Hipcamp host Catherine T.,
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We are a Mangalitsa farm in The Smoky Mountains of western NC 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:    RV campers please consider our alternate listing Drift Club~ River Mountain Retreat if the more remote sites listed here are not appealing or

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We are a Mangalitsa farm in The Smoky Mountains of western NC 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:    RV campers please consider our alternate listing Drift Club~ River Mountain Retreat if the more remote sites listed here are not appealing or accessible for your size vehicle.

Several campsite options exist for tent 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. Four horses, two adopted burros and six goats round out the charm.

All camp groups receive a complimentary starter bundle of firewood! 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 we can check you in safely and accommodate your schedule.

Tent campers can park vehicles close to Sites 1, 2, & 3 or hike and camp at more remote spots including a sweeping mountain view (pictured in the photo with the young rider on a black horse) or creek-side waterfall spot.

These sites offer parking within a few yards of camping, firepits (your first bundle of firewood is complimentary) and access to port-a-john. Each Site has a 4x4 "coffee table" for eating, cooking and putting your feet up!

Site 1 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.

Site 2 HEISMAN'S HUT is creek side on Dawn Branch and is named after our number one 500 pound Mangalitsa boar. Why is he number 1? He's 500 pounds, I'll let him tell you! This is a small grassy meadow with options for sun and shade within steps of the running creek. Gently moving babbling water and firelight set the stage for your night with friends.

Site 3 CREEKSIDE is creek side on Dawn Branch and is accessed through our bamboo pasture. It is a grassy pasture spot along the tree lined creek that is beautifully shaded in Summer afternoons. This location allows for easy access to the back portion of the property. An afternoon walk up the hill or through the woods with a bottle of wine is rewarded with 360 views (pictured with young rider on the black horse) of the stunning Smoky Mountains. Later, crystal clear running water back at your campsite will refresh your soul and lull you to sleep.

Site 4 HILLTOP is a site for true 4 Wheel Drive vehicles only. This site offers 360 views in the north corner of our property.  The boundary fence to the adjacent property is barbed wire with cattle often on the other side.  The drive to the site is through grass pasture, a short dirt road, through 2 bogs ( small wet areas) then up a grass road and sloping pasture.  The ground is sloping grass pasture with incredible views.  This area is flexible in that you can tuck into the trees or stay high on the hill. Please look at Instagram Drift Club Hipcamp for a 360 video.

Site 5 LOWER HILLTOP is a site for true 4 Wheel Drive vehicles only.  This site is down the hill from Site 4 on a flat landing next to the boundary fence and a tree.  The views are 270.  The boundary fence to the adjacent property is barbed wire with cattle often on the other side.  The drive to the site is through grass pasture, a short dirt road, through 2 bogs ( small wet areas) then up a grass road and sloping pasture.  The ground is sloping grass pasture with incredible views.  This area is flexible in that you can tuck into the trees or stay high on the hill. Please look at Instagram Drift Club Hipcamp for a 360 video.

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.

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

The per night rate is for four campers and one vehicle. If your group has two vehicles this grants you 8 guests (no extra person charges) but the second vehicle will need to pay the same nightly rate as the first. 

Extra people (in one vehicle) are $5/person for a maximum of eight people.  An extra vehicle will be charged a full nightly rate when your total party size exceeds three people. This is because camping groups were joining up at other properties and taking advantage of our low nightly rate   We hope you understand, thank you. 

For example~ 

2 cars and 3 people will be charged $35/night

1 car and 6 people will be charged $35/night and $5+$5 for persons 5 and 6

2 cars and 4 people will be charged $70/night

2 cars and 8 people will be charged $70/night 

Please add the additional charges to your cart at checkout via the EXTRAS

Please if you have any questions at all ie. Infants, groups of teenagers etc DO NOT HESITATE to reach out to Catherine.  We aim to please I assure you. 

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.

Fresh spring water is available through our private well. Mangalitsa meat available for purchase on the farm (Hip campers enjoy 15% discount on most items) and there is a charming yet well supplied farm store about one mile away, Presnell's Market. We have a variety of convenience items for purchase i.e. ice, charcoal etc.

GROUPS are welcome with prior arrangements through host, Catherine. Please do not hesitate to inquire how we might accommodate your reunion, party or rally. 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
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
5 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 20ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Catherine a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

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Hiking

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Horseback riding is available at Queens Farm.

Paddling

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Whitewater paddling

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

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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Drift Club Creek & River Tent Camps 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 Eric

A unique and relaxing weekend

Eric C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
April 5th, 2021

Review

Staying at Drift Club was an absolute delight. In the weeks leading up to our visit Catherine was extremely communicative and helpful. Upon arrival, She greeted and introduced us to her dog Stetson. We were given some information, then led to our campsite. Catherine stopped along the way to tell us about the other sites and tell us about the property. We chose tent site 3 and were NOT disappointed! Firewood, kindling and a small table were waiting for us. The surroundings were beautiful, the sound of the stream was a great soundtrack and (most importantly for me) the newly delivered, very clean port a John was located in a convenient but unobtrusive spot.

We spent the afternoon exploring the huge fenced property, visiting the pigs (!!!) and having a generally nice time. The night was quiet except for the sound of the stream and we felt very safe and secluded. The sky was dark enough to see stars we never get to see at home!

The next day was just as nice! I 100% recommend paying a little extra for Catherine to give you a tour. Not only do you get to meet the Mangalitsa pigs (!!!), you get to learn more about the breed and all the processes on the farm. You can tell how passionate Catherine is about her work and the well-being of her animals. The rest of the day was spent driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting Asheville and checking out the ADORABLE downtown Waynesville.

Our second night was just as pleasant and on the way out we were able to buy some delicious sausages. We have already booked a trip for August and absolutely cannot wait to return!

Susan & Eric

Walking up to the chairs on the hillChairs on the hillMorning view at tent site 3Tent site 3
Hipcamper Catherine
Response from Catherine, the Host, on April 11th, 2021

Eric we are so appreciative of your generous review and enthusiasm for our farm! What a joy to host such a personable and dynamic couple! You all are pioneers in your Deli van and we hope your Deli Meet rally will make its way to our pasture someday. Thank you for taking an interest in our unique Mangalitsa and for purchasing from our farm store~ your support has a significant impact upon our sustainability and we are so grateful! We hope you will return soon. Best wishes for an amazing summer!

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Hipcamper Nick

Mountain bliss!

Nick S.
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(Site 1)
April 6th, 2021

My family and I were blown away by the incredible beauty of this property as well as how kind and helpful Catherine and her family are. It’s pretty unbelievable that they are willing to share such an amazing property and we can’t recommend it highly enough! Book this place while you can!

Hipcamper Catherine
Response from Catherine, the Host, on April 11th, 2021

Nick, we loved having you at our farm and so very appreciate your kind words! It is truly our pleasure to share the property ~ your stay directly impacts our sustainability and your compliments make us happy and motivated! We hope you will return again soon and that you enjoy other wonderful spots this summer!

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Hipcamper Andrew

Beautiful, quiet, safe

Andrew R.
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(Site 3)
April 11th, 2021

Property was beautiful. Catherine and Rick made us feel welcome and at home. Stayed at tent site 3 nexts to the creek, it was gorgeous and private. The sound of the creek was wonderful to fall asleep to. Ground was even and grass was plush. Farm dog Stetson was so friendly and all smiles. Hiked up the hill and the view was amazing, even for high standards. Not a bad drive into Pisgah and Asheville. We love a relaxing, quiet place to camp. We will be staying again soon.

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Hipcamper Catherine
Response from Catherine, the Host, on April 15th, 2021

Andrew, we so enjoyed having you on our farm and appreciate your kind and thoughtful review! Y'all are a truly dynamic couple and we are so glad we got to meet you! We look forward to your return someday soon and wish you a happy and adventurous summer!

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Hipcamper Michael

Beautiful and comfortable

Michael C.
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(Site 1)
April 13th, 2021

Drift Club, was an excellent camping experience. Very beautiful and welcoming place with incredible scenery. I feel like I could have stayed a few more days.

Property
Working Mangalitsa Farm
State
North Carolina
Country
United States
$35/night
5 Sites