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22 private acres spanning the bottom valley all the way to the top of Sand Mountain and is only 20 minutes from Chattanooga. As you ascend Sand Mountain, the vegetation thins revealing spectacular views of Lookout Mountain especially in the fall & winter months after the leaves have fallen. At the very top of the property are 30+ ft high cliffs with a few caves.

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22 private acres spanning the bottom valley all the way to the top of Sand Mountain and is only 20 minutes from Chattanooga. As you ascend Sand Mountain, the vegetation thins revealing spectacular views of Lookout Mountain especially in the fall & winter months after the leaves have fallen. At the very top of the property are 30+ ft high cliffs with a few caves. Guided hikes to the cliffs & caves are available free upon request. If you enjoy bush craft, there is plenty of downed material for you to build a lean-to, tee-pee, or structure of choice. Trees range from poplar to multiple species of oak. Natural wildlife include deer, wild turkeys, scorpions, and ticks. You're welcome to bring fluffy, as we've never seen any predators, but we have reports of foxes on the property & other predators could be around. A lost animal on the mountain could be near impossible to find. We have 2 male cats. Unfortunately, the weather forecast can't be relied upon. We've had sunny days that have been forecasted to rain and un-predicted downpours. It can be raining at the top or the bottom of the mountain but not at the campsites in the middle. This site has been cleared of vegetation and is fairly flat with a fire ring already made. It's about a 5 minute easy walk past our earthbag build site, where gear can be dropped off.

Amenities

When it rains, we have running water in the form of small streams and waterfalls. Otherwise we have rain water for showering & cleaning. It has been lightly treated. We're less than 5 miles away from multiple grocery stores that sell water.There is also a spring at Murphy's Hollow (off the Slygo exit) that produces fresh, cold, and free water year round. We have a shower & tub with hot water that you can use. If that is further away from your campsite than you like, we can provide a black solar heated shower bags for an outdoor shower that will need to be returned. Water may not be available during the summer and droughts. Please use only bio-degradable soaps & pack out your trash. Recycling is available. Fires prohibited except in fire rings where brush has been cleared 1 ft away and after fire safety talk at check in. Any dead wood on the ground may be burned. There will be a fire safety talk upon arrival. Please don't start a forest fire. A tripod camping grill can be provided upon request but will need to be returned. You can use the bathroom anywhere, but we can also provide a portable camping potty. This place is perfect if you are looking for a digital detox! While we are within range for cellular service, there is no wifi unless you bring it and don't expect electricity.

Parking 

Parking is limited. Do everyone a favor and combine vehicles. There is room for 4 cars at the bottom of our land but there shouldn't be any problem parking on the street. There is a steep unpaved, rocky dirt road that goes up 1/3 of the mountain behind a gate. If you have 4 wheel drive, we can unlock the gate when you arrive and you can park up there. There is room for 2 vehicles there. 4 wheel drive should also be used in the lower parking area if it is wet. Near the bottom the road looks easy but it gets much steeper & rockier as you go up. If you are in a sedan you will not be driving up the road. There are big rocks and you WILL hit the bottom of your vehicle against them. We will not be held accountable for vehicle damage. If you are in a sedan we can pick you & your equipment up at the bottom & drive you up the road.

Things To Do

We are a few exits down the highway from the TN river where you can fish, paddle, & swim. There is also fishing in the lake inside the Cloudland Canyon State Park, which is less than 5 miles away. 8 miles away, on top of Lookout Mountain is a famous hang gliding school so you can mark that off your bucket list. Bouldering and rock climbing can be done on Lookout & Signal Mountain & Chattanooga has one of the best climbing gyms in the country. Please do not climb our cliffs, we have not tested their structural integrity, will not provide climbing gear, and will not be held accountable for injuries. While you're welcome to mountain bike on our land, we have no developed trails for it. If you want trails, we recommend going to the next mountain over, Racoon Mountain. The Racoon Mountain TVA has trails maintained by SORBA. Speaking of Racoon Mountain, there is a cave system in it much more extensive than ours. There are multiple routes and tour options including wilder cave "spelunking" that are available for a fee. There is also a wild cave to spelunk inside Cloudland Canyon. Please no hunting or rock climbing on this property.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Aron a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

We have no trails but there are trails at the TVA facility on Raccoon mountain.

Boating

Our favorite put in spot is at the base of the TVA Faciiity on Racoon Mountain. Search for 'Racoon Mountain River Trailhead".

Fishing

The cleanest fish are probably in the lake inside Cloudland Canyon State Park atop Lookout Mountain.

Hiking

There are hiking trails inside Cludland Canyon, on Signal Moutain, on Lookout Mountain, and at this campsite (Sand Mountain).

Paddling

Our favorite put in spot is at the base of the TVA Faciiity on Racoon Mountain. Search for 'Racoon Mountain River Trailhead' on...Read more

Wind sports

Hang gliding on the nearby Lookout Mountain.

Climbing

If you have gear there's climbing on Lookout Mountain & Signal Mountain. If not, there's a fairly famous climbing gym in Chatta...Read more

Swimming

At the beach at the Nickajack Wildlife refuge. The easiest way to access the waterfalls inside Cloudland Canyon is to park at t...Read more

Whitewater paddling

You can white water raft on the Ocoee river, 1 hour north east. There are often Groupons for 20$/person.

Wildlife watching

This is a birdwatchers paradise. In addition to cardinals, blue birds, and yellow buntings, it is not uncommon to see hawks and...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Wooded camp with Mountain view in Georgia.

Cave

A few small caves at the top of the property. Spelunking can be done with the professional outfitters inside Cloudland Canyon s...Read more

Forest

Our land is heavily forested with multiple species of oak and hardwoods.

Mountainous

Much of our land is 45 degrees with several flatter ridges and natural terracing.

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Hipcamper Destiny

Beautiful property!!!!

Destiny B.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2021

This was our first time camping as a family. I must say I was very pleased. We will be going back

Hipcamper Madeline
Madeline R.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Aron was a great host! He was extremely flexible and helpful. We hope to stay again soon.

Hipcamper Robert

Secluded, relaxing, worth exploring

Robert S.
recommends this listing.
December 16th, 2020

Camping on the sand mountain was exactly what I was hoping for. The road up to the parking area does take some careful driving and at least All Wheel Drive but when you arrive partially up the mountain you start to understand why the hosts choose to live on the property. The views of the surrounding landscape are wonderful and get better as you move up the mountain. The hosts graciously gave me a quick tour of the different sites they have available and rightly suggested a site partially up the mountain with wonderful views of the valley below. During this tour it became clear the hosts know their property very well as they continued to point out small areas of interest among the rock gardens and along the old logging path. My dog and I spent a full day relaxing on the mountain and took a few trips up towards to the top where you find even more interesting rock formations and some vertical cliffs that rise to the very top. It is important to keep your sense of direction as you travel up the mountain as it might be easy to get turned around but the experience is very much worth it. Overall camping here gave me the secluded relaxing experience I was looking for. I would love to plan a trip back with a bigger group to explore the mountain even more and to possibly find the hidden cave I did not have time to look for. Anyone interested in non-conventional building methods will also be interested in what the hosts are working on. They have a fun project on their hands and it was fun to discuss it with them.

Hipcamper Shelby

Quite reprieve

Shelby M.
recommends this listing.
November 3rd, 2020

Very private, well kept space. There’s a cleared, flat spot for a tent next to a campfire a short walk from the car. There’s also enough room for another tent if camping with friends. The host was kind and welcoming and offers advice on nearby hiking. They also provide firewood and a cart to help carry your camping supplies. There is also very little noise aside from the occasional fox.

Hipcamper William
William M.
recommends this listing.
November 1st, 2020

Hosts were very welcoming and hospitable. They helped to get our gear up to the campsite, and walked us through some of their pet projects they have been developing onsite. Very neat. Campsite was well cleared out and private. Plenty of firewood was provided, along with a cart to transport. Tripod grill came in handy. Had a great time and would gladly stay again. Listen for the occasional friendly fox :)

Hipcamper Evan
Evan P.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2020

This was an incredible campsite! My group and I had a great time. It truly felt like we were camping in the mountains, especially with the sweetest cat and passing-by turtle who hung out with us. Aaron and his wife were amazing hosts, I cannot thank them enough. There was a wide variety of activities to do even though we were pressed on time. Aaron gave us a guided hike up the mountain and there were a ton of notable sights and cool rock formations, including one of the most badass caves I've ever seen. I highly recommend this site, whether just for a nights rest or for an extended period visit.

Hipcamper Cole

Had a wonderful time

Cole J.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2020

Beautiful mountainside with cool nearby caves and a great couple (Ben and Shari) who were very accommodating. Been here twice with plans for a third time!

Hipcamper Gwen

Did not stay could not get up road

Gwen M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
June 27th, 2020

I had an emergency at first..asked for a refund, but they said it was to late but we atill cpuld arrive befor 9. So we did go, but then found out my car would not make it up the mountain. Was not going to leave my car at the bottom. Need to tell me aboyt the road.

Hipcamper Aron
Response from Aron, the Host, on July 1st, 2020

Oh! We never knew you were here! You cancelled so we thought you weren't coming. We could've pick you up & brought your gear up if you contacted us. Yeah, our road is steep! LOL Our description does say that we're on the side of the mountain. We weren't kidding! It also says not to attempt it if you're in a sedan, though a few have (surprisingly) made it up here successfully in the past. I hope your emergency was resolved smoothly!

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Hipcamper Brett
Brett T.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2020

Great camping spot. Friendly hosts.

Property
Forest at Sand Mountain
State
Georgia
Country
United States
$20/night
1 Site