Hipcamp host Kathryn R.,
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There are 4 open air primitive campsites along the Second Broad River. 

Sandy, "beach-like" camping along the river. The spots are not private, but perfect for groups and families looking for a clean, fun and modern campground. All tent spots have beautiful and easy access to the water; imagine sleeping to the soothing sounds of the rushing river.

Located at Gold


There are 4 open air primitive campsites along the Second Broad River. 

Sandy, "beach-like" camping along the river. The spots are not private, but perfect for groups and families looking for a clean, fun and modern campground. All tent spots have beautiful and easy access to the water; imagine sleeping to the soothing sounds of the rushing river.

Located at Gold River / camp + cabins, this campground was formerly a gold and gem panning operation and was once a part of the US' first gold rush. Located in Marion, NC - Hole River camps is easily located within a short drive to abundant hiking, waterfalls, wineries/breweries, and biking. Also convenient to Downtown Marion, Black Mountain, and Asheville.

All bookings include access to all community amenities: clean and modern bath house, a sandy beach area along the river, use of gold pans and shovels, community pavilion, fire pits throughout grounds, grills, picnic tables and more!

Perfect for tents or camper vans that don't require water/electric. Electrical plugs for charging devices and water available in pavilion.

There are 5 riverfront camp sites - all sites are first-come-first-served. Select you favorite and get set up :)

No wifi. Cell service is limited to T-Mobile only.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
3 sites
Up to 2 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Campervans and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 6 meters allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
No Caravans, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Camper trailers, Motorhomes, Campervans, or Class C RVs
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Kathryn a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 14% off

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Old Fort (about 20-min away) is known for its fantastic mountian biking trails!


Lake James is just over 20 minutes away


There are fishing excursion available on the Catawba River as well as Lake James State Park


A handful of great waterfall hikes within a short, 20-min drive


Natural features you'll find at Riverfront Tent Site (Primitive) in North Carolina.

River, stream, or creek

This campground is right on the Second Broad River - this sites is not riverfront

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Hipcamper Kristyn
Kristyn C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2022

It rained pretty much the whole time I was there, so it was really nice to be in a place where I could still hangout and not be trapped in my tent. Would love to go back and enjoy it more!

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 5th, 2022

We stayed at a primitive river side spot. The bathhouse was very clean and the amenities were nice! Very cut and very enjoyable!

Hipcamper Tara

Little slice of heaven!

Tara L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 12th, 2022

The host provided great directions, and a map which was great! While these sites were just off from the rest of the cabins and glamping tents providing privacy it was super close to parking & the bath house and other common areas, there was a picnic table & firepit. We were staying in a cabin, but used this site to set up for our anniversary dinner & it was magic down by the river! I would Have slept like a baby had I been sleeping here! As mentioned in previous reviews, the site is meticulously kept! There is also a place to purchase forgotten items, or things like ice cream payable by cash or app. Love this place and already booked to come back with my daughter!

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Hipcamper Gabriel

Best camping in nc!

Gabriel R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 14th, 2022

This is easily my favorite camping experience ever - perfect blend of amenities and nature.. The common areas in the campground are so well thought out and beautiful. This was a chance find for us but we will probably plan a future vacation just to come here, 7 hours from home!

Hipcamper Chelsea

Such a magical spot!

Chelsea B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 1st, 2022

Wow! What an incredible spot! The entire property is gorgeous, clearly crafted with care and a lot of creativity. Everything was so well maintained & clean. We loved spending time in the Pavilion, we lounged around and played cards - it was perfect. They really have thought of everything someone may need to have an excellent camping experience. Our tent camping spot was clean, comfy and the sound of the river was so lovely to sleep next to. We feel really lucky to have found such an epic place to stay. Thank you, Katheryn & Crew! You all are creating something really magical!

Hipcamper Morgan

Great location

Morgan J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 23rd, 2022

Loved the common areas, very clean. The campsite was perfect, right on the river! My pup and I had so much fun.

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Hipcamper Brad
Brad D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 24th, 2022

Trevor and his wife were both excellent hosts and have a beautiful site with a lot of great amenities but unfortunately the road nosie from the nearby roads made it very difficult to sleep, especially being in a tent. This is no fault of theirs but just something to consider. Otherwise we really loved staying there and can't say enough good things about the place as a whole and the owners !

Hipcamper Travis
Travis E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 31st, 2021

We loved camping here! Place was so clean & welcoming. Host was very helpful. Definitely coming back!!

Hipcamper Jade

A gorgeous spot

Jade G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 15th, 2021

Kathryn was so warm and welcoming and the site was great. She has every little detail taken care of - coffee in the morning, grills to cook on, games to play, fire pits to enjoy, a list of local weekend activities, and more. The river is BEAUTIFUL, clean and deliciously cold. There are multiple cabin rentals and tent sites on the property. There are bathrooms and showers on site that are modern and clean. Other than the tent sites being very close to one another and the dogs roaming around free (we brought two of our own) we absolutely recommend. Thank you for having us Kathryn.

Gold River / camp + cabins
North Carolina
United States
3 Sites