The five acres of mountaintop RV land that we bought just west of Nashville that we bought to develop into a private RV retreat for ourselves is now complete, and we have moved in for a few weeks.
We’ve been pinching ourselves all week as we kick back and enjoy the peace and solitude we’ve found here amidst the ridges and hollows of this beautiful and wild countryside.
Our campsite at The Woodlands at Buffalo River on our own private RV land
Our property is at a development called the Woodlands at Buffalo Creek, and it’s part of some 5,300 acres of wilderness being sold in multi-acre parcels to people from all over the country. We bought in November 2021 and have now installed full hookups – water, sewer, and electricity – at three sites which we will use ourselves and invited guests.
INFO NOTE: The next sale by the company that is offering these properties is Sept. 3, 2022, and they have parcels available in size from 5-62 acres, starting at $79,900. You can book an appointment or get more details from a sales consultant by going to MyRVLand.com
We just published a video on our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel that shows our property in detail. Click the player in the box below to see.
Why Private RV Land?
Jennifer and I have been looking for private RV land like this for years now. In our near 11 years of doing the RV Lifestyle, we’ve often wanted a place we can call our own, where we know we have a great campsite in an area we love and where we can go anytime we want and stay as long as we want.
Don’t get me wrong. We still plan to travel across North America. That’s in our blood, and there is so much we want to see, and we plan to keep exploring as long as possible.
But it’s no secret that campgrounds are getting increasingly crowded. Many require reservations for months in advance. Even a year in advance at some of the more popular destinations. Boondocking areas are being shut down because of too much pressure.
Fuel prices are at astronomical levels. Inflation makes life on the road more challenging.
So the appeal of having our own place has grown strong over the past few years.
It’s not just us. We’ve been visiting private RV land developments across the country and can attest that this is a rapidly growing trend.
Here at the Woodlands, our neighbors come from everywhere. We’ve met folks from Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Alabama, and Washington.
What’s our private RV land like?
Our private RV land at the Woodlands is surrounded by this!
The video we just posted on YouTube will give you the best description, but our property is located in Middle Tennesee, some 90 miles west of Nashville. It’s in Perry County, TN, which is the most rural county in the whole state. Many are attracted to Tennessee and make it their permanent residence because it has zero income tax.
Property taxes on our land will be around $545 a year,
Our property – and all those at the Woodlands – is located on a small mountaintop that consists of ridges and hollows (“hollers”) as the locals call them. When I say private, I mean private. We are on a small ridge totally surrounded by forest.
But our parcel is located just four miles from the town of Linden, population 1,015, which was voted one of the most charming small towns in the entire state. With hunting in the winter, fishing in the summer, and music on Main street when the weather is nice, this town prides itself on being a great place to call home.
The Buffalo River is maybe a half mile from our property. It’s a pristine, slow-moving waterway, perfect for canoeing and kayaking. It is also world-renowned for the small-mouth bass that can be caught there.
We’ve named our private RV property – Loblolly Ridge
Now that our property has been developed just the way we want, we’ve decided to name it Loblolly Ridge, after the beautiful southern Loblolly pine trees that ring the high ground where we’ve built our camping spots.
The sound of the wind as it whispers through those pines brings instant relaxation. And the clean, pleasant smell of the pines is the best aroma therapy found in nature. We see lots of wildlife here. Whitetail deer. Grey fox. Bobcat. Turkey. Coyotes sometimes. There are no bears hereabouts. Bears are in east Tennessee near the Smokeys.
What’s next for our private RV property?
Jen and I at our campfire on our private RV land
What we like the most about this property is that it’s our land, our way. There is no HOA. We don’t have to build something, though we could. Some of our neighbors have built barndominiums or are planning mountain cabins. Others, like us, plan to mostly just camp on the land.
We may indeed put up a permanent structure someday. But for now, we have moved our 32.5-foot Arcadia fifth wheel to the property. We plan to keep it here much of the time as a comfy base camp retreat. Our moveable cabin, if you will.
We have put in gates at the entrances to our U-shaped driveway and next week will fence in between the hollows across the front, to keep Bo from wandering off too far.
We have added a picnic table and fire ring and are planning to do some landscaping.
Fun with friends on our private RV property
We’ve already met many of our neighbors and even had a group over for a picnic meal the other evening, staying over after dark when the stars came out to socialize around the campfire.
It’s all good!
Need to catch up on our private RV Land Journey?
Looking to enjoy something near us?
New ebook from Mike and Jennifer Wendland – the Natchez Trace
The Natchez Trace Parkway will capture your imagination, soothe your jangled travel nerves, open your mind and inspire you with the history that unfolded along its 444 miles.
Each of the 7 Days of the ebook has:
- Suggested Mileposts to explore
- Places to Eat in each area of the 7 sections
- Campground descriptions and links
- Links to all the special places and information
- Links to videos that show more in detail
- and a lot of highlighted information for each section
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a printed, hard copy guide.
Whether you want to follow the footsteps of explorers, discover natural beauty, or visit historic sites, the Trace has something to grab your attention and leave you eager to see what’s at the next milepost.
You can see why this is one of our favorite US routes to explore. We’ve traveled it a half dozen times!
Mike and Jennifer’s Summer T-Shirts for your next adventure
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