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Shenandoah Planning Commission Approves Small Campground

The planning commission of Virginia’s Shenandoah County unanimously endorsed a special-use permit request for a tiny commercial camping area at Star Tannery, sending plans to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

As per a report, Levi Pitcock, owner of Double Spur Outfitters in Star Tannery, last month initially presented to county supervisors and commissioners his idea to build a campground in Cedar Creek on property located at 2011 Star Tannery Road. Back then, the planning commission delayed a vote on his application to permit Pitcock to develop an elaborate site plan.

Pitcock claimed that the campsite would expand his current business, which provides guided fishing and hunting trips within the Shenandoah Valley.

While Pitcock’s original request was for 25 campsites, the number has been reduced to ten. He does not plan to expand past the six sites that were added to the site plan that was given to the Planning Commission when it revisited his application on December 2. The additional four sites could permit Pitcock to expand the campsite in the future if the need arises, he explained.

He also said that guests would stay at the campground from Friday until Sunday. The site is intended to be an idyllic getaway from where guests can head to explore the many attractions across Shenandoah County.

Pitcock said in his proposal that the limited amount of campsites would minimize disturbances to the area. Pitcock also stated that he lives on the property, thereby confirming his determination to keep the noise level to an absolute low.

He wrote in his request that if the six campsites were all filled each weekend and there were two people at each campsite, his camp could draw more than 600 people into Shenandoah County each year.

Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of the approval of Pitcock’s special-use permit application. Commissioner Debbie Keller, who attended the meeting via video, did not vote due to technical issues.

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Rebecca Morris
Rebecca Morris
April 19, 2024 11:06 pm

I just heard about this cool camping spot approved in Star Tannery, Virginia. It’s gonna be a perfect peaceful escape for nature lovers. Being close to Shenandoah County attractions, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone. an awesome camping adventure and sightseeing in one go!

April 22, 2024 10:17 am
Reply to  Rebecca Morris

Absolutely love the idea of camping near Shenandoah’s attractions! It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in nature and explore the area. A perfect spot for a peaceful escape and adventure all in one! As they say, Nature is my therapy.

Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
April 25, 2024 7:18 am

Isn’t it cool that the Shenandoah Planning Commission gave the thumbs up for that small campground in Star Tannery, Virginia? I can’t wait to check it out! Levi Pitcock’s commitment to a peaceful vibe sounds awesome. It’s gonna be a sweet spot for campers to unwind in Shenandoah County’s beauty!


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