Enjoy stepping out of the bustle of urban life and into the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of our 500 acre farm. The three-sided, Appalachian Trail-styled shelter is set in a wooded, private location at the base of Grindstone Mountain with a pastoral backdrop dotted with horses and cows. The perfect location for an intimate getaway or a group experience, the Mountain Shelt
Enjoy stepping out of the bustle of urban life and into the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of our 500 acre farm. The three-sided, Appalachian Trail-styled shelter is set in a wooded, private location at the base of Grindstone Mountain with a pastoral backdrop dotted with horses and cows. The perfect location for an intimate getaway or a group experience, the Mountain Shelter is complete with a large fire pit, stocked with wood, and of course, the iconic outhouse.
This is a primitive camping shelter. It is great for an intimate camping trip or a larger group that wants to be together outside for the weekend. The space includes a sleeping platform like you might find on the Appalachian Trail which comfortably sleeps at least 6 (we've lined up 15 before!), as well as plenty of room and trees outside the shelter for tents and extra hammocks. A fire pit with cooking grate and a simple table and bench are provided for your outdoor cooking pleasure, and a tank of potable water and a simple outhouse complete the outdoor experience. Please note: We do not provide bedding for this adventure.
Guests have access to our entire farm. Bring your mountain bikes for our trails. We welcome guests to join in with morning and evening chores. Chores include feeding animals, milking cows, collecting eggs and whatever else happens to need to be done.
Interaction with guests
We are a very open farm. We try to have a fire ready for your arrival, and invite you to take part in as much of our day as you'd like.
Other things to note
Come prepared for a primitive camping adventure!
–Guests will be able to drive their vehicles through a field within about 500' of the shelter. You must walk your gear the rest of the way along a wide trail.
–The outhouse is just that. We will, however, provide a bag with TP
–In keeping with all good camping etiquette, please pack out your trash! (We do have a dumpster available at the barns.)
–We welcome your dogs, but please clean up after them around the camping area and they must stay leashed around the barns.
–We offer a flexible check-in/out policy, but we do ask that you be in touch with your eta and etd so we can plan.
–For more information about our farm, including more pictures and special events that might be happening during your stay, you can look up Hidden Hills Farm & Saddle Club online.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Deer, turkey, migrating birds, occasional racoon, and all of the barnyard animals (not wild, but still lots of fun!)
Natural features you'll find at The Mountain Shelter in Tennessee.
The vibe at The Mountain Shelter
Places to see near Hidden Hills Farm & Saddle Club
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Stayed dry and happy despite the rain! We were so pleased with this tidy, convenient shelter in a beautiful spot, near plenty of mountain biking and hiking. It's even not a long drive to the grocery store, in case you need to restock, but on the mountain it's quiet and peaceful and nice for stargazing. The outhouse was clean and practical. We will definitely visit Hidden Hills again and bring the rest of our family. We would have preferred for the water tank (5 gallons) and firewood to be delivered on arrival or earlier in the evening.
Sweet sheltered shady site!!
My family enjoyed our stay at this beautiful campsite. The mountain shelter is sturdy and rustic and is plenty big enough for two tents. We set up inside (no rainfly of course) for bug-free summer slumber. There is a picnic table with benches and a large flat rock for all your food prep needs. The outhouse was clean and functional. We also made use of the many trees to hang our hammocks for lounging. The hosts were super responsive and friendly. There was plenty of cut firewood on site for our weekend, and they brought two large coolers of potable water during our stay. There is a horse trail that passes near the camp. The first time a trail ride passed by, we (and our dogs) were surprised. The next few times it was a treat. The horse trail system on the property is well maintained and really beautiful. Don’t miss out on farm fresh eggs, homemade bread, and ice cream, all available for sale from the main farmhouse at very reasonable prices!
Perfect camping spot
The camp site and their equestrian farm are amazing! Tara and Mike are so friendly and accommodating. My daughter and I stayed two nights- One at the Mountain Shelter camp site and another at the Casita and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We had no idea where we were staying would be an attraction in itself. We milked cows, rode horses, played with baby goats, checked out the sheep and chickens, hiked the trails, and enjoyed the delicious homemade ice cream. The Mountain Shelter was perfect to pull my truck tent up to. We had a nice fire and made s’mores and dinner. I can’t say enough about how great this place was. Thankful we found it!
Very interesting camping
We enjoyed our stay however many of the things mentioned in the listing either wasn’t available or we were not informed on when or where things were suppose to take place. We never saw any eggs, or homemade bread, or ice cream available. We offered to participate in the morning chores several times but was never contacted on where or what we were to do. Also if you anticipate needing anything such as wood on Saturday from the host you should ask for it on Friday so you will be taken care of. They are Seven Day Adventist (which I do not have a problem with) and they are not available for the day. We were told we would be brought wood on Saturday night after dark but we never received it. We had to make do with what little wood we had to make it through the night. Also I was not happy with the fact that the listing says you will be greeted by the host upon arrival. That did not happen. Mike came to bring firewood but never introduced himself so I didn’t even know it was him until I looked at the pictures on this website and I never saw Tara at all. Other than that we enjoyed the stay. It was quite and secluded and that is what we were looking for.
This site surpassed the expectations of myself and the small group joining me for a weekend celebrating July 4th. The property is beautiful and well-kept. Host is friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend!