Hipcamp host David K.
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Pitch your tent on one of many sites in the solitude of a cove hardwood forest right next to the Pisgah National Forest. Choose a Thoreau site (private and away) or group up together around the council fire ring. Go to sleep in the quiet of the forest, wake to a chorus of birdsong. Step out of your tent onto a trail of discovery to high mountain meadows and deep solemn fores


Pitch your tent on one of many sites in the solitude of a cove hardwood forest right next to the Pisgah National Forest. Choose a Thoreau site (private and away) or group up together around the council fire ring. Go to sleep in the quiet of the forest, wake to a chorus of birdsong. Step out of your tent onto a trail of discovery to high mountain meadows and deep solemn forests. Being here is being away from the noise and chatter. Conveniences are only a few hundred yards away at our small rustic lodge. 

Please note we are the closest approved camping area to the Max Patch viewing/hiking area and the Appalachian trail is only 20 minute walk. Our site is forested and provides views only when leaves are down. Your short hike brings you to the wonderful views!

                                            ***Winter Season Notice***

We are now entering winter season which brings highly variable and challenging weather and camping conditions. Although we plan to remain open until further notice, since we are a remote location we cannot take responsibility for inexperienced campers during the winter. We must rely on campers to self-inform regarding weather conditions. We use: Rays Weather/Wolf Laurel location and recommend it for campers also. Please remember we are high elevation: 4000ft. and can experience very high wind gusts and snowfall. 

When cold winter fronts are predicted, we are limiting camping reservations to only those who are experienced and prepared with appropriate gear and clothing for the weather. If snow is a possibility, you MUST have a good 4WD vehicle. We have limited space in our lodge in case of a serious challenge. Basic rooms/no linens (sleeping bags required) are $100/night. 

                                           ***Temporary Limitation for Children***

Very sadly, we lost our greeter and deeply loved companion dog Luna in early July. In September, we adopted an 8 week old puppy we hope to condition and socialize to be like Luna. His name is Sunny and he is a rambunctious black Labrador Retriever. He is not aggressive, but is overly friendly and does not yet know how to be calm around children. We are working on his behavior, but he is too young presently to be disciplined enough. So please forgive us for limiting our camping to those not afraid of dogs and must ask those with children to please consider us again next year after Sunny is better behaved. Many thanks for your consideration of this request. 

         We support and request our campers to camp well and "Leave No Trace"

                                      The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on prepared designated surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly. Pack out what you bring in. 
  • Leave what you find. Do not cut live or standing dead shrubs and trees. 
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire). Use provided firerings. 
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors. Respect others' need for quiet, low lighting, and minimal disturbance esp. after hours. 

1. Please BRING CASH for extras and adjustments and note that some local stores do not take credit cards. Do your grocery shopping and fill your gas tank before arrival. 

2. Be sure to CALL at least one hour before arrival and provide your ETA. NOTE our address for your GPS guidance. Hipcamp does not allow me to list this information here.

Early arrivers are usually much happier! 

3. Please plan ahead so you ARRIVE (at least) 1 HOUR BEFORE DARK! Thanks! We cannot guarantee guidance and support if you arrive after dark. We are usually asleep by 10pm (along with our campers)! If you arrive after dark and we are not there to greet you, please go to the front door of the lodge, read all posted messages, get an information packet (with maps), relax in a front porch rocker and read all info. in the packet. Then WALK the trails and roads to pick a site and determine if your car/truck can make it to a parking spot. 

4. ***Please note especially drives that are CLOSED TO VEHICLES. PLEASE do not take your vehicle into these areas. They have been closed due to damage to our precious trees from vehicles hitting their trunks and side slopes that some campers cannot negotiate with their vehicles.  These are very well marked on the map and have reflectors and painted posts to indicate the point of no access. SO far this season, over $500 in wrecker fees have been paid by campers who have gotten stuck, and we have incurred about $1000 in repair costs. Thank you for complying with this request.***

5. Please be prepared with tarps under and above your tents for best camping experience. A large overhead tarp can give you space to enjoy summer showers. Also bring camp chairs, matches and lighting tinder (cardboard is best) for campfires. As well as inset repellents for your comfort. A good book is often nice to have. Flashlights and raincoats are necessary. Bring camp chairs for your comfort. 

For weather forecasts, we use: Ray's Weather.com Wolf Laurel forecasts. Wolf laurel is north of us, so we also look at the doppler radar for additional info. 

6. During the pandemic situation, we are trying to offer you a nature escape but within the guidelines we have been given and the facilities we have. We  appreciate your flexibility and patience. 

Due to safety requirements we are no longer taking advance reservations for specific campsites, This helps us work with you when you arrive to pick a site that is most suitable to you. Please book during the week during lower occupancy dates and arrive early for most choices.

***PLEASE NOTE: For your safety and the safety of others, we are REQUIRED by our state and local health officials and our own self-obligations to provide a safe and healthful experience to all who camp here, and ask you to adhere to our safe distancing and bathroom self-cleaning, safe use protocols. If these present disagreeable issues for you, please accept our apology for not being able to host those who choose not to comply. Many thanks and safe and happy camping!

Bathrooms will be assigned on a first reservation basis. All bathrooms may be shared with others and we have posted cleaning protocols and provided cleaning materials in each bathroom. Next choice will be tent potty for which you must provide your own toilet paper and sanitizer liquids.

Also, we will be limiting numbers of campers in any given site and will try to space reservations as far apart as possible (our sites are already fairly far apart). 

***Please note the front door to the lodge goes to a restricted QUARANTINE AREA.

7. ***Please note that our fee is $30 PER TENT with up to two people per tent basis, regardless of how many tents are set up on a site. Larger tents MUST ADD $10/person over two persons. 

***If you arrive with more people than you made reservation for, and have more tents than your original reservation; we will help you refigure your fees and require you to make adjustment to your payment prior to setting up camp. Please bring cash or check to make adjustments. 

We have ONE site that can accommodate as many as 10 people at once with space for up to three (3) tents, and one other site that can accommodate up to 6 in (3) tents. DURING the pandemic we are limiting the number of users in our larger sites to 4 persons in order to keep bathroom use at a safe level.. Please send a message if you have questions. Thanks!

8. ***Please note: If we are not here when you arrive, please take an information packet at the front door of the lodge and walk the campsites, familiarize yourself with water source, bathrooms and trails. Available sites will be indicated on a map in the packet. Please be patient, we will return as soon as it is possible for us. 

The WIFI is available to you on porches using the access number posted on the front door as the access code. Our WIFI is very inconsistent, so be patient and try it another time if not working when you log on. 

9. Vehicles with good clearance and traction can park at two sites and near one other site. All other vehicles must park at the lodge. Two campsites are pack-in by foot only.

10. If you are collecting firewood from the forest, PLEASE DO NOT cut standing live or dead trees/shrubs etc. Much is laying on the ground, and there is enough dry to burn after you get a fire going. Pick pieces that are somewhat solid and not spongy. Many pieces are off the ground for various reasons of how they fell and can be fairly dry on the inside. Please bring lighting materials including cardboard.  DO NOT BRING FIREWOOD FROM OUTSIDE THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN REGION. You might bring in insects and diseases that are devastating to our forests. The Forest thanks you! 

11. Trash. WE can no longer take ANY trash from campers. Our small county does not have the resources to process your trash and they require compete separation of recycled materials into individual bags. The COVID situation makes it unsafe for us to handle your trash in any way. Please plan to burn what you can and pack out the rest. Thank You! 

We hope this clarifies some of you may have had in the past due to the very limited information space allowed by the Hipcamp site. 

Thank you for considering us!

Campsite area
Bring your own
7 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Have a question? Send david a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


A nice paved loop (about 10-15 miles) begins at our driveway, as well as many gravel roads (for mountain bikes). Bikes may not ...Read more


Many stocked trout streams nearby.


Exceptional hiking on the Appalachian Trail and many other trails.

Horseback riding

Many trails in the area.


Douglas Lake (TVA system) is about 1 hour drive as well as many other lakes in the area.

Snow sports

Snowshoeing in winter when conditions allow.

Whitewater paddling

MANY streams. Nearest are the Pidgeon River and French Broad Rivers. Outfitters available.

Wildlife watching

Wild turkey, barred owl, whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, elk, and black bear reside in the area. This is also an EXCELLENT birdi...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Greenheart Forest in North Carolina.


We are 4000ft. elevation in Pisgah National Forest, 20 minute walk from the Appalachian Trail and 45 minute walk from Max Patch...Read more

Hot spring

The town of Hot Springs NC is a 30 minute drive, with geothermal springs pumped fresh into hot tubs.

Swimming hole

There is a pond at Nearby Max Patch, and dipping spots in nearby streams.


There is a twin waterfall (not large, but about 40 foot drop) in nearby (10 minute drive or 2 hour hike) Harmon Den Wildlife pr...Read more


Driveway is gravel and has two short steeper parts. Just get a little momentum, and "drive like you mean it" !


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Hipcamper Terah
Terah B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 23rd, 2017

Our stay at Greenheart Forest was one of the best camping trips I can remember. David and his wife were incredible host and the property is absolutely beautiful. The tent site was surrounded by a canopy of thick green foliage right on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest. David helped us get our gear up to the site and has permanent tents set up if you don't feel like setting your own up. There are many beautiful huge trees to hang a hammock and the sites are well stocked with firewood for the cool nights. My kids enjoyed exploring the area during the day. The Appalachian Trail is a short 15 min walk and Max Patch Bald is a 45 min hike from the site and boast 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will definitely be staying at Greenheart Forest again! One of the best camping experiences I've ever had!

Greenheart ForestFinally reached Little Max Patch Bald where we would watch the Solar Eclipse. The whole hike took around 20-30 min. It was a beautiful walk!Greenheart ForestS'mores by the fire!
Hipcamper Brian
Brian L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 22nd, 2017

David was a very gracious host. He and his family are very sweet and made me feel very welcomed at their property. They let my friend and I use the showers and bathroom up at their lodge. And the lodge itself is a work of art! Truly a luxurious place. The camp site is right next to Max Patch, too. The trail is accessible from the campsite and has some fantastic views of the mountains.

Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 9th, 2017

We had the most wonderful weekend at Greenheart Forest. David welcomed us into his home upon arrival and was very friendly and open. He gave us a tour of the grounds and invited us to come to the lodge any time- the door was always open. Though we brought our own tents, the permanent tent set up in the middle grounds was like a palace and fit all four of us comfortably with room for four more. David had even laid down a giant square of carpeting to make it more comfortable. Firewood stacks were located at each campsite for us to use, and we made fires every morning and evening to cook breakfast and dinner. There was a short steep hike between the lodge and the campsite, but we were able to drive our Xterra and park about 200 yards from the tent. One evening after dinner, we went down to the lodge to use the facilities but ended up staying for almost an hour for gluten free cake and 'nice-cream' to celebrate another guest's birthday. David and Jeanette were always incredibly friendly and welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the little slice of heaven that is Greenheart Forest and definitely want to return.

So many great trees around the fire pit for hammocking at the end of a day of hiking.The palace for the weekend! The tent was large enough to fit 6-8 people, had an antechamber for our boots, and carpeting inside for even more comfort.Nothing like bacon cooked over an open fire! The fire pit and provided grill rack were perfect for cooking our meals in the cast iron.Can't beat waking up to a view like that.
Hipcamper Dash
Dash W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 4th, 2018

Beautiful wooded sites that’s attached to the national forest. The owner David has done an amazing job and the site we stayed at had picnic tables and benches next to the fire place, a zen garden and a hiking trail that led to the Appalachian trail were we met a bunch of hikers . So epic

Hipcamper Andy
Andy B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 8th, 2018

Did not have 4-wheel drive, but was able to make it up the hill to our campsite the first night. Saw a set of eyes in the woods after 10pm the first night. Girlfriend and I were a little concerned for our safety, so I called David, the host (there is AT&T coverage, but no Verizon). He made the 5-minute walk up the hill with Luna, his dog, to check on us. He offered to let us stay in the cabin for the night, which really settled our nerves and made for a good night’s sleep. It rained the next two nights, so the trail up to the campsite became very slippery and I was unable to get the truck back up there to load our gear. He offered to drive up his 4x4 and bring us and the gear back down. We graciously accepted! There is a clean bathroom and shower in the host’s cabin and there is a beautiful view at the summit on the Max Patch section of the Appalachian Trail, which is about a two hour roundtrip hike from the campsite. Hot Springs, NC is about a 30-minute drive from the campsite, which has a few bars and restaurants, a grocery store, camping supplies, fishing, and whitewater rafting/kayaking. I highly recommend the campsite and the friendly host. My girlfriend and I even got engaged at the summit during our hike!

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Hipcamper david
Response from david, the Host, on July 9th, 2018

Congratulations on your engagement!

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Hipcamper Bucky
Bucky B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 10th, 2018

We were welcomed by David (and his dog Luna) upon our arrival, and he gave us a quick tour of the facilities before escorting us to our campsite options. We selected a private site nestled in the trees with reasonable access to the lodge. The access from our campsite to trails, the AT, and Max Patch were phenomenal. David provided a hiking map and firewood during our stay. We will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Claudia

Beautiful and peaceful

Claudia Z.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 4th, 2020

We loved our stay at Greenheart Place. David greeted us and gave us an overview plus the maps we needed. We walked around and chose Group site 2, which is the top most site. It was beautiful and very spacious with a nice fire pit and a picnic table. Our daily walk(s) to the meadow to take in the mountain views and our hike to Max Patch were our favorite experiences. The wildflowers and views were spectacular.
The bathrooms at the lodge were very nice and clean. David was happy to help with all of our questions. He has created a very peaceful place. We would be happy to return for more camping adventures.

Hipcamper Riley
Riley M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 25th, 2017

Greenheart Forest was a remote, beautiful camping location with stellar hiking trails and a really gracious host. I look forward to staying there again!

Hipcamper Gage
Gage S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 26th, 2017

We had an awesome stay here! David made everything extremely easy for us! The campsites he has are in such a perfect location to get to Max Patch. We will be back soon!


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