The ‘own an RV camping spot' trend continues to build steam, about to be joined by a development in Middle Tennessee that is marketing large, multi-acre parcels of pristine mountaintop land to RVers.
Jennifer and I visited The Woodlands of Buffalo River, a 1,500-acre development being carved up into plots ranging from 5 acres to 150 acres.
Although RVers are the prime target audience, owners can do pretty much whatever they want with it, including constructing homes, outbuildings, multiple RV lots, or improving it however they want.
The land is beautiful and wooded, with access to nearby rivers and lakes and it is just 90 minutes west of Nashville in a recreationally rich area known as “Nashville's Big Back Yard.”
Why so many want to own an RV camping site
We have been covering this emerging own your own camping site trend since early summer, when we first visited a location called the Landings in Middle Tennessee located on the banks of the Tennessee River, also known as Kentucky Lake.
We made a return visit last week, to see how it has grown, talk to owners and take the developers up on their offer to tour their newest development The Woodlands on Buffalo River, located not far away.
Here's a video of our visit:
The reason so many want to own an RV camping site these days stems from the massive increase in new RVers and the difficulty of finding an open campsite without making a reservation week, even months, in advance.
Many RVers are fed up with not being able to get a campsite or, if they do, finding the campground so crowded that it can be very hard to enjoy a wilderness camping experience anymore.
When you own an RV camping site, you always have a spot to go to and can go to it anytime you want.
The Woodlands at Buffalo River is unique
Jennifer and I didn't know what to expect when we visited the Woodlands.
We knew it was a massive hunk of very desirable property but it wasn't until we parked our RV and got in a borrowed ATV to cruise the development, that we realized that this is still wilderness with beautiful views that offer a true get-away-from-it-all experience.
The development is very accessible. We entered off a paved and maintained country road that will have electric and water lines available for the various parcels.
Next year, fiber optic cable Internet will be available in the area, perfect for remote workers.
The costs to own an RV camping spot
The smallest parcel they are selling there is 5 acres. The largest at 150 acres. Prices are dependent on location in the development.
But 5-20 acre parcels start at around $69,900
Visit MyRvLand.com to get a buyer's info packet.
The main attraction of the Woodlands at Buffalo River
A key draw is the Buffalo River itself. It is a gentle, winding stream with lots of easy access from the property, perfect for kayaking and canoeing, with great fishing.
The river flows 125 miles through the southern and western portions of the Middle Tennessee region. The Nashville Trace is about 25 miles away.
The property is raw land. There are some trails and paths but you can pretty much have a clean slate in making it fit your needs. Access is off of well-maintained county roads.
We got to the area by taking I-40 west from Nashville to Exit 143 and then made our way south and a bit west for about 25 minutes.
If you are thinking about this trend – to own an RV camping spot – here are what Jennifer and I think are the top features based on our visit:
- At the top of my list is there is no HOA here. This is your land that you can use your way. That means you can build a permanent home, a cabin, outbuildings, RV pads, garages, whatever you want. It is virtually unrestricted. Each parcel is guaranteed buildable.
- You get a new registered survey and a warranty deed, with electric and approvals from local, state and federal authorities.
- You are under no obligation or time period to build. You can use it just for your RV, rent out spots if you want, turn it into your own private state park if that's what you want to do.
- The whole 1,500 parcel being sold off in multi-acre parts is super private. There are big woods that can be used for horseback riding, ATV adventures, hiking, hunting and you have nearby lake and river access.
- Coming in 2022 is high-speed fiber optic cable. For me, that's a huge plus because I work from our RV. The areas we visited had great cell coverage, probably because the land is on a mountaintop-type plateau.
It's right near one of the most charming small towns in Tennessee
Although it's not a part of the key features of the land, another factor that has us seriously considering this place is its proximity to the town of Linden, TN, population 900.
Linden has repeatedly been named as one of the best small towns in Tennessee by print and online publications and even a Nashville TV station. It's a short 90-minute drive from Nashville, probably the hottest town in America right now. You'll see it and a couple of other attractive towns nearby promoted as part of “Nashville's Big Back Yard.”
There is a small community hospital in Linden, a supermarket, lots of shops, and several cafes and restaurants. The downtown Commodore Hotel is a growing attraction as it is a fully restored 1939 hotel with a restaurant and lounge. Popular music groups from Nashville provide live entertainment on a regular basis.
On the night we visited, an excellent Nashville singer-songwriter performed.
We fell in love with Linden. Everyone we met was friendly and Southern Hospitality was very much in evidence.
Is it in our future to own an RV camping spot?
As we shared in the video, we are certainly considering it.
If you are wondering why – besides the beauty and serenity that the Woodlands at Buffalo River offers – let me tell you about our recent experience in finding a place to stay for the night.
As I write this blog post, we are on our way back from a trip to Natchez, MS to Michigan. We just found a place to overnight…. in a Welcome Center along a busy highway in Mississippi! It's not where we hoped to be but after trying to find open spots in FIVE DIFFERENT CAMPGROUNDS!, this was the best we could do.
Every campground we tried was booked up…. and had been for weeks.
Ever since the pandemic, we have found that it just gets harder and harder to find places to stay. Especially in nice areas.
There are so many new RVers that to get into most campgrounds requires reservations made long in advance.
So as we explored the Woodlands for this report, its appeal was very strong.
Having our own land that we can camp on whenever we want would be so nice.
I'm not saying we're ready to sign on the bottom line and purchase one of those big multi-acre spots just yet.
But we see lots of compelling reasons to own an RV camping spot.
Are you into the ‘own an RV camping spot' trend?
Let us know in the comments what you think about this growing trend.
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