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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
If you cancel your registration, you may:
- Donate your tuition to support our continued work
- Request a refund per our policy:
- 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of the program
- 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the start of the program
If SOIL cancels a tour or closes the campground for any reason whatsoever, you can reschedule your visit or receive a 100% refund.
Complete the registration form once for your party of up to six adults with the same schedule. With this form, you can register for tours, camping, and any special events happening during your visit. It takes about 5 minutes, and you will complete your enrollment with a credit card authorization.
After your enrollment is processed in our office, you will receive several email messages…
- An automatic confirmation of receiving your registration form
- A payment confirmation from our card processor
- Additional information from our registrar as the date approaches
Note: There is not a tour on Saturday, September 25.