Ever randomly wonder where you could camp with alpacas on the east coast? Your dream of camping with alpacas can easily be attained on this beautiful farm in Sussex County, New Jersey. Hidden Pastures Alpaca Fiber Farm is located in Branchville, New Jersey, and allows campers to utilize any of their 4 campsites via Hipcamp.com. Their piece of property is huge and contains a variety of animals including Alpacas, Sheep, Goats, Horses, and Yaks.
Each campsite has its own perks. You have the option to camp closer to a pond where you are camping with alpacas in their pen (watch your step…if you know what we mean!), two sites that are further away from the main residence, or a site that is closest to the amenities. Unlike many of the other campsites we have visited while using Hipcamp, Hidden Pastures Alpaca Fiber Farm offered its campers access to a full-sized kitchen and bathroom inside of their gift shop. If you’d prefer to have a bathroom or ability to cook within close proximity, this is definitely the perfect spot for you!
Before you leave, you should really check out their cute gift shop. It’s hard to go camping with alpacas and not have anything to show once you arrive home! Hidden Pastures Alpaca Fiber Farm’s gift shop offers loads of handcrafted alpaca wool items for premium prices. But, luxury alpaca fiber isn’t one of those things you come by regularly or considered cheap!
During our stay, it was pretty cold. We wound up staying in the car or would’ve risked freezing outside. Surprisingly, car camping wasn’t too miserable! We love camping from summer to late fall. We have a Toyota 4runner which provides us enough room to sleep two people. On top of that, we brought our zero degree sleeping bags and placed sleeping pads down for added temperature control. To make it extra “glampy”, we’d run turn the car on a run the heat every time it got too chilly (but, shhh…don’t tell anyone, it’ll ruin the illusion of us being “hardcore”!).
Things to Do in Area
If you’re nature geeks like us, you’ll really appreciate how many nearby attractions there are. I think a lot of people are surprised when we tell them that New Jersey really does have a ton to offer. A few local favorites in the Branchville area are Dingmans Falls, Stokes State Forest, Raymondskill Falls, High Point State Park (the highest part of New Jersey!), and Buttermilk Falls. All locations offer great hikes that many enjoy during Spring-Fall months.
Our Personal Experience
Camping with alpacas was a once in a lifetime experience. While we prepared breakfast, we were even greeted by an alpaca taking its morning stroll! However, if you’re really looking to appreciate the farm and all the animals that come along with it, we’d suggest visiting this site in the warmer months, so you DON’T have to sleep in your car!