Hipcamp host Susan T.
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Leave The Beaten Path

Why camp in an overcrowded, commercial campground when you're in West Virginia with all its untamed beauty? Experience a truly relaxing getaway to the mountains. Enjoy peaceful and private, safe and secure primitive camping on the Gauley. The Tawney Farm is a small-scale sheep farm located next to the beautiful Gauley River National Recreation Area in the

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Leave The Beaten Path

Why camp in an overcrowded, commercial campground when you're in West Virginia with all its untamed beauty? Experience a truly relaxing getaway to the mountains. Enjoy peaceful and private, safe and secure primitive camping on the Gauley. The Tawney Farm is a small-scale sheep farm located next to the beautiful Gauley River National Recreation Area in the Mountain Lakes region of central West Virginia. Our 120 acres lie nestled in between two beautiful mountains in the Gauley River gorge. Here we raise Merino and Jacob sheep for wool where I process the fiber and either sell it to other fiber artists or felt it into crafts and hats myself. Our farm is also home to miniature horses, chickens, and of course dogs and cats.

Except for Labor Day weekend through Bridge Day (mid-October) (Gauley whitewater season), we provide a totally private primitive camping experience where you get exclusive use of the campground. Drink in the beautiful views of the Gauley River gorge and hike our nature trails while experiencing the sights and sounds of a real working farm. Camp on the mountaintop in our tipi and experience incredible night skies. Or if you aren’t up to the full hike, pop up your tent at one of the shady, wooded campsites along the trail. You can even camp in one of our scenic pastures. Camp in your tent, sleep in your car/van. We can even accommodate small campers with no hookups.  Get away from it all! Experience the wilderness and wonder of West Virginia as only a native West Virginian could.Fry up some farm fresh eggs over the campfire or grill. Park-style grills, fire pit grills and camping cook stoves are provided for your use. Firewood is free and we'll even provide charcoal if you'd prefer.  We have tables and camp chairs you can use as well.  And to make your "roughing it" camping experience not so rough, we've added a few amenities! Clean Portajohns are provided as well as a "to die for" outdoor hot water shower! Close to Summersville Lake & Dam, Carnifex Ferry State Park and just minutes from the beautiful Gauley River where you can paddleboard, kayak, fish, swim and explore. Be sure to check out Janie's Hole waterfall, Sweets Falls and the Gauley River gorge trails. You're sure to find something fun to do in the Gauley River National Recreation Area.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers
No. of sites
1 bookable site
RV details
Max length 20ft
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 52 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Pack it out
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Susan a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Climbing
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Gauley River Wild & Woolly Primitive Campground in West Virginia.

Forest
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
Waterfall

Places to see near Tawney Farm

Gauley River National Recreation Area
Gauley River National Recreation Area
1 miles way Explore
Babcock State Park
Babcock State Park
17 miles way Explore
New River Gorge National River
New River Gorge National River
24 miles way Explore
Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver State Park
32 miles way Explore
Bluestone State Park
Bluestone State Park
42 miles way Explore
Bluestone National Scenic River
Bluestone National Scenic River
45 miles way Explore
Cedar Creek State Park
Cedar Creek State Park
45 miles way Explore
Watoga State Park
Watoga State Park
47 miles way Explore
Twin Falls State Park
Twin Falls State Park
47 miles way Explore
Holly River State Park
Holly River State Park
47 miles way Explore
Pipestem Resort State Park
Pipestem Resort State Park
48 miles way Explore
Camp Creek State Park
Camp Creek State Park
50 miles way Explore
Moncove Lake State Park
Moncove Lake State Park
55 miles way Explore
Stonewall Jackson State Park
Stonewall Jackson State Park
56 miles way Explore
Chief Logan State Park
Chief Logan State Park
58 miles way Explore
Monongahela National Forest
Monongahela National Forest
67 miles way Explore
North Bend State Park
North Bend State Park
68 miles way Explore
Douthat State Park
Douthat State Park
69 miles way Explore
Jefferson National Forest
Jefferson National Forest
71 miles way Explore
Forked Run State Park
Forked Run State Park
72 miles way Explore
Beech Fork State Park
Beech Fork State Park
72 miles way Explore
Audra State Park
Audra State Park
75 miles way Explore
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
77 miles way Explore
George Washington National Forest
George Washington National Forest
79 miles way Explore
Claytor Lake State Park
Claytor Lake State Park
83 miles way Explore
Tygart Lake State Park
Tygart Lake State Park
91 miles way Explore
Yatesville Lake State Park
Yatesville Lake State Park
92 miles way Explore
New River Trail State Park
New River Trail State Park
93 miles way Explore
Jackson Lake State Park
Jackson Lake State Park
97 miles way Explore
Hungry Mother State Park
Hungry Mother State Park
97 miles way Explore

The vibe at Gauley River Wild & Woolly Primitive Campground

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Hipcamper Ali
Ali S.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2016

My boyfriend and I scheduled a very last minute stay at the Tawney Campgrounds and our trip turned out to be absolutely fantastic! We actually got lost on the way, but were able to get in contact with Susan, and her husband actually found us and guided us to the grounds. They bent over backwards for us, having a fire ready when we got there, and since it was late they even offered us the cabin to stay in for the night free of charge. The next day they drove us up to the gorgeous campgrounds and helped up unload all of our things - seeing as we were pretty inexperienced. THEN, the next day they picked us up from our site.. It was so kind and we were so grateful to not have to take 2 trips back to the car. I would recommend this place to absolutely anyone that's an outdoorsy person. This place really makes you feel at home away from home. I loved it and am planning on going back as soon as possible! Also, they have live music at certain points in the year. This place has it all!

Hipcamper Genevieve
Genevieve A.
recommends this listing.
September 20th, 2017

Great campsite! Location is very close to lower Gauley put-in if you are around for Gauley boating season. We especially enjoyed the hot shower and free firewood!

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew G.
recommends this listing.
November 8th, 2017

Extremely generous family. Upon returning from our kayak trip, we found that James had kept our fire burning - such a joy to come back to. Great location and facilities. Would definitely recommend others stay at this campsite.

Hipcamper Kaushik
Kaushik S.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2017

Location is good. Could have been picnic tables separately for each campsites.

Hipcamper Paul
Paul M.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2018

Had an amazing time at this campground! Peaceful and quiet! Hosts were great, could've spent all day talking about the area with them... They are more than happy to help with anything, but will give you privacy if you don't ask. Will go back again.

Hipcamper Susan
Response from Susan, the Host, on May 29th, 2018

Thanks, Paul! We enjoyed having you stay with us. We're happy to have shown you around the Gauley River NRA and glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet. Come back soon!

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Hipcamper Ellen
Ellen M.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2018

10/10 would return! Susan and James were the perfect hosts. They provided us with detailed directions to help us find their farm. Once on their 130 acre sheep farm we truly felt at home. They were both so welcoming, and incredibly helpful. They showed us the local trails and waterfalls, and even drove our cooler and some of their own supplies to the top of their mountain for us.
We ended up staying at both the top campsite - which offered the feeling of true seclusion - as well as, at their main property which offered many amenities (water, freezer, hot shower, etc.). Each morning they were kind enough to check that we had everything we needed for breakfast - especially, some farm fresh eggs! My friends and I would love to visit Susan and James (and their adorable dog, Flo) again!

Hipcamper Susan
Response from Susan, the Host, on August 13th, 2018

Thank you! You and your friends were super campers. We were so happy you guys camped on the mountain. It's really a great spot. And one of the advantages of our exclusively private camping is that you can move to different sites. We enjoy showing our guests the beauty of the area like the river canyon and the waterfall. There's nothing like it on a hot summer day! Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Come back any time! Flo says soon!

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Hipcamper Adam T.
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June 13th, 2018
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April 23rd, 2017
Property
Tawney Farm
State
West Virginia
$35/night
1 Site