Hipcamp host Elizabeth R.
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Note - NC's Governor Cooper has just mandated that masks will be required when you go out into public. 

Covid 19 cleaning - I am allowing 24 hours between guests to allow any germs to die and to give me time to properly clean. I am putting on clean sheets but am not providing pillows. All frequently touched surfaces are wiped down or sprayed with disinfectant. 



Note - NC's Governor Cooper has just mandated that masks will be required when you go out into public. 

Covid 19 cleaning - I am allowing 24 hours between guests to allow any germs to die and to give me time to properly clean. I am putting on clean sheets but am not providing pillows. All frequently touched surfaces are wiped down or sprayed with disinfectant. 

Located in the Brushy Mountains of Western North Carolina, this peaceful refuge, is nestled between a rock shelf and a creek. This little hollow is a great place for play or just getting away from it all. This park-like setting is a fabulous way to vacation alone, with family, or friends, without worrying about social distancing.

Walk down the steep hillside to the 12x12 insulated, cabin, which is extended with a 10x12 ft. deck. The Tree House hangs off of a rock ledge and is supported by trees. Whether rain or shine, this location is peaceful, private, and serene. Dogwood trees hang gracefully over the deck. Larger trees dapple the large, private site with partial shade. Wade into the shallow stream, sit on the deck,  rest near the fire pit, or sit on the tree swings, and hammocks, and listen to the little stream that borders the camp. 

The interior of the cabin is small, simple, non-electric, but comfortable and includes a loft with a queen sized bed. On the main floor is a futon. It is adequate for 2 adults and possibly three small children. 

The kitchen includes cabinets for storage and a place for food preparation. To make your stay easier, we have added a few essentials, food items, as well as cooking  equipment. On the deck there is Coleman cooking stove available for your use. There are two oil lamps, tea candles, and solar lights for your convenience. 

The paths have solar lights so have help finding your way in the dark.   It is very, very dark at night under the tree canopy. Please bring a flashlight so you can get around safely.

There is a small, exterior, but attached outhouse with a sawdust composting toilet. This room has a battery powered motion light so you won't be stuck in the dark.  A solar heated shower bag is available. You can also wash up in the creek.

For those in your company who prefer a more primitive camping experience, there is plenty of room to pitch tents. If you have a larger group of people, you can also book our second site, The Suspended Sanctuary Tree Tent. The two sites are close enough for easy visiting but far enough a part for privacy.

Play in the stream, follow the brook down to the neighbor's horse pasture and into the woods, or wander upstream to the man-made waterfall.   Walk up the gravel road to our farm and meet our goats, chickens, donkeys, and horses. This is a working hobby farm.

Activities to the west include the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is about 30 minutes away.  15 minutes away is Kerr Scott Dam where you can rent kayaks, as well as other equipment,  explore biking and hiking trails.  

Heading east, you can find several fine wineries and vineyards that you can visit. There is also a moonshine distillery in town.  About a half hour away is an Amish community that has several businesses open to the public, including the Shiloh Bakery and General Store. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

To the northeast, about 45 minutes away, is Stone Mountain. Absolutely fantastic hiking, it is also an old homestead that has been renovated and is open to the public.

To the south, there is Rocky Face Park, where there is hiking and rock climbing. Nearby, is Emerald Hollow Mine, where you can go and find, and keep, precious stones in the nearby river. There is also a great disk course course, one of the top 25 in the country. This is fun for all ages. 

There are many local festivals including Merlefest, the largest bluegrass festival in the nation, is about 15 minutes from the cabin. There are several open air markets which highlight local food, local artisans, and local music. If you enjoy disk golf, we have a highly rated course nearby. There are also several antique and second hand stores in our community. Come and explore Wilkes County and see what we have to offer. 

TRASH REMOVAL: Please take your trash with you. There is a compost pile next to the garden for veggie and fruit scraps. I will dispose of the human waste.

FYI - While there are only accommodations for four people in the cabin, you can have more people by setting up tents on the premises.  Just increase the number of people staying with you. I have  limited amount of people who can stay at the cabin to prevent noisy parties.  If you are a large family, please ask, and I can change the number of people to suite your needs. 

If you wish to have a larger group, please consider booking the SUSPENDED SANCTUARY TREE TENT for the same period time. The two sites are only a two minute walk from each other.

WINTER CAMPING: The wood stove that you see in the photos is merely decoration. There is no stovepipe. While many are capable of using a wood stove, all it takes is one mistake. So, we have provided a Mr. Heater Buddy that runs on 1# propane canisters. Please bring your own fuel. The directions on the Mr. Heater says that it burns 6 hours on low and 3 hours on high. The cabin is insulated and stays warm. Where we live, it is cold at night and often pleasant during the day.


Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 7 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
Laundry present
No wifi
Have a question? Send Elizabeth a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Https://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes-and-Dams/W-Kerr-Scott/ Kerr Scott Resevoir, about 15 minutes away, has ...Read more


15 minutes away is Kerr Scott Reservoir. You can put your boat in there. https://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lak...Read more


You can fish at Kerr Scott Reservoir. https://www.wilkescountytourism.com/attractions/type:6/Outdoor-Activites


There are many wonderful places in the area to go hiking. Stone Mountain, Rocky Face Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway has multi...Read more

Horseback riding

Love Valley is a cowboy town30 minutes here. It has quite a history! Only horses are allowed in this town so it is a fun day tr...Read more




Check out Rocky Face Park. It is close by and has rock climbing. Here is the link to the park. https://rockyfacepark.com/


15 minutes from the camp is: Sun Crest Water Park 6806 All Healing Springs Rd Taylorsville, NC 28681 http://suncrestwaterpark....Read more

Whitewater paddling

Information on local white water rafting can be found here: http://www.riverfacts.com/rivers/12438.html

Wildlife watching



Natural features you'll find at Babbling Brook Treehouse in North Carolina.


The entire area is wooded.


The lake adjacent to our land is owned by a church. We do not have permission to use the dock and the lake. However, you can wa...Read more


Just a short drive away, you can find all kinds of amazing views. Just ask for directions.

River, stream, or creek

There is a little creek that runs along the edge of the campsite. It is perfect for wading in, for small children to play in, e...Read more


There is a man made pond above the tree house. You can walk up the stream and find where the water come over the dam. Also, ab...Read more


There is a small wetland. There are crawfish holes dotting the property. Can you catch any of them?


If you are interested in seeing our animals, please ask, and we will happily let you pet them and be around them. One of the ho...Read more


PLEASE READ: Our driveway services three homes on 20 plus acres of property. Our guest parking is on a narrow pull over on the ...Read more

The vibe at Babbling Brook Treehouse

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Hipcamper Hung
Hung T.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2018

Babbling Brook Tree House exceeded all of my expectations. The cabin is built sturdily, well insulated and far away from the main roads for additional peacefulness. The hosts, Mark and Elizabeth, are incredibly helpful and kind. They live in a farm nearby with goats, horses, chickens, puppies and are ready to provide assistance with any troubles. I highly recommend visiting this property to experience this tree house and a glimpse of the free range life.

There is a campfire ring in the yard behind the tree house, a perfect arena for roasting marshmallow.A perfect corner for extreme relaxation. This couch could also be extended to become a small secondary bed.Plenty of room to string up your hammock for some outdoor relaxation.The step ladder will lead to the main sleeping area. The kitchen include numerous cabinets which are great for storage.
Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on April 17th, 2018

Thank you for your great review. Hung, we are really enjoyed your time at the cabin and at the farm. Come back soon.

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Hipcamper Samuel
Samuel G.
recommends this listing.
April 21st, 2018

Me and two of my friends visited Babbling Brook Tree House for a weekend away and we will almost certainly be returning. The trip was great and the hosts were extremely friendly.

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on April 22nd, 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words, Samuel. We are looking forward to your return.

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Hipcamper Lesley
Lesley A.
recommends this listing.
April 24th, 2018

I absolutely loved my one night stay at the tree house. From the moment of arrival, Elizabeth and Mark provided warm and generous hospitality. The tree house itself is cool rustic, charming and comfortable. I look forward to return again one day, to find peace nestled among the trees.

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on April 24th, 2018

Leslie, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are looking forward to your return to our Tree House. And, thanks for all of the advice! Safe travels. Elizabeth

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Hipcamper Mark
Mark F.
recommends this listing.
May 7th, 2018

We had a fantastic experience. Elizabeth and Mark are incredibly considerate and kind hosts. We had to arrive late, as our troupe was arriving from DC and Atlanta and they were there at midnight to guide us and get us situated.

The next morning they arrived with eggs and fresh milk to help us start our morning. They provided great advice for what we could do to explore the area. We honestly enjoyed just staying at the site and found it incredibly relaxing; the sounds of birds chirping and the babbling brook nearby, and farm animals in the distance, while in the hammocks and swings were too tempting to leave.

Elizabeth gave us a great demo on making cheese — and how to salvage it when things don’t go as planned. We met their dogs, other animals/pets, and got a chance to feed their several goats.

We had zero complaints. Be sure to read the description on what to expect, it’s very transparent on what you’ll have. If you’re uneasy walking on uneven terrain just be prepared; I’m prone to rolling my ankle, but I did just fine.

I’d happily go back one day! Thanks again, Elizabeth and Mark!

Hipcamper Lieve
Lieve L.
recommends this listing.
June 19th, 2018

Such a great place to camp! Elizabeth and Marc are great hosts! The treehouse is a wonderful place to stay in the middle of the hills and trees. Beautiful creek right next to the treehouse. Elizabeth and Marc even took time to show us around their farm, milking the goats, making cheese and bread: an unforgettable experience!

Making a fire in front of the treehouse
Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on June 19th, 2018

Thank you for the great review! We had a great time, too. Thanks for choosing to stay with us.

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Hipcamper Philip
Philip V.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2018

Would definitely recommend, amazing experience!

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on June 24th, 2018

Thank you so much Philip and Lieve. We really enjoyed your visit, too.

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Hipcamper Jennifer

Amazing private retreat!

Jennifer L.
recommends this listing.
October 6th, 2019

We knew the trip to the treehouse would be pretty amazing, but we had no idea until we got there just how special it truly would be. Pictures just don't do this place justice. Imagine secluded woods meet a magical fairly land, all under the canopy of trees. It was just a great a place to reconnect with nature and ourselves! Elizabeth was an amazing host, I enjoyed speaking with her as she's an amazing wealth of knowledge on homesteading! She had farm fresh eggs and the best blueberry muffins I've ever had ready for us when we got there. She even invited us up her property so my girls (ages 11 and 7) could see all her farm animals. The girls were thrilled to ride her horses.
The cabin is a great size, plus the deck and yard where you can just lounge around in the Adirondack chairs or hammocks. The creek is right outside the yard and my girls loved playing in it, even took a bath in the watering hole!😊
For us, the treehouse was the perfect combination of roughing it (which my husband loves) and not quite roughing it/glamping (which I love). We had truly planned to leave and do activities, excursions, etc every day. But once we felt the magical energy of this fabulous place, we didn't want to leave! If you're on the fence, BOOK NOW! You will not regret it!

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Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on October 7th, 2019

Jennifer, thank you so much for a wonderful review and photos. We are so glad that you said "yes" when you booked the Treehouse. I hope that you have the opportunity to return. Until then....

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Hipcamper Sam
Sam G.
recommends this listing.
April 29th, 2018

My friends and I had an amazing stay!! Elizabeth and Mark's cabin was the perfect weekend getaway. The cabin was cozy and the site was beautiful. Mark and Elizabeth were so considerate, helpful, and warm... wonderful people to get to meet. We loved our visit and hope to make it an annual trip!

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on April 30th, 2018

Thank you, Sam. You all were great guests. Annual trip! Yay, we would love to have you return. Something to look forward to.

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Hipcamper Harveen
Harveen B.
recommends this listing.
April 30th, 2018

We LOVED the tree house and everything about it! The area is super serene and peaceful, as well as beautiful. The accommodations are homey and welcoming, and the hosts are fantastic; gracious, knowledgeable, and friendly. I honestly have no complaints. We hope to come back soon!

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Response from Elizabeth, the Host, on April 30th, 2018

Thank you very much, Harveen. We are thrilled that you all enjoyed your time in our little cabin in the woods. You were great guests and we would love to host you again! Happy work week to you! Summer is around the corner.

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