WELCOME 2021 CAMPERS! * New Bathhouse built by Queer Women and GNC Labor from hardwood trees sawed into lumber from the land - Compost toilet, Outdoor shower, and Sink are Here!* Encased in tall, old hardwood trees - a rare alluvial forest of the Piedmont - sits the Respite campground. Feels like you're in the foothills, but instead are secluded amongst some of most beauti
WELCOME 2021 CAMPERS! * New Bathhouse built by Queer Women and GNC Labor from hardwood trees sawed into lumber from the land - Compost toilet, Outdoor shower, and Sink are Here!* Encased in tall, old hardwood trees - a rare alluvial forest of the Piedmont - sits the Respite campground. Feels like you're in the foothills, but instead are secluded amongst some of most beautiful farmland and woods in the Piedmont region. The 23 acre property is on Cub Creek, an endangered Riparian buffer and tributary of the Upper Tar River, a habitat for rare river mussel and crawfish species and so many birds! The creek is sometimes a trickle and sometimes rushing. Water level comes up about waist high at deepest dip at the beach access. The crickets, cicadas, birds & frog songs are amplified as surround sound. Ticks and bugs are here in Summer - be forewarned. Walking up to open sky in order to stars are aplenty. Be awestruck by an occasional wild blue heron to soar through the creek bed! Come. Traipse. Explore. Hang your Hammock. Stare. Listen. Just be.
I have officially turned the roundhouse into a retreat space (respite in the round dot org / @respiteintheroundnc on IG) and am building a business and living in the Steward's cabin. Please know you are sharing land with organizers, cultural workers, artists, black indigenous farmers when occasionally here. It can be active during the day, at times. Quiet at night. You, and other guests, have access to the land, water and trail which is shared. WIFI is not accessible. Inquire thru the website if interested in booking the roundhouse that sleeps 6 - 8!
Camp sites are open to all, however this is a quiet queer-stewarded LBGTQ/BIPOC friendly, peaceful place of tranquility. No haters please. Black Lives Matter. Playing your acoustic instruments is great! Pumping bass from you car is NOT. Dogs are welcome, but would love it if they are not the bark incessantly / anxious type as a courtesy to other guests. DOG OWNERS - it is recommended to book sites 1 or 4 for most privacy.. Trail runs along site 3 and dogs can be very territorial.
Three active sites:
#1 - HIKE-IN Short descending hiKe (100 yards from parking) tent platform river side site with small fire pit. Perfect for 1 - 2 people.
#2 CLOSED for Event / Artist-in-Residence access - Round house guest campsite. Message if interested in hosting a special event.
#3 - HIKE-IN Short descending walK (100 yards), tent platform and/or ground tent site. Nestled in a secluded wooded cove area set back by creek. Easy access to floodplain forest and trail, small fire pit. Perfect for a group of 2 - 4.
#4 - GROUP SITE Back country walK-in site descending down small hill (30 yards) to holler-like grassy wild area. River access surrounds. Fire pit. Ideal for group (up to 10) looking for seclusion OR trailer, self-sufficient smaller RV, car camper to parK under treeline. At end of driveway by cabin.
PLEASE NOTE: It is labor to glean, saw, and chop fallen limbs to make into firewood for your camping pleasure. Thank you for paying for wood, as extra, instead of bringing unknown wood into this magical forest. Your support helps pay it forward to manage Respite expenses. Also, please book for true number of people, including kids in your party and bring extra cash if you expect to burn lots of wood. Thank you kindly.
NOTABLE AREA ATTRACTIONS - Falls Lake State Park for hiking and swimming [30 min away] Ask and i will give you directions. BEREA MINI MART - Muslim-owned and has amazing Cajun Chicken tenders [5 min away].
NEW Campground map to orient you when you arrive. SHED is CAMPER CENTRAL. I recommend you stop at the grey shed across from the roundhouse to get your water, use the toilet, and stock up on your wood before making your way to your campsite. ARRIVING DURING DAYLIGHT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
- There is a a hand and dish washing station now at the sink.
- Consider bringing fishing pole and river shoes. Feel free to pee wherever.
- Potable well water (tad high in iron) spigot is on side of grey shed to right as you drive in for easy water accessibility. Bring your own container!
- Dry wood is stored under shed. Feel free to stop at shed to pack in, or use a wheelbarrow to get starter kindling and larger logs to your site. Gleaning around site for additional wood is totally fine and encouraged.
- BATHHOUSE NOW OPEN! Beautiful custom wood structure built by a crew of women, queer and gender non-conforming community folks out of fallen lumber from the land! Wahoo. HOT WATER: You must turn ON the propane tank by the sink in order to have hot water in the shower. Simple button switch on the shower head turns on the water. Please turn OFF the propane tank when you are done. Thank you.
- PARKING for SITE #1: Right outcrop just as you drive up the driveway. PARKKNG for SITE #3: Drive past shed (on your right) and garden to your left. Park on grassy area where orange cone alerts you to w Parking sign. Park parallel to driveway please. Trailhead is past rocks just ahead. PARKING for SITE #4: Drive all the way down driveway. You will see brown/red Steward's cabin to your left. Drive out to parking sign under treeline.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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There’s a reason this site is rated so highly- it’s excellent! We had a wonderful weekend even with rain! The site was beautiful, just a short walk to the river, surrounded by old hardwoods and butterflies, it was magical. The host was lovely, we only saw her briefly but she was welcoming and friendly! The shower and toilet were clean and so comfortable and luxurious to use! I love the open air shower! People even left behind some shower products to use which was a real treat! We appreciated the plethora of firewood and kindling and loved the gorgeous swimming hole already equipped with some chairs and floats!
A really magical place. Our dogs had a blast too! We were able to keep them off leash at the site but put them back on to walk the grounds so as not to disturb the very cute rabbits.
Respect for nature & for people 💚
Our stay was magical! Our campsite was a secluded, lush spot that kept cool throughout the day (campsite 4). Our afternoons were filled with short walks to the little beach and our kids’ visits to see the gorgeous bunnies. Kristen was super responsive to all communications and even gave us tips on surrounding area and the weather! As a multiethnic family raising our kids consciously, this place was perfect bc of the setting and the values they embody! Kudos to the work they are doing. We look forward to coming back!
Kristen’s farm was amazing! I got in after dark but was easily able to find everything with her instructions. It was great waking up in the morning by the way and being able to explore with my dog. I was only passing through for a night but would have loved to stay longer.
A perfect little spot! My partner and I were just passing through on a southeast road trip— we chose camp lot #4. Following a little trail down into the woods it was perfectly isolated. Easy to fine. Totally perfect spot.