Hipcamp host John D.
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Updates July 20; 2020: Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in our local courthouse we Have decided to temporarily shut down the campground to tent camping and are requiring background checks be done before you arrive with your rig and at the time of booking a Site we have a 30 day waiting period So that we have plenty of time to be processed the background Checks And all ri
Updates July 20; 2020: Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in our local courthouse we Have decided to temporarily shut down the campground to tent camping and are requiring background checks be done before you arrive with your rig and at the time of booking a Site we have a 30 day waiting period So that we have plenty of time to be processed the background Checks And all rigs must be self-contained. Call to book -Rv Campers and campers with trailers, we have a 2 nights minimum length of stay required. Tent campers are restricted to a 2 week max stay, in order to help reflect that this is a Family orientated vacation style campground. There is a 3 night minimum on holiday weekends and event weekends, Which includes Bristols race weeks, Damascus’s Trail days in may, And the Annual Fiddlers convention held right here in In Laurel Bloomery. Call for more information If you are have trouble making a reservation Or have any questions as We may decide to take shorter reservations Based upon last minute availability. - The bathhouse construction is complete And is now available to all Campers. We have a vacation rental under Construction and is almost complete, which consists of a studio sized apartment suite which is now available for bookings on a weekly minimum to monthly basis starting out for the July 4 weekend which will be sure to be a absolutel bang as we put on a large firework show! Call to book 423-444-1545 or For more information - Fish trails campground is Thrilled to be offering several more camping options for the 2020 season, we are now offering a few hike-in sites with gear delivery option or you can even bring your own ATV or side-by-side for $25. These sites are remote Leave No Trace pack in pack out style Tent camping sites, which are located about a 1/2 mile hike/utv style trail that rises up approximately 500’ feet in elevation Into total peace and solitude situated above the main campground which consists of 32 acres of Pristine mountain land backing to the Cherokee National Forest. Read more about this option below As there are no toilets up there yet. This campground is located at the top of the new Laurel Creek Trail which is a new multi use trail, very similar to the iconic Creeper Trail. The area will be sure to meet and exceed all your hiking and biking needs as we are located right in the heart of Recreational paradise! The main campground has a base elevation of ~2250’ and offers very comfortable year-round weather, With the sunshine of the Tennessee side of the Smokies and next to no mosquitoes you will be sure to find yourself a very pleasant camping experience. We offer 12 sites in total for now but they are larger and can accommodate between 2 to 8 tents each, each site is prorated for two people and each additional guest is $5. We currently have 3 sites that have electric and potable water directly at them! But There’s a place to fill up with clean potable spring water when you pull in with your RV. We also offer a Fully furnished 5th wheel for rent on a weekly/monthly basis , and Then we have 10 other of the most amazing primitive Rv and tent camping sites ! So come Bring your RV or just pitch a tent for a truly amazing camping experience, weather you want to enjoy a peaceful time fly fishing or just want to relax and enjoy nature at its finest. All our campsites provide ample room and are spread out to allow for a better camping experience. RV electric sites, while not totally remote still offer a very beautiful setting. there is no sewer dumps at the sites but we do have a Rv sewer pump That can be used to pump up to two different Septic and we are working on getting a place for you to pump out before you leave. Guest access: From the moment you enter the camp and go across the massive bridge that goes over laurel creek you will begin to feel the beauty of the property which used to be a really nice farm, that lies along a section of an old rail road bed. We are directly off Tn hwy 91 ~2 miles South of the Virginia border The campground is located adjacent to the new Laurel Creek Trail which is a federally funded rail trail conversion project that cost over $350,000 so far and is a park like setting from the campground till the Virginia state line and is Destined to be extended directly into Damascus in the near future and will connect up with the famous Creeper trail! To access the trail from the 5th wheel head to the north end of the property, follow the gravel road up towards the bathhouse area you will see a trail that drops back down onto the old railroad Bed and then go about 100’ and your on the trail. We are the only private property with direct access to this trail, if you go about 1/2 mile down that trail from here is a section of the Boone Trail which has been really improved upon recently and it goes all the way up to the Iron Range Trail which goes directly into Damascus and was was The old Appalachian Trail Route before they made the new route the next Ridge west of here, But this area offers a much more peaceful hiking experience and is really amazing given the mild climate we get here with abundant wildlife and next to no mosquitos this place is awesome! Fish Trails offers access to over 200 yards of stocked trout fishing that could arguably be some of the best fishing east of the Mississippi! if you have any questions I am just a phone call away, but There is no cell phone signal here so you will need to enable Wi-Fi calling with a guest password which I will provide you with after booking, most sites also have high-speed internet available Fast enough to stream Netflix! Any questions just ask or call if you have any questions Other things to note: There are two different areas that we offer hike-in sites here, as there are two massive ridges that rise up directly in back of the lower campground, the north ridge requires a very difficult hike with no gear delivery availabile yet and is only available upon special requests for now. But The South Ridges #11 campsite while you will feel totally remote offers views Of the valley below and of Highway 91 which is AKA “the music highway” and is also known as the legendary snake motorcycle loop, where you’ll be able to see and hear the motorcycles and logging trucks rumble through, which really makes for a spectacle. Leave No Trace sites- Plan ahead and be prepare; Travel and camp on durable surfaces ; Dispose of waste properly; Leave what you find; Minimize campfire impact; Respect wildlife. Be curdious of other campers. Cutting, chopping or damage of any kind to trees and plants, large or small, is strictly forbidden. No removal of plants, trees or rocks. Digging is not allowed. Do not dismantle the rock fire rings. Do not pour out candle wax. Stay on marked trails. Pick up your trash and dispose of properly. FINES FOR VIOLATIONS WILL BE IMPOSED. Burn Permits required to have fires November-June Which are available Online at burnsafetn com unless fire has metal great over it. WATER FOR RVs ON PRIMITIVE SITES: $5/40 gallons potable FIREWOOD: $5 a day burn all you want, Please do not bring wood from other areas into our campground
Lodging provided
Vacation rental
12 sites
Up to 52 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
Have a question? Send John a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 75%

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Hipcamper James
James H.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 6)
April 25th, 2020

Close to Damascus for biking and lots of trails for hiking. Site was level and gravel. No sewage hookup. Grounds were wet due to the weather. The place is still work in process and the grounds could use some cleanup. The Host was great at communicating. We were the only ones there that week. Our site was directly behind the on site 5th wheel that is sometimes rented out. It wasn't rented how we were there. It would have been an awkward setup if it was.

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