Beautiful year-round, Firefly Ridge is surrounded by forest land supporting deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife. Gorgeous, open view of the night sky filled with stars. In summer the hillside sparkles with fireflies. The farm is only eight miles from downtown Knoxville, so you may tour the city during the day and enjoy your camping experience in the evening. The best of both worlds!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 4 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Firefly Ridge Tennessee
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Laura has big plans for Firefly Ridge, a gorgeous 30-acre spot she began leasing 11 months before our visit. I had a blast getting to know her. She graciously poured us a couple glasses of wine on the farmhouse patio as she took us through her plans: a series of concerts on the lawn, dinner gatherings with fresh produce and bread she plans to bake in house, a bathhouse for campers, and a small gallery to show off and sell local art (which she's already put in place). Her house has a few extra rooms that she rents - she encourages campers and renters alike to mingle and enjoy each other's company. She also welcomes campers to use the laundry if needed - the perfect bonus after a long and smelly camping stint. There are so many areas on this site to camp - we chose a flat spot fairly close to the house and chickens (closer to porch coffee in the morning!), but you could also snag a patch of grass much further away in one of the forested areas (just watch out for poison ivy!). We really enjoyed watching all of the animals from the farmhouse porch - wild turkeys, cardinals, fireflies, and monarch butterflies all came out the evening of our visit. She even has plans to make the farm an official Monarch rest stop during the migration because so many visit already. Her chickens and ducks are incredibly cute and fun to feed. We would love to visit again - her hospitality and kindness are unparalleled! The outstanding Great Smoky Mountains National Park is incredibly close, making this the perfect respite to get away from the Park's madness in the summer with a more private and serene experience.
Good spot if you're looking for a place to camp and all the sites at smoky mountain national park are taken. Laura was sweet, and helped us get settled. There's a grill, table and fire pit. However, there's no bathroom. Laura was gracious enough to let us brush our teeth inside her house before bed.
Firefly Ridge was the first experience for my friend and I with hipcamp and it was truly great. Laura was a fantastic host and went out of her way to make our stay more enjoyable. The location is beautiful and we had a relaxing night.
Make sure to say hi to the chickens she keeps when you are there!
Laura was great! I wish we had more time to Chatt with her. One of her Airbnb guests so kindly put our tarp on our tent while we were gone for the day. It felt like a little community. The fireflies were out in full force and the wild turkeys the next morning were a nice little surprise!
Firefly Ridge and host Laura gets 5 stars from me. I stayed there 4 nights. The site is private, safe, very well maintained, with beautiful views and the occasional visit by deer and wild turkey and lots of rabbits. Best of all, it is so convenient to downtown Knoxville and UT campus. Laura is a gracious host and can also offer charming AirBnB accommodation in her farmhouse for those not inclined to tenting. Ken.