Nearby Attractions

The River House Cafe

At the Green Truss Bridge - coffee/tea, deli, pastries, breakfast, lunch/dinner, bakery, amazing ice cream, local beers and wine by the glass, art co-op, live music Friday/Saturday nights, wi-fi / internet.     A real treasure in the town of Capon Bridge!


Including some organic, non-GMO, vegetarian and vegan options as well as meat dishes with supplied meats from nearby Farmer's Daughter Butcher and Grocer shop in Capon Bridge.

Capon Bridge, WV.  10 minutes.

Ice Mountain Hike / Raven Rocks Hike

Ice Mountain is a natural formation of ice at dozens of small ice caves venting freezer temperature air -- coming out of an underground cave system year round that is believed to contain a glacier left over from an ice age more than 12,000 to 20,000 years ago.

Containing a very fragile eco-system on Nature Conservancy private property, this hike requires a trained docent (guide).  To line up a docent, know your day and time and ask Steve Bailes in advance -- he will help you:  typical hike times are starting at 10am on Saturday -- arrange ahead if you can:


email Steve at: -- you can cc me if you like --


it is less than 10 minutes from camp and really spectacular - check out my photos from Ice Mountain hike:  click on link:

Also, Raven Rocks is an alternate hike on the same trail system and offers some of the best views in Hampshire Co.

North River Mills, WV.   7 minutes, turn left out of camp onto Coldstream Rd. towards North River Mills town.  Park by church or the old Inn.

Farmer's Daughter

Local market and whole animal butcher.  Grass fed, hormone and anti-biotic free local meats, organic local produce, local wines and beers, gourmet foods, drinks and snacks.  

Also, daily sandwiches, hamburgers, pulled pork barbeque -- lunch time and early afternoon....

Internet / wi-fi available

Capon Bridge, WV.  10 minutes.

Bent River Woodworks

Appalachian hand made furniture and chain saw carvings.

Really amazing craftsmanship from some local folks that have been in the business for a generation or two.

Capon Bridge, WV.   10 minutes.

Cacapon State Park (and Hiking)

An amazing 1930's era state park constructed during the Great Depression era work programs under FDR with spectacular stone buildings, stone walls and manicured picnic pavilion areas and hiking trails.  A $3 to $5/day white sand beach / lake area with cheap kayak and paddle boat rentals -- stunning state park in every way.

Great hiking trails and views throughout this park - park map available at kiosks.

Off Rt. 522 towards Berkeley Springs, WV.  


25 minutes.

Town of Wardensville, WV

A really up and coming "weekend" town with many interesting shops and restaurants in a tourist friendly main street setting.  Particularly awesome is the Lost River Trading Post - antiques, WV made quality items, pastries, coffee, and a first class setting as well as the Wardensville Farmer's Market.   


Wardensville, WV.  35 minutes.

Town of Berkeley Springs, WV

45 minutes:  Famous for being the first "Spa" and commercial "hot" springs in America!  A tourist friendly main street town with many gallery shops, restaurants, cafes, and antique malls.

Berkeley Springs, WV.  40 minutes.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Train

A 3 hour train ride along the Potomac valley starting in Romney WV.​

Romney, WV.  30 minutes.

City of Winchester, VA

With a historic walking mall area filled with cafes with outdoor seating and coffee shops, galleries and "main street " clothing stores, downtown Winchester is the Shenandoah Valley's most beautiful cosmopolitan area. 

Winchester, VA.  35 minutes.

Chaos Off Road Park

An off-road adventure park for 4×4’s / Jeeps -- located on H. Rubenstein Rd. just 1/2 a mile past Buffalo Gap off the same gravel road - must be part of a registered group event to participate.    Chaos Off Road has a webpage and facebook page and community.

Capon Bridge, WV.   2 minutes.

Anthony Jr.'s Pizza and Italian Food

Great deep dish Sicilian pizza, gyros, pasta dishes and daily specials.

Capon Bridge, WV.  10 minutes.

El Puente Mexican Restaurant

Great Mexican food, great service.   A local favorite!

Capon Bridge, WV.  10 minutes.

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Capon Bridge, WV  26711

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