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The Baying Hound Campground is where rural Appalachia meets “keep Asheville weird.” You’ll see sleeping pods decorated by professional artists, structures made from upcycled building materials and permaculture experiments in the making. Not quite glamping and definitely not KOA, we're happy to offer you an alternative to cookie-cutter lodging without breaking the bank.


The Baying Hound Campground is where rural Appalachia meets “keep Asheville weird.” You’ll see sleeping pods decorated by professional artists, structures made from upcycled building materials and permaculture experiments in the making. Not quite glamping and definitely not KOA, we're happy to offer you an alternative to cookie-cutter lodging without breaking the bank.

We are easily one of the closest, and cheapest, camping options when it comes to staying in Asheville. Only 8-12 minutes by car from downtown Asheville, we are a friendly, family-run outfit. The camping spots are in a small, private, green valley, and you’ll feel like you’re "out in the sticks" even though you're actually super close to all the breweries and parks that make Asheville what it is. 

If you happen to be interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we own and operate a gym on the premises. You'd be able to attend all classes free of charge during your stay!

Amenities: Communal fire pit, picnic tables, sink with cold running water, outhouse, outdoor solar shower, hangout spots

Full disclosure: there is a farm directly up the hill from us that can occasionally waft unpleasant animal smells (usually when they clean out their pens). No matter how often we tell them, the animals refuse to respect our quiet hours, so you might hear them at night. There is sometimes some noisy traffic in the neighborhood during the day.  

Frequently asked question: "Can I sleep in my vehicle?" Yes! The parking area is separate from the camping sites, so you won't be able to pull right up to the spot. Plenty of folks do choose to sleep in their vehicles. The parking area is on a private road shared with elderly neighbors and other campers.

**Between NOVEMBER and MARCH, we can NOT GUARANTEE ACCESS TO WATER due to winter weather. While we still allow winter reservations, please be aware that conditions are on the more primitive side of "primitive camping."**

Campsite area
Bring your own
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Hipcamper Erin + Caroline
Erin + Caroline M.
recommends this listing.
May 9th, 2018

The Baying Hound is only a short 4.2 miles from Downtown Asheville. The drive will take you from city center to countryside in only 10 minutes. Once you turn onto Gormon Bridge Road you will see the mural covered Jiu jitsu studio directly at the road. Taking the far left road, you will see orange arrow shaped markers on the right hand side of the road letting you know you are going in the right direction. There are several places to park your vehicle on the grass and if you are camping in your van, you will park here. If you are tent camping, follow the path once you park (you will see more orange arrows) down to a lower area where you will find a couple of outlined tent camping spots. The hosts are very friendly and are open to you finding any spot that suits your fancy, outside of what they have laid out. The tent areas you will see are clearly outlined with wooden borders and are flat. They also intentionally left brush to grow wild for privacy between camp spots. They are repurposing tires that were dumped on the property when they bought it by building rammed tire steps to the outhouse as well as another set of steps to a sitting area where they will hang a hammock under the shelter of a truck camper shell. They have lots of ideas to put into action with camper shells, one of which is to have covered areas to camp under.
You can fill your water by a spigot by the hosts house and there’s a super cool Pot o’ Gold (literally) composting toilet on the side of the hill. A small raised fire pit is there for guests to use, as well. You are in the country so you may hear a few guns being fired, but this area felt safe and your hosts are very eager for you to come and enjoy yourself!

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Hipcamper Natalie
Natalie F.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2018

The description and photos of the Baying Hound accurately represented the experience that we had during our long weekend stay. The host gave helpful information and quick responses online that allowed us to settle in to our stay without any fuss. The whole experience was very autonomous from check in to check out. The location to Asheville was convenient, the neighborhood seemed safe and the host description lets you know in advance that there may be some sound and smell concerns (camp is near a road and near a farm) but they were minor and not a bother. As always with camping, come prepared with everything you need (perhaps some bug spray and ear plugs) and you will have a great time!

Hipcamper Mike

Perfect for breweries and hiking

Mike M.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2019

Perfect spot to set up camp for the weekend. We wanted to do a mixture of hikes in the area and also explore the breweries and shows downtown and this was the perfect location to do that. The campsite is basic, but it's all you need when you plan to spend most of the time outdoors. Very social place and easy to meet other campers as you share the fire pit and grill in the evenings. Rarely saw the hosts but when we did they were very friendly and welcoming. Would stay here again!

Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa D.
recommends this listing.
June 17th, 2019

Cute little campground to stay at, it really captures the essence of "Keep Asheville Weird". A very short drive to town which is very convenient. Definitely will stay here again sometime!

Hipcamper Madison

Little taste of asheville

Madison S.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2019

The baying hound was such a unique place to stay! All the campsites are cozily nestled at the bottom of a small hill. The artwork is beautiful and it’s such a friendly environment. I can’t wait to stay here again sometime!

Hipcamper Tommy
Tommy L.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2019

Great campground with friendly hosts. Definitely a unique place. Not much to do at the camground but if you're just looking for a place to relax and sleep at night this is the spot.

Hipcamper Chandra

Cute location but a bit noisy

Chandra T.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 15th, 2019

Cute strip of campsites with a great location. The owners have added a lot of fun details and character. A bit noisy and smelly as mentioned in the description. Unfortunately, we had inconsiderate camping neighbors who didn't abide by the quiet time rule so our stay was not very pleasant.

Hipcamper Kate
Kate G.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2019

This was a great, affordable option rather than finding a hotel/airbnb in the city. The campsites and accommodations were well very well kept.

Hipcamper Troy
Troy F.
recommends this listing.
August 4th, 2019

Cute spot! If prepared for no toilet or shower will exceed expectations. Well maintained. Very conveniently located. Bring bug spray and except animal sounds (dogs, chickens, goats, etc). Liked it very much.

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