Sleep suspended over this wooded mountainside, in a Tentsile, three person, tree tent. This semi-primitive campsite, and suspended tree tent, provides a unique experience for campers, new and seasoned. This shelter, complete with a rain fly, is located on a steep hillside in the woods of Western North Carolina. The tent is designed to protect you in all weather conditions,
Sleep suspended over this wooded mountainside, in a Tentsile, three person, tree tent. This semi-primitive campsite, and suspended tree tent, provides a unique experience for campers, new and seasoned. This shelter, complete with a rain fly, is located on a steep hillside in the woods of Western North Carolina. The tent is designed to protect you in all weather conditions, rain or shine. It has a maximum weight limit of 880 lbs.
Once you arrive, you will have a short trek through the woods to this location. Then, when you arrive at the clearing, you will be surrounded by trees and embraced by the landscape. Here you will find the hammock and tree tent. The tent is built to house three people. Climb up into hammock and then up into the tent and experience living and sleeping among the trees. Tentsile recommends, when its colder, that you use a pad or mattress of some sort.
There is a fire pit, with a grill. Some firewood is provided. If you need more, there is an abundant supply all around you. Note: The canopy of trees keeps even the dry wood difficult to light. Please bring hand tools, fire starters, charcoal briquettes, etc. for helping you get a fire going.
Lay on the hammock and listen to the horses grazing peacefully below the camp. The creek babbles near by. In the evening, the tree frogs sing their nighttime song. When the fireflies come out, they twinkle like nature's Christmas lights.
A short walk away, through a small wetland , you will find the place where the spring fed creek gathers into a shallow pool. Here, you can easily wash up. Please use biodegradable soap. I understand that Castille soap is a good choice. This spot is shared with Babbling Brook Treehouse, also a camping spot on our property.
Speaking of the Babbling Brook Treehouse, if you are having a group of people, family reunion, etc where some people like the outdoors, and others want a bit of glamping, book the two spots together for a great group/family getaway.
ARRIVAL TIME - Because of the steep hillside, dense underbrush, and the dense darkness of the woods at night, is difficult to get into the site after dark. Please come before the sun sets. Please bring flashlights!!
Activities include the Blue Ridge Parkway which is about 30 minutes away. We are also about 15 minutes from Kerr Scott Dam where you can rent kayaks as well as other equipment. Nearby, you can find several vineyards as well as an Amish community that has several businesses open to the public, including the Shiloh Bakery and General Store.
Merlefest, the largest bluegrass festival in the nation, is about 15 minutes from the house. During the week, there are several open air markets which highlight local food, local artisans, disk golf, and local music. There are also several antique and second hand stores in our community. Prayer Mountain is only two miles away. Come and explore Wilkes County and see what we have to offer.
TRASH REMOVAL: Please take your trash with you.
You can bring your dogs. However, NO DOGS are allowed on the hammock or tent. Their claws could tear the fabric. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
CAMPING IN THE TENTSILE IN COOLER WEATHER: As the cool air comes through the bottom of the tree tent, it is recommended that you bring one or two blankets to put under your sleeping bag. A double layer is recommended to keep out the cold. (blanket plus sleeping bag) The rainfly over the mosquito netting dome of the tent, also keeps in heat.
FYI, if you want more than 3 campers, I am working on an area for a tent. Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to increase the number of people staying in your group.
- 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
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The entire area is wooded.
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River, stream or creek
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This was somewhat of a spontaneous trip. I wanted to go camping but I don’t have a lot of gear. This was an absolute perfect find!! I came here with my nephew and we both had so much fun in the tentsile. We played in the little stream multiple times. The camp stove and Dutch oven were convenient. We rented kayaks just 5min down the road and went out on the reservoir. This is such a wonderful little spot, so peaceful. Mark greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the property and made sure we had everything we needed. Elizabeth checked in on us a couple of times, gave us some popcorn for the fire and even some fresh eggs from her farm. It’s obvious how much she adores this space she’s created and has even more plans for improvement. We will definitely go back!!!
Lovely, special stay!
We LOVED staying at Elizabeth's place! The tree tent is really special and surprisingly comfortable to sleep in. We loved making a campfire and reading our books in the comfortable chairs. Elizabeth gave us popcorn and home baked gluten free muffins! She made sure we had everything we need. She lives just up the road and we highly enjoyed cuddling with her farm animals!
Some tips for future campers:
- We tried sleeping without the rain cover, but woke up because dew was dripping from the trees. So we recommend sleeping with the rain cover.
- We fit comfortably with 2 people in the tree tent, but 3 grown-ups will probably be too crowded. 2 grown-ups with a kid would work! Elizabeth also made a new spot for an extra tent next to the tree tent.
What a gem!
Elizabeth is amazing. The location is convenient to N Wilkesboro if you need groceries or good coffee. The location was perfect- Elizabeth and her husband literally have thought of everything! The walk down wasn’t bad and very short - just enough steepness to make your legs burn! The area overlooks a horse pasture where a couple of horses came to graze. The outhouse is so great that if I ever lived outside, I’d design it just like this one! The tree hammock was neat. It rained pretty heavy but with the rain fly we stayed perfectly dry. Elizabeth has it all set up for guests with a fire pit, chairs, hammocks, pots and pans, a percolator - you seriously just need to bring charcoal, and something to eat with (or use your fingers!) We came up for just one night and only brought the bare minimum and it was perfect. Elizabeth even made fresh, gluten free muffins for us! She’s a gem and so is this spot!
Best semi-primitive getaway, ever!
Elizabeth and Mark are the most generous hosts a camper could hope for! Their creativity and love of nature are evident the moment you step into their private paradise! They are visionists who treasure the care and upkeep of creation. Though these sites are "primitive", the only primitive event we had was toting our potable water, which we brought, but we were able to fill our camp showers from their spring-fed creek, which was lovely and beautiful. This was a peaceful and beautiful location. There is plenty to explore, just a drive away if you care to, but if you are looking just to unplug and rest, Elizabeth has taken care of everything and you can lay back in the site's hammock and enjoy the serenity of your environment. We will definitely be back!