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Dark Ridge Hide Out (Adults Only)

· Elk Park, Avery, North Carolina
20 acres hosted by Curtis C.
2 lodging sites · 7 RV/tent sites · 2 RV sites · 5 tent sites
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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"Adults only" doesn't mean anything other than just "no children", so as to preserve the natural peace and quiet, and assurance that there won't be loud and unruly children on the property. Inquiries and booking requests received after 9: pm may not be answered until the next morning. 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.
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1247 ratings · 552 reviews
Pablo H.recommends
April 2, 2024
Site 2 Forest View
Curtis is a great host. We loved camping at his place near Boone. His place was quiet and secluded, exactly what we were looking for.
Karen H.recommends
March 31, 2024
Site 1 Creek View
This was a great camp site! It was nice and secluded. Hearing the creek was an added bonus! The dogs loved it too!!! Curtis was kind and helpful!
Andrea S.recommends
March 31, 2024
Site 8 Frog Pond Holler
Great mountain camping experience
Curtis’ property is beautiful and perfect for mountain camping experience. The sites are well placed for privacy and ease of access. At site 8 there is a small pond and I fell asleep to a chorus of spring peepers. Curtis is a delightful and welcoming host who readily shares his long knowledge of his land and its history. One caveat: for folks towing large RVs or boat trailers the road in is good bit narrow, very curvy and goes up and down steeply at times however the views are many and stunning!
Candice C.recommends
March 30, 2024
Site 2 - Dark Ridge Hide Out/RV Full Hook
You'll LOVE it!!
I just got back from two nights at Dark Ridge Hide Out and it was fantastic!! Curtis was so wonderful and welcoming and even let me borrow his coffee grinder because I forgot mine. It's a beautiful property with creeks everywhere and a huge open field which was a great place for my pup to stretch his legs. It was so quiet and peaceful. Curtis has so many interesting stories about this family property. I had a full hookup site (Curtis has a 30-50amp converter if you need one), but there are some really nice car camping sites as well. We explored the property, fed the fish, and hiked to Compression Falls. The falls are gorgeous, but it is a technical hike with slippery and loose rocks. It's a short drive from camp. Wyze took me to the camp the same way Curtis recommends, but be sure to follow his directions as some road can be easy to miss. Book this site, you won't be disappointed!
Wendylou A.recommends
March 24, 2024
Site 5 Crooked Tree
It was nice tenting on top of the hill. Gets pretty muddy in an area. The host Curtis did explain that before hand so not a complain!! lol overall very nice and peaceful experience.
Rosalie M.recommends
March 17, 2024
Site 9 Hammock Grove
10/10 🙏
I loved hammocking on Curtis’s land! One of our favorite parts was feeding the rainbow trout in his pond. Beautiful, quiet location, perfect for hammocking.
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
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