I have ten tent sites, with picnic table, portable fire pit & grill, a centrally located toilet, site 2 & 3 can accommodate a small camper, van or pop-up, site 1 & 9 is the most suited for hammocks. water and WiFi access available.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Elk River TN&NC, Watauga Lake TN, Watauga River NC&TN and Buckeye Lake NC all are within 7 miles.
There is a little known old logging road which is a good place to hike, it runs along the mountain above Elk River for about th...Read more
Natural features you'll find at The Hide out on Dark Ridge in North Carolina.
Linville Caverns is about a 40 minute drive from here.
Watauga Lake, or Lake Watauga as it is sometimes called, is 16.3 miles long and covers 6,430 acres (10.05 square miles). Its ma...Read more
River, stream, or creek
A creek runs through through the property and by the site. I have two fish ponds just across the creek with Trout, Bluegill, ca...Read more
There are two recreation areas withing swimming on Watauga Lake, within a 30 minute drive. There is a swimming hole on Elk Rive...Read more
There is three very popular waterfalls on Elk River, the Compression "45 ft" and Twisting Falls are just over 2 miles away and ...Read more
My property is 20 acres and available to hike & explore.
My property is 20 acres and available to hike & explore.
A driveway goes through the property giving easy access to camp sites.
The vibe at The Hide out on Dark Ridge
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Best camping experience yet!
This place is fantastic! Beautiful campsites, beautiful property and extremely peaceful. We spent 2 nights at campsite #3 and loved everything about it. Curtis is the best host we have ever experienced. He was very helpful with directions, history of the area and bringing firewood and fresh spring water......at no extra cost. He is gifted in the art of “neighboring” . My wife and I are already checking our calendars to book a return trip. Can’t wait!
Exactly what we needed
We stayed in campsite #1 on Curtis’ property as a pit stop on the way from DC to the Pisgah area. While we weren’t there for very long, it was a great place to crash for the night. The creek running by the site was nice, and the fire pit and grill were very much appreciated. Curtis was also super welcoming and helpful as can be. Bring bug spray, charcoal and maybe a little fire starter and you’ll have a great time.
Curtis was very responsive and the site was even better than advertised. Level ground for the tent, picnic table, fire pit, and charcoal grill. Fireflies provided the evening entertainment. There is a portapotty on site and it was very clean. Curtis went out of his way to make us feel welcomed. There was no cell service which I absolutely loved. Leave the stressors behind and enjoy life off grid.
Fresh air, waterfalls, lake & stars
My wife and I stayed here over Memorial Day weekend, campsite 3, and loved every moment! The camp host, Curtis, was extremely friendly and a joy to speak with. Everyday he had new stories or lessons about the local area, DIY projects he's been working on (ask about the train horns), directions to local waterfalls and Lake Watauga, and fish food ready for his famous trout ponds.
You won't find a fancy toilet and shower here, however the porter potty was very clean and only a short walk away. You won't find complete isolation, however it was quiet with tons of stars in the night sky and the most beautiful show of fireflies I've ever seen. You won't find running water at your site, however Curtis brings you a 5 gallon jug right to your site, along with a picnic table and fire pit.
We highly recommend checking out Lake Watauga. We used the Little Milligan Public Boat Ramp (25 minute drive), to launch our kayak. Lots of parking and clean bathrooms.
Didn't even have a chance to see the local waterfalls, but we heard from numerous folks, that they're spectacular!
We will certainly be back in the future to enjoy this wonderful property and see our new friend Curtis.
Brayden and Meredith Pitcairn
Great stay at dark ridge
We had a wonderful time camping on Curtis's land. He met us when we arrived, gave us a tour of the various campsites, and even provided us with a 5 gallon jug of spring-fed water! There is a cute little spring fed pond on the property, and you can hear the frogs and the sound of the water trickling in throughout the night. Curtis checked in with us a few times, as well as giving us great advice and directions to find some local waterfalls (Compressions Falls is a short drive away and provides a great swimming spot!), but otherwise gave us some space. We will definitely be back for another stay!
Me and my boyfriend were going to stay nearby at Julian Price Campground but as we were afraid we would arrive too late, we contacted Curtis to book a campsite on his property. From the start, he was incredibly accommodating and quick with responses. When we arrived, he showed us a couple sites and we chose Site #2. It was a wooden secluded campsite that was close to the creek running through his property.
We greatly enjoyed the site since it provided enough isolation so that it was very peaceful but Curtis was around if we needed assistance. The bathroom was very clean and Curtis offered us dry firewood after the surprise rainstorm. We really couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more. The sound of the creek was so calming at night. The fireflies were delightful to watch, and it was amazing to meet Curtis and learn about his homemade train horns and Spicewood tea.
I hope to be back soon, but until then I have the wonderful memories that were made here.
This was our favorite campsite of all time. Curtis was extremely attentive, always making sure our needs were met.
The campground is extremely quiet with a great location on a peaceful mountainside near twisting falls.
The stars at night were incredible and there is a creek and multiple ponds on the property.
We highly recommend staying here.