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The Oaken End Forest Site @ Silverbell Wood is a private, car-camping, ONE-SITE-rental, with fantastic views! 1-6 campers welcome!  A lounging deck with picnic table, provides mountain sunset views from a 2200ft elevation. 

Deck chairs and post eyelets for slinging a hammock are provided. Two out-and-back nature trails with decks/benches, composting pit toilet, kitchen


The Oaken End Forest Site @ Silverbell Wood is a private, car-camping, ONE-SITE-rental, with fantastic views! 1-6 campers welcome!  A lounging deck with picnic table, provides mountain sunset views from a 2200ft elevation. 

Deck chairs and post eyelets for slinging a hammock are provided. Two out-and-back nature trails with decks/benches, composting pit toilet, kitchen shelter and fire ring with flip grill round out the camping space. 

The general location of the campsite is perfect for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Sitting half-way between the town of Bryson and the Nantahala River Gorge, camping here makes it easy to get your adventure in during the day and come back to relax at night, or go to town for food, breweries, entertainment & supplies. 

The Little Tennessee River and Lake Fontana lie half a mile away with several paddling sections accessible from 28S. Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest are a 15 minute drive from the site. The Southern Appalachians in Western North Carolina is the nature-lovers' playground with hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, waterfalls, swimming, lakes, rivers, horseback riding, paddling, zipping and much more... 

CAMPERS: 1 - 6 campers welcome, please inquire about special pricing for larger groups (more than 6 campers), events, or teaching space.

There aren't any other sites, so your group will be the only campers!

VEHICLES: AWD or 4WD is REQUIRED to get to our campsite at ALL TIMES OF YEAR, no exceptions. No motorcycles or trailers allowed because they won't make it up the road.

PARKING: Parking for 1-2 cars directly at the site. The parking/turn-around area is large enough to fit two vehicles. As the road to the site is one lane, vehicles may need to turn around separately, depending on size. Optional/overflow parking for 2 more cars is a short walk down the road. 

FIRE: A fire ring with flip-top grill is provided. Fires are only allowed within the fire ring.

FIREWOOD: A large firewood bin with four sections is available for campers. Each section is the equivalent of two bundles of firewood and is offered to campers for a $10 cash fee, paid into the green slot-box on site, or can be purchased online through the HipCamp booking. $1s, $5s, $10s & $20s are accepted, no change please. 

TENT SPACE: A mulched, open tent area is provided around the fire-ring with enough room for  *at least*  2 large (4-person) tents OR several smaller tents. Particular tent pads are not designated. The tent area is communal (ie. each tent does not have it's own secluded, private space.) Campers must bring their own tents. There is also enough space in the graveled parking/turn-around area for truck or car pop-up tents for two vehicles.

COOKING: The flip-top grill over the fire-pit is the cooking option provided on-site for campers. Wood or charcoal cooking is allowed. Firewood is provided for a fee. Campers must bring their own charcoal/lighter fluid. A simple kitchen shelter with large counter, sink and expedition foot-pump hand-washing set-up is available for use. Campers can bring fuel stoves to set up on the counter if they wish. Electric cooktops/burners won't work as there is no electric directly at the site.

Some basic cooking/prep tools are available for campers to use with care, provided they are washed, dried and put away after use. Tools include: large coffee boiler, water kettle, dishes (plates/bowls/cups), utensils, cooking tools, knives, chopping boards etc.) 

TRASH/RECYCLING/COMPOST: A trash, recycling and composting station is located next to the kitchen shelter. Trash is taken away as frequently as possible. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, recycling is taken when bins are full. Campers must rinse and separate recycling into labeled bins. Glass is separate. Paper, metal and plastic is recycled together. Plastic bags and wrappers cannot be recycled. All food waste and food-related paper products are composted. Cardboard can be broken down and placed next to bins.

POTABLE WATER: Potable water is provided from a spigot at the shower stall, a short walk down the road from the site. Campers must fill their own drinking water bottles at the spigot and carry & refill 5-gal hand-wash buckets, if necessary. 

ELECTRIC: Two three prong outlets are provided at the meter box, next to the shower stall, a short walk down the road, within view of the site. Electricity is not provided directly at the site.

RESTROOM: A private, enclosed and covered composting pit toilet with sink and foot-pump hand-washing station is a short walk from the kitchen shelter. Starter toilet paper is provided. Campers must bring extra toilet paper for the length of their stay.

SHOWER: An enclosed bath stall sits away from the site, a short walk down the road. A water spigot inside the structure provides water for bucket bathing. Or, campers can bring their own shower bag to hang from the rafters.

DECK: A lounging deck with chairs, next to the parking/tent area looks out onto a southwestern view of the Nantahala Range. The lounging deck has posts with eyelets for one hammock.

PICNIC TABLE: A picnic table sits on the deck. Two or more folks can move the table to other areas of the site, but, it's heavy! Be careful! 

TRAILS: Two, short out-and-back trails are available for campers to explore. A short, steep nature trail along the ridge ends at a small meditation/yoga deck with chairs available. Another trail leads down into the fern glen holler and ends at a large double bench. Bring a ground pad and take a nap on the lower bench, or a book and journal 

CAMPERS SHOULD BRING: Tents, and any other gear they may need to sleep comfortably outdoors. Starter TP is provided. Campers must bring their own toilet paper for the duration of their stay. Campers should bring a first-aid kit, rain gear (at all times of year), cooking supplies, tools and equipment. Guests should be prepared to handle minor vehicular issues they might experience (dead battery etc.) Tow trucks either won't come up our road, or will be prohibitively expensive, and we may not be around to help. We recommend bringing a jumper battery unit and a spare tire and jack. Practice changing a tire before traveling!

THE "NEIGHBORHOOD": The campsite sits on our 6 acre mountainous property, so there aren't any close neighbors, per say. Our cabin and our sister's cabin sits on the same property down the road from the site. The neighboring properties that you'll pass driving up to the site are your typical Appalachian mountain homesites. There a bit haphazard with structures and vehicles right by the road, as the terrain dictates, and a junk collector's dream with plenty of "Appalachian Yard Art". Our surrounding area is best described as a homesteading community with properties ranging from 5-20 acres where folks support themselves by growing a variety of vegetables and fruits and keeping poultry and livestock. We respect our neighbors' privacy and their space, as they do us the same courtesy. We protect the natural environment as much as possible, employing environmentally friendly land stewardship practices regarding wildlife, waterways and plants.

We love our homestead campsite and we hope you enjoy it too!

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Up to 4 vehicles
4WD Required
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send NICOLE a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off
  • Response time: Within 24 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Lance

Great location

Lance S.
recommends this listing.
April 28th, 2022

Great spot with awesome sunset views. Nice to have the great kitchen setup! Also, the plant walk was really informative and a great addition to my stay. Look forward to coming back.

Hipcamper Grace

Colors, fun, train, and rain

Grace H.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2021

We had a great stay! It rained a lot of the weekend, but we brought a couple of canopies, and with the covered areas on site, we were able to fully enjoy our time. It was a gorgeous view from the deck with amazing colors; even with the low clouds, and we were back and forth to Bryson City/Sylva etc surrounding areas every day, so the close proximity was unbeatable. Nicole provided detailed and very helpful details, and was a great host!

Hipcamper Mark

Just as good the second time!

Mark W.
recommends this listing.
October 15th, 2021

This was our second time at The Oaken End and it was just as magical. The view and sunsets from the deck were amazing and make this place well worth it. The covered cooking area with the foot pump sink and the toilet put it at the top of our list. We are already planning our 3rd visit!

Hipcamper Shana
Shana G.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2021

Oaken End is a dream. It was a backcountry experience with all of the conveniences of front country. Nicole has thought of every detail making it a comfortable stay. We stayed at a camp a majority of the time, exploring nearby trails and just enjoying the quiet. The view at sunset, stars, mushrooms and shimmering quartz along the trails makes this site magical. Loved it. Outdoor kitchen and shower were amazing, cleanest privy ever too! Will definitely be back.

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Hipcamper Dayna
Dayna F.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2021

This was such a great spot. It’s unique in that you get the camp experience, yet they’ve got a variety of touches that make the routine even easier. It was my friends first time camping and he mentioned multiple times how he’d love to come back to this spot. Close enough to the nearby city, and up enough on the mountain for lots of privacy. Perfect home base for a hiking trip

Hipcamper Maxwell

Simply wonderful

Maxwell C.
recommends this listing.
August 26th, 2021

This campsite was more than I could have ever asked for! I was camping alone and I felt safe here. It was a nice home base as I explored the surrounding mountains, trails, and creeks. The view of the sunset is unbeatable! Looking forward to returning, this area is so beautiful I only began to scratch the surface.

Tent set upSunset dinner time
Hipcamper Brittany

Awesome mountainside spot

Brittany M.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2021

Nicole’s site is amazing! With the well appointed kitchen and outdoor bathroom set-up, it was the perfect mountain getaway for our family. We will definitely be repeat guests.

Hipcamper Vince

6 out of 5 star review!

Vince S.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

Wow, what an amazing experience! If you are looking for a truly private spot in the Western NC mountains, The Oaken End is the place to be. Nicole was very helpful, her directions were extremely easy to follow, and the view... you must see it in person to really get the full experience. If you get a chance, be sure to spend a night or two at this great spot! It's not a matter of if we come back, it's a matter of when!

Great little primitive kitchen set up (note that I brought camp stove with me) Loved having the firewood available at the camp!Plenty of room for my iKamper Skycamper 2.0 plus annex!What a view!
Hipcamper Merry

Amazing views & great amenities

Merry L.
recommends this listing.
July 3rd, 2021

My new favorite spot!

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