trails criss-crossing this property in the future. For now, all in all, a perfectly fine place to spend the night.
This is a gem of a spot, tucked into one of the many folds of shoreline along Lake Wateree. Monica, the host, was welcoming and vivacious and showed us a few different options for parking our 22’ trailer – all pull-through spots in the ample grassy area between their house and the water. Super easy. Monica had an extension cord out for the trailer power supply, so we were able to plug into that and get our batteries topped off. The dog was in heaven, running freely with no one to bother, as most of the neighboring houses are occupied only occasionally as vacation homes.
Our timing wasn’t great with the weather, and we got rained out of using both the fire pit and the inviting-looking pool. Dang it! But, we did squeeze in some kayaking in both the individual boats and the sit-upon tandem kayak. Great fun, and super relaxing to be out on the water. Even saw a great blue heron skimming across the water!
All in all, I'd recommend this spot and would definitely stay here again, if back in the area!
Any campsite where I can hug a mini-donk gets a thumbs-up in my book. At present, the sprawling grounds of the Rosewood Farm and Agripark are a bit spartan, but I’m glad to have seen the “before” picture at the beginning of what’s sure to be an epic project. Host Katie is a force of nature, with an enviable amount of energy and an incredible vision for her family property. Keep an eye on this spot as it develops into a first-class family destination, and in the meantime, ask her if the mechanical bull is available for a ride.
The construction to come is set apart from the tiny cabin at the front of the property, so you’re insulated from any noise or activity. As for the cabin itself, it’s pretty adorable. It has all the basics, and when we arrived on a 90-something-degree day, I was thrilled to see an air conditioner set up inside (thanks, Katie!). Really appreciated the shower after a few days of camping without one (and the soaps - so fancy!). The bunk beds made for a fun family photo shoot, though the futon is actually a bit more comfortable. We had a great time during our stay and I loved meeting all the animals at the far end of the property, but admittedly it was a little humbling to hear that the rescued Lipizzaner stallions have more impressive resumes than I do (performed for the Queen? Check. Gave Martha Stewart a ride? Check.). Ah, well. Gotta give credit where credit is due - they're impressive creatures!
This was the perfect place for us to stop after a weekend in Atlanta, where our poor pup Enzo was stuck on leash the whole time. With our Airstream in tow, we stayed at the top of the hill in the “Lot 4” clearing, but strolled down the quiet country road to explore the lush, fern-filled cove section as well.
In the wooded section where we camped, it was easy enough to get the trailer level for the night, and we were able to pull around a tree on an off-camber path rather than back out through the gate when it was time to go. I’m not sure if anything much longer than our 22’ Airstream would be able to do the same. There were no bugs to contend with at the upper clearing; I’m guessing you’d want bug spray in the evening hours at the lower campsite.
Down below at the cove (the lower campsite), good grief, Enzo nearly lost his mind sprinting through the woods and splashing in and out of the creek and tiny ponds. It was just what the dogtor ordered (ouch, sorry!). It was outrageously green during our late-April visit and the water was abundant, and to see all of it backlit by the setting sun was really pretty grand.
George, the host, stopped by as we were settling in to our campsite, and was warm and welcoming. Anyone who rolls up with two long-haired daschunds gets high marks in my book. Thanks for the hospitality, George!
Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what to expect as we rolled down a more and more sparsely populated road. It was a welcome relief to reach the end and see host Paul’s friendly face, as he waved us through the gate and into his property. Carrie Oak Retreat is a lovely oasis, quiet and peaceful (during our stay, there weren’t any guests in the adjacent AirBnB house). It’s designed for trailers and folks towing boats, and we had no trouble navigating our 22’ Airstream in the roomy clearing and getting backed into the level spot near the RV hookups. The birdsong was delightful, and the pond’s stocked fish were just starting to get more active as winter turned to spring.
After a restful night, we drove the 15 minutes into Georgetown, South Carolina’s third-oldest town. It’s pretty charming and walking the downtown streets and Harborwalk made for an enjoyable morning. With more time, we might’ve visited one of the town’s many historic museums – maybe next time?
We loved our stay at the Forest Retreat! Holy cow, what a fantastic spot. The property is right off of Botany Bay Road, with its famously photogenic tunnel of live oak trees. Even if there was nothing else of interest in the area, I’d go back when the trees are fully leafed out, just to do a proper photo shoot along that road.
As it turns out, there’s plenty to see and do nearby. The Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area is just down the road, closed on Tuesdays but otherwise free and open to the public. There’s a 6.5-mile driving or biking loop, and a walking trail to an incredibly cool beach (access depends on the tide, I think, so plan accordingly). The town of Edisto Beach is just a few minutes away, and Charleston is only a 45-minute drive.
The campsite itself is quiet and comfortable, and host Meg was an absolute delight. My co-pilot had no trouble backing our 22’ trailer into the site and we were happy for the electrical hookup. On Meg’s advice we avoided filling our tanks with the local water, which apparently has a sulfury smell. The hammock was a nice bonus, and we definitely took advantage of it.
Thanks, Meg, for providing such a lovely spot – we’re already looking forward to a return visit!
This was a pleasant enough spot to stay for the night as we made our way to the coast. Montanna, the host, was helpful and accommodating, giving us full run of the place, including the horseshoe pit out back and the pool table inside the “man cave.” Georgia, the older Great Dane, was a total sweetheart, wandering over for some head scratches (we’re dog lovers, and encouraged the host to let the dogs off leash in the yard during our stay). The RV hookups were great and allowed us to fill up our freshwater tank with good-quality water – no sulfur smell, like in some places. No trouble navigating our 22’ Airstream down the driveway and through the campsite; didn't need to back up or turn around - a huge plus!
I love it when a campsite far exceeds my expectations. I didn't know much about this property before arriving there, and it's fair to say I was blown away. I hate to rob you, fellow Hipcamper, of that same element of surprise, but here goes:
The Heart Center encompasses 30 lovely acres tucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina. It feels somewhat remote, so I was surprised on arrival to learn that it was a thriving school for a number of decades in the mid-1900's. After that, it was used as an illegal wildlife sanctuary, with lions and tigers (oh my!) roaming around in the gymnasium - seriously! The current owner, Liz, purchased the overgrown property in 2000 and has done a mighty impressive job of reclaiming, restoring and rebuilding. Her grounding, loving energy permeates the property and her commitment to offering a heart-centered retreat for children and adults alike is incredibly compelling.
In addition to the yurts and tent sites, the grounds also offer number of different amenities that you can see in the photos. This was my first experience staying in a yurt, and even while sharing the space with a dog and two other people, I slept like a baby. There was something soothing about being tucked into that cozy structure, out in the woods but on a real bed.
I recommend bringing a camp stove if you're planning to cook or heat up dinner, though you can check with Liz to see if the microwave in the dining hall is available for use. There are clean porta-potties adjacent to the yurts and tent sites, but also a full bathroom with sinks and shower stalls in the gymnasium. There were too many fun toys and games to take advantage of on our short visit (table tennis, anyone?); I recommend staying at least a few nights so you can check out everything.
Big thanks to Liz (and her sweet dog, Wayah!) for making our visit so comfortable and enjoyable.