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.
- 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%
The vibe at Gauley River Wild & Woolly Primitive Campground
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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!
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.
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.
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!