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 legal 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!
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.
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!
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)!
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.
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.
***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!
***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 telephone number as access code. Our WIFI is very inconsistent, so be patient and try it another time if not working when you log on.
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.
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!
- 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.
Many trails in the area.
Douglas Lake (TVA system) is about 1 hour drive as well as many other lakes in the area.
Snowshoeing in winter when conditions allow.
MANY streams. Nearest are the Pidgeon River and French Broad Rivers. Outfitters available.
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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
The town of Hot Springs NC is a 30 minute drive, with geothermal springs pumped fresh into hot tubs.
There is a pond at Nearby Max Patch, and dipping spots in nearby streams.
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Driveway is gravel and has two short steeper parts. Just get a little momentum, and "drive like you mean it" !
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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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Greenheart Forest is a beautiful property with access to the lodge, which is very helpful. Inclement weather can make for a difficult experience, as the high altitude makes it super cold. Hot Springs town is 35 minutes away which is great for a day of indoor activities if needed. You don’t need 4WD to get up to the property. Hosts are warm as is Luna their dog!