This site is voted Best View in Western North Carolina by Hipcamp Scouts and Hipcampers ! Top ten in the US of all Hipcamp sites. At a 4,550 foot elevation, Haw Ridge has nearly 360 Degree Views on a clear ridge with great visibility. Catch both the sunrise and the sunset. On foggy morning the mist rolls right over the ridge top. There are only 3 sites on two acres so plenty
This site is voted Best View in Western North Carolina by Hipcamp Scouts and Hipcampers ! Top ten in the US of all Hipcamp sites. At a 4,550 foot elevation, Haw Ridge has nearly 360 Degree Views on a clear ridge with great visibility. Catch both the sunrise and the sunset. On foggy morning the mist rolls right over the ridge top. There are only 3 sites on two acres so plenty of space for social distancing! Please read listing completely about what type of vehicle is required.
Pet friendly, no leash needed as long as you stay on the property. It's three camp sites total. Just be respectful of other campers and property owners.
Extremely private, only three sites on the entire mountain. The rest of the mountain is privately held but there are no houses or other sites. Great "light pollution free" sky for stargazing, no street or city lights. Good vehicle clearance suggested for drive to the top.
This is a two acre site that can accommodate a maximum of three camper groups. There are trees and brush separating the three sites so plenty of privacy. You can purchase firewood at the local supermarket in Mars Hill. Site 1 is surrounded by trees, and it is the first spot you come to on the left, Site 2 is on the edge of the tree line and Site 3 is in the open field. (see site map & pictures) The sites are clearly numbered. Sites can be selected at time of booking, for sites 1 through 3. IMPORTANT Hipcampers on site 3 stay to the left of the concrete property marker. (50 feet to the left of the wooden cross in the field.) The right side of the field with the cross is owned by a different party, please respect their space.
4 Wheel Drive is advisable (high clearance vehicles.)
Please do not move the picnic tables and remove all your trash.
Enjoy the view and your stay !!
Rocky Fork State Park Tn. is just a short drive away for some great additional hiking ,swimming and fishing.
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 10AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Short Drive to tubing and rafting
Natural features you'll find at Haw Ridge, Mars Hill NC in North Carolina.
Short Drive to Hot Springs NC
Short drive to multiple swimming holes
Short Drive to multiple waterfalls
The vibe at Haw Ridge, Mars Hill NC
Places to see near Haw Ridge
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Oh my gosh. This is hands-down one of the best places I've ever camped in my life.
From Asheville it's about a 45 minute drive but it's more than worth it. Most of the miles are highway miles until you get to the last little bit. The road leading to the site has a steep uphill section and is rocky but we had no problem getting there in our 4-Runner. As you climb the hill the view starts to open up and then as you make the last turn to Peter's place you are presented with the most incredible 360 degree view of western North Carolina and her mountains. We got there with plenty of daylight left and had the pleasure of watching the sunset and the mountains turn the most beautiful shades of blue, the sky a gorgeous rose.
The best part is that we had the place all to ourselves. It reminded us a little bit of Max Patch only there weren't any crowds. We had a number of places to choose from when deciding where to pitch our tent. We eventually decided upon a place right smack dab in the middle of the site. Peter brought a fire pit and some wood for us so we set that up a little ways away from our tent and settled in...beers, wine, some leftovers we brought and the warm glow of a fire. Life couldn't have been any better. It was literally a perfect moment. I planned on laying around reading my book but the view was so good that I pretty quickly turned into a camera nerd and kept moving around taking pictures.
Oh and of course our dog of course made the trek with us and she had a blast roaming around off-leash. I swear she loves Hipcamp just ask much as we do...
I honestly didn't want to write this review because I wanted to selfishly keep it to myself but that's not what this is about. These kinds of sites are meant for sharing - really this is a true gem of a site. Caroline and I already have plans to go back!
Take my word for it and book Haw Ridge. You won't regret it.
Dont waste your money on campsite 2
Road to campsite is in terrible condition. I cant stress enough the need for a 4WD vehicle... and it will still be slow going. Once we got to the top we couldnt figure out where we were supposed to be able to camp. Campsite #2 is big enough for a tiny fire pit, but no where remotely flat or clear enough to put down a 2 person tent. We had friends with us who had to set up their tents on the roadside. On top of all that, several people came up on 4 wheelers to ride and hang out. Not a real big deal, but again, we had two tents right off the side of the road, so it was a nuisance. I would not recommend this campsite unless you rent all 3 sites and dont plan on leaving or exploring anything. Major disappointment!
This was a fantastic site that we will definitely be returning to! We picked a weekend with unfortunate weather and were not able to appreciate the view due to fog and rain, but the campsite itself and host alone are enough to be bringing us back to this site in the future!
Peter is incredibly accommodating through the booking process and throughout your stay! He met us upon arrival to show us the way to the site and even had a canopy, tent pad, chairs, and lantern set up upon arrival with a fire started- it truly made our first night so welcoming!
There are showers, bathrooms, and a pool just a short drive up the road - no inconvenience at all.
There is so much to do in the surrounding area as well - we hiked and kayaked during our time there.
My only advice: double and triple check the weather - and then book this site! Peter and the campsite will not disappoint! :)
Pros: one of the prettiest views I have ever had camping and the sunsets/sunrises were absolutely stunning.
1. There is a small concrete column that comes out of the ground about 12 inches with a 12+ inch exposed rebar sticking out of it in campsite three ( which our friends stayed in, we were in site 1). As the site is advertised as ‘dog friendly off leash’ we had our dogs running around playing as we started to set up and our friends dog accidentally ran into the exposed rebar causing a severe puncture wound in her back leg resulting in emergency surgery costing over $3500. Having low to the ground exposed rebar on a dog friendly site is extremely unsafe.
2. There was human feces and toilet paper strewn around site 2 and even more on the little trail off site 3. When a site is primitive with no bathroom it is important for the host to provide instruction to those who don’t know how to use the restroom with out causing a health risk /eye sore ( our group is familiar with primitive camping and brought a small shovel to burry waste as it should be and tried to clean up some of the mess already there.
3. Throughout our 3 day stay there were several groups of 4 wheelers as well as trucks that drove right into our campsite to enjoy the space that we paid for access to . If that is allowed on this property I do not understand how it makes sense to be charged for access when access is granted freely to those who know the location ( or so it seems)
Overall we still enjoyed the trip but the above three things definitely reduced the overall quality of the trip and if no steps are taken by the host to fix theses things we would likely not book here again.
View was beautiful, but BEWARE the “gravel” road was really just rocks the size of footballs on one of the steepest mountains I’ve ever seen. Our car broke down and we had to summon a tow truck up the mountain and pay almost $700 to fix our car. If you don't have a car with 4WD do not even attempt this trip.
I concur with most reviews, this is a great location!
About the drive up - I have a FWD Mitsubishi Outlander (Crossover body), and so I was nervous after reading so many reviews saying a 4WD or AWD was necessary. Honestly, as long you are an experienced and confident driver, the ride up isn't that bad with a FWD - just be sure you have some ground clearance and maintain a little speed when going up.
After a week of bad weather the trail was not accessible. We attempted with a very capable vehicle and decided to not continue due to the condition of the trail. Communicated with the host and received no messages back. I’m sure it is a very beautiful; however, not even getting acknowledgement that you were aware that visitors weren’t able to access a site they paid for rubbed us the wrong way. Would not recommend this to anyone until warmer weather is available.
Haw ridge site 1
Wow. The views from this site were absolutely stunning. Directions to the site were accurate and easy to follow. Agree with other reviews that recommend a vehicle with high ground clearance. Our jeep and my dad’s Subaru did the job just fine. Site 1 has the most privacy and we really enjoyed it. There are trees and shrubs around but they don’t block the views. Sites 2 & 3 are more exposed on the bald part of the ridge. Definitely would bring a little porta-potty for our next visit. Digging holes got old after the first day! 😂
Unfortunately, multiple times random people came flying up the ridge and by our campsite driving loud ATVs. We are very lucky that they didn’t hit our dogs. It was especially frustrating to have some come up around 1am on our first night. Neither time did they stay long, but when you book a site expecting peace & quiet in the mountains, it was disappointing to have that interrupted by ATVs.
Overall we had a great time and definitely plan to return. It was a nice escape with incredible views. Would be willing to talk to anyone interested in booking at Haw Ridge via my Instagram @honjowes
This property is absolutely stunning. Both sunrise and sunset provided breathtaking lighting and color sweeping over the mountains. Peter was readily available to answer any questions via text if we needed him which we appreciated. His written directions here on hipcamp were super helpful. I’m already planning and cannot wait for my next visit!