Monterey Campground Opens in Highland County

The new Monterey Campground is now open in Highland County. Just south of Monterey at 5026 Jackson River Road, the campground is situated in an idyllic mountain location with beautiful bath houses and a bunk house. 


The ribbon cutting for the campground was held on Sunday, May 19:


“Welcome everybody, thank you all so much for coming out. It’s a wonderful turnout! I’m Chris Swecker, I’m the executive director at the Chamber of Commerce. It’s great to see members of the EDA, the press, the tourism council and all types of people around here. Thank you all for coming out to show your support. This is a beautiful property, and we’ve had this need in the community for a campground for so long and now when people call us and ask if there’s anywhere to stay, it’s great to say ‘yes!’ And on behalf of the Chamber, we just hope y’all have amazing success!”


The Monterey Campground is completely off-grid, but offers amazing amenities. It started as a moto-camp, but this rebranding opens it up to visitors who come by any means of transportation, however the camp can not accommodate RVs at this time.


Here’s the owner, Dan Kauffman:


“Well thanks everybody for coming here, this is really very exciting. We’ve been working on this place for a long time. So it’s a campground, but it also can be an event space for family gatherings or different programs. It’s open for all of that. People can rent at the campground or stay at the bunkhouse, it’s the same price.”


The ribbon cutting event was well attended with hamburgers, hotdogs, and loads of sides for guests. Everyone was excited when the big scissors came out:


“Celebratory audio”


The Monterey Campground offers bunk or tent camping and is open to walk-ins. Their website is online and has a wealth of information about the area and the campground location. That’s 

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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