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 high-quality, budget option when staying in the area. The camping area is located in a small, private, green valley, and you will definitely feel like you are "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!
Our location has about 2 acres of wooded area, with plenty of good spots for a tent. We're constantly working on the area, which lies in a valley, to try and improve the space, including building small structures for future camping spots. There are a lot of trees and scrub brush, so privacy shouldn't be an issue.
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) and there is sometimes some noisy traffic in the neighborhood during the day. But otherwise it's fairly quiet and peaceful, especially at night.
The namesake of our campground, "Fireball the Baying Hound", was taken to the pound by his owner this past winter, so he is no longer up the hill baying. However, since we already made a sign, the name remains! We have big plans for this area in the future, so having more input into what we can do to make it more pleasant for campers is always welcome.
- Check in: After 9AM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
The vibe at The Baying Hound
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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!
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!