We are retired medical professionals who enjoy the outdoors & RVing whenever we can.
Jeff is quite handy in his well supplied shop where he can build & repair just about anything.
Leonora likes to bake and cook.
We have a dog & a cat but the cat doesn't travel with us.
Blackwater River State Forest, and its many campgrounds
Our community is called New Harmony, FL
2019 Thor Vegas 24.1 This is a fully self contained short class A We sometimes tow a Honda CRV
This was our first ever Boondockers Welcome experience and we couldn't be happier with the beautiful country setting and kindness of our host. Our host met us at the entrance and greeted us warmly as we chose our spot.
We truly felt the peacefulness of the place. Lulled to sleep by the crickets, and we woke up to the birds chirping. We started the day completely rested. Which was a very good thing.
As we started packing up we noticed we had a screw in our trailer tire. We picked it up on the previous day's travel noticing the trailer felt slightly different. Our host was kind enough to help us out with a tire plug.
Ironically, the tire incident actually added to our positive experience by confirming that there are truly good people in the world. We were road ready again. We were not only the recipients of a free place to stay, but of genuine care and concern for our well being. We are so grateful.
Our second stay here and second stay at a Boondockers Welcome. This place is great for a big rig and small rigs. Big circle drive through and parkIng area. Easy to find using GPS. Roads coming in are great and the site is easy in and easy out. Host once again top notch!!! Greeted us on arrival and welcomed us.
For me, with a 35 ft class A and a 21 ft boat in tow, this place is tops.
Beautiful neighborhood spot for a perfect stay! Not far off from a highway exit. Very convenient to shopping and anything else you could want. Perfectly level spot in their circlular drive. They let us hook up to their 15 amp and water. Hosts were absolutely lovely people. We sat with them under the big trees to escape the afternoon heat and enjoyed an hour of great conversation. In the morning the hosts invited us to a cup of coffee and more lively conversation sharing stories about camping and life. Great people! Thanks so much for your hospitality!
Just spent the night in Defuniak Springs Florida with the most hospitable Boondockers Welcome hosts. Amazing place! We had full hookups, all the sites are numbered, easy in and out, so peaceful, a lovely breeze and chirping birds to wake you up. Very close to Destin and Florida beaches. Highly recommended. Thanks New Harmony! We'll be back!
My first stay with BW. Hosts set the bar high. Greeted us at the entrance and led us right to our spot.
Hard packed sand with some grass and very level. I loved it.
Jacks planted well. They have 3 sites with water and electric. I ran off the generator.
I pulled in with a 35 ft. Classs A, pulling a 21 ft boat. Easy in and out.
This place is top notch for a big rig with a trailer.
Hosts were superb!!
We loved our stay...it was only 1 night but wish we had more time.. great talking with Jeff and Leonora.. very helpful..A++++
My first time boondocking and they made it a great one. Water and electricity were incredibly appreciated. Another couple of guests came to welcome us too- just as nice as the hosts! We’re going back for sure.
We came back to New Harmony on our way back to Florida. We stayed here before and loved this spot and the Hosts . They are respectful of your privacy and very welcoming. We will always stay with them when our travels pass this way!!! Even during the COVID 19 Pandemic they stayed open to help anyone that was displaced when parks closed. Just a helpful, kind and caring couple👍👍
Had a nice quiet stay. We explored the coast line and the super white sand on Florida's beaches. Easy to park. Very convenient off I10. Would stay there again anytime. Thank you.
This was a perfect stop! Directions were very clear, host was very helpful and available. Had water, electric and dump stations available. It was very open and peaceful here with a fire pit too if we wanted.
Thank you Jeff & Leonora!
Great place to stay! They've made their place very comfortable for travelers. Nice people.
2nd visit and still above and beyond my expectation. TY to remain open in these difficult time, Take care and hope we'll meet again
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things I learned from our extended stay.
plastic parts get brittle in sunlight and my lightly used awning need matainance attention.
Our travel concerns were met with constructive feedback.
This host has several shop projects.
We had open space and greeted with with chirping birds each morning.
I was OKed to stay an extra day. Safe travel planning is becoming a challenge.
I agree with all the other great comments others have said.
f.y.i. I used:
15 amp electric hookup
water, ( used my 2nd hose for long reach )
dump ( near along side each site )
a Great stay for us.
We definitely had a delightful time here and would love to come back and visit when we travel south again! The hosts were wonderful and there was plenty of space for the kids to roam around too.
Our hosts were so kind and gracious. We had a tire issue coming in that took several hours to repair and we didn't get in until late, but Jeff was wonderful and met us at the end of the driveway to guide us in. The property is beautiful and quiet, a perfect rural setting. Our only regret is the fact that we didn't get to spend time getting to know our hosts or neighbors (as we would have liked) due to the physical distancing issue. We truly appreciate them for being so terrific and allowing us to reconnect with nature for a few days after being in the city (we just left Orlando) for a few months. We are also extremely grateful to them for staying open during this trying time, many others have gone on lockdown and when you are trying to travel to get back home it makes the trip so much nicer having stops like this. Thank you Jeff and Leonora, we hope to be able to come back through again (maybe in the Fall) and share some stories around the fire. Take care and best wishes!
Jeff_and_Leonora were wonderful hosts. He even road out on his tractor to guide us in. Huge property, perfect place to stay after a day's drive.
We stayed one night on our way to Texas here. Jeff and Leonora are really perfect hosts with beautiful souls and they love what they do. You can feel it every second. We had a beautiful eve sitting by the fireplace and talking. Thank you so much for having us. It was just perfect. We’d love to come back.
If you love peace and quiet, happy chirping birds and star gazing, this is the site for you! Jeff and Leonora have put a lot of work into creating enough sites to form a small community with the prime sites having 15 amp power, water and sewer! There's a community firepit where you can make new friends. Unfortunately, we had to leave early to get back to Canada and didn't have much opportunity to chat with our hosts, but we'd love to come back to visit again.
This was our second stay at New Harmony. The host is so friendly helpful and accommodating. We look forward to Future trips there.
We spent one night at New Harmony. The host met us and directed to our spot. Very easy for us to find and set up. We really cannot say enough about how kind and caring this couple were. We will remember our time with them, especially around the campfire
Jeff covers it all! This is a superb host who makes you feel so welcome. Every detail is covered and you’ll have a restful quiet stay. Many thanks for sharing your evening and site with our family!!
From the first response back to us (in record time) until we pulled out of their Boondockers Welcome property after spending a very restful night, Jeff_and_Leonora were the epitome of a host.
In our case they went out of their way and over the top in serving us as their guest. We had an unfortunate situation take place and they came to our rescue in a big way.
They are very organized and take hosting Boondockers Welcome guest very seriously with an attitude of true generosity and care. They are very responsive and you'll come to their place well guided and informed.
Thank you for not only allowing us the opportunity to meet and stay with you but also for the opportunity to learn more of how a great Host operates, by example.
Really enjoyed my time at New Harmony... My hosts were so friendly, welcoming, and helpful... Thank you again for all your shared knowledge and help with my RV... Hope to see you soon 😊
My hosts were above and beyond kind and generous! My stay was met with an escort in, assistance in parking and hooking up, and a daily visit just to chat. I learned much about the area and grew up in their home state. The grounds were so manicured and the wildlife make a show of each days stay. Definitely a 10+ on a scale of 1 to 5 ! Truly wonderful people, whom I now call friends.
The host and hostess were great Hosts. They even provided firewood and a fire ring. The gentleman also still deploys as a paramedic. In earlier years he also did cave diving rescues. The grounds have room for many RVs and you won't feel crowded.
We stayed 5 nights at New Harmony. Our host greeted us when we arrived and showed us where to park. We stayed in site 3 and it was amazingly level. During our stay we had the opportunity to have several conversations with our host. We enjoyed our stay. It was quiet and relaxing.
Great stay! A nicely setup campground. I would recommend to anyone. Thanks again for hosting.
Thank you to Jeff et Leonora to allow boondockers at his place. They are wonderfull host that goes above and beyond anyone expectations to ensure all boondockers are comfortable and well set.
His place is great, clean and well located to visit towns like Destin, Panama City and all surrending area.
We met great people during our stay and had the oportunity to create new friendship around the bonfire.
Thank again and hope to meet you on the road in a near future.
Jeff and his wife were great about communication. They were very quick to respond to messages sent. Jeff met us at the entrance to guide us in. They have a lot of space, easy to get around. There were 3 other boondockers when we arrived. We all had a nice time sitting around campfire and sharing stories. Jeff even came out to join us :)
I will say we have T-Mobile for phone service and it did not work the best there.
A great get away after a long days drive. We relaxed a few days. A bit a wet weather was perfect. And had some time to enjoy the local area. We were lucky to have a clear night to enjoy the lack of light pollution. Beautiful night stars.
A Great Host! A gift of service to Campers!
Jeff is an amazing host! We stayed here for 3 nights. I am still amazed with the hospitality that Jeff gives all the RV'ers that comes through here. Make sure you if you stay here that you understand he is providing all this FREE of charge so don't abuse that. The electrical circuit should be used just to charge up your battery, not run your whole rig.
It is very peaceful there and our neighbor RV'ers were great too!
We had such a great stay here, because the area is so large, we had many other Boondockers stay there, which worked great for our night campfires. Lots of great conversations. Even Jeff joined us. Thanks to the hosts, would definitely recommend to others.
What a wonderful place to stay. We had a few other travelers and with plenty of room for everyone. Always extra nice and super grateful for a little power, water and dump services. We had campfires every night and Jeff came out to join us on one as well. Met some new friends that we will try and hook up in the future. Will definitely stay here again if passing through this area. A ton of thanks to Jeff and Leonora for a wonderful property and experience!
This is a great place to stay! The host was so friendly and accommodating! We had fun meeting other campers too. We had a bonfire that night and sat around talking. There are a few sites with power and water and plenty of room for dry camping! Really neat place!
Great place...lots of room with hook up. Fun to watch the goats next door...they were not noisy at all. Room for more than one rig so it was fun to socialize.
This was our first stop as Boonedockers Welcome members. If there is a more inviting host, I don't know how I will be able to handle it. The hosts were fantastic, the setting was quite and we felt like we were home.
Jeff_ and_ Leonora are great people,campsite was vey quiet,loved it,will return soon.
Most accomidating hosts, they have put a lot of work and money to make a haven for travelers.
Ready to go back any time.
What a wonderful time we had at this gracious couple’s home. They welcomed us and provided a great place to overnight. We got to sit at Jeff’s bonfire and share stories with other Boondockers Welcome travelers. It was a memorable stay.
This was a nice stay for 4 nights
We had water, 15 amp electric and dump.
Lots of running room for my 2 dogs.
We had a bad rain,wind storm but we were able to get out without getting stuck.
Thanks again for all the hospitality
Jeff is a great host! He met us at the road and directed us to our site. The amenities offered are full hookups with 15amp electric, a fire pit with ample wood to burn. We would definitely stay here again!
Our stay at New Harmony was just what we needed. A quiet place, lots of space to run around. We really appreciated it! It is amazing how much work has gone into making a great space for boondockers! Thank you!
Jeff and Leonora allowed us to extend our stay due to work in the area. We were able to meet several other boondockers and even had a campfire with some of them and our hosts. Everyone was very nice and friendly to us and our kids.
Jeff has a great piece of property for boondocking. Away from his home to not feel like you are intruding but close enough if you need help.
He is in the country but not terribly far to stores, hospitals, beach, etc.
Jeff is a very sincere person who helped me. I am very grateful to him for helping me. I experienced the warmth at home with him and made a very good impression on me. I will have a chance to go again. Goodbye jeff...
Great place to stay. Not far off of US 90 with a dump station on site. Our hosts we very friendly and welcoming! On top of all this as there are so many sites we got to meet some other fellow travellers around the bonfire with our hosts. What a fun evening!
Jeff and Lenora were wonderful hosts. He met us when we arrived and directed us to our spot. There were several other boondockers there. We enjoyed lots of conversations around the firepit in the evenings. Jeff went out of his to make sure everyone was comfortable. There was .a real sense of community there which we have never encountered before. At one point there were 8 rigs but there was still plenty of room even around the firepit. Definitely stay here if you plan to be in this area. We will be back.
Eight or nine rigs gathered at Jeff & Leonora’s acreage for an overnight stay. Great hosts! Enjoyed the bonfire and getting acquainted with other RVers. Almost a mini-rally. Come see us in Pensacola anytime!
We loved staying here! Everything we needed and more! Tons of space for the kids to play. Jeff noticed a hole near our camper and came by with his front loader and dumped a load of sand over it to prevent anyone from tripping but better yet, to make a giant sand pile for the kids to dig in! Met some great new friends around a campfire, too!
We were there for one night only but it was a pleasure meeting the host and all the other Boondockers. Enjoyed all the stories by a campfire. We hope to return to stay longer and enjoy the area. Just passing through this time.
Til next time!!
I'm on my to the Live Oak rally and needed one night before I got there. After I got to Jeff and Leonora I wish I had booked the extra nights there instead of at the park. Jeff had no serviced site available but I really didn't need one. Very friendly folks there.
Jeff and Lenora were wonderful hosts. Jeff is very kind and wonderful to talk to. The area is very quiet except for the occasional dogs barking and goats butting heads...lol. Would definitely stay again!
Jeff and Leonora's spot is the perfect place to camp near the Emerald coast.
We had a wonderful time here. They are doing great things to accommodate travelers. They have water, electric, and dump available. They were adding extra electrical and water hookups while we were there. They really enjoy helping out fellow travelers that appreciate what they do for them. Would definitely recommend as a great spot to stop while traveling into or out of Florida
We had a wonderful stay at Jeff and Leonora's place. He has a wonderful area set up for boondocking and is continuing to improve it. It was nice to talk to Jeff and his brother about the various projects. Definitely one of the nicer locations we have stayed in! Thanks for the hospitality.
Second time to stay here... another great experience... wasn't sure of my stopping point so delayed sending stay request till 2 hours prior my arrival...I received a instant reply confirming my stay....I was able to snag again a spot with power and wifi which made the stay even better... Jeff is very enjoyable to talk with.
Jeff met us at the end of the drive and made sure we got settled. It got quite cold (26 degrees) so water was shut off - but we didn’t need it. Dump station and power to keep battery charged was appreciated. Would certainly do it again. Thanks so much.
We had an excellent stay!
Everything was perfect: no noise and no light during the night and a really friendly host. He asks several times if we needed anything.
There is plenty of space to run and we were lucky enough to have another family staying at the same time so that our kids could play together.
Would definitely come back without breaking anything this time.
We can’t wait to stay here again. Our hosts Jeff and Leonora were most welcoming. We woke up our first morning here to a warm fresh baked loaf of bread at our door. The hospitality you will find here is exceptional and the people are friendly. We even made some friends with our fellow boondockers! The space here is more than adequate with room for everyone to spread out, and electric hook up if you need it in freshwater. There’s even a dump station on the way out. They really go over and beyond making everyone comfortable.
We had a wonderful but short overnight stop here. The host was very accommodating & helped us get set up since we got in just after dark. Would live to stay again in the future.
Jeff and Leonora go way above and beyond what is expected as hosts. We had a wonderful stay on their property enjoying a couple of days of hiking in the Blackwater Forest and a day exploring the town of DeFuniak Springs. You couldn't ask for anything more from any host. They were willing to give suggestions as to what to do and see. I really enjoyed learning about their early experiences on the property. We even had a visit from the cardinal trying to scare away the "other male" in our truck window. What fun to watch. We met two other couples while there that we hope to keep in touch with. A wonderful experience all round.
We were so grateful to our hosts for letting us stay while they were away. We were sad that we didn’t have the chance to meet them, but even though they weren’t on site they went out of their way to make sure we felt welcome and had all the info we needed. The property was quiet and peaceful, and the amenities were great! We were very comfortable, and we’d definitely return.
Jeff and Leonora where very nice
We enjoy are stay
Thank you so much
What a great host and place..Jeff went above and beyond meeting me at the entry to his place since I was arriving after dark... showed me hook ups for electric, water and his dump station... even had WiFi to use... thanks Jeff!
This is by far the most wonderdul boondockers welcome experience we've had to date. Jeff & Leonora and truly fantastic people! They are incredibly friendly and so welcoming. We arrived after sunset. Jeff met us at the driveway and helped us get settled and even offered use of 15A power which kept our battery charged, water and use of their dump station. We, along with 2 other sets of boondockers had a fantatic time hanging out and getting to spend some time chatting with Jeff & Leonora and learning a little about the history of their property and the area. We had such a great time that we really didn't want to leave! We couldn't be more grateful for the hospitality and kindness shown by these fabulous hosts and we look forward to returning when we're in the area again!
We were delighted to be safe and dry here at New Harmony as we rode out high winds, thunder and plenty of rain!
Our hosts were warm and welcoming and provided excellent services. So nice!
The morning we left we visited with our hosts and watched the cardinal play on our truck mirrors. What fun!
Looking forward to a return visit next year.
J & L are great Boondocker hosts and provided us electric and water. Lots of room to move about. Good location. Thanks again
Absolutely wonderful friendly people.
Offering water electric and a place to dump. ( Please be respectful with electric). 15 amps means just that, an electric water heater will trip your neighbor. Light use is a coffee pot, a radio, or small appliance.
The roads in are paved and easy to maneuver. We drive a 37 ft fifth wheel and no issues. It's a packed field. J will gladly show you the best places to park.
Close to beaches stores food and best of all, peace and relaxation. Enjoyed watching the Aussies herd the goats. Sunsets were beautiful.
Thanks for thinking of everything a Boondocker needs on the road while keeping us out of the "fish bowl' RV parks.
Our well-behaved small dog enjoyed not having to be leashed. Hope to see you again!
Leonora and Jeff are very kind and gracious hosts. Their property is in a beautiful and rural part of Florida teeming with nature. I really enjoyed our conversations and the delicious bread Leonora made one morning. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience and I hope we meet again.
Jeff and Leonora have set the bar very high for other BW hosters to meet.
Jeff greeted us on arrival and gave us options as to where to park.
We had 15 amp power, water and a dump for our two day stay.
There was another camper staying over who arrived shortly after we did.
She also received the same royal treatment.
Leonora baked fresh home made bread and delivered it to us the next morning.
Awesome couple and beautiful spot.
Jeff met us upon arrival and got us set up with everything we needed. This is a great place to stay, quiet, safe with lots of room.
Thanks again for your hospitality.
The host met me at the start of their driveway and escorted me to a large field where there was one other Boondocker set up. Lots of room for more. Although it rained often during the night, the ground was firm and easy to leave in morning. This site is in the country for sure but the host provided very clear directions. Also offered a dump station, fresh water and some electric at more than one site! Plenty of room for very big rigs, toads etc. Thanks sooo much for thinking of everything. Had a restful night and would stay again.
Was met upon are arrival by our host Jeff and directed to our site. Water, electric and a dump station are all offered. There’s plenty of room for more than one large RV if you happen to be traveling as a group. We only had a short visit with our host as they were off on their own adventure, but very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely stay again.
Wonderful, kind and generous folks. J & L epitomize the very thing BW was intended for.
It felt like we weren’t just BW guests but friends visiting. We feel like we’ve made friends for life and hope to somehow connect again in the future.
Safe travels with handsome Thor in your beautiful Thor!
Eve, Hilton and Sunny Doggie
We can't say thank you enough for the ease of our first stay. It was great chatting with both of you. the bread was awesome! May we cross paths again when we're in the area. Thanks again!!😃
Great host, friendly, amazing place. A very good expérience for us. Very happy on this good night.
This was a great overnight stay. The field where we parked was huge. Plenty of room to maneuver a large rig without dropping the TOAD. Electric, water & dump available if needed. Conveniently located near the I10. We would stay here again.
Great stop over with full hook up!!!
Arrived after sunset and were greeted by our host who guided us in to where to park.
Quiet spot and easy to get to. Host very friendly and welcoming.
Would stay here again if in the area and would recommend to all.
Jeff came right out to our rig when we arrived. He has a huge open field and told us we could park any place. The next morning when we left we took a wrong turn and ended up at a dead end. It was frustrating because we are in a 40 foot MH and tow. We had to unhook the car to back up. The Claudio's came down and helped us get out of the jam. They didn't have to but went out of their way. Wonderful people, easy to park, we'd stay there again.
Very accommodating and communication was awesome. We arrived a day late due to not wanting to continue the last leg in the dark. Asked to stay a day later since that happened and no problem so tonight is our last night. Very quiet and peaceful. Spent some down time just enjoying the days here. Had neighbors a couple nights who we had a lot of time to just hang out and get to know them. Make sure to put this location on your list. Thanks for hosting us
Jeff and Leonora are both warm and welcoming hosts. We felt immediately comfortable and at ease here. The property is large and spacious giving a lovely feeling of open space, which is important when RV travelling.
Soon after arriving we had the chance to speak with Jeff about our inverter system for our solar power. Jeff offered to take a look at it. He did an assessment of our system and figured out what the problem was. This was a good thing because the wiring was actually dangerous. He then offered to come over in the morning and fix it. He did a great bit of work on it. We both feel so very grateful to Jeff for his interest, skills and concern for our safety, not just while we were on their property but after we left as well. Not only did Jeff help with this, but he then stayed around for a while talking about various things. He’s really interesting, has great stories and has a wonderful sense of humour.
We are so grateful for the assistance Jeff provided. We feel extremely lucky to have chosen to ask to boondock on this gracious couple’s property.
We will never forget our time here and the generosity shown to us.
We wish Jeff and Leonora safe and happy travels. Many thanks,
LeeAnne & Gery
Close to anything you need but out far enough to be in the country. Quiet, peaceful. Great hosts. Plenty of room.