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Wilson's Holler
6 reviews
· Marshall, North Carolina
32 acres
6 sites
6 Tent
Stackhouse Valley is a storied area. Once a thriving, prosperous, and economically diverse community, it was home to several thousand people. Purchased by Amos Stackhouse in 1878, the valley was a relative blank slate on which to put his vision. He began with just a store and livestock pens; by the turn of the century, with things now being run by Amos' sons, the community hosted a post office, a school, shops, sawmills, farms, mines; it saw hosts of drovers and scores of livestock looking for an oasis of civilization in a vast wilderness. But the Great Flood of 1916 brought chaos and destruction to the families and businesses that relied on the river so much. Decades of work were erased. Most of their facilities and utilities were destroyed; the dam that provided electricity was completely gone.  Stackhouse Valley and its community were devastated; it limped along until 1948 when new electrical lines were run and electricity was restored. But by that point, it was too late: the community was shuttered, the post office and school closed. The families that lived here moved, presumably somewhere it didn't flood.  Through all this, the Stackhouse family and name carry on. Head down the Stackhouse Road to the river and you can see the old Stackhouse family mansion, where the last descendant of the Stackhouses lived until recently (Nancy is an awesome lady. So is her husband). Explore the forest service and gamelands and you may discover old ruins and mines, fields left fallow for a century, old roads leading nowhere. The remnants of what the Stackhouses built, the stories of so many lives lived, successes and failures, resonate through these hills, quiet gems waiting to be discovered.  All you have to do is come and discover them!  Learn more about this land: Nestled deep in the rugged folds of southern Appalachia lie valleys shrouded in fog and mystery. Within these valleys, you will find ruins of boomtime towns, soaring waterfalls, and roaring whitewater Follow your sense of adventure into these valleys, and hidden amongst the tangled rhododendrons and laurels, you will discover the storied valley of Stackhouse and Wilson's Holler  Surrounded by thousands of acres of forest service wilderness, the 32 acres of mountain ridgelines and hollers that comprise Wilson's Holler are your gateway to exploration. Five primitive, hike-in campsites and one primitive, hike-in lean-to allow you to fully immerse yourself in whatever form of natural connection you seek  And boyo, does nature provide; the Southern Appalachian Mountains will provide you with a laundry list of activities to connect you with the world, all just within a short drive or hike. Experience the restorative waters of Hot Springs; hike to Lover's Leap and stand where a Cherokee woman stood up for love; raft by the old Runion Ruins: once the largest employer in Madison County, an entire area built up around an industry, now nothing more than a ghost town being reclaimed by nature; horseback riding, pontooning, trout fishing (don't ask where though). Heck, if you come at the right time of the year, you can hit the slopes for some snowboarding. You'll never run out of things to do, all while staying grounded and connected with the natural world  But for the record, if you do just want to kick back and relax, we're here for that too. Come dip your feet in the creek, throw up a hammock and take a nap. Listen to the bounty of the forest  Whatever your fancy, Wilson's Holler will help you get there. Of course, your animal buddies are welcome; they'll love it here too!                              ------- For the nitty-gritty -------  Approximate distances: 30 miles from Asheville; 30 miles from Greeneville, TN; 20 miles from Weaverville; 8 miles from Hot Springs  5 primitive campsites; hike-in (short hike, .15 miles or so from the parking); Max 4 people per campsite, 2 tents per campsite; no electricity, water is a .25 mile hike uphill (we would suggest bringing some jugs); composting toilet is available right by the campsites, in the bathroom/information building (please use a scoop of sawdust/coco coir after each use)  1 primitive lean-to; hike-in (short hike, .1 miles or less from the parking); it is covered, so you can bring tents if you want but don't necessarily need them; Max 4 people, 2 tents; no electricity, water is a .15 mile hike uphill (we would suggest bringing jugs); composting toilet is a .25 mile hike to the bathroom/information building at the campsites (please use a scoop of sawdust/coco coir after each use)  There is no cell service or wifi available on the property; the nearest place to get cell service is 1.5 miles down Stackhouse Road by the French Broad River. To get there: exit here, turn left onto Stackhouse; go all the way down until the road turns to gravel; keep going; you'll cross the railroad tracks and you'll see the river There is a communal picnic table, as well as a propane and a charcoal grill. Fires are allowed in the fire pit, also communal. Please bring your own propane and charcoal. We may have split wood depending on the season. If you'd like to know if we have firewood, just send me a message  Last but not least, your GPS may not get you all the way here. Sometimes it doesn't quite take you as far as you need to go. There are directions included with your booking; we'd recommend taking a picture of them so you have the directions once you lose service        ------- Welcome! These woods look forward to meeting you! -------
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Marshall, North Carolina, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Will B.Joined in April 2020
9 ratings · 6 reviews
Tristan L.recommends
April 15, 2022
Site 3 - Wilson's Holler Appalachia Campsite
Will responded quickly and was very hospitable. Will’s property is incredibly beautiful! We arrived late at night and were blown away by the beauty we woke up to :) We slept at site 1. We found it to be the most flat. The babbling brook was such a wonderful treat, and the amenities Will offered were top notch. I would’ve gladly stayed longer if our time frame allowed it. It’s close to the quaint town of Hot Springs and is about 30 min from Asheville. Do note that the lane back to the sites is narrow. I made it fine with my Subaru Crosstrek but wouldn’t recommend a Ford F150 travel it. You’d have to park near the port-a-potie and walk in.
Salvatore T.recommends
October 18, 2021
Site 4 - Wilson's Holler Appalachia Campsite
A Wonderful Experience
Wilson's Holler was a wonderful experience from beginning to end! Will provided everything we needed for a relaxing stay, and the description of the property was accurate. It was nice to have a large private space, as well as a fire pit. Wilson's Holler is beautiful and very convenient to all the attractions in the area - like kayaking, hiking, and a bunch more.
Nicole H.recommends
October 10, 2021
Site 5 - Wilson's Holler Appalachia Campsite
Peaceful stay along bubbling stream
Peaceful, relaxing, well managed with great host and communication. Hesitant to leave a review since this place is our née best kept secret.
Rebecca S.recommends
October 10, 2021
Site 1 - Wilson's Holler Appalachia Campsite
Peaceful Spot
Primitive camping 15 minutes from Hot Springs. Peaceful and beautiful spot. Nice creek to filter water if needed. Host was super responsive and friendly. I suggest arriving before dark to navigate the narrow drive back to the drop off area. Enjoyed my stay here, thank you, Will!
Mary H.recommends
October 2, 2021
Site 4 - Wilson's Holler Appalachia Campsite
I stayed at campsite #2 for one night on a road trip that took me through NC. Will was communicative and met me at the campground to show me around. I was the only one there for the night so it was extremely private and quiet. If there are other campers and you want privacy, campsites 4 and 5 would be best for that. I was traveling by myself and felt very safe. Only 15 min from Hot Springs. Would definitely stay again!
Patrick S.recommends
September 26, 2021
Site 5 - Wilson's Holler Appalachia Campsite
Lovely, secluded + a few amenities
We loved staying at Wilson's Hollar! Great campsites in a beautiful place with lots of centralized perks to make the experience more enjoyable. Would highly recommend this campsite!
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