Visit Us

Find information and visitor guides for planning your next visit to our honeybee sanctuary in Floyd, VA

Visit The Sanctuary

When visiting the Sanctuary, you have the unique opportunity to directly experience the vastness of your relationship with all living beings on planet earth including the magnificent honeybee.  Whether you are visiting for an Open Day or participating in an educational workshop or wellness retreat, we invite you to relax into your experience and enjoy the beauty and mystery of the great honeybee. 

To thoroughly prepare for your visit, please read our community agreement & visitor policies. 

Community Agreement

Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary is a place of healing, reflection, learning, and inspiration.  The Sanctuary exists to wholly support the health and positive transformation of the honeybee which requires cooperation and respect on all levels. 

At Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, we strive to be inclusive and open-hearted to all the beings who visit these grounds. The Sanctuary is an environment of respect and compassion – communing with the beings here and meeting them up close is an integral part of the experience. When coming here, consider yourself a visitor who is a welcome and invited guest into the honeybee’s home and please respect their surroundings. 

Our foundational agreements with each other:

  • Be fully present, open, and curious
  • Be conscious of our intentions, actions, and impact
  • Hold ourselves and others with compassion and respect

Visitor Policies

A visit to the farm is entirely appropriate for adults & children of all ages. We exist as a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about the honeybee. Your generous donation helps to preserve this sanctuary for the bees and for our future. We do not charge an entry fee for visitors but encourage you to make a donation $5 if you are able.

Click here to make a donation, or donate in cash or check when you arrive and check in at the Sanctuary yurt.

To ensure a safe and pleasant visit, Spikenard Farm asks visitors to observe the following rules of etiquette:

Bee Safety

Please be aware that this is a sanctuary for bees and they will be everywhere during your visit. Honeybees are very gentle creatures but they will sting if stepped on, swatted or if they feel threatened. Some people are not aware that they are seriously allergic to bee stings until they are actually stung. Dark colors and some perfumes seem to agitate the bees so it is best to wear light colored clothing and avoid strongly-scented products during your visit. Visitors to the sanctuary accept the risks associated with this environment. Spikenard Farm will not be responsible for any injuries while visiting the farm.

Pets

No pets are allowed on the farm. Guide and/or service dogs are welcome.

Cell Phones

For the health of the bees, please turn off your cell phones at the sanctuary.

Accessibility

While most of the farm is reachable by wheelchair, the ground is rugged (steep, gravel & grass) and can be tough-going. We recommend 2 people per wheelchair to help navigate bumps.

Inclement Weather

The farm does not close for bad weather and you are welcome to visit even if it is raining, but we ask that you please watch your footing as there are some locations on the grounds where the hills are steep. Also, please be aware that there is limited shelter at the sanctuary and lightning & high winds can be dangerous during a storm.

Restrooms

The bathhouse has indoor restrooms and running water at the top of the hill, and we also have a comfort station located next to the caretaker cottage.

Caretaker Cottage

The Caretaker Cottage is a private residence and is not open to visitors.  Please respect the privacy of those living at the Sanctuary.

Collecting

Please leave flowers, plants & animals for everyone to enjoy. Do not collect or remove seeds, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, bees, plant labels, etc.

Artists

Artists are always welcome at the sanctuary – the bees love artistic souls! If you will be working on a project that requires a chair, stool or easel set up for an extended period, please check in with us first so we can assist you in choosing an appropriate spot. Also, we ask that Watercolor artists please take their waste water with them and dispose of it off-site.

Photography

Photographs are a wonderful way to remember your visit to Spikenard Farm. We encourage visitors to take casual photographs for their own personal use.  If you are taking photographs with your cellphone, please make sure to switch it to ‘airplane mode’.

As a non-profit organization, Spikenard Farm charges a photography session fee of $75 for photographers using the grounds to take pictures for financial benefit (portrait photography, commercial, advertising, or promotional purposes or who intend to sell photos or use them for any type of commercial purposes including publishing, marketing, educational materials, products and retail merchandise, general and web advertising, or broadcast, is required to pay the session fee).

Smoking

The entire sanctuary is a tobacco-free environment.

Litter

We care about the environment. Please take your trash with you when you leave as we do not have appropriate disposal facilities on site.

– Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Hours & Address

The Sanctuary is open to the public on select Fridays each month.  Please check our Calendar or social media for upcoming Friday Open Days at the Sanctuary. If you are interested in visiting during other days and times, please email us at info@spikenardfarm.org to check availability. $5.00 suggested donation per person

Groups – please email info@spikenardfarm.org to make an appointment for a tour.

The Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary is located at:

401 Hideaway Lane

Floyd, VA 24091

Please be aware that we are located at the end of a state-maintained dirt road. The road is well maintained but please be mindful of other traffic, wildlife, etc. The facilities at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary were designed with the needs of the honeybees as the foremost priority and while we are happy to host visitors at the sanctuary, there are a few things you need to know before visiting.  Please read our Visitor Policies below before you plan your visit.

In addition to our regular visitor hours we also host a variety of workshops, volunteer opportunities, etc. throughout the year.

Contact Us

We can be reached by mail at:

Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary

445 Floyd Highway North

Floyd, VA 24091

(Note: this is the office address, not the address of the Sanctuary)

We can be reached by email at info@spikenardfarm.org or by phone at 540-745-2153.

Directions

The Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary is located at: 401 Hideaway Lane Floyd, VA 24091

GPS navigation is not recommended for this area. Please use the directions below. Please be aware that we are located at the end of a state-maintained dirt road. The road is well maintained but please be mindful of other traffic, wildlife, etc.

To the Honeybee Sanctuary from Floyd, VA (N. Locust St. and E Main St.) *Google Map Directions*

  • Head East on US-221 (Floyd Hwy N) – Travel 7.9 miles
  • Turn Right onto Cannady School Rd – Travel 2.1 miles
  • Turn Right onto Hideaway Lane – Travel 0.6 mi

 

From Roanoke to the Honeybee Sanctuary (Franklin Rd and 581) *Google Map Directions*

  • Take I-581 S – Travel 2.5 mi
  • Take exit on right for VA-419 – Electric Road – Turn right and travel for approx. 2 mi
  • Turn left onto US-221 S – Travel for approx. 26 mi
  • Turn left onto Cannady School Rd – Travel 2.1 mi
  • Turn right onto Hideaway Lane – Travel 0.6 mi
  • Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary is on the left.

 

Traveling from 81 *Google Map Directions*

  • From 81 exit 114 VA-8 S/W – Travel 19.5 mi to Floyd
  • Head North/East on US-221 – Travel 7.9 mi
  • Turn right onto Cannady School Rd SE/State Route 668 – Travel 2.1 mi
  • Turn right onto Hideaway Lane – Travel 0.6 mi
  • Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary is on the left

 

Airport Information:

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA), in VA: closest, located 45 minutes from the Sanctuary (Unfortunately, there is no public transportation from the airport to the Sanctuary.  Car rental is available at the airport.) 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), in NC: 2.5 hours from the Sanctuary

Piedmont Trial International Airport (GSO), in Greensboro, NC: 2 hours from the Sanctuary

Lodging

Floyd has something for everyone! A full spectrum of lodging options include primitive camping sites, yurts, cabins, bed & breakfasts, hotel rooms and suites, and just about everything in between. Below you’ll find a list to get you started.

Additional options can be found at www.visitfloydva.org.

Hotels & Lodges

Hotel Floyd / www.hotelfloyd.com /  in town / beautiful rooms / check out the Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary room, designed by Vivian Hauk! 

Oak Haven Lodge / oakhavenlodge.com / in town / 15 minutes from Sanctuary

Bent Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast / bentmountainlodgebedandbreakfast.com  / 20 minutes from Sanctuary/ 14 miles

Floyd Yurt Lodging / floydyurtlodging.com / 3 minutes from town

Pine Tavern Lodge Rentals / www.thepinetavernlodge.com / 15 minutes from the Sanctuary

The Cottage on Main / thecottageonmain.com / 15 minutes from Sanctuary

Cabins

Floyd Eco-Village – Wilderness Cabins  / floydecovillage.com / 6 minutes / 11 miles

Oakdale Guest Cottage / www.airbnb.com/rooms/1017048 / 11 miles from Floyd, I mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Meadows of Dan Cabins  / meadowsofdancampground.com / For Rv’s, Camping and cabins / 50 minutes away/34.42 miles

Fairy Stone Park  / www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/fairy-stone#general_information / 44 minutes away / 30 miles / Has a lake for swimming and boating

Blue Ridge Real Estate /  blueridgerealestate.net / find cabins for rental

Cabins off the Parkway / cabinsofftheparkway.com

B&Bs

Ambrosia Farm Bed & Breakfast / ambrosiafarm.net / 23 minutes / 16 miles

Bella La Vita Inn / bellalavitainn.com / 19 minutes / 13 miles

Little River Bed & Breakfast / little-river-bedandbreakfast.com / 21 minutes / 14 miles

Stoney Meadow Inn Bed & Breakfast / https://www.virginia.org/listing/stoney-meadow-inn-bed-%26-breakfast/9279/  / 13 minutes / 7 miles

Stonewall Bed & Breakfast / https://www.virginia.org/listing/stonewall-bed-and-breakfast/8828/ / 18 minutes / 11 miles

Camping In & Around Floyd

Floyd Eco-Village – Creekside Camp / floydecovillage.com / 6 minutes / 11 miles

Rocky Knob Campground  / www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233324 / On the Blue Ridge Parkway / 26 minutes away / 17 miles

Chantilly Farm  / chantillyfarm.com/wp/camping / close by / not sure of availability outside scheduled events

Camping At The Sanctuary

Become fully immersed in the serenity of the Sanctuary by camping here on our grounds.  Let the sounds of nature lull you to sleep under the wide-open sky. 

We offer a bath-house, a fire pit (firewood provided), a sink to wash dishes, picnic tables and a beautiful view.  

Camping at the Sanctuary is available to workshop/retreat participants only.  Please read our Camping Agreement for all the details. 

Fee:  $20.00/night

Reservations must be made prior to arrival.  Please email info@spikenardfarm.org or call 540-745-2153.  

Please thoroughly read our camping agreement below: 

REGISTRATION: Reservations must be made prior to camping. Camping at the sanctuary is not for public use — for workshop/retreat participants only! All campers, visitors, and guests must check in with our Farm Manager (or the workshop point person) at the Sanctuary upon arrival and prior to entering the campground, per Virginia State Law.

GATE RULES: The Sanctuary gate must be closed by 6pm, and stay closed after entering/leaving until the morning at 8am.  We need to protect our Sanctuary from deer and bears—an open gate is an open invitation for a bear to our bees, or a deer to our trees!

QUIET HOURS: 10:00PM – 8:00AM

CELL PHONES: Please turn your cell phones OFF or put on Airplane Mode when entering the gardens and apiary.  You may leave your cell phone ON in the camping area.

WIFI:  Free wifi internet is available at several locations in Floyd such as Red Rooster Coffee, Floyd Country Store, or the library. 

WILD ANIMALS: Floyd is home to many wild animal species, including deer, coyotes, bobcats, and black bear. Please be sure to keep your food in appropriate storage and your trash in the available trash receptacles. Also, PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE if you do cross their paths.  Please keep your food inside your vehicle at night.

PETS: Pets are not permitted on Sanctuary grounds.  Guide and/or service dogs are welcome.

ALCOHOL / DRUGS: No alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on Sanctuary grounds. 

CAMPFIRES: All fires must be contained inside the fire ring located in the center of the campground. Campfires cannot be left unattended. The fire ring must not be used to dispose of cans, bottles, or other household trash. Please consult with your camping neighbors before lighting tiki lamps/bug torches and be sure to extinguish them before retiring for the night.

FIREWOOD / TREES: Firewood is provided for the community fire pit on-site. However, no ax or hatchets are provided for resizing of available wood. Please, use only wood provided in the wood pile—no cutting of trees/firewood is allowed in the campground or adjoining properties. Please do not drive nails into, or disfigure trees. Additionally, please do not tie clotheslines to trees or shrubs.

WATER: All water in the bathhouse is potable (drinkable).

GARBAGE / RECYCLING: Plan your camping to produce as little trash as possible. Please bag your garbage and use the can in the bathhouse. Please put all tin, aluminum, plastic and glass cans and bottles in the appropriate recycling bin provided in the utility sink area. Only household generated garbage should be placed in the trash cans. Broken furniture, grills, rugs etc. are not considered household trash and should be taken with you. This is our home and we take pride in the cleanliness of our Sanctuary! Please do not litter. 

BATHHOUSE: To avoid accidents and injuries, an adult should accompany children under the age of 6 years old to the bathhouse. Please do not leave toiletries in the bathhouse. We take pride in the cleanliness of our facilities and we would appreciate your help in maintaining them.

PLEASE NOTE: There are NO cooking or laundry facilities available for the campsite. Campers must store their food in their own coolers, secured against possible wildlife.

 We hope you enjoy your camping experience here at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary.

 

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