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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 River Camp,  (offering 7 more campsites) at rates starting at $44/ night.


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 River Camp,  (offering 7 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.


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.


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 

If you have questions i.e.. Infants, extra cars, groups of teenagers etc. Please DO NOT HESITATE to ask Catherine directly. We assure you we aim to please.

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. 

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.

Site 3 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 or RV's under 30'.

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 ~  smokymtnriver_hipcamp


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.



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 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 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
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
3 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Back-in site
Max length 65.0 ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
  • 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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Hipcamper Jason

Don’t miss this beauty!

Jason D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
December 31st, 2021

Catherine and Ricks farm was absolutely beautiful. The Hungarian pigs were so cute (and tasty). Have to “eat them to save them” is what I was told.
Catherine was so sweet and helpful. Our campsite with our 20’ airstream was perfect. Right on the river!
One of the nicest places I have ever camped. Unfortunately it was just a stop over for us en route south for some much needed warmth!
Would stay there for a month if I could!
Thanks again guys.
PS. Don’t drink Sierra Nevada any more. They almost bankrupt this farm and HipCamp was a big help in saving this gem!!

Hipcamper Catherine and Rick
Response from Catherine and Rick, the Host, on January 3rd, 2022

HI Jason! You are so very dear to write such a great and enthusiastic review! We are so happy to have met you all and truly it is campers such as yourselves that really make this an enjoyable endeavor for us! We appreciate your taking the time to purchase our pork and to give us a boost in that department. We hope you will come back soon and enjoy a really wonderful 2022!

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Hipcamper Brenda
Brenda W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 Knoll)
December 4th, 2021

Rick & Catherine are wonderful hosts!!! They have a large 96 acre Mangalista farm. The camp is located on the Pigeon River in beautiful WNC - the Smoky Mountain area. Lots of hiking & I highly recommend taking the farm tour to learn more about these heritage pigs. I have enjoyed this camp 2 times & plan to go many more.

Hipcamper Jill

You must stay here!!

Jill L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 Shooting)
November 28th, 2021

The most amazing hipcamp that we have ever camped at! We even took our family there to camp over Thanksgiving and had a blast. Already planning our next trip in the spring.

Hipcamper Jimmy
Jimmy B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 Knoll)
November 14th, 2021

Beatiful spot. Stayed by the river in somewhat chilly conditions. But enjoyed all the same.

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Hipcamper David

Third stay this year.

David C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
November 9th, 2021

Can't add much more than I did in my earlier reviews. The place is beautiful in the Spring and Summer - now the Fall too! The huge firepit was a bonus for the cold nights! We'll obviously be back. Oh - we bought a Mangalista butt for smoking in the next week or two. Can't wait!

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 Knoll)
November 7th, 2021

Beautiful spot to camp! We stayed at the “Knoll” site which had some gorgeous views of the mountain and the river. A short walk to the top of the property lead to the most amazing Mountain Views. Not far from the Blue Ridge Highway and other cool sites. Definitely recommend. Also Stetson the dog was adorable.

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Hipcamper kenny

Trust this location.

Kenny C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
November 3rd, 2021

It really is a beautiful property with a reminiscent feel of West Virginia. Very simple with a private feel. The kids were able to catch some fish in the stream as well. We are a family that most often will
look for a remote area in the forest to camp and this was a great compromise to a public campground without searching at all for the remote location. FYI.. the large oak on top of the hill offers an amazing spot to watch the sun rise and set.

Hipcamper David

Highly recommend!

David Q.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 Knoll)
November 2nd, 2021

We had the best time and definitely plan to come back! This was a beautiful and serene place to stay for 5 days with our pups. Surrounded by nature and farm life but still close to Asheville. Thanks Catherine and Rick!

Hipcamper Meagan

Wonderful camping!

Meagan S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 Rocks)
October 27th, 2021

This farm land is so beautiful. It has pastures, large rolling hills, amazing views, creeks and a river. The hosts are marvelous and the campsites are plenty private, spread out, and quiet. We loved our stay and highly recommend everyone enjoying this peaceful location and taking in the water, views, animals, and serenity.

Our 4 year old and 8 year old loved fishing the river, wading in the water, and playing on the rocks/beach area as well as feeding carrots and apples to the pigs. And running up and down the hills.

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