Covington, VA

Beaverdam Falls, The Cattails

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Sleep adjacent the calming sounds of a waterfall! Explore one of the rarest caves on Earth! Or, view from your deck the superb wetland, called the Stick Marsh, an active beaver preserve & federally registered palustrine wetland! Or, just walk to the Falls! It's a stellar campsite nestled on mineral rich, flat ground overlooking iconic Dameron Mt; this site may not be directly in front of the Falls, but it's in the heart of wildlife & nature--with full privacy! Accessible directly from your vehicle. Running water & outdoor shower --siphon-fed from the Falls. It's like being in your own private world...but be careful, you're near the cave, so if you can find it... watch your step!

Peak Portfolio
Winter Ready
This is a Tentrr Signature Site
This site has been selected by our team and set up with the standard Tentrr kit.
This site is located within a state park and includes the standard Tentrr kit. Please see Site Guidelines below for more details.
Partner sites are privately owned sites that may have modern amenities located on the property.
Backcountry sites let you enjoy traditional camping on private land. You need to bring your own tent and supplies.
Site Highlights
Parking On-Site
4 campers
Check in: 14:00
Check out: 11:30
Pet friendly
Rain Guarantee available
Fire ban in effect

Please visit: & like our Facebook page, Beaverdam Falls Outdoor Recreation & Camping. "The Cattails," a Peak Portfolio Signature Tentrr Campsite: Located above the wetlands & looking down on the beaver preserve, The Cattails is situated near a fabulous, federally protected wetland, the "Stick Marsh," which is not only full of cattails, but also beavers, muskrats, turtles, & many species of wildlife! View it all from this campsites dry, superb flat ground all while overlooking fabulous Dameron Mtn. Running water and outdoor shower are provided on site, as well as drive-up parking. Our Signature sites come with everything offered through a Tentrr Signature Site as well as some cushy extras most do not: Generous fire wood, small battery fan: 2 battery LED lights, mint scented trash bags (to scare away the critters), matches & lighter, fire starters, sponge, toilet paper, environmentally friendly coconut oil body wash & shampoo, bug spray, charcoal, butane burner, coffee percolator. There is also a small amount of utensils, plates, coffee cups & cookware. Bedding is also offered as an Extra. Each site is also sprayed with insect and bug repellant regularly. For those who need special accommodations or certain requests, please ask--we may be able to accommodate. None of our campsites are ADA-friendly, as they are in the woods, and in the hills around the Falls. We also provide portable, commercial Porto-O-John toilets at the check-in barn, & down near the Falls viewing area, which all guests may use. If you desire complete privacy, "The Cattails," is the most private, best family/group option, as it's on relatively flat ground. This site is also overlooking The Beaver Preserve & is located near the kayak launch that guests may use to explore the Beaver Lake & wetland. We offer two, free single kayaks for guest use. This site is one of four through Tentrr, & although this preserve is private and an exclusive property only for Tentrr & Airbnb guests, there may be other campers, fly fishers, or activity going on elsewhere by the Falls or on the land, as we are an active nature preserve. Most guests hardly see each other, nor are campsites visible from each other, but you do not have complete unfettered access to the whole property. Your booking only ensures that you have your site reserved not the whole property. The property is open only to reserved guests, so there are no crowds. Depending on the weather and vehicle, you normally drive within yards of the campsite. In a two-wheel drive vehicle you may wish to park by the entrance in our designated area. ______________________ Property Information: Nestled in the Alleghany Highlands of the Southern Valley of Virginia, Beaverdam Falls is an historic series of waterfalls at the headwaters of Dunlap Creek and serves as the terminus for Sweet Springs Creek. Surrounded by the verdant George Washington National Forest, our portion, the Upper Falls, consists of a constant waterfall of around 40-feet in height and numerous beautiful cascades peppered throughout our creek. The 60-acre private tract of unparalleled Virginia countryside will simply amaze and delight. Sweet Springs Creek decorates our picturesque private property, and serves as a long trout stream of calcified rock, chalybeate water, and ancient beaver dams. Beaverdam Falls is a rare place for the lack of stone and the centuries of beavers who have left their trace in our creek and swamp, called the Stick Marsh, which has an active beaver dam. Be careful! They do bite! Beaverdam Falls is also home to an active lick for wildlife, and one can also stubble upon various small ponds and creeks that trickle out of our mountains. The rich biodiversity of the land also includes a gigantic sulphur cave that is as rare as the falls are beautiful. Beaverdam Falls are notable for not only the clear blue water, but also for the lore that surrounds their history. Gazed on by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor during their visit to America and fished by the likes of Robert E. Lee and even perhaps Thomas Jefferson, many notable people as well as local inhabitants have enjoyed the Falls for centuries during their visits to the famous spring resorts in the neighboring area. We have only one question: Will you be next? Whether you are just looking to relax in front of an outstanding waterfall, hike in the hardwood forest, swim in the creek, or just to gaze at the celestial stars in stunning black clarity, Beaverdam Falls will not disappoint! *We welcome all people, races, genders, personalities, etc., & do not discriminate based on any measure. LGBTQ-friendly. Please leave your politics, as well as stress/worries at home!

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Site Guidelines

MUST READ BEFORE ARRIVAL: Upon arrival you will see a check-in barn. Check-in is contactless, & there you will find information to be read, a wifi hotspot, & additional camp supplies for purchase. Sign-in the guest book, fill out our waiver, & then you may proceed directly to your campsite. Please arrive whenever you like, so long as it is after 2 PM; checkout is after 11:30. Beau is often around the property, & will stop by to greet you, & answer any questions--usually after you've arrived at your site, & sometime in the late afternoon to early evening. You are welcome to arrive earlier & stay later, provided you ask, & we don't have back-to-back bookings. Please put our address, 1100 Kanawha Trail, Covington, VA 24426, into your GPS before losing service or leaving home, as our entrance is on a seemingly hidden, & often missed curve. There are two black signs on white fencing that say "Beaverdam Falls" on each side of the driveway at the property entrance. For reference, our airbnb rental, The Earlehurst Cottage, a white craftsman-style home and it's white 3-bay barn is directly above the driveway entrance on a hill. Look for the sign "1100 Kanawha Trail" on the side of the road, immediately next to the property driveway. Please send all messages or inquiries to, as we do not use messaging through the Tentrr App, and please give us time to respond as we only have WiFi on the property and are often away from service. Please visit our website for all general information & site links. ADVISORY: For those arriving in rainy &/or rainy conditions, running water is turned off at our campsites during the cold, winter months, but you will always have the 5-gallon potable water cooler provided with all Tentrr sites. 4x4 is required during snowy & heavy rain conditions; guests can always park at the check-in barn, & walk to their sites if needed. All sites are about 7-minutes at max from the check-in barn.

From Melbourne, FL, I'm a teacher with my MA in French from UVA. After my study & teaching in Richmond & at UVA, I'm fortunate to now be in nature. I love being outdoors: managing our family lands in FL, VA, & WV. And, I spend much of my time at Beaverdam Falls--our private family property. But, really, we're just custodians! We share this land with campers & visitors through Tentrr & Airbnb, and for events, but our goal is maintaining our land as a private nature preserve, esp. for beavers!
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Site Rules
Respect the land and tent as you would your own.
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Respect & Safety
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The Unity Blaze is a symbol that promotes unity in the outdoors and reiterates our commitment to “Treat Everyone, Everywhere, Equally.”
Don't carve your name into anything, or cut down trees. In general, treat the property and all the animals with the utmost respect.
The minimum cleaning fee is $50 and will be charged for leaving a campsite a mess.

Plans change, Mother Nature may not cooperate. We get it.
Choose from different cancellation options at checkout, based on what works best for you and your trip planning.

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