This site is what boondocking is all about. Very quiet, shaded, and secluded spot, surrounded by hundreds of undeveloped acres and no street lights. The site pad is gravel and measures 20' X 40'.
Keep the gate locked and please be considerate of the folks that live along Shoup Rd. by driving slow to prevent dust. No smoking within 200' of Gas Wells. Hike at your own risk. Firewood usually provided or gather anything off forest floor. Do not burn plastic in the fire pit or leave any trash. Water tank fill-up available at my residence.
Access road will turn into a one lane private gravel road. Continue 3 tenths mile on that gravel road and there will be one short steep hill with a gradual turn to the right. (Not good for large 5th wheel or travel trailers). Continue until the road ends at the green Penneco Oil Co Gate #2. The gate will probably be locked so there will be a key on a table on my front porch. Please lock gate after passing through. You may keep the key until your departure, just don't forget to leave it on the porch. Continue 3 tenths mile on this road to camp site. (no camping at Gas Well grassy sites) This is a flat solid road and all limbs and brush have been cleared so no worries about scratching your unit. Best RV for this site is a small motorhome or small trailer.
Opposite side of road is a pull-off spot.
Ghost Town Bicycle Trail (5 miles), Buttermilk Falls (6 miles), Laurel Highlands Hiking Trailhead (10 miles). West Penn Bicycle Trail (10 miles) museums, fishing, kayaking, and much more.
My first stay using BW. Exactly what I was looking for. Jim was more than hospitable. Peaceful setting in the woods with firewood provided. I'll be going back for sure. Thanks!
There are no hookups, but hey, that’s what boondocking is all about, right? You will not find a more beautiful or more private campsite, or a nicer, more accommodating host. Definitely a place to spend some time; if you just stay the night and leave in the morning, you will miss the opportunity to walk miles of trails reserved just for Boondockers! Jim is a real history buff, with knowledge and experience to share. And he’s also a real craftsman, who claims he never buys anything he can build himself, and I believe it! Anyone who loves the woods and real camping with a campfire (firewood is even provided!) would enjoy this Boondockers location. We were glad we scheduled two nights!
Can’t say enough about how beautiful this site is, or how gracious this host is. The site is everything we could want in that it is private, pristine, level and easily accessible. Our host was extremely thoughtful in providing everything we could need, and then some. This is on the top of our list of all the places we have camped in the last two years! Can’t wait for another opportunity to visit, both to camp and to spend time getting to know our host more!! Just lovely!
Time spent at the Road’s End Retreat with Jims56acres is always a treat! I was able to stop for a night while taking my 83 yr old parents on a 3 week tour that included 2 Frank Lloyd Wright homes that were nearby. I really wanted them to experience the beauty of this wonderful boondocking site. As always, the property and host did not disappoint! Such a special place~ thanks again for sharing!
Well thought out location. Great hospitality. We enjoyed our stay and we will be back.
Jims56acres is an incredible host and still a favorite stop of mine. The property is the absolute perfect boondockers paradise. You can’t go wrong booking multiple nights to enjoy the beauty of the property and also to take in a few of the local parks and/or sights. Between Jim’swoodland/wildlife preserve, Jim’sart gallery and Jim’sbakery~~ it truly is a retreat! Thanks, my friend, for continuing to share!
I hesitate to write a positive review because I am afraid this spot will be booked forever and I won’t be able to come back!
What a wonderful place. As listed, this is truly a boondockers site. The truth is this is a boondockers heaven! It is located 3/10 of a mile down a beautiful tree lined road to a secluded spot. Jims56acres has a crushed rock spot made exclusively for boondockers. It is surrounded by mown grass and complete with a fire pit.
Many marked hiking trails are scattered through the 56 acres. My dogs and I had a great time in the woods.
Thanks to my host for the beautiful gift. And to the neighbor who brought me a delicious cake.
Even if you aren’t in the area, please drive out of your way to boondock in an unforgettable place!
Jim was very accommodating, helpful and very friendly. He even drove us to a local park to see a water fall. I would definitely stay here again.
We had to cut our stay short due to weather and family, but not only was the site absolutely perfect for us, but the host could not have been more hospitable. He was helpful, informative, generous and obviously a very talented person all around. We will definitely visit again.
This is what boondocking is all about! Wonderful property + wonderful host= wonderful experience!
Another great few days of relaxation and conversation at the road’s end retreat!! Grateful that Jims56acres chooses to share his gorgeous piece of property! Time spent here is truly a special treat.
5 days here at the Road’s End Retreat and I’m pretty sure I still do not have adequate words to describe what an honor it was to stay on such a gorgeous piece of property and with such a gracious host! The pristine camping site is level, safe and very private. It is most apparent that sharing the natural beauty and history of the property is a labor of love for Jims56acres and I was in awe around every turn on the hiking trails. He was helpful in providing a list of services and things to do in the area, but my favorite part of the stay was enjoying the beautiful trails here on the property- both his guided tour and the multiple trips daily across the trails with my dog! The great fire pit, conversations and a perfect spot for stargazing just added to the experience. Oh, and we won’t talk about the delicious homemade GOBs!! Staying here was an absolute treat in every way! I will be back! Gobs or not.