Hipcamp host Cathy P.,
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Pitch your tent in the level area of the clean, cleared round pen for a cozy level spot.  Don’t worry too much about the walk to campsite because it’s pretty easy and I have a pull wagon you can use to haul in your gear. The quiet of the mountains awaits you. You’ll be sleeping on the grounds of Whippoorwill Horse Rescue a 501 C 3 non profit organization. Neighbors aren’t to


Pitch your tent in the level area of the clean, cleared round pen for a cozy level spot.  Don’t worry too much about the walk to campsite because it’s pretty easy and I have a pull wagon you can use to haul in your gear. The quiet of the mountains awaits you. You’ll be sleeping on the grounds of Whippoorwill Horse Rescue a 501 C 3 non profit organization. Neighbors aren’t too close (with exception of cows and horses) and can’t be seen during spring & summer. The biggest sounds are that of nature, horses, cows and the areas wildlife. You may hear an occasional car and most any day a tractor or farm truck  in the distance. So, basically farm life. For now it’s pretty primitive but much more to come in spring. Compost Toilet with privacy shelter is provided. (I do ask that you tie up the bag when it's time to empty or before you leave  or whichever comes first and place it in the back of the farm truck double bagged).

 On this tent site you will have a fire pit grill that you can use your charcoal or firewood. Garden hose provides fresh, filtered drinking water.  There’s fun sites to see nearby and I’ll be happy to answer any questions and point you in the direction you’d like to go and Google Maps works great for the area. Guided whitewater rafting opens in March. Hike the beautiful 2 miles into Turtletown Falls (approx 8 minute drive). Great restaurants nearby including Burra Burra on the River with a fantastic menu and offers a host of beer and wine. Twisted Tomato Pizza Co for fresh made hand tossed dough and baked to perfection in a wood fired oven. Happy Bear Cafe offers good things like great coffee,  hand dipped Hershey's ice cream and amazing fudge. All three restaurants are riverside and you can dine indoors in the relaxing and unique atmosphere or outdoors by the beautiful waters. During your stay here you can receive %15 percent off in these three restaurants by letting them know you're our guest at Whippoorwill Horse Rescue.  

Laundry mat, grocery store and other needs are also located in the same town of our twin cities of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA. Taccoa River Mall is a small indoor shopping experience where you can find some camping needs, handmade gifts from Africa to unusual stones from near and far.

On the outskirts of both towns of Ducktown and Copperhill you’ll find small veggie stands that carry an assortment of things like tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, peaches, corn and melons (during season) The local grocery is IGA.

Even closer is our little town of Ducktown. There you can visit the local brewery or have a meal at Rod's Rockin Rolls with the best egg and spring rolls I've ever tasted. Be sure to visit the Burra Burra Mines and Museum for a view of the caved in and flooded mine and indoors where you learn of our copper mining history.  White water rafting is close by and guided trips open in March. You must be 12 years of age by law to go down the Ocoee but, younger ones can tube, float and kayak on the Taccoa River (seasonal). Rolling Thunder River Co can meet all your needs. Check them out online. They do take walk ups but booking your day is the best bet. 

Do you love trains? Want to experience an open or closed car adventure. Book a 4 hour excursion on The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. 13 track miles for a one hour ride to Copperhill, TN with a 2 hour layover for shopping and dinning. Then a one hour ride back. They take walk ups as well but again, booking your trip is the best bet. This is fun for all ages.

If you'd like to do a little trout fishing you will find some great spots at Horseshoe Bend Park. If you'd like a guided fly fishing trip, you can book this in town as well. 

  Whatever you decide to do I’ll do my best to make you feel welcome and you’re stay as fun or low key as possible. You’re a 10 minute drive to Ducktown town and 15 minutes from the Ocoee River of Tennessee; a beautiful place to hike, bike or just sit back and enjoy the rivers flow. The Whitewater Center is an amazing site any time of year and a perfect trip for a picnic with grills and tables. A small nearby lake called Campbell Cove is a quick trip for a quite paddle and you're welcome to use my two boats, one flat bottom sit in and one sit on top. The water's cold this time of year so do so at your own risk. Public access at boat ramp but surrounded by private cabins. With a fishing license you can add a little fun and possibly catch dinner. Please message me with any questions or concerns as I may have left something out. I live a quiet life on the farm and like to keep noise lever low. I'm a friendly person and love meeting new people. I also do a work stay trade off. If you'd like to earn a couple free nights let me know. You could do something like muck the barn but you must be a bit horse savvy and know how to be safe. 

 I very much look forward to meeting you and making you feel welcome. 

In the photos you'll see a short description of what you're seeing. PLEASE NOTE: This is a working horse rescue so, if you see a frail horse, fear not because they are here to mend, and proceeds go back into the the rescued horses. Once the showers and outdoor kitchen is complete, prices will increase so, book now.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Cathy a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Lake Hiwassee and Lake Appalachia are approx 20 minute drive. There you can rent fishing boat, pontoon to reel in the big boys ...Read more


Minutes away you'll find Campell Cove Lake where paddle boats are welcome to fish. No gas motors allowed but, you can ask if my...Read more


Turtletown Falls. Approx 2 mile hike into the first set of falls.

Horseback riding

Not offered here as our rescues are either retired or healing but riding stables are located a few minutes drive away.


On the Taccoa River you have your choice of 6 mile, 3 mile or 1.5 mile in a boat of your choice like, funyak, kayak, canoe or e...Read more

Whitewater paddling

The Ocoee River of Tennessee is minutes away for the experienced rafter/kayaker.



Natural features you'll find at Whippoorwills Nest 3 - Tent Site in Tennessee.


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Hipcamper Luke
Luke W.
recommends this listing.
March 2nd, 2021

Friendly and accommodating host, with a cool little spot to drop a tent. Nice view of the mountains as well

Hipcamper Emily
Emily K.
recommends this listing.
April 3rd, 2021

Cathy is lovely and so welcoming. Her horses are amazing and each one has a unique rescue story. The primitive campsite is flat and elevated, and the views from the tent were incredible. Fire pit, composting toilet, and a table and chairs were provided. Cathy is also a published author if you’re interested in reading more about her nonprofit. I will definitely be visiting again soon!!

Hipcamper Mauricio J.
recommends this listing.
February 25th, 2021
Whippoorwills Nest
United States
1 Site