For the true adventure lovers only! We can't adequately describe how peaceful it is to sit at the fire pit while listening to the birds and the creek as the sky turns pink & purple over the Smoky Mountains after an exciting day exploring the incredible outdoor activities we'll point you to. The campground is more than a mile from the nearest paved road to achieve the most s
For the true adventure lovers only! We can't adequately describe how peaceful it is to sit at the fire pit while listening to the birds and the creek as the sky turns pink & purple over the Smoky Mountains after an exciting day exploring the incredible outdoor activities we'll point you to. The campground is more than a mile from the nearest paved road to achieve the most solidarity. This means you'll need a 4x4 vehicle to access the property. There are 7 beautiful, flat, separated tent sites on our 10 acre family land. Evenings w/the stars are simply magical! Come & escape from society (no cell reception or wifi). Our favorite activities (all within a short 10 to 15 minute drive from the campsites) include cliff jumping at our secret swimming hole, rope swinging off the islands on the lake (rent a canoe or kayak from the local marina), hiking the Appalachian trail, whitewater rafting the Nantahala River, and exploring the trails around the campground. At the end of the exciting day of fun it's time to rest in peace at our secluded campground. There is a creek running through the property for fresh mountain water and to lull you to sleep (please filter the water to ensure safety). The property features 2 large communal brick fire pits, a picnic table, a porta-potty, and eventually will have wooden tent platforms. For now - it's a "backwoods" remote group site only accessible by 4x4 vehicle. Perfect for the adventurous group! You're welcome to scour the property for firewood but recommend you bring a hand saw/ax.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at The "Backside" Primitive Campground in North Carolina.
To put the campsite in a location to capture the perfect view meant that our gravel driveway became incredibly steep! If you DO...Read more
The vibe at The "Backside" Primitive Campground
Places to see near In the family since the 1800's
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Mike is so friendly and helpful! The directions he gave us were very accurate but must be followed to the letter. The campsite is still being developed but is very spacious and private. This is NOT a site for inexperienced campers. But if you like to rough it and are willing to do a little work to help develop the site, it’s a great experience! Our little campers loved collecting wood for the fire and playing in the stream that runs through the site. We would love to come back when we can stay a little longer!
Mike, our host, was very kind and helpful. The site, however, is very misleading. We booked the place by the listings of cliff jumping, private swimming holes, trails, and nearby lakes/creeks. The camping is off in the woods on his family’s property, which has sites of cars and old shacks littered around. The cliff jumping is about 15 minutes down the road. The actual campsites were not cleared at all and there is no level ground. In our opinion, not worth the price to stay in an unmaintained piece of property. The camping area is down a very rough muddy ~1 mile road so you need 4 wheel drive. You definitely need the instructions to the site too, because there is no cell service for a while. We loved “unplugging,” but got very confused.