Hipcamp host Janice T.
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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! NO running water or electric. 

Complete privacy!

IT is a 4 sided structure with wood floor, sawmill planks for walls, wood shutter for window and has a plank bed for two must bring own mat.


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! NO running water or electric. 

Complete privacy!

IT is a 4 sided structure with wood floor, sawmill planks for walls, wood shutter for window and has a plank bed for two must bring own mat. Also, there is a little wood stove to take the chill off in the colder months! 

Remember to bring flash light or lantern, the camping shelter has NO Running Water or Electricity.  Great way to totally un plug . ( you can use plugs at pavillion area for charging phones) 

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! 

Bring your own horse! PADDOCKS with SHELTERS available when traveling with horses. Trails here and in the Great Smoky Mountain National for riding. Horses must be pre-approved and paddocks reserved thru me. . $20.00 per night per horse .

Bring your pet! Must be pre-approved when booking . $ 10.00 per night per pet. Your dog may hike our trails , enjoy meeting barn animals, hang out at pond area.............must be supervised. 

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Janice a message!
  • 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 6 hours
  • Response rate: 92%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lakeview Primitive Shelter in Tennessee.

Swimming hole

The vibe at Lakeview Primitive Shelter

Places to see near Twin Valley Horse Ranch

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Hipcamper Allison
Allison W.
recommends this listing.
March 2nd, 2018

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!!

Hipcamper Alisha
Alisha M.
recommends this listing.
April 9th, 2018

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.

The hike to get up to the cabin requires a little cardio. But it's worth it. Plenty of room and hangers for gear. Cozy. This hill leading up to the ridge would be awesome for putting a blanket down and watching a meteor shower. It's much taller than it looks in the picture. The wood burning stove was so nice to have if we needed it.
Hipcamper Michael
Michael B.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2018

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!

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Hipcamper Bradley
Bradley H.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2018

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,

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Hipcamper Roger
Roger M.
recommends this listing.
March 14th, 2020

Janice is absolutley wonderful and very welcoming! Lots of cute animals running around. For those staying at the secluded shelter, be aware that its a steep hike up to the shelter (if you're out of shape like me). I also recommend listening to the listed recommendation of bringing some kind of mat in addition to the sleeping bag; the bed in the shelter is wooden and quite unforgiving! Overall, I would definitely stay there again for its quiet beauty, but I would go in better prepared for the experience than I was (which was my fault not the owner's)!

Hipcamper Janice
Response from Janice, the Host, on March 18th, 2020

Hello Roger, Thank you so much for taking out the time to write a review. I know it was a short visit but hoping it gave you a little break from everyday stress. I am glad you enjoyed yourself even though you were not quite prepared. You are welcome back anytime you want to try again OR you could consider one of the private units with electric, water and BED! :) Happy Trails till we meet again! JAN

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Hipcamper Emily


Emily W.
recommends this listing.
May 24th, 2020

Janice was so welcoming and her property is amazing! She has the sweetest bunch of animals, I loved her baby goats! If you are looking for an adventure and fun, out of the box place to stay, this is your place.

Hipcamper Janice
Response from Janice, the Host, on May 27th, 2020

HEllo Emily, Thank you so much for taking out the time to write such a nice review. I just wished you had more time to enjoy it more! Maybe we will try again sometime! JAn

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Hipcamper Chris

Great stay at twin valley ranch

Chris E.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2020

Stayed for 2 nights in the shelter and had a great time. The property is wonderful and we loved playing with the farm animals and cars. Overall, a great stay.

Hipcamper bri
Bri S.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2018

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 :)

Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren L.
recommends this listing.
October 1st, 2018

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!

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