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Pitch your tent on one of four sites in the solitude of a cove hardwood forest right next to the Pisgah National Forest, just below renowned Max Patch bald. 

Choose a private site or group up together around the council fire ring. Go to sleep in the quiet of the forest, wake to a chorus of birdsong. Step out of your tent onto a trail of discovery to high mountain meado


Pitch your tent on one of four sites in the solitude of a cove hardwood forest right next to the Pisgah National Forest, just below renowned Max Patch bald. 

Choose a private site or group up together around the council fire ring. Go to sleep in the quiet of the forest, wake to a chorus of birdsong. Step out of your tent onto a trail of discovery to high mountain meadows and deep solemn forests. Being here is being away from the noise and chatter. 

Conveniences are only a few hundred yards away at our small rustic lodge, with showers & bathroom access, drinking water, and a seasonal selection of goods & produce from our organic farm. We also provide custom maps of the area to help you orient and navigate the many trails nearby.

The Appalachian trail is a 20 minute walk from your tent, and the top of Max Patch bald can be reached within an hour. There are also waterfalls, ponds, and mountain streams nearby to check out. While you're here, we invite you to visit Green Heart Farm, our high-mountain organic farm and fruit orchards. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


A nice paved loop (about 10-15 miles) begins at our driveway, as well as many gravel roads (for mountain bikes). Bikes may not ...Read more


Many stocked trout streams nearby.


Exceptional hiking on the Appalachian Trail and many other trails.

Horseback riding

Many trails in the area.


Douglas Lake (TVA system) is about 1 hour drive as well as many other lakes in the area.

Snow sports

Snowshoeing in winter when conditions allow.

Whitewater paddling

MANY streams. Nearest are the Pidgeon River and French Broad Rivers. Outfitters available.

Wildlife watching

Wild turkey, barred owl, whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, elk, and black bear reside in the area. This is also an EXCELLENT birdi...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Greenheart Forest Primitive Camping in North Carolina.


We are 4000ft. elevation in Pisgah National Forest, 20 minute walk from the Appalachian Trail and 45 minute walk from Max Patch...Read more

Hot spring

The town of Hot Springs NC is a 30 minute drive, with geothermal springs pumped fresh into hot tubs.

Swimming hole

There is a pond at Nearby Max Patch, and dipping spots in nearby streams.


There is a twin waterfall (not large, but about 40 foot drop) in nearby (10 minute drive or 2 hour hike) Harmon Den Wildlife pr...Read more


Ruthy and Phillip also run a permaculture garden called Green Heart Farm. Located a short drive from the campground. We grow an...Read more


Driveway is gravel and has two short steeper parts. Just get a little momentum, and "drive like you mean it" !


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Hipcamper Luis

Quiet mountainside paradise

Luis E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 17th, 2021

So many great things to say about this campsite. It’s a bit of a drive up there, so it’s in a nice, quiet area. It’s super close to Max Patch, which is great! The campsites are nice and spread out, so it almost gives the feel of dispersed camping, although I think we were the only people camping at the time haha. Was surprised to find firewood and kindling at our campsite, so didn’t have to scour around too much to get a fire going. All in all, it’s exactly what we needed. A quiet slice of paradise in the woods. Unfortunately didn’t get to check out the lodge and farm, but looking to stay here again someday, so there’s always next time!

Also, gotta be careful with the local dog, Sunny. He might steal your breakfast sausage if you’re not paying attention 😅 but he’s super sweet!

Beautiful fall leaves 🍂🍁Trek to the campsiteEarly November is definitely the best time to be camping up here Lil’ camp coffee action
Hipcamper Katherine

Hike to max patch!

Katherine C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 8th, 2021

Ruthy was so helpful upon check-in and really went above and beyond to try to accommodate our preferences. Being able to walk to Max Patch from camp is a HUGE perk!

Hipcamper Cody
Cody W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 8th, 2021

Amazing spot! Hosts were very friends. Great for your dogs to be off leash. 40 min hike on the AT to max patch. Will definitely be coming back!

Hipcamper Mandy

Beautiful spot for fall hiking

Mandy C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 28th, 2021

We came at the right time! The fall colors were beautiful and you are definitely right in the middle of them at this camp! We were assigned campsite #5 at the top, so note that there is a bit of an incline after the glamping spot so if you are like me and are out of shape and not used to the elevation, it may require taking a few breaks on the way up!

If you will have a lot to set up then I recommend you contact Phillip & Ruthy ahead of time to arrange for it to be carried up for you. We did not do this and got a workout but it was good preparation for the next couple days of hiking.

Upon arrival, you are provided a map to Max Patch Bald and I highly recommend hiking it. It was gorgeous and it is not too challenging a hike (keep in mind elevation and a few steeper inclines here and there). There are many AT trails around, as well, so if you want to go off their map a little, it's easy to do without getting too far away. We wandered around and found 2 waterfalls and it was great!

The porta potty was VERY clean but they also have bathrooms with showers available during the day and there is a water source, as well. Everything you need!!

I had driven in from TN so my GPS had taken me down 6 miles of dirt road off the interstate. It rained the last night were were there so I was a little worried about returning that way, but Phillip & Ruthy provided me with directions back to I-40 that kept me on paved roads. Very helpful!

All in all, I would recommend this place for anyone already familiar with hiking and camping. And definitely go during the fall to see all the beautiful colors, if you can!

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Hipcamper  Cassie

We’ll come back again!

Cassie R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 26th, 2021

This place is AMAZING. Awesome staff, beautiful campsites, serene atmosphere. We will be returning again and again.

Hipcamper Leah


Leah B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2021

Perfect campground! Ruthy and Phillip were very nice and made us feel comfortable. I loved that they had a trail that connected to the AT and Max Patch loop. Would definitely stay here again.

Hipcamper Jennifer

Get away from it all!

Jennifer E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2021

Beautiful place, several camping options, nice sites, firewood available, even glamping available. Bathroom in lodge was fantastic. Ruthy and Philip were super friendly as well as Sonny super friendly pupper. Looking to get away perfect place. Very close to Max patch, can access from camping area.

Hipcamper Hannah


Hannah S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 16th, 2021

This was the perfect get away in the mountains and it was very close to Max Patch! They were so kind and helpful and I would recommend staying.

Hipcamper DANIE

Mystic mountain camping +all tents!

Danie H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 14th, 2021

Once I found the place because signs were covered by lush grown over greens, it was tucked away and peaceful but exotic. Ruthie was very accommodating in allowing me to pick a spot closer to my vehicle since I wasn't prepared for a hike in spot. These hills are muddy and steep and looks like most are 4WD or hike in. The outdoor living room was really cute with seats, a water well, string lights and an electrical hook up. The inside cabin was available with a really hot big shower. I hiked Max Patch up and back in about 2 hours and wasn't too hard but alot of people out there on a Saturday. Preferably I should have gone on a weekday. Be prepared for elbow turn steep roads and little to no signs on the way in but made for an exhilarating adventure. I'd recommend this spot because it feels very rare and special there so I am going back eventually. It was my first spot on my cross country adventure (via OBX) and I'm so thankful. See ya on the way back East in spring ;)

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