Hidden Valley Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Tucked away in far-western Virginia at the base of Back Creek Mountain, Hidden Valley richly deserves its name. Looking out across the pasture adjacent to this wooded campground, moviegoers might recognize Warwickton, the antebellum mansion that provided the primary setting for the 1993 movie Sommersby, starring Jodie Foster and Richard Gere. Publicity releases said Hidden Valley was chosen as the location because “you could shoot 360 degrees and not know you were in the 20th century.” Judge James Wood Warwick built the mansion in 1848, and it is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in western Virginia.
It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. When the Forest Service acquired it in 1965, the building was in a state of disrepair. The roof was replaced, but it wasn’t until 1990 that new life was given to the structure. Pam and Ron Stidham of Ohio visited the area and ultimately entered into an agreement— the first of its kind in Forest Service history—to refurbish Warwickton and operate it with the Forest Service as the Hidden Valley Bed and Breakfast under a long-term special use permit."