Hipcamp host James
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This property is a developing farm that I have been working on for about two years. It's situated on the Blackwater River with access to over 2 miles of river without having to leave the property. The river is much like a cypress swamp with large channels running through the middle. We also have a 10 acre pond that was a sand pit for which our private dirt road is named. If Continue reading...
This property is a developing farm that I have been working on for about two years. It's situated on the Blackwater River with access to over 2 miles of river without having to leave the property. The river is much like a cypress swamp with large channels running through the middle. We also have a 10 acre pond that was a sand pit for which our private dirt road is named. If you're looking for privacy, you won't find a better place in southeastern Virginia. We have kayaks and canoes available for campers to use on the pond or in the river. Someone floating on the river always has a chance to see some spectacular wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, beavers, otters, mink, deer, etc. Fishing is permitted in the pond and on the river with a valid Va fishing license. The farm currently features a large peach orchard, vegetable garden, blueberry bushes, and animals including ducks, chickens, geese, and goats. Campers are welcome to take fresh veggies from the garden and collect eggs from the chicken house. We are now offering beginner beekeeping classes and edible wild plant tours for guests! Please ask for details if you're interested. Check us out on Instagram @blackwater_birds_and_bees!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
4 bookable sites
RV details
Pull-in site, max length 40ft
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 7 people per site
Potable water available
Pump or well
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, fire ring
Toilet available
Portable toilet
Pets allowed
Off leash
No showers
Bath in lake, bath in river or stream
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off
Forest
Lake
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Wetlands
Beach
Cave
Coastal
Desert
Hot spring
Mesa or canyon
Mountainous
Prairie, meadow, or plain
Redwoods
Suburban or backyard
Waterfall
Farm
Ranch
Fishing
Horseback riding
Paddling
OHV
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Biking
Boating
Hiking
Wind sports
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling

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Hipcamper Trenton
Trenton
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 15th, 2018

We had a blast this weekend at James' property. James and his father went above and beyond to make our stay great—our entire group said we felt like we were at a luxury hotel with the service they provided. James went out of his way to show us around his property (and introduce us to his animals), shuttle kayaks so we could float down the river, and ensure that everything was taken care of (including trash, firewood, and all the little things that come with camping).

Beyond the warm hospitality, the property is beautiful. The Blackwater swamp ecosystem is truly unique for Virginia and is a fun area to explore on kayak. We spent hours enjoying the river. While we didn't do any fishing, we would want to bring poles next time. James even offered to set up a trotline for catfish. The campsite backs to this swamp and is a perfect location to watch the sunset and enjoy a beer and a bonfire. Highly recommended and would definitely stay again!

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on July 15th, 2018

Trenton and the rest of his group were perfect guests! Welcome back anytime.

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Hipcamper Moussa
Moussa
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 14th, 2018

My girlfriend and I had a great time visiting James (and co.) on their south-eastern VA farm, and would recommend it to any friends/persons looking to get away! We were first clued into their kindness and hospitality when we got a message from James saying that there was a reservation mistake and HipCamp had somehow let us book a site even though they were full, however, James was willing to make us a new site with a campfire pit if we still wanted to come. The offer was too good to pass up. When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed and given a tour of the farm. We passed stands of long-leaf pines, wildflower meadows, and rustic, sandy roads leading off in all directions. We were showed their small lake and the canoes/kayaks that were available for use. We were then guided to our newly built site, which was complete with a campfire pit, table, plenty of firewood, a gallon of water, trash, recycling, and bug spray. After settling in for a bit we decided to say hi to the farm animals that are on the property. A gaggle of geese, some hens, a rambunctious rooster or two, and about five adorable goats greeted us at the gate. While the hens and geese were fun to observe, it was really the goats that stole our hearts. We strolled back to our campsite and on our return, it began raining. No sooner had we gotten our small two-person set up did the thunder crack and the heavens open. Since we only live 1.5 hours away, we decided to call it quits and pack up during a brief break in the rain. On the way home, we stopped in Smithfield for ice cream, which is an adorable colonial town. All in all, we had a splendid time at Blackwater Birds and Bees, even though we didn’t even spend the night!

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Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on September 14th, 2018

Thanks for the great pictures Moussa! Sorry for the bad weather. We are getting a small cabin beside the pond next week so nights like that will be easier to deal with.

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Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 3rd, 2018

Site was extremely private, didn't see any other campers during my weekend stay(Labor day). I would recommend this campground and will be staying again for sure.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on September 10th, 2018

Thanks Daniel! You're welcome back any time.

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Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 9th, 2018

This was mine and my puppy's first time camping and being a lone female camper, my friends and family had a lot of reservations. I could not have felt safer during this trip, my site was private but still close to the main house which was great for me. Phyllis was very kind and helpful and periodically checked in on us, especially after a night of thunderstorms. We ended up leaving a day early, but solely based on the scorching heat and possibilities of more storms. Overall, we had a great trip and we would definitely come back in the cooler months.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on September 10th, 2018

Sorry the weather didn't cooperate Kelly. We'd love to see you again in the cooler months!

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Hipcamper Euna
Euna
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 9th, 2018

We had a wonderful time at James's property!
Even though it was our first tent camping, we didn't have any problem because James provided us lots of stuff.
First, we enjoyed the awesome barbeque on the grill and James provided us grill, firewood, and lighter fluid. We forgot to bring some essential stuff because it was our first time, but thanks to him we could do what we wanted to do without any problem.
Second, there are boats and kayaks that you can enjoy the wonderful scenery near the property. I and my boyfriend each did kayaking near our tent, and we could have a delightful private time on the calm pond.
Third, you can also go to the farm which has ducks, roasters, goose, and goats. They are super active and might approach to you so you can see them up close!
This property is very private and he also gave us some unique local fruit and water to drink. I really appreciate the care that James gave us and I highly recommend this place! We only stayed for a day but I'm sure you can enjoy many other things if you stay longer.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on October 11th, 2018

We are so pleased that you chose our farm for your first camping trip! It was great meeting both of you and you're welcome back anytime. Thanks!

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A Hipcamper
A Hipcamper
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(Site 3)
September 3rd, 2018
Property
Blackwater Birds and Bees
State
Virginia
$20/night
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