Sunday, June 12, 2022

Camping, Natural Bridge

My family opened Thunder BRidge Campground just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. All of our available tent sites and the three screened cabins filled quickly. 

One of our first campers commented on our HipCamp site, "New campground, soon to be the most popular!" Check it out:

Another camper insisted, "Adam's primitive sites were awesome!! We camped at Bear 1 and will definitely return for a future camping weekend....The sound of the babbling creek was so peaceful at night....Highly recommended!!"

Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and bordering the Jefferson National Forest, Thunder BRidge offers scenic, large, primitive campsites in the woods for those who want to experience camping at its finest. Many of the sites border Elk Creek. A large pavilion offers indoor gathering space, bathrooms, and warm showers.

Our 100 acres was originally a camp built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the '30s and early '40s. It then became a juvenile detention center and Big Brothers/Big Sisters camp, which closed in 2009. The tent and cabin sites are in the forest, away from the buildings that once comprised the boys' camp and CCC camp. 

Campers are welcome to explore the CCC buildings, some of which now house artist studios. If you're an artist, musician, craftsperson, or writer who would like a space to create while you camp, let us know in advance and Thunder BRidge will be happy to try to accommodate you. 

The neighboring Jefferson National Forest property offers Belfast Trail and The Devil's Marbleyard, the most popular hike in the area, as well as access to the 70-mile Glenwood Horse Trail. And just beyond the Belfast Trail you will find the Straw Pond, a famous swimming hole. 

A short drive takes you to: The Natural Bridge, wineries, breweries, a cidery (Halcyon Days), Virginia Gold Orchard, Natural Bridge Zoo, Safari Park, Dinosaur Kingdom, Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, James River, Wilderness Canoe, Virginia Horse Center, Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, and historic Lexington. 

After laboring on this project for a year, we love arriving at our studios, to the peaceful, good vibes of the property. Then, as we enter the forest, quiet, respectful campers and the sweet smell of campfires make all our hard work worthwhile. 

1 comment:

  1. This is such a beautiful place.. happy to be one of the artist involved... all the best James!