Hippie Trails Campground

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4111 Russell Creek Rd Saint Paul, VA 24283 276-254-9918 Official Website

GPS: 36.9339, -82.3314

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Overview of Hippie Trails Campground

Number of Sites 28

Pad Type gravel

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 1,673 ft / 509 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

Verizon 4G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 7/1/2022
1 review
“Middle of nowhere”

Reviewed 7/1/2022

Nightly rate: $25
Days stayed: 15
Site Number: 6
RV Length: 32' (Class C)
Overall Rating

The only thing at Ridge Runner that looks like a campground is the power posts and sewer hookups. Aside from those, it could easily double as a nondescript gravel parking lot. That being said, the sites are relatively level and quiet.

There is an upper and lower campground, each of which has a former single-wide trailer made into men’s & women’s bathrooms with a laundry room (free) and a satellite wifi router through Hughesnet.

I used Hughesnet in Afghanistan, and it had a data cap of 5 GB/mo, and that seems to be what they’ve got here. Speeds were good for the first few days, then slowed to 5k/sec and often stops completely.

There is ZERO cell service for AT&T and T-Mobile. The ONLY cell reception is for Verizon, and that’s spotty at best. The campground is nestled between two hills, and there’s no line of sight to a tower. If you like being cut off from civilization, this place is right up your alley.

I have to admit it was unnerving to see a campground sitting empty during prime camping season, but since this place offers nothing to entertain kids, I can’t see why any family would want to come here, unless it’s to ride ATVs in the back woods. There are a lot of ATV trails, but even so, I’m the only camper here. I thought it would get busy on weekends, but so far it hasn’t.

The campground is divided into two levels. The one on the main road is known as the lower part, and then a gravel path goes further up the side of the mountain to a plateau known as the upper campground, which has grass sites, another bath house, and barely one bar on some cell carriers. My only recommendation is do NOT try to climb the gravel road to the upper sites in an RV, and do NOT try to tow a travel trailer up it. It’s steep to the point where you’ll slide backwards, and the path itself shows signs of being washed out when it rains. Seriously, DON’T try it unless you’ve got a tiny trailer AND a 4-wheel drive truck, and even then, there’s a hairpin turn to negotiate. If you’re even considering it, stop at the lower campground and try to drive up it with a car/truck before deciding to give it a try.

The owners/managers are overly helpful. Ms. Mary seems to be the manager, and Mr Leo is the local handyman/maintenance guy. They personify the term “southern hospitality”. Recent real estate sales records indicate the place is owned by a third party whom I haven’t met yet. Although it sold recently for $160k, it is back on the market for almost triple that price, and there have been no takers. They “prefer” cash payments for site rentals since that will keep them from paying taxes on the income.

There is nothing here for kids to do. No playground, no swing set, no games, nor any form of entertainment. Since there’s no cell signal and one slow, shared internet connection, streaming TV shows is out of the question. You’re on your own up here. Bring a book.

I’ve been told that there are bears that come down from the hills if they smell food, so the trash containers are covered. Whenever I hear the local dogs barking at night, I can only assume they’re barking at an animal that came too close.

Power is steady (with only two RVs drawing from the grid) and water pressure is somewhat low.

Be careful coming up the hill from the power plant. There are coal trucks that take that winding road and there is no centerline marked, so they tend to take up both lanes until they see opposing traffic. There are some low-hanging branches along the road as it passes some private houses (if you listen closely, you can hear banjo music), and I wouldn’t give two bucks for any of the dilapidated structures the locals seem to be living in.

BEWARE: If you have dogs, keep in mind there are no leash laws around here and the neighbors’ dogs roam free. Most seem friendly, but I don’t have any dogs, so I don’t know how they’d react to meeting a strange dog in their territory. The feral dogs WILL come pee on your tires though.

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Amenities

Hookups
  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
Site Amenities
  • big rig
  • fire ring
Facilities
  • dump station
  • laundry
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
Pets
  • pets

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