Hipcamp host James R.
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Blackwater Birds and Bees is a developing farm that became my full time project in 2016. If you're looking for privacy, you won't find a better place in Southeastern Virginia. It's 120 acres on the Blackwater River with access to over 2 miles of waterfront without having to leave the property. The river is much like a cypress swamp with large channels running through the middle Continue reading...
Blackwater Birds and Bees is a developing farm that became my full time project in 2016. If you're looking for privacy, you won't find a better place in Southeastern Virginia. It's 120 acres on the Blackwater River with access to over 2 miles of waterfront without having to leave the property. The river is much like a cypress swamp with large channels running through the middle and it creates a perfect environment for all kinds of spectacular wildlife. We have kayaks and canoes available for campers to use. Fishing is permitted in our 10 acre pond and on the river. The farm currently features an apiary, a large peach orchard, vegetable garden, blueberry bushes, and animals including ducks, chickens, geese, and goats. We are now offering 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: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

Bass, crappie, pickerel, bream and a few other freshwater species are regularly caught in the pond. all of those fish can be fo...Read more

Horseback riding

We don't have horses but our private dirt road is a great place to ride if you have horses you'd like to bring.

Paddling

We have two canoes, four kayaks, and two john boats available for use by guests.

OHV

If you have atvs we have some good paths and a dirt road for riding.

Swimming

The river has a few sandy areas that a good for swimming.

Wildlife watching

Whether you'd like to see birds, mammals, reptiles or amphibians, we have just about every species that's native to this area.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Blackwater Birds and Bees in Virginia.

Forest

Zuni is part of the ancient shoreline that started here and ended in texas. for that reason our soil is almost pure sand. for t...Read more

Lake

Great for fishing from the shore or from a boat.

River, stream or creek

The blackwater is designated a scenic river by the department of conservstion and recreation.

Swimming hole

The swimming hole is beside campsite #2 so it may be unavailable if other campers are there.

Wetlands

At one end of our pond we have created a bog and introduced native carnivorous pitcher plants and a variety of other native wet...Read more

Farm

Fruit trees, blueberry bushes, vegetables, birds, bees, and goats

Driveway

The entrance is just under one mile off of the paved road on the right.

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Hipcamper Trenton
Trenton R.
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 D.
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(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 W.
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(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 M.
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(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 P.
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(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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Hipcamper Heidi
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October 24th, 2018

This is a great spot for primitive camping. You won’t need a whole lot in that respect.

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Response from James, the Host, on October 26th, 2018

Thanks for the pictures Heidi! We are so glad that you and Josh enjoyed your time camping with us!!

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Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua N.
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(Site 1)
October 24th, 2018

This was a truly remarkable spot. Not only was the site well maintained and the features beyond gorgeous the host was remarkable. They gave us a tour of the property and were super warm. After we settled in they brought us water, persimmons and fresh eggs. It was way beyond what we would have exspected and were making plans for returning before we even left.

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Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on October 27th, 2018

Thanks for the review Joshua! We hope to see you soon!

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Hipcamper Heidi
Heidi N.
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(Site 1)
October 24th, 2018

Our stay was so nice, and James and his family were very welcoming! We could not have found such a nice campsite on such short notice. The area is beautiful and private, very well-maintained, and the weather was great too! As we were unpacking, James’ mother brought us eggs from their chickens, fresh cold water, and delicious persimmons from their tree! It was a small gesture that really sealed the deal for us. It was also an added bonus to have firewood provided, a canoe, picnic table, and trash can. We will be back soon!! Thanks a lot for a memorable camping experience!

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Hipcamper Don
Don L.
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(Site 1)
November 21st, 2018

We loved it, we enjoyed kayaking and rowing and fishing. James gave us plenty of firewood and we enjoyed camping by the pond.

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Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on November 24th, 2018

Thanks for staying with us Don! It was great meeting you and the rest of your group.

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Property
Blackwater Birds and Bees
State
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$20/night
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