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The entire property is oriented toward private farmland views and surrounding mountains. It's really quite remarkable to be so accessible yet feel so remote.

NOTE:  Tent camping and small RV camping, at more remote sites, is available through our alternate listing, Smoky Mtn. Mangalitsa Car Camp,  (offering 5 more campsites) at rates starting at $44/ night.

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The entire property is oriented toward private farmland views and surrounding mountains. It's really quite remarkable to be so accessible yet feel so remote.

NOTE:  Tent camping and small RV camping, at more remote sites, is available through our alternate listing, Smoky Mtn. Mangalitsa Car Camp,  (offering 5 more campsites) at rates starting at $44/ night.

NOTE:  Groups of eight or more are required to rent a private porta potty.  Please add it to your booking through “extras” or arrange it with the host prior to arrival.  Should your group grow in size we can arrange a private john with notice and accept payment on the premises.  

Several campsite options exist for tent, car, van, motorcycle and RV camping. We are a 95 acre working farm raising the wooly Mangalitsa pig on a half mile of river that offers serenity in a pocket of wilderness 1 mile off of I40. The property is rolling pasture with forest stands, three streams as well as trails and farm roads for hikes leading to 360 vistas. Three horses, two adopted burros and six goats round out the charm.  Check in is BEFORE 5pm. Please contact hosts for exceptions.

NO CHECK-INS AFTER DARK

HOW TO FIGURE YOUR NIGHTLY RATE

The per night rate is for each vehicle and we charge for EVERY vehicle that is in your group. Rates are higher on holidays and weekends.

Each vehicle grants the admission of four campers. Extra persons beyond four (in one vehicle) are $7/person per night. 

If your group has two vehicles this grants you 8 guests.

Additional person fees apply when you exceed the number allotted per vehicle.  Select a $7 fee for each person for each night.  For example, 2 extra people for 3 nights is a total of $42.

EXAMPLE

Vehicle 1 for two nights (at $59/night) with 4 campers = $118

Vehicle 2 for two nights (at $59/night) with 5 campers $118 plus (one extra person staying two nights)  $7 plus $7 = $$132

Booking Total for this example = $250 

Checking in before 5pm is requested. Later times may be available with prior arrangement. Our farm is very dark and navigating at night is difficult. Please contact Catherine directly so you can be checked in safely and accommodate your schedule. NO CHECK-INS AFTER DARK.

Site 1 ROCKS is the main riverside campsite and is located just past the four-board horse pasture.  This area hosts our "Game of Thrones" firepit, flat grass areas, picnic table and options for shade and sun. Cooking outdoors is a snap with our dedicated fire-ring topped with a stainless steel grate. Charcoal works very well.  

This site is pictured in the background of the photo with three horses in the pasture. Gravel leads to this site and it accommodates RV's, cars, motorcycles and multiple tents.  Great for a large group.  Back in to the site~ we think a trailer of more than 30' may have a bit of difficulty, but it can be done.  Your call! Suited for several cars or two cars with trailers or two to three RV's.

Site 2 THE KNOLL is a flat raised site that overlooks Site 1 though you do not see the campers that are residing there unless standing at the very edge.  This is a favorite for RVs as the views of the area farms, the glow of the fire and the sounds of the river below make for a mesmerizing setting.  This is a flat knoll (that is high on the right side of the picture with the three horses)  that will require minimal leveling. Gravel leads to this site.  Suited for several cars or buses or cars with trailers or several motorhomes. Offers a firepit and picnic table.

Site 3 RAPIDS is riverside, opposite the horse pasture and four-board fence and envelops you in the sound of rushing water. Gentle grassy slopes lead to the water's edge while views across the river are of rugged forest and cattle. Build a fire and enjoy the eagles, turtles and cranes that grace the river. Sun & shade. Recently renovated using locally mined boulders, this site is now accessible by walking from your car down a stone path (15 yards)  to a pea gravel campsite with firepit and picnic table.

Site 4 SHOOTING RANGE is nestled in a grass pasture bordered by the Dawn Branch creek and the Pigeon river.  A large adjacent bamboo stand provides deep cool shade and the open air shooting range structure provides a covered deck and table surfaces to set up camp. This site is across the creek and gravel road from a few pig paddocks but we assure you there are very few animals in these pens; certainly not enough to create an unpleasant experience. Suited for several cars or cars with trailers under 20' or RV's under 20'. Firepit and picnic table.

We have a livestock guardian dog named Stetson on property that roams freely to ward off coyotes and other predators   He is a very large, sweet and friendly dog that we rescued two years ago. He will come say hello but shouldn’t be a nuisance to you. Please refrain from hugging him or grabbing his collar as he was abused in his early years.  He will happily redecorate your campsite should you leave your garbage out. (Smiling) Please don’t hesitate to contact us if he’s a nuisance.

YOUR DOG MUST BE ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES PLEASE. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DOG'S WELFARE AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

Check out our pictures and video clips on Instagram for more pictures of the various campsites. Our handle is ~  smokymtnriver_hipcamp

PORT-A-JOHN

If you want to have YOUR OWN PRIVATE Port-a-john we are happy to rent one for you.  If you have a group of 8 or more we REQUIRE that you rent one. We can usually work this out with a few days notice. Otherwise, we have two port-a-johns on site, each serving 3 to 6 sites. Select the Extra Port-a-John at check out.

GROUPS OF 8 OR MORE ARE REQUIRED TO RENT A PRIVATE PORTA POTTY 

LOCATION

We are 1 mile off of I 40, 17 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, 15 min. to Maggie Valley, 10 min to the Elk at Cataloochee, 25 min to Cataloochee ski area, 10 min to Lake Junaluska and 15 min to downtown Waynesville. Asheville is 20 miles to our East.

PORK AND WATER

Fresh spring water is available through our private well. Mangalitsa meat available for purchase on the farm (Hip campers enjoy 10% discount on most items) and there is a charming yet well supplied farm store two miles away, Presnell's Market. We have a few convenience items to purchase also i.e. ice & charcoal.

GROUPS 

Groups are welcome with prior arrangements through host, Catherine.  Please do not hesitate to inquire how we might accommodate your reunion, party or conference.  We have the space to park multiple RV's and erect tents for gatherings.  Private chef services are available including BBQ's and roasts!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
4 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Up to 4 vehicles
Wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 65 feet allowed
Back-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

Both easy walking and hill walking are available on our farm offering lovely views, creeks and small forest stands. The Blue R...Read more

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is available at Queens Farm.

Paddling

Kayaking the Pigeon is a lovely way to spend the day. Drifting or fishing are the way to go. Pack a lunch and float back to D...Read more

Whitewater paddling

30 miles to our north in TN is wonderful whitewater rafting through several commercial ventures.

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Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Smoky Mtn. Mangalitsa River Camp in North Carolina.

Hot spring

Hot springs are less than 20 miles to our NE in Hot Springs NC.

Farm

Very peaceful and quiet yet highly accessible to Interstate 40. 95 acre working farm raising the adorable wooly Mangalitsa pig.

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Hipcamper Edward
Edward G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4 Shooting)
June 30th, 2022

Another GREAT visit. Thanks Catherine and Rick!

Hope to stay again late Summer/Fall.

Hipcamper Jazmine

Our first time at rock #1

Jazmine B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
June 28th, 2022

We loved our 2 night stay at the farm! It’s such a beautifully kept property. Driving to our site we saw horses, donkeys, and pigs! Catherine was so welcoming and informative. Our site had a large pit fire, cooking grill, outdoor dining furniture for 4, lots of shaded areas, and a short path to the river! Time flew while there and we’ll most certainly be back again!

Hipcamper Kendall

Magical spot

Kendall C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 Knoll)
June 28th, 2022

This is beautiful and magical land. At dusk, I took a walk and saw thousands of fireflies lighting up the land. They were everywhere. My favorite spot was at the Adirondack chairs by the river. It was a great place to have a happy hour drink and relax. I highly recommend this beautiful and peaceful place!

Hipcamper Rosie

Idyllic riverside camping

Rosie G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 Knoll)
June 22nd, 2022

This is the perfect campsite. Catherine and Rick's valley is just stunning. We had an absolutely wonderful 4-day stay, which we extended because it was so great. Very memorable. We stayed in the Rapids site. It was perfect for kids (1 and 4) and adults to play, swim, paddle and fish. We all enjoyed visiting the farm animals every day, and doing a daily hike up to one view point or another on the property. Catherine was quick to respond to questions and super friendly. We were so happy to be able to eat some of their produce from their special pigs - the best sausages we have had in years! Just 2 miles down the road is an adorable produce stand with all you need and very delicious local fruit and vegetables. The campsite is just an hour from famous Smoky Mountain bikes, and 20 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and larger convenience stores.

View to the oak from Rapids site.
Hipcamper Dan

Amazing river camping

Dan R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
June 21st, 2022

The hosts are great and the location is truly amazing! We'll be back!

Hipcamper Maura
Maura C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
June 14th, 2022

It was picturesque, serene, and amazingly well-kept. The location is tucked away from the hustle of city life, giving the impression you are totally off-grid, while only being a few minutes from lots of fun little communities and downtown Asheville. Catherine and Rick were so very welcoming, we thoroughly enjoyed our time on their farm and hope to be back soon.

Hipcamper Marci
Marci W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4 Shooting)
June 13th, 2022

We had a wonderful time. The farm and river were beautiful, and there was plenty of space between campsites. Catherine and Rick were very hospitable. We hope to go back soon.

Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 Rapids)
June 13th, 2022

Wonderful place. Stayed there for 3 night with my 6 year old girl and she loved playing be the river the whole time. Rick and Catherine are wonderful host on beautiful property. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper John
John D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
June 13th, 2022

Best campsite I’ve ever been too. The farm is absolutely beautiful, being able to roam all of the open areas is an amazing touch. Some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen from of the top of the farm. I’ve been missing the sound of the River since the day we left. Host are amazing and accommodating. I can’t wait to come back again this summer.

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