WINTER CAMPING! - we are open for your winter camping adventure.
Sleep suspended over this wooded mountainside, in a Tentsile, three person, tree tent. (13'x 13' x 13', 700 lbs weight limit) The tree tent accommodates three people, however three large men said it was a bit tight. This primitive campsite, and suspended tree tent, provides a unique experience for camper
WINTER CAMPING! - we are open for your winter camping adventure.
Sleep suspended over this wooded mountainside, in a Tentsile, three person, tree tent. (13'x 13' x 13', 700 lbs weight limit) The tree tent accommodates three people, however three large men said it was a bit tight. This primitive campsite, and suspended tree tent, provides a unique experience for campers, new and seasoned. The trillium (hammock below the tree tent) also provides addition sleeping spots. This is a great way to vacation with family, friends, or solo.
Located in Moravian Fall, NC, about 15 minutes from Hwy 421, this shelter is complete with a rain fly and mosquito netting. The campsite is situated on a steep hillside, overseeing a horse pasture. The tent is designed to protect you in all weather conditions, rain or shine.
Once you arrive, you will have a short, 2 minute trek down the stairs, down the hillside, through the woods to this location. You will be surrounded by trees and embraced by the landscape. The Tree Tent is built to house three people. Below the tent is the Trillium, a hammock that provides three more sleeping spaces. However, because of weight limitations, we do not allow 6 people.
Lay on the hammocks and listen to the horses grazing peacefully below the camp. The creek babbles near by. In the evening, the tree frogs sing their nighttime song. When the fireflies come out, they twinkle like nature's Christmas lights.
A short walk away, is the community area, which includes the creek, the well, potable water, and the outdoor dish washing space.
There is a fire pit, with a grill as well as a rocket stove. We do not provide firewood. However, you are free to gather dead fall wood to add to your fire. The canopy of trees keeps even the dry wood difficult to light. Please bring fire starters, charcoal briquettes, etc. for helping you get a fire going.
LOCAL ACTIVITIES: to the west is the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is 30 minutes away. 15 minutes away is Kerr Scott Dam where you can rent kayaks, pontoon boats, as well as other sporting equipment. Fish, go mountain biking on the extensive trails, and hiking.
Prayer Mountain is right up the road, about 2 miles away.
Heading east, you can find several fine wineries and vineyards that you can visit. There is also a moonshine distillery in town. About a half hour away is an Amish community that has several businesses open to the public, including the Shiloh Bakery and General Store. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.
To the northeast, about 45 minutes away, is Stone Mountain. Absolutely fantastic hiking, it is also an old homestead that has been renovated and is open to the public.
To the south, there is Rocky Face Park, where there is hiking and rock climbing. Nearby, is Emerald Hollow Mine, where you can go and find, and keep, precious stones you find in the nearby river. There is also a great disk course course, Highland Hills Disc Golf Course, one of the top 25 in the country. There is fun for all ages.
Merlefest (September 16-19, 2021), a world class Bluegrass festival, is located right in our town.
Be sure to look at the activities section below for additional information.
ARRIVAL TIME - Because of the steep hillside, dense underbrush, and the dense darkness of the woods at night, is difficult to get into the site after dark. Please come before the sun sets. Please bring flashlights!!
TRASH REMOVAL: Please take your trash with you.
CAMPING IN THE TENTSILE IN COOLER WEATHER: As the cool air comes through the bottom of the tree tent, it is recommended that you bring one or two blankets to put under your sleeping bag. A double layer is recommended to keep out the cold. (blanket plus sleeping bag)
FYI, if you want more than 3 campers, PLEASE ASK ME. There is room on the trillium to sleep, the lower level of the treetent for an 3 additional campers. There is also a shelter with mosquito netting where a tent could be staked. Please see photos. Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to increase the number of people staying in your group.
DISCLAIMER: WHILE WE HAVE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE EVERYTHING AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE, YOU ARE CAMPING HERE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE PROPERTY IS STEEP, WITH NARROW, AND SOMETIMES WET PATHS.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Suspended Sanctuary Tentsile Tree Tent
Two person tent with assembly
Rent the tent. We will set it up, and put it away.
Farm Time with the Livestock
Come, brush, and feed the donkeys, goats, (and maybe) horses. Hold a chicken,...Read more
Bug Button - DEET free
Repels mosquitos - jut pin it on. Lasts up to 180 hours.
Picardidin insect repellent
Picaridin Insect repellent, repels mosquitoes and ticks. (DEET free)
Instant Screen House - assembled
100 square feet 120" x 120" x 84"
Two person tent without assembly
Two person tent. 88 inches x 54 inches x 42 inches. You set up
Creates vibrant, colorful flames for wood burning fires.
Coleman Propane 1# canister
Propane used for the Coleman Stove and the Mr. Buddy Heater.
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Kerr Scott Dam is 15 minutes away and has great biking paths. One of our guests went there and said it was fantastic! There are...Read more
Kerr Scott Dam, 15 minutes away, allows boating. A recent guest rented a pontoon boat for four hours and had a picnic. You coul...Read more
Kerr Scott Reservoir has fishing, only 15 minutes away. https://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes-and-Dams/W-Ker...Read more
There are many wonderful places in the area to go hiking. Stone Mountain, Rocky Face Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway has multi...Read more
Love Valley is a cowboy town30 minutes here. It has quite a history! Only horses are allowed in this town so it is a fun day tr...Read more
You can rent kayaks and go tubing on the Yadkin River. Call Cooks Sports to reserve your kayak. (336) 667-4121. Or call Kayak a...Read more
Check out Rocky Face Park in Hiddenite. There is climbing available there. https://rockyfacepark.com/
15 minutes from the camp is: Sun Crest Water Park 6806 All Healing Springs Rd Taylorsville, NC 28681 http://suncrestwaterpark....Read more
Information on local white water rafting can be found here: http://www.riverfacts.com/rivers/12438.html
Natural features you'll find at Suspended Sanctuary Tentsile Tree Tent in North Carolina.
The entire area is wooded.
The lake is owned by a church. At this time, we do not have permission to use the dock and the lake. However, you can walk and ...Read more
Nearby, there are many short drives that will take you places with awesome views. Please ask for suggestions.
River, stream, or creek
You have access to the creek for playing, splashing, resting. However, you will be sharing this spot with another small campsite.
About a five minute drive away, you can see Moravian Falls... the waterfall. You need to pay to go into the area, but it is eas...Read more
There is a small wetland where a spring run off meets the brook. There are many crawfish holes scattered around the property. C...Read more
Come up to the farm and pet the donkeys, goats, and horses.
PLEASE READ: Our driveway services three homes on 20 plus acres of property. Our guest parking is on a narrow pull over on the ...Read more
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If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
This was our second time staying at Elizabeth's amazing tree tent. We had so much fun and love all of the additions she's made since the last time - especially the slack line and water station. Will definitely be visiting again!
Great tree tent family experience!
The tree tent was a lot of fun! The campsite is outfitted with all the things you might need too, such a bonus! The location is private and remote enough to really get a great experience without feeling like you are off the grid, which was the perfect combo especially for a camping novice like me! We brought our 2 kids, ages 6 and 7 and they LOVED it! They could explore all of the trails and woods without worry. The tree tent is, as described, set up for 3 people, but we made it work just fine for the 4 of us. I would bring a regular tent next time and switch off nights for 2 in the tree tent and 2 in the regular tent. All in all it was truly wonderful! Highly recommend staying with Elizabeth!! We will be back!!
Great one night stay!
Elisabeth and Mark were so kind and have a great setup! My partner and I comfortably set up camp and spent the night in the trees in their tenstile tent. It was so unique and fun. We loved hearing the horses and having a camp with so many amenities already there! Pots, pans, running water, a kitchen area, hammocks - the works. It would be an awesome site to bring a family with kids. We regret not staying longer. The GPS directions were a little off but Elisabeths helpful instructions are right on.
It was such a nice camping get-away! Not only is the location secluded and beautiful, but they provide all of the camping amenities that one could need, making the packing experience super easy and light! It’s a great option if you want the camping experience but way less of the logistics hassle. Plus the tree tent was a fun, new experience and the hosts, Elizabeth and Mark, were so kind and generous. I highly recommend this place!
Tree tent was amazing & a must do.
The tree tent is a definite must do. Sleeping up off the ground was amazing.
The host was very sweet & kind & too notch on hospitality.
The only downside with this stay would be the hike up & down to campsite from vehicle but theres not much that can be done for that so the rope with lanyards & bucket was a big help as you can attach your things & rope them down half way. No need for much because she supplies all cookware +stove, chairs & tables. A couple hung hammocks were nice & you have access to a creek, fresh water pump, tight rope for kiddos.
Beware the critters (local dog) will scavenge your things if you leave them within reach if you leave or during the night, so just be sure to put your stuff up high enough. The safety net under tent would probably be best for that. Its also good for covering everything if it rains. Just move everything under it to keep dry.
I would give this place a 7.5 out of 10 just because of the couple downsides. Other than that, it was great & a MUST do. I hope to visit a couple of Elizabeths other campsites some day. 😊
A floating castle among fireflies!
What a magical experience floating in the trees surrounded by fire flies! Elizabeth and Mark were exceptional hosts. There is so much to do on property, and they are working on more! Their love for the land really shines through their work here.
The suspended tree tent feels like a bouncy tree house. We came during some spats of rain, and the rain fly kept us dry without any problems. The lower level serves as a great "garage" for all your gear. You climb up to the top level through the middle of the tent - we felt like kids again. So much fun!
Elizabeth has thought of EVERYTHING when it comes to her property! Not only do you have a fully equipped camp kitchen and fire pit, but there is also a rocket stove in the earth next to the pit. This is a wet area, but the rocket stove will give you a fire no matter what. The counter with the Colman stove served as a wonderful place to prep our meals.
There is also a full bathroom with a solar shower - super clean and well maintained!
Elizabeth has put a ton of work into making trails that meander through the property, perfect for a stroll - or to go hang out in the community area by the stream. We were able to use fresh tomatoes and herbs from the garden for our meal, and then do our dishes by the water pump! Elizabeth walked us through how to use the pump - easy as pie! There are hidden surprises in every nook and cranny. Tiny fairy gardens and hammocks, and variegated plants!
Elizabeth even has a little rock painting kit, what a fun craft! We left our rocks hidden on site, see if you can find them :) We had such a fun couples-only retreat here, but we will definitely be back with our kids in the future.