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The Oaken End Forest Site @ Silverbell Wood is a private, car-camping, ONE-SITE-rental, with fantastic sunset, mountain views! 1-6 campers welcome!  A lounging deck with picnic table, provides mountain sunset views from a 2200ft elevation. Deck chairs and post eyelets for slinging a hammock are provided. Two out-and-back nature trails with decks/benches, composting pit toile


The Oaken End Forest Site @ Silverbell Wood is a private, car-camping, ONE-SITE-rental, with fantastic sunset, mountain views! 1-6 campers welcome!  A lounging deck with picnic table, provides mountain sunset views from a 2200ft elevation. Deck chairs and post eyelets for slinging a hammock are provided. Two out-and-back nature trails with decks/benches, composting pit toilet, kitchen shelter and fire ring with flip grill round out the camping space. The Southern Appalachians in Western North Carolina is the nature-lovers' playground with hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, waterfalls, swimming, lakes, rivers, horseback riding, paddling, zipping and much more... 

CAMPERS: 1 - 6 campers welcome, please inquire about special pricing for larger groups (more than 6 campers), events, or teaching space.

There aren't any other sites, so your group will be the only campers!

VEHICLES: AWD or 4WD is REQUIRED to get to our campsite at ALL TIMES OF YEAR, no exceptions. No motorcycles or trailers allowed.

PARKING: Parking for 1-2 cars at the site. The parking/turn-around area is large enough to fit two vehicles. As the road to the site is one lane, vehicles may need to turn around separately, depending on size. Optional/overflow parking for 2 more cars is a short walk down the road. 

FIRE: A fire ring with flip-top grill is provided. Fires are only allowed within the fire ring.

FIREWOOD: A firewood bin is provided with four sections. Each section is the equivalent of two bundles of firewood and is offered to campers for a $10 cash fee, paid into the green slot-box on site, or you can purchase through hipcamp.

TENT SPACE: A mulched, open tent area is provided around the fire-ring with enough room for *at least* 2 large (4-person) tents OR several smaller tents. Particular tent pads are not designated. The tent area is communal (ie. each tent does not have it's own secluded, private space.) Campers must bring their own tents. There is also enough space in the graveled parking/turn-around area for truck or car pop-up tents for two vehicles.

COOKING: A simple kitchen shelter with large counter, sink and expedition-style, bucket foot-pump hand-washing set-up is available for use. Hand-wash water is not recommended for drinking. Campers must bring their own food, cooking supplies, tools and equipment.

WASTE DISPOSAL: A trash, recycling and composting station is located next to the kitchen shelter. Trash is taken away as frequently as possible. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, recycling is taken when bins are full. Campers must rinse and separate recycling into labeled bins. Glass is separate from paper, metal and plastic containers. All food waste and food-related paper products are to be composted. Campers can place plastic bags and wrappers in the trash or separate them. Cardboard can be broken down and placed next to bins.

POTABLE WATER: Potable water is provided from a spigot at the shower stall, a short walk down the road from the site. Campers must fill their own drinking water bottles at the spigot and refill hand-wash buckets, if necessary. 

ELECTRIC: Two three prong outlets are provided at the meter box, next to the shower stall, a short walk down the road, within view of the site. Electricity is not provided directly at the site.

RESTROOM: A private, enclosed and covered composting pit toilet with sink and foot-pump hand-washing station is a short walk from the kitchen shelter. Starter toilet paper and soap are provided. Campers must bring extra own toilet paper for the length of their stay.

DECK: A lounging deck with chairs, next to the parking/tent area looks out onto a southwestern view of the Nantahala Range. The lounging deck has posts with eyelets for one hammock.

PICNIC TABLE: A picnic table is located on the deck. Two or more campers can move the table to other areas of the site, but, it's heavy! Be careful! 

TRAILS: Two out-and-back trails are available for campers to explore. A short, steep nature trail along the ridge ends at a small meditation deck with chairs. Another trail leads down into the fern glen holler and ends at a large double bench. Bring a ground pad and take a nap on the lower bench, or bring a journal and contemplate the forest.

CAMPERS SHOULD BRING: Tents, and any other gear they may need to sleep comfortably outdoors. Starter TP is provided. Campers must bring their own toilet paper for the duration of their stay. Campers should bring a first-aid kit, rain gear (at all times of year), cooking supplies, tools and equipment. Guests should be prepared to handle minor vehicular issues they might experience (dead battery etc.) Tow trucks either won't come up our road, or will be prohibitively expensive, and we may not be around to help. We recommend bringing a jumper battery unit and a spare tire and jack. Practice changing a tire before traveling!

THE "NEIGHBORHOOD": The campsite sits on our 6 acre mountainous property, so there aren't any close neighbors, per say. Our cabin and a sister's cabin sits on the property down the road from the site. The neighboring properties that you'll pass driving up to the site are your typical Appalachian mountain homesites... a little haphazard, structures and vehicles right by the road, as the terrain dictates and a junk collector's dream! :). Our area is best described as a homesteading community with properties ranging from 5-20 acres where folks support themselves by growing a variety of vegetables and fruits and keeping poultry and livestock. We respect our neighbors and their space, as they do us the same courtesy. We keep our property as natural as possible, employing environmentally friendly land stewardship practices regarding wildlife, waterways and plants.

We love our homestead campsite and we hope you enjoy it too!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send NICOLE a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 40%

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Hipcamper Erica
Erica B.
recommends this listing.
September 17th, 2018

Lovely spacious, private camp site complete with a fire pit and viewing deck. Enjoyed amazing sunsets.

Hipcamper Benjamin
Benjamin W.
recommends this listing.
October 16th, 2018

First, let me say that the description of the site was accurate. The site overlooks the sunset, with a nice viewing deck and a smaller deck up a trail. There is a clean bathroom, a mulched area for tents, and a fire pit. The host was easy to communicate with and fast to respond. The site is a few hundred feet from the nearest house, but private, the houses not being visible from the site. The road up was decent, you will likely want a 4WD or AWD due to one steep gravel section. The locale is quiet except for the occasional rooster on a nearby farm. The place has a good vibe, we would stay there again.

Hipcamper Jake

Peaceful and serene

Jake M.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2019

This has to be one of my favorite places I have been graced with staying at—- My fiancé and I were taking a road trip through the smokies. Entering in at the northern boarder in Tennessee we wanted to make sure and get a taste of all it had to offer and make our way further down south and spend some time in North Carolina as well. This campsite is situated up the side of a mountain far enough that you feel submerged in the space but not far enough from civilization that you’d need worry if you need to take a quick trip for extra firewood/cans of soup or whatever. A solid gas station is but a 5
Minute drive away. — At camp nature is bountiful and beautiful. We loved the overlook and had a prime time hang in the hammock for sunset. We also enjoyed the special treat of finding in plenty the revered black trumpet mushroom which we cooked up a small batch of for dinner. I thank Nicole for offering up this certain kind of slice of heaven to us. The level of peace I encountered here was not achieved anywhere else on our road trip!

Hipcamper Jeremy

Great campsite!

Jeremy E.
recommends this listing.
September 29th, 2019

This site was great! Perfect secluded spot with a nice view and well kept amenities. It was the best private campsite we have ever stayed at.

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth H.
recommends this listing.
November 3rd, 2019

Absolutely loved this campsite!! It may begin with the ride up to it being full of fun surprises! But once at the site, we fell in love. The view was spectacular and all the little touches really helped our stay go smoothly. It was hard to leave!

Hipcamper Nathan
Nathan B.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2020

Perfect location to try out our new roof top tent. We got to wake up every morning and look out our tent at the valley overlook. The kitchen and bathroom setup were really nice as well!

Hipcamper Rebecca
Rebecca M.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2020

Really enjoyed our stay at this private, well-equipped campsite!

Hipcamper Philip

Come for the view

Philip S.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2019

Pros: great private location, amazing views from the deck, kitchen shelter was great for preparing meals and keeping gear dry, hammock hooks, plenty of space for a a couple of bigger tents

Cons: garbage bins were almost full when we arrived and the kitchen water bucket was less than half full (listing said it'd be full upon arrival), empty beer cans used to mark metal rebar that was sticking up out of the ground right next to the trail

Overall, we had a great time, the views are worth the rough ride up!

Hipcamper NICOLE
Response from NICOLE, the Host, on June 7th, 2020

Thanks for staying Philip! We appreciate the review, we’re glad you enjoyed the shelter and deck! In response to the “cons”: The rebar sticking out of the ground is what surveyors use to mark property lines. They often put something on the rebar (whatever is handy apparently :) to make sure no one trips on it. Perhaps we didn’t notice the ones you saw. We don’t take recycling until bins are full in order to consolidate any trips into the “big city” to reduce air pollution and carbon consumption, but we try to take trash away as frequently as possible. Sorry if that inconvenienced you! Unfortunately, our water accessibility doesn’t extend up the road, all the way to the site, yet! We are working on adding that amenity :). For now, expedition foot-pump hand wash stations are necessary, so it may become necessary for campers to fill buckets. The campsite is definitely a work-in-progress and a labor of love, so we’re excited to keep improving it every season! Nicole

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Hipcamper Dean
Dean B.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2019

Host Nicole was excellent with communicating. The site is beautiful and exceeded our expectations. Private, remote and scenic w/ awesome amenities(kitchen, cold shower and compost toilet). Recommend.

Silverbell Wood
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United States
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