April 28-30, 2023
Unlike our Family Festivals, which come with organized activities and fully catered meals, our new Family Camping Weekend is meant to give families a more affordable way to enjoy the Wild + Free Farm Village.
The camping weekend is limited to 40 families and offers a few planned activities, such as zip-lining, a guided hike, and outdoor games, along with a basic food plan for the weekend. The cost is $250 per family.
The Family Camping Weekend is meant to give you plenty of free time to go hiking, play in the creeks, climb our mountains, and take in this gorgeous property with newfound friends. However, we'll still host a few planned activities for the weekend (subject to staff availability and weather):
Aside from our state-of-the-art bathhouses and access to WiFi on our lodge front porch, this is considered a primitive camping weekend, which means there is no access to refrigerators or even the lodge itself.
If you have special foods the need to be refrigerated, we encourage you to bring coolers packed with ice and store them in your tent or car, just as you would at any other campground or national park.
We just completed construction on three, new heated, state-of-the-art bathhouses with showers that are available for your comfort.
You are invited to pitch your tent in one of our designated camping areas. We can accommodate pop-up campers; however, RVs are not permitted.
Here are the costs for the weekend:
Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to any other event. This event will be held rain or shine.
The Wild + Free Farm Village is located about an hour and a half west of Charlottesville, VA. One thing is for sure - there is no getting to Head Waters, Virginia without stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains!
Wild + Free Farm Village
6983 Cowpasture Road N
Head Waters, VA 24442
Once you arrive in Head Waters, we are located seven miles north of 250 on Cowpasture Road, and you’ll see the Wild + Free sign on the road. Please be aware that your cell phone service will drop-out within a half hour from the Farm Village. We encourage you to print-out directions or save them to your phone. We'll have WiFi access and phone lines when you get here.
Friday, April 28
3:00 PM - Check-in and set-up camp
5:30 PM - Welcome
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Zip-lining
8:30 PM - Bonfire
Saturday, April 29
8:30 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Guided hike
11:00 AM - Free time
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Outdoor games
3:00 PM - Free time
6:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Community bonfire
Sunday, April 30
8:30 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Free time
11:00 AM - Depart for home
Planned Activities: Are subject to staff availability and weather
Note on Supervision: Parents or caregivers are responsible for the care and supervision of their children at all times.
Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be deferred to any other event. Unfortunately, we are not able to make exceptions, even with last-minute emergencies. The event will be held rain or shine.
Are meals included?
Not at this camping weekend. You can bring your own food packed in coolers, just like you would for any other camping trip. Unfortunately, refrigerators or access to the lodge is not provided. We will, however, provide skewers and grates over the campfire for heating up food.
Can we bring an RV?
Due to the restrictions of our zoning permit, we regret that we cannot accommodate RVs on the property. Small, pop-up campers are fine.
Do you offer refunds?
Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to any other event. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions to this policy, even with last-minute emergencies. The event will be held rain or shine.
Are pets allowed?
Outside pets are not permitted on the property, with no exceptions. Please see our additional guidelines at bewildandfree.org/guidelines.
What amenities are available?
We have electrical outlets in a central location near the campsites. WiFi access is available on the front porch of the lodge. However, there is no access to refrigerators or even the lodge itself.
What about restroom facilities?
We have new, heated bathhouses with showers near the camping village.
We require all guests to sign liability waivers and photo release forms in order to participate. Here are some additional policies at the Farm Village.
If you have any other questions, please email us.