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Winding Stair Campground

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· Franklin, North Carolina
15 acres
8 sites
2 Lodging
2 RV/Tent
4 Tent
Winding Stair Campground sits at an elevation of 3,880 feet, next to the headwaters of the Nantahala River and is surrounded by national forest and undeveloped private land trusts. The stunning mountain views in a remote tucked-away setting make our farm a perfect getaway! Just a 15-minute scenic drive from Franklin in North Carolina, easily accessible off Hwy 64, our campground offers a chance to enjoy nature without being far away from the public amenities of a small but well-equipped town. A few features about our property: - Working farm: Campers are welcome to meet our Icelandic sheep and take a self-guided tour of our farm, along designated pathways. - Security: The campground and farm are fenced in on three sides with the river being the fourth boundary. Personal code to the entrance gate will be given at check in. - Bath House: The restored bathhouse is split into boys’ and girls’ sides. Each side has 2 private showers, 4 flushing toilets, sinks, hot water, and gas heat. - Community Pavilion: The Pavilion is a large 40x30 ft. open sided structure overlooking the Nantahala River. It has an ample fireplace, running water sink, counter space, couches, and table with benches. - Pack Room: Where the adventure begins! A cozy hub where all guests check-in, get local information, view maps, and grab some local groceries (we offer some local grocery items - listed in the extras section.) Also available to all campers are washing sinks with hot water, toaster oven and microwave. - Communication: Or rather, lack thereof! There's no cell service on the property so it's a great time to get away from it all. There is limited Wi-Fi available near the Pack Room and an emergency landline available. - Charging: Traveling in an electric vehicle? Recharge for free at our dedicated EV 50amp outlet when you stay at any of our sites. First come, first served. Want to know more about the history of the property? Visit the 'Our Story' section on our website. Learn more about this land:
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Franklin, North Carolina, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Andrea Y.Joined in October 2021
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30 ratings · 31 reviews
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Anna B.recommends
November 27, 2022
River House
We had a great experience. The house was cozy, and it was nice not to have to set up a tent. The river is lovely. The bathrooms are clean.
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Savannah S.recommends
November 20, 2022
Guinea Nook
Such a great place to camp and so beautiful! Very nice and accommodating. Highly recommend!
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Jennifer W.recommends
November 12, 2022
Glass House
Quiet Retreat at the Farm
Winding Stair Campground is definitely the place to go. Andrea and her team were great hosts making sure I had everything I needed, reminders and we're willing to work with me. She answered every questioned I had and then some. The property was beautiful and so quiet. Although it rained the entire time, we stayed dry and never had issues with our stuff getting wet. They had the best bathrooms I have ever seen at a camp site . They smelled good and were very clean. If you are looking for a quiet place to connect with nature and enjoy a nice campfire in the dark , the Winding stair is the place for you !!
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Paul D.recommends
November 6, 2022
Johnsonville
Amazing place on a beautiful river. Quiet, safe, and has everything you need for a good weekend away. We'll be back.
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Daniel S.recommends
November 1, 2022
Johnsonville
Fantastic Camping Experience
I spent an amazing four nights at the Johnsonville camping site at Winding Stair. Beautiful, peaceful setting right on the river with countless stars at night. The bath house was particularly nice and the grounds are meticulously maintained with an obvious love of the land. And there are at least a dozen stellar hikes to mountain vistas and/or waterfalls within a short drive. Easy to get to - close enough to Franklin, NC if you need anything. Highly recommended. It is a special place and we will be back - especially to try out the other camping spots and options.
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Dave B.recommends
October 31, 2022
Group Lane
lovely!
Awesome space, Lots of luxury. Tons of charm. Kind kind hosts.
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Andrew P.recommends
October 31, 2022
Brass Camp
It's a beautiful property that is really well maintained.
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Tim M.recommends
October 24, 2022
River House
Family Camping
Perfect for a relaxing weekend of leaf peeking. Great host and outstanding accommodations. Only wished we were there longer!!!
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Kaylen H.recommends
October 23, 2022
River House
Amazing location! Beautiful, peaceful, well kept and everything was made so easy. Will definitely be back!
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Ryan W.recommends
October 20, 2022
River House
Absolutely wonderful time at the River House. Everything about it was awesome. Clean bathhouse, comfortable beds and living space. We had the whole property to ourselves and it was beyond our expectations.
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Candice C.recommends
October 19, 2022
Glass House
Camping at Its Finest
The campsite was clean and easily accessible, the bathrooms were pristine, and Glass House offered a layer of warmth when camping on a cold night. If you are looking for convenient camping with beautiful surroundings and convenient access to water and plumbing, look no further!
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Tessa G.recommends
October 18, 2022
Full Campground Rental
Perfect Fall Wedding!
I rented out the entire campground for my wedding and it couldn’t have gone better. The site is absolutely beautiful and lends so many options for both the ceremony to take place, and the pavilion was the perfect spot for a reception as well as a dance floor! A majority of our friends were able to camp on site for the weekend which gave us more time to see everyone. All our guests gave fantastic reviews of the place and loved the weekend. Andrea was also great with communication and helped make the whole weekend go incredibly smooth. If you want a chill venue in an incredibly gorgeous setting, this is for you!
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Katherine B.recommends
October 10, 2022
Glass House
We had a fantastic time camping here. The property is gorgeous and we had a great time catching trout!
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Josh B.recommends
October 1, 2022
Group Lane
Church group
Awesome campground, private but yet not far from town. Great place for groups, family. We Love the river! The awesome pavilion! We Also loved the well thought out spaces Bath house was exceptionally clean and spacious. Highly recommend this campground We will be booking here again
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Ernie K.recommends
September 23, 2022
Full Campground Rental
Winding Stair Campground
The location of Winding Stair Campground is second to none. Located on the Nantahala River with incredible mountain views, the property offers something for everyone. The Pavilion has a large fireplace, grills, and lounging area for large groups while still allowing a place for one to relax and enjoy the mountains and wild trout stream that flows through the property.
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Melissa H.recommends
September 6, 2022
Group Lane
A beautiful escape in the mountains
One of the most beautiful camping spots I’ve ever been to! The pavilion was great for getting out of the rain and enjoying a nice fire even in wet weather and the views of the river were so peaceful and calming. Definitely hope to return one day!
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Amber S.recommends
September 5, 2022
River House
I stayed at River House with my pup for a weekend away. There aren’t adequate words to describe this hidden gem. I had tears in my eyes as I drove in because it was so heavenly. The actual bunk house itself was clean and so peaceful, standing right next to the river. My favorite parts were having a fire in the wood stove with my morning coffee and sleeping to the sounds of the river. The farm overall is so beautiful and intentional in creating an elevated and more comfortable camping experience. The pavilion has a big communal fireplace and areas to cook and do dishes. I also loved the little store with an “honesty box” that had local meat, produce, and other camping necessities. I can’t wait to come back again with my family - I know my kids will adore it just as I did. The owners were responsive and accommodating to a special request I had. It is clear through their communication as well as the space they’ve created that they have a tremendous love for people and preserving our gracious planet.
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Peter K.recommends
August 28, 2022
Hey, Barn
Perfect spot near the AT
This is an absolutely beautiful spot to camp or “glamp .” The facilities were top notch and the location on the Nantahala River can’t be beat. Was a great place for exploring Franklin and the Appalachian trail. Really would be a perfect spot for bigger events too, like weddings or family reunions. Wish we could’ve stayed longer but I’m sure we’ll be back.
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Sara B.recommends
August 21, 2022
River House
Glamping with toddlers & doggo
Loved our stay ! Andrea was awesome and very accommodating. The views were beautiful and the river house was quiet + private. Our kids and pup loved it ! And loved seeing the animals. Gardens are lovely. The pavilion was so gorgeous and great for cooking / entertaining. The bathrooms were clean, spacious and adorable. I LOVE the “who gives a crap” TP as it’s what we use at home. Thank you thank you! ❤️ Amazing place for glamping & camping.
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Susan H.recommends
August 20, 2022
Johnsonville
Absolutely love camping here! Gathering for family reunion/picnic was perfect in the fabulous pavilion. Beautiful, peaceful surroundings and everything needed for a comfortable stay was provided. River is awesome and stargazing phenomenal. Can’t wait to return!
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Kalina O.recommends
July 31, 2022
River House
Tranquil stay
My boyfriend and I had the most incredible stay at River House. It was so relaxing to constantly hear the sound of the water. The property is beautiful and the hosts were extremely kind and communicative. We definitely want to come back!
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Judith G.recommends
July 29, 2022
River House
Cousin camp 2022
Winding stair campground is a lovely area for camping. We rented the River House for two nights with our grandkids and they all loved playing in the river, sleeping in a screened house instead of tents., playing games on the huge expanse of lawn, and being able to build a campfire. Granted it is summertime so might be a little warm for a fire, but they cooled off in the water, so that sufficed. Definitely would recommend for families. Close to some beautiful hikes and waterfalls too. All around nice place.
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Dion W.recommends
July 9, 2022
Hey, Barn
Incredible trip
What a great experience. Loved this camp ground. The Hey Barn was awesome. Great king bed with netting to keep the bugs out. The river was relaxing and calming. Great experience. Can’t wait to go back
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Casey H.recommends
July 5, 2022
Hey, Barn
Hey, Barn is a super cute and cozy site! Plenty of space. Very convenient to have the table and chairs, sink with potable water, and electric plug. I loved the view of the garden inside the barn. At night I read in the hanging chairs with the fairy lights on then fell asleep to the distant sounds of the river. The hosts are very friendly and responsive.
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Ingrid A.recommends
July 4, 2022
Group Lane
Beautiful setting, cool people
We loved camping at Group Lane in Winding Stair Farm. Andrea was very responsive and the owners were very nice. This site is a short walk to the bath house, and has absolutely lovely sunset views.
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Margaret A.recommends
June 27, 2022
Hey, Barn
Great fun at the farm!
Excellent stay at Winding Stair Farm. Hey, Barn! is a unique "camping" experience, and wonderful fun for adults and kids. The property is delightful to explore, so it makes for a good trip even if you don't want to venture out to one of the many nearby hikes. My daughters loved the sheep and being right by the river. I loved the breathtaking views that change as you wander and as the sun rises and sets, and talking in all the beautiful native plants all over the property. The bath house also had lots of thoughtful touches. Can't wait to come back!
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Charles M.recommends
June 19, 2022
River House
Such a great experience! Cannot wait to come back! Highly recommend
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Tracy C.recommends
June 4, 2022
River House
A Charming Screen House!!
Beautiful shady spot! Good amount of space to pitch a tent too! The owners were very nice and they have plans to open up some other areas of their property for campers soon! Andrea is the manager of their Hipcamp spots and she did an excellent job communicating with us. The noisy river was perfect white noise to fall asleep to. The walk to the bath house was a good little workout up the cobblestone stairs and it is well lit at night. (you can drive to it too) Plenty of ice and wood to purchase on the honor system. There is a big pavilion on their property with running water, power and a nice big sink to do dishes if you need to. (The River House doesn’t have running water or power so come with what you would to primitive camp.) There is a big field at the rivers edge which is great for star gazing! We will most definitely be back!
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Hannah T.recommends
May 31, 2022
River House
River camping
This was the absolute best camping experience! The bunkhouse was overall clean. The mattress covers need washing and a good sweeping under stairs and such but it was perfect for our family. Plenty of space for everyone! We loved the river running right outside the bunkhouse. We spent every evening around the fire pit! The bath house was very clean and the owners were very nice and accommodating! The pavilion is really nice as well! We can’t wait to go back again sometime!
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Lisa G.recommends
May 30, 2022
River House
A Well Hidden Gem!
We loved the Winding Stair Campground! Everything about it was great! The River House was near the end of the property and very well secluded. It held 12 people easily and there was plenty of room for cars and tents. The Nantahala River lulled us to sleep each night and the kids had fun wading around in the river during the day. In the morning, we were able to make coffee in the pavilion and sit by the giant fireplace with a cozy fire going. Andrea and the owners are great people and the history of the property is pretty cool. You will love it!
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