Cottageville campground offers kayaking, event space and more

Laura Peters
Jackson Newspapers
The river cabin at Blue Heron Landing Campground in Cottageville.

COTTAGEVILLE — Rebecca Hoff and her family wanted to find a use for a piece of land that they've owned for quite awhile. 

Then, there was a need for contractors from the Mountain Valley Pipeline to set up camp and that's when it clicked — they'd use the land for a campground. 

"We had a large parcel of land that was just sitting there looking like a farm and not being used," she said. "Initially, there was a need for it."

That was 2017.

View of Blue Heron Landing Campground in Cottageville.

But now the pipeline has been nixed and the family is leaning into the camping business even more by offering more options for those who stay on the site. 

Now, nearly four years later, Blue Heron Landing Campground has grown. Hoff, her mother Susan Hoff and sister Teresa Poole have come up with a five-year business plan to help with expanding the campground, located in Cottageville. Their goal is to make it a family campground that people keep coming back to year after year. 

This year, they're setting up a bath house for campers, a new barn available for events and kayaks to rent and launch onto Mill Creek. 

For now, they have five primitive camping sites, a river cabin, a river RV site, 67 RV camping sites, playground and picnic tables.

The river cabin has a large covered porch overlooking Mill Creek with access to a dock and larger fire-ring area. The cabin, which is newly renovated, sleeps five people in two bedrooms.

Another option besides roughing it in a tent or bringing your own camper is the River RV, which has a slide-out and sleeps three. 

Kayaks, which are available to rent, at Blue Heron Landing Campground in Cottageville.

​​The spot is pretty ideal. As you drive in on Blue Heron Way, you can loop around to your left on Benjamin Lloyd Circle, which is named for Hoff's late-brother who passed in 2012. Or you can continue and take a right onto West River Road, which has some of the RV sites, then continue over to East River Road that loops around with more RV sites. You can also go all the way straight, heading towards Mill Creek, which is partially hidden by a large clumps of trees.  

It's quiet. It's still. It's relaxing. 

The barn is their newest addition. 

"Originally before even the RV park concept was solidified, our barn was part of the large farm that from what I can tell had been established back before the 1940s. And when my grandparents bought the farm, the barn was already there. So it was utilized in the farming land for many years," Hoff said. "And the barn time in 2017, the barn was kind of leaning a little bit. It has a hewn logs in it, so we consulted the Amish out of Somers County, West Virginia to come and look at the barn and to see if it could be salvaged. And they had a great plan to salvage the barn. It really is a beautiful rustic barn, it has been rehabbed there is new wood, but inside we have the old hewn logs still there."

A large barn available for events at Blue Heron Landing Campground in Cottageville.

They envision people renting out the barn for events like birthdays, graduations, weddings and gatherings. 

"We can imagine, I mean just about anything,"  Hoff said. "If you'd want to get people together, we can put you provide chairs and tables for 50 Plus ... we've got seating for that. It's pretty much a blank slate, in many ways. It's a big open area that you can do what you want."

This isn't the family's first business venture together. They've 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, when it came to this it was like something that we thought we could have some fun with. We certainly enjoy people's company," Hoff said. "A famous quote for Teresa might be, 'We're not going to do if we don't have fun.'"

Not everyday is completely fun, but most days are, they said. 

In the coming years, they are looking to add more recreation options like a pool, a volleyball court, horseshoes, disc golf and more. 

"It is a nice place to come and relax. It's quiet here," Hoff said." It's certainly not in the heart of a big city or something, but if you're looking for a place to relax and do some kayaking and hang out with family and friends it's a good place for that."

For more information visit blueheronlandingwv.com or in-person at 16 Blue Heron Way in Cottageville.

The river cabin at Blue Heron Landing Campground in Cottageville.

You can reach reporter Laura Peters (she/her) at lpeters@newsleader.com. Follow her @peterslaura