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Dark Ridge Hide Out, is a 20 acre parcel in the Blue Ridge Mountain's on the back side of the Beech Mt Ski Resort in a secluded quiet and safe community with less than a dozen homes in a one mile radius.
Away from light and sound pollution. Except for an occasional passing vehicle "and often none at all from 10pm to 6am" all you will hear is the sound of the creek which runs through the lower section by the RV sites, cricket's and frogs at the nearby fish pond and only the light from the moon and star's in the clear mountain sky and fire flies. It is my home place with a tobacco barn and a big combination cattle/tobacco barn built almost entirely just by my Mom and Dad in early 1940"s. My parents and grand parents lived off of the land here and raised cash crops like cabbage, corn and tobacco, we also raised sugar cane and made molasses, we had free range chickens, as many as 50 honey bee hives and over 50 head of cattle, two or three hog's and of course a horse. There was four main fields; two for cow pasture, one meadow to grow hay "now Christmas trees" and the main one on my part where all crops were grown is where the camp sites are. I grew up helping with the crops and other farm chores, one was to go to the pasture and bring the milk cows in and do the milking every day before and after school, feed the hogs and chickens, gather the egg's, let the chickens out in the morning and close the chicken house in the evening to protect them from critters like opossums, raccoons and wildcats.
This is where I grew up, my dad grew up and, near where my mother and both of my grandparents grew up. My house was built in 1905 the same year my dad was born. The campsites are on my 20 acre section section of the original 82 acres with the house and barns, the remainder went to my brother but now is out of the family.
The section of Elk River with the Compression Falls "45 ft high" and Twisting Falls which is part of Pisgah National Forest is less than two miles from here, and an old logging road going around the mountain above the river for about three miles to another Falls "Elk River Falls, 65 ft high" is a great place to hike or mountain bike.
You will be free to explore and hike any part of my property except the house and out building's. The pond's are full of Trout and Blue Gill fish that are like pet's they love little pieces of bread. You can feed the fish but no fishing.
Elk Park, Avery, North Carolina, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East) and S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Curtis C.Joined in June 2018
Response rate: 100%
1230 ratings · 536 reviews
November 16, 2023
Site 1 Creek View
This was my first time using this app and first time going camping in a long time, and I will be coming back. Curtis was more than accommodating for us and was very kind. Absolute gem of a person and a great site!
November 12, 2023
Site 9 Hammock Grove
Most genuine man you’ll meet loved every minute of the stay and he was always helpful. This was my second time back to his campsite which I don’t do very often but he’s got a beautiful spot secluded from everyone and the spaces are all very spread so you won’t feel like ur camping with ur neighbors the whole time. Absolutely recommend if you’re lookin for a nice quiet time in the woods
November 12, 2023
Site 6 Big Rock
Warm and dry
Curtis was a great host! I was prepared to car/tent camp in 20° nights, but wasn’t prepared for the rain. He offered an upgrade to one of his RV rentals. Thankful to have heat and all the comforts of home. I was by a lovely, peaceful stream.
November 6, 2023
Site 1 Creek View
Curtis was a great guy. Very interesting fellow if you talk to him for a bit! His land was well kept and secluded. Campsites are spread out throughout his property. He also has a few trails around it! Perfect spot as far as location to get around. Can go further into NC (under an hour from Grandfather mt.) Or right down the road to TN! He has a few local spots close by that are amazing for hiking. Though be warned his favorite is not for the faint of heart! 🤣. Personally loved it though!
November 5, 2023
Site 5 Crooked Tree
Curtis was a great host and very knowledgeable about the surrounding land and other hikes close to his property. The campsite was very well maintained and perfect in every way. I would definitely come back here again. Beautiful scenery and a gorgeous sunrise view over the mountains. Pet friendly and lots of wildlife around. Perfect camp site!
November 1, 2023
Site 8 Frog Pond Holler
A perfect late fall weekend. Curtis is always an attentive host without intruding on privacy. The property is well maintained with thoughtful features that enhance the rustic camping experience. Curtis even created a new path on site 8 that makes it easier to get around on the property. Much appreciated. I will be back!