Tent CampingEscape the crowds and experience the remote, rugged wilderness of West Virginia. The next time you explore the rugged West Virginia wilderness, check out our under-the-radar campsites.
Spend your fist day with a unique experience. Snuggled against the Potomac River in Great Cacapon, Three Otters Eco Retreat is an engaging and earth-friendly retreat that aims to inspire visitors to unplug and connect to nature. The retreat offers a slew of options for guests who want a unique camping experience. One of the most curious offerings is a floating tent, described on their website as a “tree house that you can take with you anywhere.” These tents sleep up to to 3 people and hang between the trees, 3 to 4 feet off the ground.
Spend your second day a little deeper in the mountains. Hawk Campground is smack-dab inside George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in the Allegheny Mountains. The higher elevation keeps the area cool during hotter months, but the best time to visit is during the spring when it blooms with wildflowers.
This place is scattered with prime hiking trails, and most of the trails have plenty of shade. This is the site if you want to set up camp and explore the forests, or if you are backpacking through and just need a spot to pitch a tent for the night.
Finish your trip by being tucked away in the Monongahela National Forest, one of the best things about this place is that there’s a lot of land to explore right around the campground, or you can go for a longer hike to the summit of one of the Allegheny Mountains. The forest is one of the most diverse in the country, with at least 75 species of trees and more than 220 species of birds, so this secluded spot makes a great home base if you like exploring trails and looking for wildlife.
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