Hipcamp host Rusty B.,
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Rustys Roost River Camp with great views right on the Toe River. Surrounded by the Great Smokey Mountains. Short Drive to Downtown Burnsville. All of our Canvas Wall Tents are 16'x20' that offer PLENTY of room! Great for individuals, couples, groups, weddings, or events.**There is an active train track on the property. As you can see in the photos. There is no schedule. Some


Rustys Roost River Camp with great views right on the Toe River. Surrounded by the Great Smokey Mountains. Short Drive to Downtown Burnsville. All of our Canvas Wall Tents are 16'x20' that offer PLENTY of room! Great for individuals, couples, groups, weddings, or events.**There is an active train track on the property. As you can see in the photos. There is no schedule. Sometimes it comes through 3 or 4 times a day. Some days, none. Sometimes during the night. It typcially last a couple minutes and your back to enjoying your vacation. Kids absolutely love it!**

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
6 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
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
Have a question? Send Rusty a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 8% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Rustys Roost River Camp Toe River🐔 in North Carolina.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Meredith
Meredith C.
recommends this listing.
(Yellow Jacket)
October 15th, 2021

We had the best weekend ever at Rustys! His mom Tony was just the sweetest and very accommodating! Can’t say enough about them! The camp sites are clean, well decorated and just so much fun!!

Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa C.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2021

Beautiful location. Great place. We will definitely be back!!

Hipcamper Brooke
Brooke V.
recommends this listing.
(Yellow Jacket)
September 19th, 2021

Loved that we experienced camping with a bed! We are new to camping so Rustys Roost River Camp was a great. Maybe for first time campers a check list would be helpful like remember to bring toilet paper and towels.

Hipcamper Rusty
Response from Rusty, the Host, on September 28th, 2021

Glad you had a good time! We keep the bathrooms stocked but people always take the toilet paper back to their tents?!? For what, i do not know. We will try to keep an eye on it, please next time let us know! And thanks for choosing our place!

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Hipcamper Robert
Robert B.
recommends this listing.
(Black Bear)
August 9th, 2021

Nice spot and a lot of fun. Clean, safe and well maintained. Toni is very responsive to anything you may need.

Hipcamper Rex
Rex L.
recommends this listing.
(Yellow Jacket)
August 2nd, 2021

Was an awesome time. We loved it. The river was beautiful and the tents were very comfortable. Our host served us we'll. Showers and toilets were clean.

Hipcamper Sabrina
Sabrina C.
recommends this listing.
(White Tail)
July 30th, 2021

We had a great time. We will definitely be back. The hospitality was 5 stars. Toni made sure to check on us upon arrival and each day to see if we needed anything. Bathrooms and showers were very clean. Tent was top notch with very comfortable beds. Very impressed.

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Hipcamper Misty

Had a good time!

Misty T.
recommends this listing.
(Yellow Jacket)
July 26th, 2021

On the plus side; the layout of the tents was perfect. Spaced out just enough for privacy. The deck height made you feel safe, kept dirt out of the tent, and offers coverage underneath from sun and rain. You face the water and have pretty easy access. The attention to the big details was well thought out. The bathrooms were no frills, but clean and laid out practically (with hot water!). The furniture was positioned well with an outlet on the side of the bed and night stand boxes. The host was very friendly, helpful, and responsive.

On the minus side; the train is SO loud. It can be exciting during the day, but it came through at least three times each night. Maybe good noise canceling headphones would help, but something to keep in mind. Some added suggestions would be for the smaller details like leveling the picnic tables (it did look like they were trying to do this to some tables) or maybe a walkway/ smoother path to the water, more attention to the trash around the campsite and water.

Overall a great and relaxing experience. It is a lot easier than camping and a lot closer to the oh so quaint town of Burnsville than I thought it would be. Conveniences like being able to buy ice and wood made it so that we did not have to go anywhere. I would recommend this place with confidence. It would be a perfect place for a large group or otherwise.

Hipcamper Kylie

A delightful vacation

Kylie L.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2021

We had an awesome stay. The tent was very nice, the bed was comfortable, the bathhouse was clean, the view is beautiful, we enjoyed floating down the river. Toni was the best host ever. She definitely made the whole experience delightful. We will definitely be returning.

All the geese running around View of mountains from riverView of tents from riverThe train that runs behind the tents.
Hipcamper Catherine

Lovely location on north toe

Catherine A.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2021

First and foremost, we loved this place. There were 4 adults and 5 kids in our group. We had the Panther and Gamecock tents.

The camp is situated on the banks of the shallow, slow-moving, and crystal clear North Toe River. We had kids from ages 3-9 in our party that range in swimming ability from none to moderately capable, and we felt super safe even with the proximity to water. The river is wide and shallow, and we could wade all the way across. Also, there was a latchable gate at the top of our stairs, so we didn't have to worry about our toddler when we were in the tent.

Burnsville was a less than 15 minute beautiful drive with mountain views away. We were convenient to an Ingles (grocery store for non-locals), Starbucks, McDonald's, and Dollar General. If we needed something, it was easy to get!

The tents were clean and spacious. It was great to have outlets and a light on both the stairs and in the tent. The beds were very comfortable with clean, soft sheets and pillows. Despite nighttime temps down in the 50s, we were quite snug without any extra warming!

We were greeted by Toni, and she was able to provide us with charcoal, lighter fluid, wood, and ice at very reasonable cost! She was also very friendly and helpful. Communication was easy via text or just yelling when you saw her pass by on the ATV.

The bathroom was very clean and conveniently located at the entrance. It was a quick walk.

The only two things that were very, very minor downsides: there is an active train track behind the camp. It's fine during the day and early evening, but both nights, very, very long trains went through in the wee hours of the morning (like 4am). I plan to bring ear plugs next time. It woke up our whole tent the first night, but the second, it only woke me up! If you're sensitive to noise and sleep badly outside your house, plan accordingly. It wouldn't stop us from going again. It was neat to see them during the day and wave at the engines. The drivers would honk at us.

The only other thing that was a MILD annoyance was our cook station. We had a charcoal grill with sink and potable water, which was great, but it was very uneven (maybe because of erosion?) so it was a bit of a challenge to cook over. There was only one other cook station, so if everyone wanted to cook (other tents), it could've been a problem. It wasn't for us though.

There's also currently a lot of goose poop around (part of the beauty of the great outdoors and seasonal in these parts), so make sure to wear shoes around the campsite! Canada goose poop is no joke.

I can't recommend this slice of heaven enough. We had a great time, and we plan to go again asap!

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