Hipcamp host Liz V.
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Stay in one of our authentic Mongolian yurts with hand painted artwork, sky views, decks, and gorgeous nature all around. At the Heart Center, we take special interest in providing our guests with a uniquely peaceful, positive, comfortable, and relaxing experience! Whether you are laying on a hammock, walking the labyrinth, or just sitting on the deck taking in the sights an


Stay in one of our authentic Mongolian yurts with hand painted artwork, sky views, decks, and gorgeous nature all around. At the Heart Center, we take special interest in providing our guests with a uniquely peaceful, positive, comfortable, and relaxing experience! Whether you are laying on a hammock, walking the labyrinth, or just sitting on the deck taking in the sights and sounds, we want you to enjoy. This is a people and nature friendly environment, within a holistic retreat center! Guests have access to labyrinth walk, tennis court, basketball and volleyball.For those that are interested, we offer meditation, contemplative activities, and Reiki energy work on a love offering basis. Appointment required.  1 pet allowed at $10 per night and $50 deposit paid to owner in advance.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Liz a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Boating is available at one of our many lakes in the area - Fontana Lake, Santeetlah or Cheolah.


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Swim in pristine and crystal clear lakes. We are close to Santeetlah Lake and Fontana Lake.

Wind sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Glamping in the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.


We are nestled in the Nantahala National Forest and the Smoky Mountains National Park!

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Hipcamper Kim
Kim W.
recommends this listing.
February 23rd, 2018

I love it when a campsite far exceeds my expectations. I didn't know much about this property before arriving there, and it's fair to say I was blown away. I hate to rob you, fellow Hipcamper, of that same element of surprise, but here goes:

The Heart Center encompasses 30 lovely acres tucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina. It feels somewhat remote, so I was surprised on arrival to learn that it was a thriving school for a number of decades in the mid-1900's. After that, it was used as an illegal wildlife sanctuary, with lions and tigers (oh my!) roaming around in the gymnasium - seriously! The current owner, Liz, purchased the overgrown property in 2000 and has done a mighty impressive job of reclaiming, restoring and rebuilding. Her grounding, loving energy permeates the property and her commitment to offering a heart-centered retreat for children and adults alike is incredibly compelling.

In addition to the yurts and tent sites, the grounds also offer number of different amenities that you can see in the photos. This was my first experience staying in a yurt, and even while sharing the space with a dog and two other people, I slept like a baby. There was something soothing about being tucked into that cozy structure, out in the woods but on a real bed.

I recommend bringing a camp stove if you're planning to cook or heat up dinner, though you can check with Liz to see if the microwave in the dining hall is available for use. There are clean porta-potties adjacent to the yurts and tent sites, but also a full bathroom with sinks and shower stalls in the gymnasium. There were too many fun toys and games to take advantage of on our short visit (table tennis, anyone?); I recommend staying at least a few nights so you can check out everything.

Big thanks to Liz (and her sweet dog, Wayah!) for making our visit so comfortable and enjoyable.

My first yurt experience!Woke up to a beautiful, sunny morning. What a wonderful spot for sipping coffee! A playground for the young, or young at heart. A spacious, clean bathroom provides modern facilities.
Hipcamper Ed
Ed G.
recommends this listing.
March 11th, 2018

Liz was so great! What a special place, cozy yurt in the rain

Hipcamper K.P.
K.P. W.
recommends this listing.
March 16th, 2018

Liz was wonderful and very welcoming. What she's doing at the Healing Center is a great endeavor and well worth your time to discuss it with her. I was happy to help support the work through my reserving a camping spot at the Center. Stayed in one of the Yurts and it was truly a magical night compete with a rain storm, but dry and warm inside. Hot showers and wifi available at the center and coffee in the morning. The area is also gorgeous and worth exploring. Waterfall hikes, Joyce Kilmer forest, and the tail of the dragon all super close. Stay Here!

Hipcamper Liz
Response from Liz, the Host, on March 16th, 2018

Thank you! It is our pleasure to serve and provide a unique and peaceful experience.

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Hipcamper Juan
Juan R.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2018

Amazing experience. Liz is a wonderful person and a great host.
If you are looking for a peaceful place, this is it.
Liz thank you for everything!

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Hipcamper Kacy
Kacy B.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2018

The Yurt at the Heart Center was exactly what I was expecting. Even better actually, because it was nice and warm and cozy in the cool, rainy October weather. It was just me this visit, but there would easily be room for three adults.
Liz was super friendly and accommodating and the facilities were just as described. I’m planning on a second trip!

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Hipcamper Utsav
Utsav L.
recommends this listing.
December 2nd, 2018

The heart center is a nice place if you want to experience glamping. Other than we being shifted to hut where there was limited lighting, it was a really fun experience!
Liz was very helpful, she even got us some desserts !

Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly S.
recommends this listing.
March 20th, 2019

We had a great time at the Yurt. It was definitely a cool, private spot to relax. Thanks

Hipcamper Dani

Extremely beautiful and peaceful!

Dani H.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2019

My family really enjoyed our short stay at The Heart Center we'll definitely be back!

Hipcamper Gwen

Relaxed, unplugged experience

Gwen M.
recommends this listing.
September 15th, 2019

I stayed in one of the Mongolian yurts with 3 friends, and we all agreed it was one of best getaways we could have had. Liz was available for anything we needed, but never in an obtrusive way. She offers guided meditation and reiki, as although our schedule didn't allow for it this time, we will definitely do so next time. She also offered good recommendations for hikes and scenic drives. The grounds were immaculate and the whole place had a strong, positive energy. Complimentary coffee and tea in the mornings, and fresh cooked breakfast was available to order (Sun thru Wed) for nominal cost. The gym (hot showers!), tennis courts, well-pumped spring water, walking mandala, playground, paths, in short, everything, was clean, simple, thoughtful.

Limited WiFi, but it exists near the office/cafe if needed.

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The Heart Center
North Carolina
United States
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