Site with fine. You're really camping in the grass right beside the road--although the road is basically private and very low traffic. Host was very kind; however, she was hard to get ahold of/didn't answer the phone when I called and thought my reservation was for a different day than when I arrived. Nonetheless, she was still welcoming and helpful. Hiking and views are pretty scenic about two miles up the road. Less than two miles to a boat ramp in one of the lesser travelled parts of Norris Lake. It's a really, really scenic area in Tennessee's most rural county. Great place to get away from it all. Cell service out here is spotty at best so be sure to write down your directions before heading out.
Lot's of options of where to sleep at this lakeside place near Norris Lake. There's a tiny house, a couple of apartments, campsites, etc. for you to choose from. All were no frills but clean and simple. No more of less than you need really, especially if you're coming for the lake. There is direct kayak/canoe access to the lake from the property. Unfortunately, when I went they were still recovering a bit from some recent flooding, but this is a hidden gems with loads of potential. Super nice host and a big fluffy dog to pet as well. 7/10
Absolutely wonderful place to stay near Pigeon Forge and GSMNP. There are a million cabins in this area, but I'd genuinely choose staying in this tent over just about any of them. Beautiful sunrise views and the feeling that you're away from everything with only a 15 minute drive into town. Comfy bed, temperature controlled tent, fresh eggs in the fridge, a killer deck to sit and have breakfast on. Less than an hour from the trailhead to Charlie's Bunion, which is my favorite hike in the Smokies. This place is seriously magical, and somewhere I'd truly come back to over and over again. The host was also super friendly and helpful. Lots of cute farm critters around as well. 10/10
Pretty standard camper in the woods. Place was clean and simple. Lots of pots and pans to use. AC was not the best, and there was a bit of an odd smell, but overall a nice place, and the host was super friendly.
The real draw here is the access to the waterfalls. Less than a five minute drive, or a really steep hillside scramble away, the falls were roaring and beautiful. On a warm day, you can swim at the base and jump in from some of the nearby rocks. Also a fun little wall to scramble up.
Let me just tell you that this place is a perfect little piece of northeastern heaven. The night we camped, it absolutely poured, and that made the property even more magical. There's a big lawn and fire pit area to relax at on sunnier days, but we opted to hang our hammock right out over the foggy lake. It was seriously incredible and peaceful. It ended up raining so hard that we tossed our tent under the awning of the barn which was super convenient. Kayaks on the property were really fun in the rain. The outdoor shower was also pretty much the best thing ever on a cold rainy summer day.
The place was clean and simple, a great place to relax in peace. Would love to spend a week there, but sadly only had one night. Host was also really helpful with directions and quick to communicate!
I've visited 20+ hipcamps and I'd have to say that this was hands down one of, if not the best. The hosts were incredibly accommodating and helpful upon arrival. Canoe and kayak rentals onsite make it unbelievably easy, and the island is secluded enough to get a real backcountry experience on the ocean without having to go a million miles out of the way, hauling a million pounds of gear. I even forgot stuff for s'mores in the parking lot and was able to paddle back, get the grahams, and return to the island in about 45 minutes. The bay that you paddle through is peaceful and absolutely gorgeous, with sail boats harbored, sea grass gliding against the bottom of your canoe, and views out to other islands. It is important to make sure that you're aware of the tidal schedule here, as it would be really unpleasant to drag your canoe across the mud at low tide. But apart from that, everything was unbelievably convenient.
The tent sites were well separated and really clean, and there are carts on the island to transport your gear from the boat landing to the sites. Our site had a little trail right down to the water where we were lucky enough to see some harbor porpoises doing flips at around sunset. I honestly could've sat and watched the tides go in and out for days.
We woke up to a cool, slightly foggy morning and followed the trail to the rocks and gazebo at the end of the island, where we had breakfast and watched the sun come up and clear away all the fog. We paddled around the bay for a while before heading back to the mainland.
This is a place I would gladly go back to year after year. A true gem.
This beautiful property is settled in the largest coastal forest between New York and Boston. Had to walk through rows and rows and beautiful flowers and raspberries (that David let us snack on) to get to the campsite, which was nice, flat and shaded. AMAZING bamboo grove with a little table that's perfect for breakfast. Nearby lake to kayak in, and hikes from the property that lead to neighboring towns. Super kind and informative host, and overall just beautiful property. Couldn't recommend it enough!
Amazing property with an amazingly helpful host. Did his best to make sure I found the place and was able to access everything I needed, even followed up after my stay to make sure everything went well. The property is private and in beautiful Appalachian foothills, surrounded by acres and acres of beautiful rolling farmland. The willows are magical, the cabin was homie, and the outdoor deck and shower were a huge plus. Plenty of places to sit and relax by the water or have a fire. Would drive well out of my way to stay here.
This place has tons of fun stuff to do, and it's so convenient that they let you use their boats and that they give free firewood! Site was nice and flat. Pretty private. Lots of fire pit options. And really easy to find.
Lots of people around the lake in the afternoon, so it's easy to make new friends if you're hoping to!
As another has mentioned, after the rains it was a little swampy in the tent area--tent platforms or something would really add to the location, but it's still fine without that.
The only legitimate complaint I had was that we were woken up at about 6:45am by someone operating some big machinery (a Bobcat or something similar) around the lake about 150 yards from the tent site, which was really unpleasant.