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Short, moderately steep trail (about 100 feet) takes you to this long, secluded ridge top site. Small treehouse plus two areas for tents and separate view of Wesser Bald and the Wesser Creek Valley. Largest area is oval and about 25x50 feet. Buck berries (wild blueberries) surround the place and abound in the Summer. Treehouse can sleep 2-3 comfortably, or a family of four w


Short, moderately steep trail (about 100 feet) takes you to this long, secluded ridge top site. Small treehouse plus two areas for tents and separate view of Wesser Bald and the Wesser Creek Valley. Largest area is oval and about 25x50 feet. Buck berries (wild blueberries) surround the place and abound in the Summer. Treehouse can sleep 2-3 comfortably, or a family of four with small kids. Eye hooks for hammocks provided in the trees beneath it. A trail leads into the laurel to a composting toilet (115 steps or so...). Scenic view is on the opposite end of the site. 

Though rare, bears have been known to walk through here at night from time to time, so we do recommend cooking and eating carefully (no spills) and using the pulley system to hang food. Do not keep food in your tent. You want to avoid sweet smelly things like chewing gum in there as well. Coyotes may be heard at night. Raccoons are common. Again, all this is at night. Put any leftover dinner into fire ashes and stir them in if you want to avoid encounters.

We are about a mile from the Nantahala River and Nantahala Outdoor Center. Mountain biking nearby at Tsali, NOC's Flint Ridge and the Fire Mountain trails in Cherokee. Swimming, boating, fishing at Lake Fontana. The Appalachian Trail is accessible at the end of the road. Licensed therapeutic massage and acupuncture are within walking distance, up Wesser Creek Rd. It's the next place upstream - on the left - from Martin Heights Rd.. "Mountain Therapeutic". Great folks.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 14 guests per site
Short walk
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
No hot tub
Have a question? Send Jim a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • 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.


Tsali and Flint Ridge at NOC are nearby options. Fire Mountain in Cherokee is also really good.


Lake Fontana is about 4 miles away.


Wesser Creek and NOC both have good trout fishing.


Go to the end of Wesser Creek Road for some great hiking. Links up with the AT in 3.6 miles. The Wesser Bald fire tower another...Read more


Finger Lake is small and good for play boating - about 4 miles, at the intersection of 19 and 28.


Finger Lake is a small local swimming hole at the intersection of 19 and 28. Access is from 28.

Whitewater paddling

NOC just down the road.

Wildlife watching

Everywhere you look.

Horseback riding


Natural features you'll find at #2 - Wildercamp in North Carolina.


A few acres of laurel and rhododendron are yours to explore just above the campsite.


Good view of Wesser Bald and the Wesser Creek Valley. Wesser Bald fire tower is visible through binoculars.

River, stream, or creek

On Wesser Creek: Look about 100 feet upstream from Martin Heights Road. A large white rock and a butterfly net mark the entranc...Read more


Parking is at the end of the driveway, up to the right.

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Hipcamper Virginia

Seclusion at martin's nest!

Virginia P.
recommends this listing.
June 9th, 2022

Just a short drive to Bryson City, and minutes away from the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Martin’s Nest is ideally situated for relaxation or adventure.

For our night at Martin’s Nest, we opted to set up camp at site #1. The camping plot was well-maintained, and came equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, trash can, simple outhouse facility, solar lighting, and potable water. In short, this Hipcamp offered everything my husband and I could possibly need for an enjoyable camping experience.

The grounds of Martin’s nest have a nice walking trail that meanders throughout the campsite. Hiking up to the top of the trail, you are rewarded with a stunning view of the mountains in the
distance. Chairs have been thoughtfully placed so that you may enjoy the scenic beauty. Further up the trail, the other campsite and a small tree-house are discovered.

The gorgeous views at Martin’s Nest aren’t the only natural highlight here. Several types of birds were spotted during our stay, in addition to a colorful array of regional wildflowers and heaps of blackberries.

For a quiet night in a superb location, Martin’s Nest makes good sense. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here, and would certainly recommend it.

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Hipcamper Jim
Response from Jim, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

Glad you liked it!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Anna
Anna M.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2022

Had such a great weekend. The camp site was super convenient to all the activities I was able to do. Loved sleeping in the treehouse!

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew H.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2022

Great convenient site very close to the NOC!!

Hipcamper Dan

Great site!

Dan K.
recommends this listing.
March 20th, 2022

Great site! Secluded, and the kiddo loved sleeping in the treehouse.

Hipcamper Ulli

Great experience

Ulli P.
recommends this listing.
December 17th, 2021

Great location, loved that I had the property to myself. Tree house was super fun. It was my first time sleeping in a tree house and I loved everything about it. Layout of everything from the view area, the treehouse location and the fire pit area is awesome and the views from the laid back chairs are outstanding.

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Hipcamper Ryan

Great time!

Ryan C.
recommends this listing.
October 20th, 2021

Very nice and well kept site and area. Within walking distance of a little general store and gem mine...if you're okay with hills. Can hear the creek from the site when it's quiet. Thank you!

Hipcamper Ariel

All the details

Ariel Y.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2021

Martins Nest is definitely a little oasis. Absolutely beautiful and has everything you need. If you are even remotely thinking about booking this place, just do it. You won’t regret it. I highly recommend it.

A little more about Martins Nest:
-It is located pretty close to Martin’s other listing (you’ll park near the other site). (To note: his other site would be perfect for a large group).
-It has potable water spout with a shower head near your parking spot. Cold water only.
-It’s about a 100yd walk into the woods to the treehouse. Along this walk is two picnic tables.
-The treehouse could fit 2 adults (+/-) 1 or 2 small kids comfortably. It lightly rained a little while we were there and the tree house completely protected us. No need for a tent setup or anything more the shelter you. There are hooks below the treehouse perfect for hammocks.
-Right next to an open area with a fire pit and grate. (Fire wood is $6 at the gas station a mile away)
-Has a 5gal bucket with a toilet seat on top, compost and TP.

The only downside: I was expecting views of the Smoky Mountains based off one of the pictures posted. Unfortunately, you do not see this view from anywhere on the campsite.

Hipcamper Jim
Response from Jim, the Host, on October 15th, 2021

I am so sorry you missed the view site. It was around the corner to the left from the place where you first enter the site. There is a little curve in the bushes for privacy but it sounds like it worked too well this time. The two sites share the same view up there, though the seating areas are still separate.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Korey

Secluded but convenient

Korey M.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2021

Great place to stay if you’re looking for a secluded campsite that’s more convenient than back-country camping but not as populated as a campground. The treehouse is a neat spot to sleep and there’s plenty of room for a tent or two on the ground near the fire pit as well. The walk from the car isn’t too long or challenging. Area was very clean and well maintained.

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Hipcamper Chris

Almost perfect!

Chris M.
recommends this listing.
September 20th, 2021

Great place to stay if you like primitive camping! My new favorite campsite in the gorge!

Martin's Nest
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United States
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