This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Afton, VA
Max Rig Size
< 25 (ft)
Max Nights Per Stay
Same Day Requests
We have level gravel and grass space for up to a 27-foot Class A, B, or C only. That's 27 please! Sorry - positively no trailers. Your site is on our property near our home. It is safe and easily accessible to Interstate 64, the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, and The Blue Ridge Parkway. We're 30 minutes west of Charlottesville and 20 minutes east of Stuauton located at the northern tip of Nelson County which is known for its many wineries, breweries, and cideries. We're 2 miles from Route 151 a.k.a. The Brew Ride Trail. We are retired restaurateurs and active RV'rs with a Coachman Class B. Prior to the RV, we were lifelong tent campers. To access the site the driver will need to back downhill about 50 feet of pavement to access the level parking area. Turnaround space is tight for any rig over 20 feet long, that's why we ask drivers to back down when they arrive. FYI - it's safe but there is some nearby traffic and noise. We share about 40 feet of the driveway with traffic heading to the trailhead for the Blue Ridge Tunnel Parking Area. The wide and nearly level trail continues past the parking area about 1/2 mile to the eastern portal of Claudius Crozet's 4200-foot-long tunnel. Completed after 9 years in 1859 it was the first tunnel ever to be simultaneously dug from both sides and one of the longest tunnels in the world. As the size of trains continued to grow the old tunnel was abandoned and a parallel tunnel opened in 1944. The new tunnel services scheduled Amtrak service 3 days a week along with bulk freight trains, and empty westbound coal cars. In a 24-hour period, we may have between none and 3. You'll know they are coming when we do. A neighbor has a male peacock that calls loudly in mating season. Mr. P quiets down about an hour after dark. Nearby Route 6 stays mostly quiet outside of commuting hours. We like dogs, especially well-behaved ones, we have 2 older model ones. We enjoy socializing but it's not a requirement. Suggested Local Attractions: Nearby Waynesboro hosts a variety of festivals and Basic City Brewery (just 10 minutes away) serves up great beer and pizza in an old foundry. Nelson County is well known for its wide variety of wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Look up "151 Brew Ridge Trail" Veritas Winery is a mile down the road but we prefer the quiet views of Afton Mountain Winery which is just about as close. American history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts will also have plenty to keep them busy. Here is a short list of attractions all within a 45-minute drive: the cities of Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, and Staunton. Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia. James Madison and VMI. Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace. The Frontier Culture Museum. Nelson 151 There are also a number of easily accessible day hikes such as Humpback Rocks, Calf Mountain, Riprap Trail, St. Mary's Trail, Crabtree Falls, and many others.
Vehicle Suitability Information
Electric Hookup: 15A
Separate Tow Vehicle Parking
Outdoor Cooking Allowed
Please don't leave exterior lights on overnight. Quiet hours - 9:00 PM- 7 AM If you smoke - pick up/dispose of your butts. Noise notice. A neighbor has a male peacock that calls a lot during spring/summer mating season. There is an active CSX railroad line that services about 2-3 trains/day on average. There are a couple of scheduled Amtrak trains that glide through in the afternoon three times a week with the other traffic made up primarily of empty coal trains heading back west. They sometimes come through in the middle of the night. Do not leave any food or trash out of doors - this is bear country. Outside of visitors to the old tunnel and trains going to and from the new tunnel, this is a quiet rural neighborhood and folks pretty much keep to themselves. We have Wifi if needed but our location has very good cell service from all the providers. If the weather is cooperating and we are available we occasionally socialize with our guests if they are likewise inclined- We have one of those propane-burning fire table things or sit in the yard or on the porch. If you prefer to keep to yourselves we won't be offended. We enjoy children and dogs but always are concerned about safety. We hate making up more rules than needed but if you've got the energy to chase a toddler, all the more power to you. We have a 15-amp grounded which will keep your lights and refrigerator going but it really isn't adequate for running the AC. We'd prefer that our guests arrive during daylight hours but understand it's not always possible; communication helps in such cases. Check-out times can be mutually agreed upon.
Positively no trailers, sorry. BACKING downhill 60 feet is required, there is a gentle curve and it is paved. If you want assistance backing in please text. Turn onto our lane and drive past the entrance (the first driveway on the right) Go 200 yards past the Afton Law Clinic and into the Blue Ridge Tunnel Eastern Trailhead parking area then loop back out. Pull over and wait if someone is driving right behind you. Come back down the lane and back down the driveway. After getting off the cement drive into the space on your left. It is a mix of pavement and gravel. There is a grassy area where you can set up chairs if you like.
Hosted By Afton_Sunrise
Class-B loving, former tent camping, happy 2 B retired restaurant owners. We enjoy travel, bike riding, moderate/easy hikes, cooking, baking, wine, conversation, beer, cribbage, euchre, reading, campfires, and s'mores. We've been in Virginia for 40 years. Jackie is from greater Detroit. Tom's upbringing was split between Chicago and L.I. We met in the Virgin Islands and still visit frequently. We've owned 2 small old houses in Afton since 1988; one upper and one lower. Our 2 children were born while we lived in the upper house, the lower was a rental. We moved to a larger home in nearby Waynesboro to simplify our lifestyle and the upper house became a rental. In 2015 we modernized the upper house and it is now a successful short-term rental. If interested search "Afton Station Cottage" for more info and pictures of the area. We first started hosting with B.W. in our driveway at our home in Waynesboro but with the kids launched and our long-term tenants in the lower house serving notice it was at last time to downsize, upgrade the lower house and move back to the mountain. And here we are. Favorite Boondocking Locations: Little Italy, outside of Little Rock, and a super favorite in San Antonio. Skills or Expertise to Share: Skills? We both survived childhood without bike helmets and seatbelts so that should count for something.
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References for this location from other RVers
1 month ago
It was a great introduction to travelling as Boondockers, Tom and Jackie were so welcoming, ready to help with our needs and giving us good tips for life on the road! Loved the experience and the openness of the hosts.
2 months ago
We spent 2 pleasant nights with our host. the place is convenient and quiet though the train is passing nearby.Upon our host advice we dif the tunnel trail and it was fantastic ! Thank you very much !
2 months ago
Excellent, friendly, thoughtful and thorough communciation from start to finish. They had a power outage, we were running late and our plans ended up changing, basically things on either end went a bit sideways. Life happens as they say! So we didn’t end up staying at Afton Sunrise but we still had a wonderful experience! We will be coming back at some point and I hope to meet these wonderful humans in person
2 months ago
Tom and Jackie were wonderful hosts! Tom was waiting for us on the porch and helped us back down the driveway. It sounds harder than it is, no problem with our B-Class. Nice level site with plenty of space to do some outdoor cooking. We enjoyed a friendly and informative conversation on the porch with Tom and Jackie and got to experience two interesting trains. Then there were no more and we had a very restful night. We biked to the historic Blue Ridge Tunnel, but it is also an easy walk. All in all, a great place to stay near the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway.
2 months ago
Thanks Tom for hosting us! Very convinient place between Shenandoah NP and Blue Ridge Parkway! Perfect for us!