Welcome to our land! We have a fantastic mountain tent camp that runs to the ridge line; you can opt to camp in the forest or meadow; amazing view! Potable springs/ponds. Wild and farm animals, also, live on the land. Hike, UTV, horseback (extra $) to sites.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out Weeknight discount: 50% off
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Locally, there are areas that are conducive to biking. It is permitted on this property, yet not recommended, because of the st...Read more
Nearby lakes and rivers have boating available. Our 4 ponds are relatively small for boating, but good for learning to paddle a...Read more
We have four ponds that you can fish. We ask that you catch and release. There are bass, blue fin, carp, catfish, and more. Of...Read more
We have numerous trails on the property good for hiking. Note: we do have wild animals on the property. We recommend take prot...Read more
We presently have five horses. We offer horseback trail riding for an additional fee. Rates are posted at the horse barn and in...Read more
Paddling on our small ponds is allowed for learning, practicing, or just enjoying yourself. For more serious paddling, we recom...Read more
We will gladly take you and your items to your site upon arrival at no charge, using one of our UTVs. (Property tours and trai...Read more
There are several large rocky areas on the property that can be used for climbing. These are not extremely high, but would be g...Read more
Sledding or skiiing on this property is allowed, at your own risk. There are no lifts or special areas for this. We highly reco...Read more
Swimming in any of our four ponds is allowed, at your own risk. You must have a partner that can swim, also., in case there is ...Read more
Whitewater rafting is offered locally. We will give you this information upon request.
We have a wide array of birds from hummingbirds, great blue herons, bluebirds, to the occasional eagle. (I’ve only seen one onc...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Phenomenal Mountain Views for Tents in North Carolina.
We have a couple tiny caves. An adult would have to crawl to access them. We recommend not venturing into any cave on this prop...Read more
Most of our property is considered forestland. You are welcome to hike on or off the trails in this area. Be aware that there a...Read more
Lake Junaluska can actually be seen from the ridge of our property and is rather close “three miles as the crow flies”. By car,...Read more
Our property is located on the upper part of Gaddy Mountain in Waynesville, NC. You can see part of the Blue Ridge Parkway from...Read more
We have lovely meadows on our property that are the easiest and best areas to see scenic mountainous views. I dare say we have ...Read more
River, stream, or creek
We have small streams and creeks on the property. If you’d like to see rushing creeks and rivers there are several minutes away...Read more
Distance from OLD MOUNTAIN HOME and FOREST Waynesville, NC • WAYNESVILLE (Downtown) - 3.5 miles/ 10 minutes SURROUNDING CI...Read more
Four ponds are on the property. Please refer to the “Swimming” section within our “Activities” section. Locally there is “Slid...Read more
We are an active farm. We grow our own vegetables and raise chickens for their eggs. We are a “no-kill” farm. We have Pygmy goa...Read more
We currently have five horses we use mainly to ride. Trail rides are available for an additional fee.
Our driveway is a one lane road shared by several neighbors. We recommend driving slowly along this winding road, as to avoid a...Read more
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Hidden gem on top of the world
Our stay at Old Mountain Home & Forest was an absolute pleasure. Oenita's 77 acre property sits on the top of a mountain with a 360-degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains. No matter where you pitch your tent, you are guaranteed a magical view at sunrise or sunset. To make this location even more memorable, Oenita (the host) gave us the best type of southern comfort making us feel right at home.
Camping here was something magical. The view from the site is like no other! Beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and stargazing. You feel so connect to nature. Oenita is very friendly, helpful, and has some great stories to tell if you get the chance to listen. Definitely will be coming back to camp here in the future!
Beyond words amazing
This campsite was better than I could have ever expected it to me. Not only was our campground one of the most amazing views I have ever seen, but our host was the kindest woman I have ever met. This is such a welcoming environment with amazing views, animals and activities to do. My friend and I that went got the chance to fish, hike and take in amazing mountain top views in what felt like any outdoor lovers playground. On top of that we were able to interact with all the sweet animals on the property. If you get the change you need to go here, you won’t regret it!
Beautiful moutain view tent camping
Oenita has a beautiful property that we are so thankful we found! The site they call "The Pretty Spot" is in the middle of the meadow with an amazing view, but no shade. We opted to stay to the left on the property line that was perfectly shady/sunny mix with an amazing view of the mountains. As stated, is it primitive and it's on the side of a mountain so finding flats spots presented its challenges so I suggest bringing a mini shovel so you can safely have a campfire. Oenita (plus Tim, Elijah, and Lynn!) were the sweetest and such a pleasure to be around. Our only small issue was on day we were leaving...it took us 1 1/2 hours to find someone to take the UTV to our site so we could leave, which could have easily been rectified if we had set up a specific time for them to come get us. Other then that Oenita was very tentative to the texts and calls when we needed assistance (the sites on up a very steep gravel/dirt road, I'm sure some vehicles have the capacity to make it, ours did not so we were dependent on them getting us back up to the site when we came back with groceries or ice. I did the walk up with 2 gallons of water but I don't think I'd could have done much more. lol) Her beautiful property includes a hike to the top of the ridge line...it was challenging but so fun! Took us an hour to reach the top doing a little over a mile up. Thank you for your hospitality, we can't wait to return!
Gorgeous views and generous host
Oenita is a warm, hospitable, flexible, and generous host. We enjoyed her property and the campsite very much. The views are BREATHTAKINGLY STUNNING, especially at sunset. There are horses, goats, donkeys, and fishing ponds on the property as well.
A few things to note:
* Bring a camping canopy to provide shade during the day. There were no trees by our site, which made for enormous starry skies, but we were grateful to have our canopy during the day.
* I highly recommend having a four wheel drive SUV or truck with high ground clearance. They were very willing to drive us to our campsite as many times as it took to get our gear there, but we realized that we wanted our vehicle close by to store food. Our mid-sized SUV managed it, but there is no way a car or a van would have made it.
* Our campsite was in a horse pasture, so we had horse visitors every night once the sun went down and they stayed well after we went to bed. So expect to be shooing away horses from your dinner or listening to horses munching right next to your tent at 3:00 AM.
* That said, I was grateful that the horses were close by around 5 AM when we woke up to hear a bear walking through our campsite (remember - keep your food in your car!!!). Though I was more than a bit nervous to hear the bear, I could hear the horses close by, had the panic button on our key fob at the ready, and the bear moved on within a couple of minutes without any interaction with us or damage to our campsite. I say all of this not to disparage the property. The campsite is great. Camping in the mountains carries the risk of bears, no matter where you are.
Wow! The place was beautiful. It was perfect for what we wanted to do. We felt safe. It being th 4th of July weekend the weather was not to hot and humid. The 5 horses were tame and hung around but never bothered us. Was able to see some fireworks from the valley below. The view is worth it all. Onita was very friendly and welcoming. I was able to communicate through text very easily. U do need a 4x4 if road is wet. A heavy truck with good tires will make it up the hill when dry. The site is close to town. We had a great time.
Out of this world!
Óenita was a truly gracious host! Her property (75 acres on top of a mountain overlooking The Valley) is breathtaking!! Her two puppies couldn’t have been sweeter and she went above and beyond to accommodate us when we ran into a few issues (not related to her!) Can’t say enough good things! Make sure you have a 4wd when going up her hill and be safe Xx