Lake view backcountry site is about a 3 minute hike from the parking area, pond for fishing/swimming. This rustic camping shelter is perfect for those who like to "rough" it!
IT is a 4 sided structure with wood floor, sawmill planks for walls, wood shutter for window and has a plank bed for two with mattress. Also, there is a little wood stove to take the chill off in the colder months!
Outside there is a fire ring, grill, picnic table and plenty of wood to collect for burning. There are many mountain trails leaving right from your shelter! Lots to explore. You can even hike to the outdoor chapel with the pretty view of the Chilhowee Mountain range. It is a short hike to the barn area for those who want to spend time rubbing the pot belly pigs' tummy, walk the mini horses, groom the love bug~Junebug (donkey), pet horses, cuddle with bunnies and feed chickens! Every morning and night we set a time for all those who want to become involved with the care/feeding of petting animals and horses!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Lakeview Primitive Shelter
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The shelter is so relaxing! You're up on a hill all alone and it's so peaceful. It rained the night we stayed and having the tin roof above us made it that much better! The only thing I have to say is if it cold, bring the means to start a fire! We were unprepared and not able to so it did get a little chilly at night. If we had been able to get a fire in the stove it Would have been perfect! Also there was a 1 month old baby goat running around down at the barn and it was the cutest thing I've ever seen! I definitely recommend if you want camp with privacy and love animals!!
My daughter and I stayed for 3 nights in the primitive shelter, last week. We loved it! The property was unique and offered a variety of activities. You could meet early at the stables and go horseback riding. You could fish or look for salamanders in the pond. Or you could explore the approximately 200 acres bordering Chillowee Mountain through fields and connecting trails. My daughter loved the farm animals like the baby goat, donkey and barn cats. The owner, Ms. Janice makes you feel welcomed and comfortable during your stay. You can "rough it" in the rustic shelter like we did or stay in the cabin. Based on your preference, you're sure to enjoy your stay at Twin Valley Ranch. We plan to return over the summer.
This place is a little slice of heaven in the Smokeys! We chose the rustic primitive shelter but Twin Valley Ranch has alot more to offer than just that! Our shelter was a couple minute hike up a steep grade from where we unloaded (we were well aware of the hike) totally worth it just be prepared. If you want the authentic feel of a primitive mountain cabin this is it! We woke early to help Janice feed the animals. It is a ranch after all.. We met some wonderful characters! In the form of Horses, Pigs, goats, miniature poneys, chickens bunny and tons of kitties! Oh and who could forget Fox the dog thinks he's the boss ;) the little private pond had fish jumping and Janice offers horse rides on trails She and her late husband hand carved into the acres the Twin Valley Ranch occupies! Our only regret is we didn't have a longer time to spend there. TVR offers a wide variety of sleeping arrangements so everyone can enjoy the ranch. From the primitive cabin we stayed in, a room in the main lodge that offers breakfast or a private cabin with your own kitchen to cook in! If you have any questions give Janice a call shed love to hear from you. She may not get a hipcamp message while she's tending the ranch or on a ride with guests because Janice is a one man show!
Truly an amazing host! The property is huge and great for any type of camping, from glamping to primitive. The ranch is close to the National Park, tubing and much more...but Janice has plenty to do for all age groups all day! Highly recommended for the real Tennessee experience :)
Janice's Twin Valley Horse Ranch was such a nice and special find! It was just what we were looking for- a secluded nook in the Eastern Tennessee mountains. Janice was extremely responsive and very helpful. She offered horseback riding and provided details on a local festival, and the setup of the fort was perfect. There's a fire pit, mattress, picnic table, wood stove (the wood was already chopped!). We really enjoyed our experience! And if you walk to "Lover's Tree" at night, the stars are incredible!
The ranch is awesome, has private trails on property for hiking or you can ask host to ride horses for a price. The Primitive shelter is as advertised and cool as can be, also can be in Great Smoky National Park in minutes,