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!
- 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
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Primal Stream & National Forest in North Carolina.
With lots of Boulders
The vibe at Primal Stream & National Forest
Places to see near Mandala Springs
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful spot! will be back!
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!