The nearby New River is slow-moving and shallow, perfect for tubes or kayaks. Bikers enjoy riding the 5 miles along the Scenic Byway, called Railroad Grade Road, to the tiny town of Todd. Three of our favorite businesses are there: River Girl Fishing for bikes, kayaks, inner tubes, maps and fishing gear; Todd Mercantile which has a great bakery and local artists' merchandise; and Todd General Store.
When you visit West Jefferson, we recommend Black Jack's for burgers, Hotel Tavern for cocktails, and Ashe County Cheese. West Jefferson is one of the fastest growing towns in the mountains for good reason. It has parking and lots of great restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and community spirit. The locals think it's overrun with outsiders.
Boone is a traffic nightmare that we always avoid. Blowing Rock is a delightful, scenic and walk-able town, but good luck finding parking. Lansing, way up in the NW corner of Ashe County, is about two blocks long and a delight on a creeper trail greenway.
Don't worry if your phone goes on extended network. Mine works fine here. But if one point of your trip is to go off the grid and bond with nature, we have you covered. We have a notebook of "where to go" and "what to do" listings and maps in our supply bin. Take it in your car while you are local, wipe the laminated pages with our cleaning wipes, and leave it behind when you check out.
Hiking: You may walk down the paved road to the river, but there is no hiking permitted from the campsite property until we develop a cabin and trail. It is private property posted with No Trespassing signs.
But here's the great thing for hikers: we are just 12 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a variety of superb hiking within a 30-45 minute drive at Mount Jefferson State Park, Linville Falls, Grandfather Mountain, and at Deep Gap or Glendale Springs on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Our second favorite place to camp is Doughton Park on BRP near Sparta. Great ridge and ravine hiking right from your campsite in a nice campground.)
Most of these very popular recreation areas have no car or RV camping on-site, and the others are too crowded to practice social distancing. Our campsite has no other campers except you! Please make it your home away from home.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Bring your own bikes or rent them in Todd. Railroad Grade Road offers 10 flat scenic miles round trip to Todd from the bottom ...Read more
If you like to fish, please contact owner for specific tips
We will add a hiking trail after we build a home on the property. There is good hiking but no car camping at Mount Jefferson St...Read more
The river is shallow and slow near us, perfect for family enjoyment with inner tubes and kayaks.
We are 35 minutes from Appalachian Ski Mountain
We have seen turkey, deer, woodpeckers and many songbirds on our property. We sometimes hear coyotes too and find their scat. ...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Easy Set-up Tent/Trailer Camping in North Carolina.
White pine, mixed hardwoods and rhododendron
Blue Ridge Mountains
Campsite is in a mowed meadow on the edge of woods. Property boundary is marked by 3' bamboo stakes.
New River and Mill Creek are nearby
The informal swimming hole for the area is at Fleetwood Falls on the New River on Railroad Grade Road, with a parking area and ...Read more
Places to see near Bicyclist's Dream in Blue Ridge
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Leslie was a fantastic host - She helped us coordinate a quick trip to the mountains and was very quick to answer questions and help us navigate our time in Todd. The campsite was close to the local rivers and within a 30 min drive to Boone and the Blue Ridge Parkway and many other cool parks. We enjoyed the remoteness of this property and neighbors - the folks who drive by and saw us were very kind.
The tent site is about 50 yards away from a quiet mountain road so you may have a random car drive by at night but other then that it was very quiet and peaceful. With the tent site so close to the road it would be nice to have a small gate to make the property feel more private.
An excellent retreat from boone
This site was perfect, and exactly as described. Very private and enjoyable, minimal traffic nearby but everyone is friendly and respectful of your privacy. Plenty of space to set up tents, and the latrine was well maintained and clean. I definitly plan on camping here again!
I thought this site could be really nice if I was able to stay longer than one night. Unfortunately I didn't really have the opportunity to experience the area as my stay was very short and it poured down rain on me as soon as I got there! I would stay here again for sure. The area was really nice and remote, driving in along the river was beautiful. Very quiet spot despite it being close to the road (neighborhood traffic only, I think I noticed like 2 cars go by in 16 hours). Leslie was great and very responsive to communication. I did not have a chance to meet her in person this time, but we communicated through messaging quite a bit.
Pleasant site. well-equipped.
This site is well-equipped for a stay and we had a really nice time. It's very private in terms of line of sight but it's within a neighborhood, so expect to hear the typical kids playing, dogs barking, etc. Not a bad thing at all, and of course very quiet at night with almost no light pollution.
Would definitely stay again.
Quick weekend getaway
Nice site in the mountains. Close to the new river and Todd. Directions were accurate and the site was well maintained. We had two cars and two tents and felt like we could get 1 more car and tent. Host provided some kindling and a welcome folder and some energy supplies. Good site for star gazing.