Hipcamp host Kristen C.,
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WELCOME 2021 CAMPERS!  ** New Compost Bathhouse with 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 o


WELCOME 2021 CAMPERS!  ** New Compost Bathhouse with 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 rushing and pristine.  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 here - and a farm dog named Mashka!  She is kind but may bark at you. 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.  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, Mashka and myself.  

Three active sites:

#1 - Short descending hike-in (100 yards from parking) tent platform river side site with small fire pit.  perfect for 1 - 3 people.  

#2 CLOSED for Event / Artist-in-Residence access - Round house guest campsite.  Message if interested in hosting a special event.  

#3 - Short descending hike-in (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 - Walk-in back country site descending down small hill (30 yards) to holler-like grassy wild area.  River access surrounds.  small fire pit.  Can provide own poo bucket set-up if desired.  Ideal for trailer, self-sufficient smaller RV or group looking for seclusion.  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. 

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. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 34ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Kristen a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 97%

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Hipcamper Julie
Julie K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 26th, 2018

This was a wonderful stop in beautiful country! Kristen was very welcoming, communicative and accommodating with my last minute booking. I opted for a hammock setup right alongside the creek - which was so soothing and peaceful. There was plenty of land to explore, photograph and hike around the following day - I even met 2 friendly horses! While I did not go out on my bike, Kristen said the area roads are great for biking around on.

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Hipcamper Starla
Starla B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 5th, 2018

Kristen's home and property are absolutely beautiful. I really love that she is utilizing her space to help her community and and all kinds of people (like us!) have a place that is relaxing and conducive for reflection and allows for reconnecting with nature. Very thankful to have found Kristen and Respite in the Round :)

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 24th, 2020

We stayed at site 2 which was lovely. A short walk down to the creek where my 7 and 10 year old played for hours. Perfect spot for easy camping with kids.

Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia K.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
June 3rd, 2020

Definitely enjoyed my escape from the city here. It’s a super beautiful piece of land.

The good - short drive from Richmond. Beautiful back roads once you get off of 85. Nice and cool in the evenings. Awesome fire pit set up with plenty of wood for both nights. She even had it covered for us so it wasn’t wet.

The not so good - we had campsite #2. It was located directly across from the house from the driveway, we weren’t anticipating being that close but based on the previous reviews we figured we’d have little interaction. My crew and I had three dogs in total. They’re all well behaved, but are vocal and love to explore. On Saturday morning we had gotten up early and around 9a Kristen and a guest were in their private garden, which happened to be across the driveway from our campsite as well. Dogs are curious in general so they ran up and were barking. It seemed to catch them by surprise so we apologized and explained they were friendly.

Then they proceeded to weed whack for a period of time including around the backside of the chicken coop which was 15 feet away from our campsite. The noise coupled with the dogs excitement of a new person was just a little much. It didn’t last long and felt a bit intrusive.

Our group made our way to the river bank area near the house with chairs provided. We were swimming and the dogs were as well when I noticed Kristen’s male guest watching us from the porch for several minutes. This prompted me to text her and ask about the noise level and she said “if you could keep the dogs more tame that would be great.” I let her know we would move further down the river away from the house.

We returned from camp after a few hours on the creek and I received another text from Kristen that other guests would arrive that afternoon and if I could keep the dogs from incessantly barking that they would appreciate that. Very off-putting. I asked when they would arrive so that the dogs could be secured and apologized and explained we didn’t know our camping spot would be right in the main area. Kristen responded that dogs will be dogs and then informed me a friend of hers would be coming around 4p to help cut fallen limbs from a tree near our site. (?!) this just happened to be right in the middle of two tents we had arranged. So again, we headed down to the creek with the dogs and gear.

We returned to camp about 445-5 and had the pleasure of listening to the chainsaw until about 530-540 as we hung at our site. It was so hot and we were exhausted and there was one big tree for shade about 20 feet from them cutting the limbs down.

I just wish the yard work was done prior or after our arrival. It wasn’t so much of a retreat for us as we felt the need to tip toe with the dogs and work around activities at the property.

Overall a nice escape from the city, although next time I would book a site deeper into the woods to get the privacy / remote feeling we were initially expecting.

From the tree by camp where the weed whacking was done The chainsaw in actionNice view
Hipcamper Kristen
Response from Kristen, the Host, on June 5th, 2020

I'm sorry you had such a negative experience. It just so happens that this is my home which I choose to open up to campers, not a state park. I will make sure and talk to guests before doing farmwork on the weekends. I do wish you had addressed that you would be bringing three large vocal dogs with your party, but you did not. You also did not pay for wood. I should have caught that and asked you about it. My apologies. I do wish the back country site had been available for you, but y'all wanted to be close to your cars and site #2 was the best option. I have updated the description to inform that a street lamp glare is visible at this site and will make mention that it is most 'central' to farm activities.

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Hipcamper Robert
Robert F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 31st, 2019

Beautiful location with a babbling creek and plenty of space. Kristin was incredibly welcoming and it was a perfect place for the weekend. The tent platforms are both right next to the creek and we felt very safe here.

We decided to camp down the trail where the two creeks meet, a beautiful little meadow that is secluded and peaceful.
Hipcamper Nate
Nate U.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 3rd, 2019

A group of us needed a last minute place to stay after performing in Durham—Kristen was so quickly welcoming to us. We rolled in in the wee hours of the night and found it with no trouble whatsoever. I only wish we had more time to explore the property! Stunning, lush and peaceful to no end. We cannot wait to see how Respite in the Round is utilized in the years to come and feel so lucky to have been able to experience it.

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Hipcamper NEERAJA
Neeraja D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 15th, 2019

It's a beautiful place! A great place just an hour away from Raleigh for a perfect weekend getaway..

Hipcamper Heather

So peaceful

Heather W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 16th, 2019

We needed a quick getaway from the pace and the noise of the city, and Kristen's place was perfect for that. Due to the time of year, the stream didn't have much flow, but despite that, it was very pretty. We chose to camp in our van in the field near the barn, cooked over the fire pit, and enjoyed coffee while watching the horses and the donkey in the adjacent field. Just the relaxing getaway we needed.

Hipcamper Johnny
Johnny R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 18th, 2019

Wow. Super positive and flowy energy vibrating from this sacred land. K is amazing soul and is creating such a magical place to come, sit, play, sing , dance and just Bee. Peace to ya and all the love you are harnishing. Link up another time. Ps please put more compost/mulch in the garden beds.


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