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Tar River Life

· Lake Royale, Franklin, North Carolina
40 acres hosted by Nikki M.
15 tent sites
Nikki is a Star Host
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​Back to the basics, come and experience Tar River Life’s primitive camping on the Tar River. Enjoy being on the river and listening to slow running sound of the Tar River. Bring your own tent or rent one of ours. You can drive your vehicle to all of our campsites. The drive to camp is about 1/2 miles. Each site includes a fire pit, wood and trash bin. Cook your own meals or try and catch your own fish from the river. Campsites can be secluded or grouped. Each site comes with a picnic table, 1 bundle of wood and trash can. Stay for a night or longer period of time, come and enjoy the outdoors with us. We have lots of walking trails, fishing access, wildlife, kayaking and tubing (must be purchased through us). 2WD vehicles are ok except during wet conditions. There is also the Vollmer Farm, with seasonal produce a Full Coffee Shop with breakfast goodies and baked goods and not to mention their fabulous ice cream. They have goods from around NC including, eggs, honey, meats, beers, wine and more. There is a grocery store (Food Lion) about 15 minutes away. So you can stock up on supplies on your way to your next adventure. We are pet friendly!
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Lake Royale, Franklin, North Carolina, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora (North Carolina), Mánu: Yį Įsuwą (Catawba), and Occaneechi First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Nikki M.Joined in February 2022
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 3 hours
69 ratings · 54 reviews
Scott H.recommends
November 20, 2023
Tar River Tent Camping(1-3 tents)
Great time!
Great location and campsite. Hosts were very helpful. Complementary firewood was great and we really enjoyed the short walk to the farm stand for coffee and breakfast!
Leslie R.recommends
November 19, 2023
Tar River Tent Camping(1-3 tents)
This was a great site and we will definitely be back! The site was roomy and secluded. The view was great. We could hear lots of wildlife at night.
Kirsten S.recommends
November 12, 2023
Tar River Tent Camping(1-3 tents)
Perfect getaway!
We absolutely loved staying at Tar River Life with Nikki and Mann! It was beautiful, especially with the fall foliage. The campsite was clean and scenic with the lake right beside us, perfect for kayaking. The fire was already made when we pulled in (since we were running a bit late), which was unexpected and so appreciated. We stayed in one of their large tent accommodations that came prepared at the site and it made the entire trip!!! The tent was large enough to stand in and it could have fit over 6 people. The tent had a wonderful skylight to view the stars and windows on all sides for air flow and added views. It even rained both the nights we stayed and the tent protected us from the wet and cold. Our site was very private and the few other campers we saw were very friendly. All of this, for such a good price made it one of our favorite camping experiences ever!!!
Julia S.recommends
October 30, 2023
Tar River Tent Camping(1-3 tents)
Kayaking was great!
Fun time! Leaves were changing and nights were cool. Camped in location 10, which had lots of room for our 8 person tent and 2 cars, and included a big fire pit. Trash barrel was helpful. Too many small trees to fish from the campsite, but the train trestle area was just a short distance away. This spot is for fun activities, not peace and quiet as a golf course is directly across the river and you can hear cars on the highway at night. Billy was very helpful with our 2 non-athletic, first-time kayakers and both had a blast! They vow to return to do it again asap! Several good-sized hiking trails. It would be helpful to have a map of the area.
Robert M C.recommends
October 28, 2023
Tar River Tent Camping(1-3 tents)
Had a relaxing night by myself for a night. Met Mann he was very friendly and made me feel welcomed . I’ll be definitely planning another trip here soon!
Jason D.recommends
October 22, 2023
Tar River Tent Camping(1-3 tents)
We stayed in site #1 and it was wonderful. The view of the Tar River was so relaxing. Waking up in the hammock to watch the sun come up and the clouds burn of off the river was memorable! Communication with Nikki was easy, Mann made sure we were set up with fresh eggs and wood and left us alone for the weekend, just like we like! Would recommend for a night or week on the River.
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