Hipcamp host Kristen C.
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Encased in tall, age old hardwood trees through which the light changes magnificently every hour of the day, you emerge onto 20 acres of pastureland amongst some of the most beautiful farmland in the Piedmont region. The property is on Cub Creek, an endangered Riparian buffer habitat for a mussel species and tributary of the Tar River - part of the Pamlico sound.  The creek


Encased in tall, age old hardwood trees through which the light changes magnificently every hour of the day, you emerge onto 20 acres of pastureland amongst some of the most beautiful farmland in the Piedmont region. The property is on Cub Creek, an endangered Riparian buffer habitat for a mussel species and tributary of the Tar River - part of the Pamlico sound.  The creek is rushing, pristine and is audible from the property.  Water level comes up about waist high at deepest dip! The crickets, birds & frog songs are amplified as surround sound.  Stars are aplenty.  Horses graze in one of the pastures. Many winged birds soar through including great blue herons!  Come. Sit. Stare. Listen.  

Four Sites:

#1 -short hike-in, tent platform on river side path, small fire pit, perfect for 1 - 3 people. 

#2 - drive-up or near pasture grass area under tall tree, walking distance to river beach access, large fire pit, ideal for larger groups.  street lamp glares at night.  most central to activities taking place on the land. 

#3 - short hike-in, tent platform or ground tent. Nestled in secluded wooded cove area set back by  bustling creek, easy access to flood plane forest and trail, small fire pit.  perfect for a group of 2 - 4.  

#4 - Drive down driveway to park for walk-in back country site. Descend down small hill in holler-like grassy wild area. river access surrounds.  small fire pit.  bring own poo bucket set-up.  ideal for larger RV or group.   

Take Note:  This is a quiet queer-stewarded BIPOC friendly, peaceful place of tranquility.  No haters or Trump supporters please.  Bring your acoustic instruments, great! Pumping bass from you car is NOT.  Dogs are welcome, but would love it if they don't bark incessantly as a courtesy to other guests and myself.  

Take Second Note : BECAUSE OF THE CORONOVIRUS ; Bathroom access, including Indoor shower with towels and kitchen access, is NOT available.  Apologies. 

  • Bring your own gloves and disinfectant if you have it. There is a a hand washing station by the pump house. 
  • Consider bringing fishing pole, river shoes, and treats for the horses!
  • For safety, we cannot offer bathrooms, but there will be a poo bucket station set up in the old hen house with hand sanitizer in case anyone in your party needs to go #2. Feel free to pee wherever.  Potable well water (tad high in iron) spigot is on side of pump house for easy water accessibility. 

Take Third Note:  Be honest and real.  Not getting rich off of your booking. Please book for true number of people, including kids in your party and bring extra cash if you expect to need more than one night's worth of wood. Thank you kindly. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
4 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 45ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Kristen a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Julie
Julie K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 26th, 2018

This was a wonderful stop in beautiful country! Kristen was very welcoming, communicative and accommodating with my last minute booking. I opted for a hammock setup right alongside the creek - which was so soothing and peaceful. There was plenty of land to explore, photograph and hike around the following day - I even met 2 friendly horses! While I did not go out on my bike, Kristen said the area roads are great for biking around on.

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Hipcamper Starla
Starla B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 5th, 2018

Kristen's home and property are absolutely beautiful. I really love that she is utilizing her space to help her community and and all kinds of people (like us!) have a place that is relaxing and conducive for reflection and allows for reconnecting with nature. Very thankful to have found Kristen and Respite in the Round :)

the view from where we set up our firepit - looking back at the round house and our mini skoolie, starlawandering the property through old structureswandering through old structuressunset on respite in the round
Hipcamper Robert
Robert F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 31st, 2019

Beautiful location with a babbling creek and plenty of space. Kristin was incredibly welcoming and it was a perfect place for the weekend. The tent platforms are both right next to the creek and we felt very safe here.

We decided to camp down the trail where the two creeks meet, a beautiful little meadow that is secluded and peaceful.
Hipcamper Nate
Nate U.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 3rd, 2019

A group of us needed a last minute place to stay after performing in Durham—Kristen was so quickly welcoming to us. We rolled in in the wee hours of the night and found it with no trouble whatsoever. I only wish we had more time to explore the property! Stunning, lush and peaceful to no end. We cannot wait to see how Respite in the Round is utilized in the years to come and feel so lucky to have been able to experience it.

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Hipcamper NEERAJA
Neeraja D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 15th, 2019

It's a beautiful place! A great place just an hour away from Raleigh for a perfect weekend getaway..

Hipcamper Heather

So peaceful

Heather W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 16th, 2019

We needed a quick getaway from the pace and the noise of the city, and Kristen's place was perfect for that. Due to the time of year, the stream didn't have much flow, but despite that, it was very pretty. We chose to camp in our van in the field near the barn, cooked over the fire pit, and enjoyed coffee while watching the horses and the donkey in the adjacent field. Just the relaxing getaway we needed.

Hipcamper Johnny
Johnny R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 18th, 2019

Wow. Super positive and flowy energy vibrating from this sacred land. K is amazing soul and is creating such a magical place to come, sit, play, sing , dance and just Bee. Peace to ya and all the love you are harnishing. Link up another time. Ps please put more compost/mulch in the garden beds.

Hipcamper Marco
Marco P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 22nd, 2019

This place was fantastic. We tent camped at a secluded site on the creek. Our host Kristen was overly generous, very kind, and offered a level of hospitality rarely seen anymore. Her property was relaxing and very woodsy just like we were hoping. Even though it was August the cool fresh air at night put us right to sleep. We even had a sweet black lab that kept us company during the trip. If it sounds good so far then I would definitely recommend you checking it out. Kristen we are wishing you the best with this special piece of land....Marco and Mercedes

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Hipcamper Ashley

Friendly host & great camping site

Ashley M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
September 23rd, 2019

Respite in the Round was so homely! During our stay, Kristen wasn’t there, but even so she was open and welcoming! Her directions were great, she was super accommodating, and she answered ALL of my questions (I had several, haha!)

The fire pit was great, AND when we arrived she already had the tinder set up to get the fire going, talk about hospitality! Kristen opened the house for us to use the restroom and kitchen, and I have to say that her home is absolutely stunning. Small and quaint, with beautiful and inclusive small bits of art everywhere!

The camp site itself was private since we had the site to ourselves. We camped by the fire pit, but there were several spots to choose from, including spots near the creek. The only thing I can even think of that might be considered negative is the light in her neighbor’s yard that stays on, but if you stayed by the creek, I don’t think you’d even notice it, and since we arrived later than we intended it ended up REALLY helping us out in terms of setting up. There are dogs nearby and horses that give this place a homely feel as you hang out by the fire. Also, if you’re a person who cannot live without a cell signal, I have Verizon and I had reception and signal. I’m the early morning before everyone else woke up, I took a walk and explored. What a beautiful property. It was like being in my own little escape as the sun came up.
Honestly, if we need to camp in the Raleigh Durham area again, we will definitely be at Respite in the Round. It’s a little bit of extra driving to get out there, but VERY well worth it!

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