Hipcamp host Rob L.
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Pitch Your Tent next to our bold and Beautiful Stream surrounded by National Forest! Only a few miles of Forest Service Road to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the popular Craggy Gardens area. Power and WiFi are available. Only minutes from Navitat Canopy Tours, Weaverville and Downtown Asheville. Good roads and Easy Access!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
30 sites
Up to 27 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
Bins available
No picnic table
Have a question? Send Rob a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Primal Stream & National Forest in North Carolina.

Swimming hole

With lots of Boulders

Forest
River, stream or ...
Waterfall

The vibe at Primal Stream & National Forest

Places to see near Mandala Springs

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Hipcamper Ben
Ben M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 23rd, 2017

Rob has a great spot here. Very friendly host with quite the vision for responsible use of a beautiful property. We were the first to arrive for the weekend and got a prime spot by the stream. The roar of the creek washes out any other noise. There was a dog across the way but he didn’t put up much of a fuss. Would definitely stay there again.

View from hawksbill rock on snowball trail, 5 miles from camp. Look up on AllTrails Primal Stream & National ForestPrimal Stream & National Forest
Hipcamper Amber
Amber C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 12th, 2017

This campsite is awesome! The stream is beautiful and the rushing water is perfect to fall asleep to. Rob was very kind and helpful showing me the site and sharing his ideas for his property. Would definitely recommend.

Hipcamper Brittany
Brittany S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 1st, 2018

SUCH a sweet spot! Camped for two nights right next to a beautiful rushing stream and drank nothing but fresh spring water from the property. An amazing space located on the backside of a mountain. Will definitely be camping there again the next time I make it out to Pisgah!

Hipcamper Dave
Dave B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 25th, 2018

Great campsite, right next to the creek. Rob's got a cool property, with a lot to explore. He was flexible with arrival time and available when needed.

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 23rd, 2018

Peaceful campground right next to a creek!

Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 21st, 2018

This is a nice campground next to the creek. However, details of the property were misleading, significant information (construction on property) not disclosed until we arrived. Owner expected compensation for a small hole from an ember in an old chair he offered for us to use. Probably wouldn’t recommend in the future.

Hipcamper Aaron
Aaron T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 26th, 2019

Overall, Primal Stream was a great place to stay and Rob was a friendly and gracious host. There are a handful of places on the property to camp next to the wonderful stream. Plenty of firewood was provided.

Communication was a little tricky before we arrived, but easy to figure out where to set up tents once we got there. There’s a composting outhouse which is cool, but it’s only for solid waste and the women in our group felt a little uncomfortable using the woods for other bathroom needs with the proximity to the other campsites. Perhaps a full pit toilet would be an improvement.

All in all we would definitely stay again!

Hipcamper Rachel

Unorganized mess

Rachel L.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 4th, 2019

Host
I was given no directions other than go to address and call the host to meet and greet upon arrival. We arrived shortly after the 2pm check in time, called the host, and got no answer. We were just in a backyard in the middle of nowhere and there were no signs indicating where to go. We waited around another 30 minutes, called the host again, still no answer. Slowly other campers started to trickle in, no one was able to get in touch with the host, so we all started just poking around trying to figure out where the camp sites were, where the water spigot was, and where the toilet (as advertised) was. This all ate into our day quite a bit. Simple signs, like super simple make-in-a-afternoon signs around the property would have been so helpful, or you know, the actual host being there on such a crowded weekend.

"Swimming Hole"/"Cold Shower"
The host markets this with a swimming hole, which is laughable because the property is on a small, shallow stream. He also marks that there are cold water showers, and only after I booked the site did HipCamp show me the full details written by the host which state "Only primal stream bathing ;)". This is the kind of cheeky crap you'll be dealing with. If you consider sitting in a dirt stream with ankle deep water a shower, then this might be for you. Was really looking forward to getting into an actual swimming hole to start my day.

Actual sites
There were only three, very primitive camp sites on the property. 1 was not very private and everyone had to walk through it to get anywhere else, 1 was very downhill and rocky (the one we stayed at) and the 3rd was quite a hike in. To get to any of these site you have to walk down a massive hill and through a stream, which was surprising as basically everyone here this weekend had packed for more or less a car camping experience. The fire pits were filled to the brim with old ashes. The site was overbooked and a large group of families had to set up camp in just a random field that wasn't really intended to be a site, but there was no host to inform anyone of anything going on at this place. I emailed the host and got a response a day later that he was at Floyd Fest, so any hope of seeing this host had gone out the window. Really sucks because we don't know the area and had fully intended to ask our host about nearby hiking and attractions.
Toilet
Advertised to be a compostable toilet on site. Took us more than a day to find because, again, no host - no directions - no signs whatsoever on the property. It’s a tiny outhouse that looks like it's on someone else's property, could be the hosts' property but we wouldn't know that, and was overflowing and unusable.

Hipcamper Rob
Response from Rob, the Host, on September 5th, 2019

I hired someone to watch my site while i was teaching at a Yoga event. It is the longest stretch of days I have been away from this property since I purchased it. They failed utterly to be in touch with folks at arrival, but on the Hipcamp side the co-host option didn't work and they received none of the messages from that weekend. Still, I understand that this created alot of frustration, but I have received none of this feedback until this very moment, well beyond any possibility of doing anything about it. The stream is the lowest level it has been in known memory. Old timers who have been here their entire lives have never seen it this low. So, yes, it is shallow right now, but that is not normal, nor what to expect. It has never happened before. usually there are broad, deep pools and places to get into the water standing up to your neck or swim indefinitely against the current. It is sad to see it so low. I am sad you had such a negative time at my beautiful home mountain paradise. If you look at the other reviews you will see that the experience has been quite the opposite for everyone else who has ever stayed here for the last two years. I wish you had addressed these issues to me before posting a public review. Likewise I could have helped if you had responded to my inquiry about your stay. You did not. Once again, I am sorry your stay was not exemplary.

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Hipcamper Danielle

Beautiful spot! will be back!

Danielle M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 4th, 2019

What a great spot! Directions to the location were accurate, but I wasn’t sure exactly which building to go to. But, as soon as I figured it out, Rob was super cool to meet! It’s hard to beat falling asleep next to a beautiful running stream. 😊 If I’m out that way again, I’ll definitely book again!

Property
Mandala Springs
State
North Carolina
Country
United States
$35/night
30 Sites
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