Bill is a retired pharmacist and Jan is a retired nurse. We owned a compounding-only pharmacy for 16 years and sold it 5 years ago. We enjoy yard work, woodworking, horse back riding and motorcycle riding.
Woodworking, gardening, horse back riding (with others).
We have 3 dogs, a cat, and 2 horses. We typically travel with 2 small dogs. One dog is 19 years old, 5 pounds, is blind, deaf, and has Alzheimer’s. The other one is a 12 pound dog that has insecurities (both are rescues). Both dogs stay in the camper or are on a leash at all times. They are loving and sweet to strangers, and never bite. We are very conscientious dog owners, and always clean up after our pets.
I would, but then they would be swamped....😜
We live in Hickory NC. Our home is 2 miles south of I-40. Hickory is about mid-way between Asheville and Winston-Salem, and is an hour north of Charlotte and an hour south of Boone. We can be on the Blue Ridge Parkway in under an hour from our house.
Our camper is a 24 foot Forest River Surveyor. There is one slide-out on the left, and the awning and entryway are on the right side, facing the front of the camper. We pull the trailer with a Ford F150 truck.
Enjoyed hosting Heartwood Farm. Delightful couple with well behaved, quiet little pups.
Very experienced campers, in and out.easy.
Enjoyed our visit. Welcome them back any time!
Good visit, good meal together, and many smiles
Although we didn’t meet, they respected our property! Would recommend them!
Kind, respectful, fun to visit with. Surely hope to cross paths with them again!
These folks were a delight to talk with ... We come from the same geographical area so we had a few things in common to talk about ...
Their fur babies had a good time running in the back yard ...
Safe travels guys ...
If you’re looking for a quiet private stay, this is it. Unfortunately our hosts were out of town but still allowed us to come in and use their place. Preparation for a guest was outstanding, everything you could ask for and more.. unfortunately for us the rain started within hours of setting up and rain throughout the night into the morning. Can’t control the weather!!!!! If we ever come through this way again I would definitely stay here again, just to meet our hosts…..
The hosts we're awesome! Very accommodating and generous with their property and time. Would highly recommend!
Wonderful hosts and their property is just beautiful. Very convenient for a night (and wish I had even more time). Super knowledgeable RVers and gave me some handy tips. Hope to return someday!
Thank you for such a wonderful stay nice meeting your other guest and enjoying desert together! I rested so we'll to continue on my journey.. Til we meet again!
This was our first ever Boondockers Welcome stay and it was delightful in every way. Bill and Jan were so welcoming and friendly, and their property was gorgeous. One of our favorite moments was watching their two horses graze in the meadow, while the fireflies flickered in the dusk, and the moon rose above us. We highly recommend this place, and we hope to visit again whenever we're back in the area.
This was an amazing place to boondock.
Peaceful, relaxed and had everything we needed.
Thanks so much to our hosts for providing a quiet restful and beautiful location for the night. Perfect place for weary travelers to enjoy after a long hot day. What a friendly couple! Hopefully on their next trip west, they will stop at Hidden in The Trees. We would be honored to host you.
The hosts are incredibly welcoming and accommodating. I was met at the road and led to the parking site, asked if I needed anything and even invited to dinner. These hosts have worked hard to install 30 amp eletrical service and other amenities. Mrs. Heartwood Farm and I chatted for several hours; these people are interesting, well traveled and quickly became friends. I hope to return before I leave this area in six weeks. The farm is quiet, peaceful, beautiful and the views are amazing. My only neighbors were two lovely horses. If one is in the area, I wholeheartedly recommend Heartwood Farm.
Another fantastic stay at Heardwood Farms. An amazing location and wonderful folks!
“The owners of Heartwood Farms are very kind, gracious and welcoming. The parking spot is next to their barn and has a magnificent view of their pasture, so I enjoyed watching the two beautiful horses graze and frolic about. It is very quiet and the woods behind the barn lead to a beautiful river and make for a fantastic hike. The parking spot was perfect for my Jeep and 20 foot travel trailer. We had long conversations about a variety of subjects as they are well-traveled and bright professionals. Like some of the other kind folks who have hosted me, they also mentioned having had just a few "guests" that were very demanding and unappreciative of their generosity and willingness to open their "home" to strangers for a FREE stay. Fellow boondockers, please be aware that it is your responsibility to be prepared for an unusual setup. These homes are not paid RV parks and the fact that they even OFFER a 30 AMP plug and water is out of the goodness of their hearts to help others. If you want to enjoy the luxury of FREE, be prepared to reach the outlet or spigot that might normally be well within reach at a “paid” RV park or forestry campsite. Lastly, if you drive a 40 foot rig, READ their instructions carefully. If you are accustomed to using simple pull-throughs on pavement and have not learned to maneuver your rig in tighter situations, do not blame your hosts (whomever or wherever they are) for your lack of expertise. It is up to us...the "non-hosts" members of boondockers welcome, to reciprocate the kindness and appreciation for these generous folks or suffer the consequences of having to PAY for parking in overcrowded RV parks or Walmarts which have ZERO amenities and are becoming less and less available. I highly recommend this location as it is one of my favorites after having traveled full-time for 2 years and through 25 states. “
Heartwood Farms are exceptional hosts. They were very accommodating with our schedule change, met us at the site when we arrived, and gave us recommendations for things to do in the area. We loved Hickory and found it very family friendly. Beautiful site!! Would love to come again!
Awesome Hosts, Bill kept in touch and met us at driveway entrance. So peaceful and serene the spot overlooked the horse and pasture. Driveway a little steep we drove our 34 ft fifth wheel and duel wheel pick up truck had no problem getting in. Well water was awesome. Would recommend this place highly. Thank you for everything.
I had a perfect stay, eventhough I could not meet the hosts. Gorgious area + received tons of advice.
Thank you for the great generosity.
Our family truly enjoyed staying at Heartwood Farm. The hosts were great, very friendly, and we enjoyed our chats with them. The parking location was beautiful, alongside the barn, and we even took a short hike down to the river behind the property. Quiet and peaceful.
For larger rigs: the approach is a steep hill straight off of the semi-busy country road. The back of our 34ft 5th wheel was close to bottoming out on the way up at the steep incline to the lane from the main road.
This is a favorite spot of mine. The view is beautiful, and the parking spot is level and easy to maneuver. Couldn't ask for nicer hosts! Thanks so much.
This is a wonderful spot, flat and comfortable. I love the view of of the horse in the pasture, and you can't get more peaceful than this! Thanks so much.
I enjoyed my stay here, Bill and Jan are very good hosts making sure your stay is the best experience. If your in the area look them up, you won't be disappointed.
This is one of the best places I have stayed. Jan and Bill were so helpful to make my stay very pleasant. I highly recommend them if your in the area.
Host was very helpful and wanted to make sure our arrival went off without a hitch. As he was not going to be present when we were due to arrive, he facetimed with us the day before and visually walked us through the approach to the drive in as well as the hookup details. It was a beautiful site and we would most definitely return. 38ft 5th wheel
We really enjoyed our stay at this host. They were very accommodating, even though it rained most of the time.
Hosts were great. He met us at bottom of drive to take us back lane. Beautiful view from site. Having water and electric was a great bonus as we needed to stay because of a brake problem. (1 side was fried). He was very helpful......all we had to do was ask if we needed anything. He even picked up something for us from auto parts store. We would definitely come back again. Highly recommend.
Awesome secluded spot in the hills of Carolina. Very accommodating family and great property. The fire pit was a nice touch and came in handy. Thanks guys!
My hosts could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. They made my arrival seamless by meeting me at the foot of their road (a somewhat narrow and rough country lane but absolutely no challenge even to my 39' Class A towing a Mini Cooper). They got me settled in a great location overlooking a lea that usually would have their horses but had been "defenced" by recent bad weather. The view was still beautiful, though. 30 amp service and water completed the "package". I would ask to stay again at Heartwood in a heart beat!
We truly enjoyed meeting Bill and Jan, and are grateful that they went out of their way to organize a gathering of the 3 RVers who were all staying at the same time! They reached out to all of us, gave up an entire evening of their own time, and even provided snacks :-). Thank you both for a most enjoyable stay, for parking guidance, and for good conversation.
I love Heartwood Farm so much! Have repeatedly stayed here during my North Carolina tour. The view of the horse pasture, the privacy and most of all my gracious hosts are what makes Heartwood Farm so special.
Jan and Bill are wonderful hosts and the pasture view and privacy are unmatched. All this plus electrical hookup keep me coming back. Thank you again Bill and Jan!
We stayed here for 2 nights and absolutely loved it! Bill’s place is beautiful and he was very helpful and met us on the road and showed us the way in. Water and electricity provided and what a fantastic host! We loved our stay, very peaceful and beautiful wish we could have stayed longer.
Our first plan fell through (we got delayed and couldn’t make it that far), and I messaged the host when we were 2 hours out. They not only accepted our stay but welcomed us at their driveway. Wonderful hosts, peaceful setting, and electric/water. If we had time, we would have tried to stay another night!
The hosts were very nice. We enjoyed our stay at Heartwood Farm. The views were fantastic! Thank you.
The hosts were very kind and we enjoyed staying on their farm. Great views! Thank you Heartwood Farms for being so gracious.
Heartwood Farm meets my checklist for perfect boondocking:
*Friendly, welcoming and interesting hosts you'd be honored to call friends.
* Private, lush space with a lovely view.
*Horses and pups
*Water and Electric
I LOVE Heartwood Farm.
Thank you Bill and Jan!
Bill and Jan could not have been more welcoming, warm, friendly, generous and helpful! Their farm is utterly charming, and we were most grateful for the amenities they offered. I only wish we could have stayed longer! Our stay was cut short due to several leaks in our slides that necessitated cutting our stay short and returning home for repairs. We were so looking forward to chatting more with Bill and Jan about their travels, RV expertise, RV renovations and more. And to take advantage of their kind offer to hike the trails on their wooded acres. But more, to spend time with those kind of wonderful folks we so often find on our RV travels....the kind of folks you'd like to keep in touch with, the kind of friends you'd like to keep. Thank you Bill and Jan...we so hope to see u again soon!
great hosts we spent some time getting to know each other and talking about life in the world and I had a really good time they have 30 amp, water, great private location.
Great location, right off the highway. Easy access.
Wonderful, friendly Hosts.
Beautiful setting. Electric and water available.
Would stay again when on the area.
This was our 1st experience using Boondockers while traveling the US in our 34' fifth wheel. Our hosts were very friendly, accommodating and had nice suggestions. We were here mainly to visit the Hickory Furniture Mart which is very close by. We have T-Mobile and 1 newer phone picked up a signal but 3 year old phone didn't. Watch the turn off the main road as they caution. We have self leveling jacks that just cleared, take it slow and up the road with a bit of a grade. Beautiful pasture view! They had firewood for our use but we didn't have a fire during our 3 night stay.
We were not ready to go home from our short trip quite yet and really appreciated HWFP welcoming us at the last minute. A nice quiet level spot. Great to learn about their E bikes too!
Very welcoming hosts, beautiful location.
Willing to host us on short notice.
We wish we could have stayed longer!
This place is beautiful. The view from the campsite is breathtaking. It overlooks a huge horse pasture where 2 lovely horses come to visit. Our hosts are wonderful and kind people. They met us on arrival and got us settled in. They are currently putting in a 30a plug so AC in the summer won't be an issue.
It's very quiet and the parking area is pretty far away from the other houses on the road.
We will definitely come again. We highly recommend this place.
Stayed here again due to RV problems. I can't say enough about how nice these hosts are to guests. Waking up to the horses and beautiful view make this a special spot. Thanks again so much.
Very friendly folks who offered both water and power. I had a restful and pleasant stay. Thanks so much.