Primitive campsites set down in our quiet valley. There are water spigots, and guests have access to a beautiful men's and women's bathhouse with showers.
There is a trail that leads to the top of the mountain to the fire tower outlook. Good for hikers or horseback riders. There is also a separate road for cars. There is also a road/trail that goes down the other side of the Mountain to the Burnett Gap area. Our ranch is off the beaten path, yet located within an easy drive of beautiful hiking locations such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. We are also near to the relaxing Hot Springs and historic Asheville, home of the Biltmore Estate.
Aaah, peace and quiet. A close knit neighborhood at the foot of the mountains. Easy access to hiking and horse trails. Lot's of wild edibles if you know who to ask such as blueberries, black raspberries, nut trees, and chicory. It stays cooler up here than down in Greeneville, and we get magnificent cool winds. Sometimes when it's been raining the clouds will flow over the mountain like water. We also have our fare share of wildlife- plenty of rabbits, the occasional deer, raccoons, foxes, turkeys, killdeer, cardinals, bluebirds, hummingbirds, Canadian geese, various hawks and birds of prey, whippoorwill, doves, swifts, woodpeckers, and many more.
We also have free ranging cats, all fixed, spayed, and vaccinated. Also friendly!
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
The vibe at MCMR Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
This lovely ranch is extremely well established, with a ton of amazing things to do on and off the premises. Visitors come from near and far to ride horses, hike the trails, raft, and just chill by the pool at this epic hideaway. Though the ranch is very tucked away, there are quite a few amazing destinations that are less than an hour away from camp (Hot Springs, Pigeon Forge, GSMNP, Asheville, etc). There is a lodge (with wifi) and cafe, as well as lots of tent and RV sites. The tent sites are nestled in a cute little holler that butts up to Cherokee National Forest. There is a great 3-mile trail that takes campers up to an incredible fire tower overlooking the smoky mountains. We enjoyed a nice trail run out and back to catch some great views. Make sure you check it out! The camping holler has a few picnic tables and fire rings that make cooking and eating easy and enjoyable. There was a legitimate fireworks display of fireflies in the evening, as well as a lone coyote that came to check us out - super cool. Our fellow campers took a few of the horses out the next morning with a guide at the Ranch, and couldn't say enough nice things about the experience. We shared stories with some of the other visitors and Doug, one of the friendly owners, at the General Store. The General Store is a fantastic resource for last minute snacks and supplies, as well as a great place to hang with new friends and the resident pets or avoid the occasional rainstorm. I would love to come back for a bit longer to ride horses and chat with the kind folks that roll through. I won't forget my bathing suit next time!
MCMR camp was a beautiful spot in the mountains! They were very kind and friendly. We were able to get a food order in at the restaurant before they closed up and enjoyed a meal on the porch, watching the sunset. This was our first night with our camper trailer and it was very easy to pull into their RV spots. The bathhouse was also very nice.
They didn't have my name listed when I checked in, so that was worrisome from the get-go. It worked out, facilities were great, LOVED the hot-water shower, flush toilets, and wifi. But most of the other folks down in Pug's Hollow don't seem to know or care about the camp etiquette of using hushed voices and shutting the hell up at a decent hour. Even with ear plugs in, I could hear people in every direction having animated conversations until well after 4 in the morning. Which made for an uncomfortable, restless night. Not exactly appreciated between two very long days of driving.
Short of having a staff member make the rounds after hours to keep the peace, maybe something as simple as having quiet hours posted and that being a subject covered at check-in?
I was hoping that a night out in nature would be what the doctor ordered to soothe me, after the week I just had (I'm from Charlottesville...nuff said). Instead, it was essentially an exercise in angst as all the beautiful nature sounds and sights (birds, stars) were drowned out by the intrusive noises and lights from my fellow tent campers.
Also: a port-a-potty down in the holler would be nice for late-night calls of nature! The bathhouse, while wonderful, is quite a ways up a steep hill. Not an easy ramble for a midnight pee.
This campsite was absolutely wonderful! From the morning coffee to the trails that connect down to the campsite (and then run into the national forest). We had a great stay thanks to the access to the pool, a very clean bathhouse, firewood, and even a cafe and wifi- it had much more than we had expected! The family running the campsite is also so very helpful and so kind.
Hey there HIPCAMPERS! I'm happy to share that I would highly recommend MCMR Camp! It is nestled in the valley and surrounded by wonderful trails for hiking and horseback riding.
We visited MCMR during the 2017 Solar Eclipse. There were 8 of us, 4 adults and 4 kids. MCMR did not disappoint us or the kids, the swimming saved all of us who were too tired (adults) and the kids were able to swim and play until you called them to come eat. The pool was by the general store/cafe so it was a 30 sec walk to good, yummy food, like delicious pizzas and beverage, like cold Coke or beer. Did I tell you they have wi-fi? They sure do!!! My husband had to do some work so this came in handy for him and for one kid (1 yo) who wanted to watch Baby Einstein on repeat.
Please remember it's a ranch that accommodates HORSES! The tent camping area was good, the amenities were 2 water spigots, ONE picnic table, and ONE fire ring. Everybody had to share and sharing is good. I think there were electricity outlets too but not sure, I didn't investigate it. PLEASE BE ADVISED: it's horse-friendly campsite so the grounds around the trees had horse manure, they were dried but be warned. The ground is grass and uneven, so don't expect it to be flat, smooth, worn ground for tents. We laid our tarps down and it was all good. In addition, there were no designated spots/sites, you pick a spot and set up camp where you like. I thought that was pretty cool!
It's truly a great place that DOUG have there! He's a great host and he had some neighbors who came by to take a dip in his pool and we had the chance to get to know some locals. We checked out late on the day we left and that was okay with him too. He does offer cabin lodging there if you don't want to drag out the camping stuff.
Would we come back to MCMR again? YOU BET WE WOULD! It was awesome!!!
I went to MCMR with 5 friends for labor day weekend and truly had the best camping experience I've ever had. The staff at the ranch were extremely nice and made us feel like we were part of their family. The camping environment is secluded and there is plenty of space for privacy. I have already planned a second trip back to the ranch to camp again. If anyone is looking for a great place to camp in the Tennessee Mountains, I 100% recommend visiting MCMR.