Hipcamp host Ned S.
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Secluded camping along Craig's Creek. Private (no houses or roads in view during summer) drive-in campsite at the edge of a large meadow, with sweeping views of the valley and our babbling creek just steps from the site (fall asleep to the sound of running water). Includes access to our gorgeous cliffside swimmin' hole and some basic amenities (fire pit, picnic table, waste


Secluded camping along Craig's Creek. Private (no houses or roads in view during summer) drive-in campsite at the edge of a large meadow, with sweeping views of the valley and our babbling creek just steps from the site (fall asleep to the sound of running water). Includes access to our gorgeous cliffside swimmin' hole and some basic amenities (fire pit, picnic table, waste removal). Remote valley with limited cell service but access to myriad outdoor recreation opportunities, and only ~35 minutes to Roanoke, ~45 minutes to Blacksburg. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 54 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No wifi
Have a question? Send Ned a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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TONS of killer single-track MTB around the area, including some nice trails on our property. Very close to North Mountain trail...Read more


The site is right on Craig Creek, with lots of bluegills, etc. and some trout, or we're very close to a lot of really great tro...Read more


Tons of trails on our land, or a very short drive to access Appalachian Trail (less than a mile as the crow flies, two miles by...Read more


Tough to put in at our place unless water is very high, but there's a good put-in about 2 miles away where Craig Creek opens up...Read more


There are a couple decent sport, trad, and bouldering areas within a half hour.


We're blessed with a beautiful swimming hole, which gets to about 6 feet in depth, maybe a 3 minute walk from the campsite. We ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Pretty easy access to John's Creek, plenty of other creeking options when the water's high.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Savage Acres: Maple Knoll in Virginia.


A couple small openings on the property, or we can tell you where to access some bigger rooms in the area.


We're in a long valley, right at the base of small but steep mountain, with views of a much larger mountain opposite.

River, stream, or creek

The campsite is right along Craig Creek - you can hear the small rapid from your tent! After the rapid, the creek opens up into...Read more

Swimming hole

We have a great big swimmin' hole at the base of a cliff. Gets to about 6 ft, depending on level. We can provide floats, tubes,...Read more


We operate a small hobby farm, and grow a fair amount of our own food without the use of pesticides/herbicides. Talk to us if y...Read more


We operate a small hobby farm, and grow a fair amount of our own food without the use of pesticides/herbicides. Talk to us if y...Read more


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Hipcamper Jen


Jen H.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2020

We loved being right next to the creek, and the swimming hole was so beautiful and peaceful, it was like a little oasis. Ned was a good host, and attentive when we arrived to make sure we settled in well.
It does say on the campsite info that they will provide spring water for drinking, so we didn't bring much with us. When we arrived, I asked for water and Ned said they haven't been doing that because of covid. He did bring us a small bottle. It's not a big deal, I'd just recommend that he remove that from the campsite info so people know to bring their own.

This pebble beach overlooks the swimming hole.There's a nice bench overlooking the creek.Beautiful swimming hole!
Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew N.
recommends this listing.
October 7th, 2018

Ned's property was a wonderful private holler tucked away in the mountains outside of Roanoke, VA. We stayed for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the seclusion and beauty of the land. Ned also shared a helpful "camper guide" that made finding the location particularly stress free and was an overall incredible host.

Some observations for perspective campers:
- The camping area is simply incredible and offers plenty of shade thanks to the beautiful maple taking up residence in the center
- Firewood is ample if you walk into the treeline and forage for some deadwood, Ned also provides logs for a small fee if that interests you as well
- The field to access the site was fine for us to drive through, however coordinate with Ned and see how much rain they have had recently. It could quickly become a problem for anyone without a 4x4.

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Hipcamper Colvin
Colvin H.
recommends this listing.
April 14th, 2019

Awesome location right in the mountains nestled by a creek - everything was great minus two exceptions:
- be aware that there is a road nearby which doesn’t necessarily have much traffic, but you can definitely hear cara going by frequently
- when I returned from hiking one afternoon, my dog and I went down to the creek and there was someone on a moped also accessing the creek. I was not expecting anyone in that close proximity which freaked me out a bit.

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Hipcamper Ned
Response from Ned, the Host, on September 26th, 2019

Thanks for the feedback, Colvin. Indeed, the site is within earshot (but not sight) of our rural road, so you'll likely hear an occasional car pass through the valley. We do have a lot of friends stop by to visit us, though typically campers don't notice. On this occasion, our close friend dropped by unannounced, and when he didn't find us at the house, he decided to ride his moped down to the creek to see if we were swimming down there. Hope it didn't freak you out too bad! We do our best to give campers privacy, but if you do happen to see one of us or our friends passing by the site on the way to the swimming hole, we can vouch for anyone who's on the property and assure you 100% that you're among friends.

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Hipcamper Kyle

Beautiful property!

Kyle K.
recommends this listing.
April 15th, 2019

What a beautiful property! We enjoyed our stay so much that we asked to spend an extra night and felt lucky that no one else was scheduled. Ned was super gracious when we arrived and the site had been prepared for us perfectly— including composite, recycle and trash bins, a picnic table and delicious spring water. We hadn’t expected to be so well cared for, so this was a treat!

The site bumps up to a gorgeous creek that babbled beautifully, providing a serene natural backdrop during our trip. I can see that it would be super fun swimming in it later in the year when temps rise. We watch deer run through the field and listened to birds chirping. There are a few cars that come down the road so you aren’t totally isolated but it doesn’t interrupt the peaceful feeling you have there. What an incredible escape. Our intended hike nearby (McAfee’s Knob, part of the AT) was a mere 10 min drive from the property — so easy. There were so many other trailheads around, we could have spent a week exploring the area!

FYI: I have t-mobile and was actually able to locate the property easily and accurately with my Maps app. I had service there the whole time, while my boyfriend (Verizon) did not. Something to keep in mind.

If you book this site, you will not regret it! We can’t wait to come back. Thanks, Ned!!

Hipcamper Jhave

Perfect nature getaway

Jhave B.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2020

We had such a wonderful stay at the Maple Knoll campsite! It was so beautiful, quiet, and very private! If you love nature, this is the place for you. The swimming hole (and creek) is so beautiful and perfect especially on a hot summer afternoon! This site is definitely perfect for a nature getaway - plus it was inspiring enough for my boyfriend (or now fiancé lol) to propose to me!!

Ned was also very accommodating (and so is his friend who was visiting!). Overall, this was such a great experience and we will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Lindsay
Lindsay C.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2018

Ned was a wonderful host and I would highly recommend staying at his beautiful property. An unexpected blessing was the lovely river/stream behind his house that is wonderful for a morning swim. Though it was raining the night I stayed I still really enjoyed the property and creek. Ned was very welcoming upon arriving, showed me around the property and also provided perfectly stacked firewood for a fire that night. A very calm and safe place as well and easy to find from the main roads. Thank you!

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah M.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2018

This is a beautiful spot. A lovely private field right next to a creek. You'll arrive to find a fire ring, picnic table, fresh water, and a solar shower (tho we just dipped in the creek to clean off). There is lovely hiking and biking very near (you're about 5 miles from the Appalachian Trail). We would definitely stay here again.

Hipcamper Alex
Alex R.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2018

I would definitely recommend this camping spot! We plan to go back - maybe with friends, as there's clearly space!

Ned was a friendly and gracious host who made us feel very welcome, while also giving us our privacy once we settled at the campsite! Ned provided some basics (as described in the post) that made our stay that much easier, particularly the picnic table and fire pit.

The creek was beautiful to walk along (and take a chilly dip in!), and provided wonderful background noise for falling asleep. As people who primarily "car camp," it was the best of both worlds - a peaceful and private space in a gorgeous setting, and the reassurance that Ned was not far through the woods, should anything unexpected happen (which it didn't!). Lastly, it was wonderful to be able to have our dog off-lease so he could appreciate the outdoors with us!

Hipcamper Emily
Emily O.
recommends this listing.
October 29th, 2018

Ned's spot was beautiful! It's a large open field that you have all to yourself, plus lots of wooded areas to wander around and a river to both fish and take a dip. The pictures don't do it justice. Also, Ned was a great host. He was available to answer all of our questions and took the time to show us around despite the fact that it was raining and dark outside. I would definitely go back to this space and probably bring a boatload of friends.


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