Earthaven Campground

The Earthaven campground serves participants in organized in-person programs, including Earthaven Ecovillage tours.

The campground is in a forested area near the village center. The campground has drinking water, a compost toilet, solar shower, and a tarped camp kitchen. The campground does not have electricity. The campground is near the Council Hall for emergency phone calls.

Most camping is in tent sites, with cars parked in a nearby parking lot. Two sites are available for vans, small RVs (30 ft maximum), and car camping. There are no water or electric hookups at these sites.

Note: The campground is closed until spring.

Getting to know Earthaven & Community Privacy

Taking a tour is the best way to learn about Earthaven.  During the tour, you will get to walk through some of the central neighborhoods.  If camping, we request you get cozy and hunker down in the campground while you’re here and refrain from walking through the neighborhoods. This allows residents to feel at ease in their home without visitors wandering through their “front yards”. You are welcome to explore the Village Center which includes the Council Hall, Village Green, and Visitor Kiosk as well as some walking trails that do not traverse through neighborhoods. Thanks in advance for respecting our privacy.

Camping at Earthaven offers a great opportunity to connect with nature and unplug. May you also get to the chance drop into a slower, quieter pace than usual and connect with yourself on a deeper level.

Tents at the Earthaven campground

Reservations required

You must have a reservation to stay in the campground. Registrations for camping MUST be made at least 2 days before you plan to arrive. Last-minute registrations will not be accepted.

Options for camping at Earthaven

Camp site in the Earthaven campground
Outdoor kitchen at the Earthaven campground
Food storage box at the Earthaven campground
Shower at the Earthaven campground
Compost toilet at the Earthaven campground

What to expect

Camping is primitive

The campground provides well water for drinking, a covered kitchen with propane burners for cooking, and an array of cooking ware and eating ware. There is also an outhouse with a composting toilet and hand wash station, and a propane-heated outdoor shower.

Campsite selection and parking

Campsites are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your car will be parked within walking distance, but not next to your site.

Assistance and communications

Your cell phone most likely will not receive service, though some cell phones using certain providers will get service in the valley. If there is an emergency and you really need to make a phone call, you may use the phone in the Council Hall to place a US call. This is a communal line so please keep calls brief and be mindful of sharing the space with others.

Kitchen amenities

The campground provides a covered kitchen with propane burners for cooking and heating water, kitchen cookware, flatware, dishes, dishwashing station, dish soap, dish towels, tables, benches, and an electrical outlet for charging phones. There are no lights, so have a headlamp with you.

Food preservation and storage

Bring your own food storage containers and a means to keep your food cold. There is a convenience store one mile from the Earthaven front gate, where ice can be purchased. We share the woods with the wild, so we ask that all food be stored in airtight containers and/or your car to prevent the attention of critters large and small (bears, racoons, squirrels). We recommend keeping food overnight in a locked car.

No open fires

Open fires are not allowed in this campground.

Experience the magic of Ecovillage living in the Blue Ridge

Tent at Earthaven campground

Camping with a Saturday tour

We run ecovillage tours most Saturdays. The schedule for a Saturday tour with camping is:

  • Friday, 2-4:30 pm – Arrive at the campground and set up
  • Friday 4:30 pm – Campground orientation
  • Saturday 10 am – Earthaven tour
  • Sunday or Monday – check out

If this schedule doesn’t work for you, either arrange for a customized tour or camp in a neighboring campground.

Camping with a customized tour

Customized tours are offered through our customized education program. With customized education, you work with SOIL staff to design an experience for your large or small group. For camping, the experience must include at least an in-person tour and campground orientation. You can also arrange for additional activities for your interests. Contact us to design a tour or program for your family or group.

Health & Safety Regarding COVID-19

To foster safety for all, Earthaven requests that you stay home and not attend your tour if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Although masks and social distancing are not required, we will be fully supportive if someone chooses to wear a mask or take space from others.

    Hammocks at the Earthaven campground


    Camping is $20/night per adult. Kids are free. Tours are additional.

    There’s a two-night minimum charge, but you don’t need to stay both nights.

    NO dogs or other pets

    You will be excused from the land, if you bring a pet with you. We allow service dogs on a case by case basis. Please contact us directly for more details.

    Nearby camping options

    Sky Island Retreat is a pet-friendly getaway featuring log home rentals, camping cabins, and RV and tent sites. Sky Island is 8.5 miles from Earthaven.

    Curtis Creek Campground is located in the first tract of National Forest land in the Eastern US at the site of an old Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camp. The campground has tent sited with vault toilets and can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Curtis Creek campground is 17 miles from Earthaven.