The Cottageville campsite offers kayaking, event space and more
COTTAGEVILLE – Rebecca Hoff and her family wanted to find a use for land they had owned for a while.
Then there was a need for the Mountain Valley Pipeline contractors to set up the camp and that’s when he clicked – they would use the land for a campground.
“We had a big piece of land that was right there, looking like a farm and not in use,” she said. “Initially there was a need for it.”
It was in 2017.
But now the pipeline has been cut off and the family is looking even more at the campsite, providing more options for those who stay on the site.
Today, almost four years later, the Blue Heron Landing Campground has grown. Hoff, his mother Susan Hoff and his sister Teresa Poole developed a five-year business plan to help expand the campground, located in Cottageville. Their goal is to make it a family campsite that people come back to year after year.
This year, they’re installing a bathhouse for campers, a new barn available for events, and kayaks to rent and launch on Mill Creek.
As of now, they have five primitive campsites, a cabin on the river, a RV site on the river, 67 RV campsites, a playground, and picnic tables.
The River Cabin has a large covered porch overlooking Mill Creek with access to a dock and a larger fire area. The cabin, which has been recently renovated, can accommodate five people in two bedrooms.
Another option besides pitching it in a tent or bringing your own motorhome is the River RV, which has a slide and can accommodate three people.
The spot is rather ideal. As you enter Blue Heron Way, you can loop left onto Benjamin Lloyd Circle, which is named after Hoff’s late brother who died in 2012. Or you can continue and take a right onto West River Road, which has a few RV sites then continue to East River Road which loops with more RV sites. You can also go straight, towards Mill Creek, which is partially hidden by large clumps of trees.
It’s quiet. It’s always. It’s relaxing.
The barn is their most recent addition.
“Originally, even before the RV park concept was solidified, our barn was part of the big farm that I can tell was established before the 1940s. my grandparents bought the farm, the barn was already there. used in farmland for many years, ”Hoff said. “And at the time of the barn in 2017, the barn was a bit leaning. It has logs hewn out of it, so we consulted with the Amish in Somers County, West Virginia, to come see the barn and see if it could be salvaged. And they had a great plan to get the barn back. It really is a beautiful rustic barn, it has been rehabilitated, there is new wood, but inside we still have the old chipped logs.
They envision people renting the barn for events like birthdays, graduation ceremonies, weddings, and gatherings.
“We can imagine, I mean just about anything,” Hoff said. “If you want to bring people together, we can provide you with chairs and tables for 50+ years… we have seating for that. It’s practically a blank slate, in many ways. It’s a big open space that you can do whatever you want. “
This is not the family’s first business venture. They run a two-way radio communications company that Hoff’s father started over 45 years ago.
“We’ve always operated as a family business, but what we really got, when it came to it, was like something we thought we could have fun with. We definitely enjoy the company of people,” said Hoff. “A famous quote for Teresa might be, ‘We’re not going to do it if we’re not having fun.'”
Not every day, it’s not completely fun, but most days are, they said.
In the years to come, they are looking to add more recreational options like a swimming pool, volleyball court, horseshoes, disc golf and more.
“It’s a nice place to come and relax. It’s quiet here,” Hoff said. “It’s definitely not in the heart of a big city or anything like that, but if you are looking for a place to relax and kayak and hang out with family and friends this is a good place for that. . “
For more information visit blueheronlandingwv.com or in person at 16 Blue Heron Way in Cottageville.