My lovely backyard and garden is private, wooded and yet 1.1 mi from UNCA and 2 miles from downtown Asheville. Use my inside bathroom with shower as needed, bring your own towels etc. We have over 2000 gentle black bears in Asheville and if you're lucky, you'll spot one passing by. Do not keep any food items in your tent or gear. A special place is provided for storage.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 4 months out
The vibe at Rough it - Asheville style
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If you’re looking for a quiet place to park your RV on the north side of Asheville, this might just be the spot you’re looking for. It’s a little over 2.2 miles from the heart of downtown and is also really close to other area attractions such as the Omni Grove Park Inn (1 mile away) and the University of North Carolina - Asheville Campus (1.2 miles away). Lots of people come to this part of the country to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway which is only about a 20 minute drive from Zia’s place. We highly recommend taking the time to visit the parkway if you are able. It is gorgeous no matter what time of year you go but we are partial to the fall when the colors on the leaves are downright magnificent.
Some things to consider: Our RV is about 16 feet long and we fit with plenty of room but it might be a bit tight if you’re towing a camper or in a large RV. Also, we were parked on a slight slope. We didn’t bother to try and level since it was such a slight grade but if that sort of thing bothers you, pack your wood block or levelers. As far as hookups go, Zia has a water spigot on the face of her house and has a hose attached to it which she said campers could use. She also has an outlet inside her house and said that she would run an extension cord outside to campers if they needed one. Perhaps bring an adapter since it will be a regular wall outlet/plug! And while there isn’t a place to get rid of your sewage, she has opened up her house to campers so that they can use the bathroom (which was VERY clean and tidy.)
We brought our dog Maybelle with us for this adventure and we’re happy to report that she had plenty of shade to rest in and was stimulated by a new neighborhood (and new smells.) We took her on two walks while we were there and were pleased at how few cars we encountered as well how safe we felt in the neighborhood. Zia warned us that bears are common in her backyard but we never saw one. Still, we took the usual precautions by not leaving food outside at night and keeping an eye on our pet. Note: Zia doesn’t put trash in her garbage bins until the day of pickup because of bears so be sure to check with her before dumping trash in the bins.
We recommend this place if you need a break from the city and are looking to freshen up from a long adventure with an actual bathroom and running water. Plus, there’s a bunch of restaurants a short walk away (sushi, burritos, pizza and ice cream) if you’re not up for cooking. If you’re looking for a true wilderness adventure, however, this might not be the place for you since you’ll basically be parked in a driveway. That said, Zia is super sweet and her site is in great proximity to several attractions!