Rene was an amazing host. The property was adequate, but could be hazardous to bigger vehicles during rainy periods. Luckily we have a very small rig. Rene graciously extended the privilege of bathroom and shower usage throughout our 5 day stay. This was a very centralized location to visit all of the national parks and attractions in DC, Virginia and Maryland. We would recommend this stay for anyone under 30 feet.
This sirte was a real treat to stay for two evenings. We only wish we could have met the host of this awesome property, who was unexpectedly called out of town. Everything advertised is available and was easy to find even without Ginger being home. The view of the Great Smokey Mountains was a breathtaking backdrop while we set up camp.
Downtown Bryson City is literally down the hill and around the corner. We arrived on the 23rd and the quaint little mountain retreat was just buzzing with Christmas excitement. Although we didn't get a chance to ride the Polar Express that seemed to be what most families had come to enjoy.
There is tons of hiking and kayaking/rafting options around, and we even saw a billboard for gold panning and gem mining. We do travel with our pup, and the majority of the nearby hiking is not dog friendly.
This trip was a great get away and if you are traveling and can get a reservation at the Black Bear RV pad jump on the opportunity.
We enjoyed our stay at Gypsy Wind Farms, but this might not be everyone's cup of tea. In all fairness it had rained a good deal prior to our arrival, so the red clay dirt that comprises the majority of the property was all mud. The one advertised site with electric hookups was on a moderate slope which posed a problem as the property has very little gravel or concrete. Fortunately our host provided us with an extension cord, which allowed us to camp at the top of the hill. Even with a small (11ft) trailer the only other potential site available was adjecent to a chicken coop and horse/goat pen. Not sure where the space for 5 RV's would be.
Had a great time exploring the property. Dana (Brad's wife) gave us a bag full of animal treats and we fed goats, pigs, chickens, and a donkey! Plenty of exploring to do.
Although we didn't have a fire ring or trash receptical at the site, we were welcomed to responsibily start a fire wherever and Dana took the small amount of refuse we needed to dispose of.
Stargazing was spectacular, as there is very little ambient lite coming from anywhere nearby. Downside of farm life is when the critters get restless. The potential of barking dogs, braying donkeys and crowing roosters are possible noises you may hear throughout the night.
Gypsy Wind Farm is a very quaint retreat that would be a perfect accommodation for anyone looking to be off the grid.
My wife and I had a very pleasant overnight stay at Yurt Island. Located in Bowman, SC (also home to the UFO welcome center...a must see!) the Yurt is on the grounds of Southeast Outdoor Adventure Center(SOAC). While we were staying at SOAC there were no events going on, but be advised there is an obstacle course which is the main attraction of the site. While my wife and I had the entire place to ourselves, the level of privacy could be drastically impacted by groups in for activities. The Yurt is tucked away from the cabins and primative camping areas but very close to the "Hub*. or communial area of SOAC. It seems there isn't staff that live on site so make sure you pack what you will need or visit the Dollar General a couple miles away.
Alan, the camp host, was very cordial over the phone and made sure we knew he could be contacted at any point during our stay to answer questions. Outside of that our interactions took place through email. Maps, camp rules, and waivers were all sent prior to our arrival.
Yurt island is located in a lower lying area of the campground. Bring shoes you don't mind getting muddy if there has been any recent rain. Alan provided us with plenty of wood to get a fire started, and the surrounding areas have plenty more limbs and brush we we're permitted to use. As mentioned in the site info there are lights inside and some along the path leading to the fire pit but no useable electrical outlets. You will not be "glamping" on Yurt Island. There were 2 thin blankets provided, a night stand, chair, and a chest for storage. The bed was wrapped in plastic which we assumed was to protect it from the elements. That was our only complaint with our stay as the crackling of the plastic kept waking us up.
The property is scenic, with lots of trees and water. There are 2 ponds of which we were told we could kayak. We decided not to as they were both quite shallow and we didn't see any good spots to put in.
It was a nice relaxing stay overall. This is a new event space and you could tell they are still continuing to grow. I imagine over the next year they will be adding and improving all aspects of the grounds making for an even more memorable experience.
This spot was a great overnight spot. Directions to the sire are spot on. The road leading up to the house is dirt and in spots very rutted so take it slow. Montanna was waiting for us when we arrived and showed us where to park. The only thing we found different than expected was the site's close proximity to the hosts house. This was never an issue, as Montanna was friendly but not intrusive. He introduced us to the animals on property(dogs, ducks and a cockatoo), showed us where hook ups were , and even allowed us access to a composting toilet as our Teardrop style rig is not equipped with one
The property is nice situated for smaller RV's to pull thru. We have an 11' rig and easily looped around when leaving to get back to the driveway. It looked as though Montanna had a different gate that would accommodate bigger setups. Although we were only there overnight and were focused on setting up our new RV, there was a pool table and a horseshoe pit which our host invited us to use. If you plan on staying a couple of days there are several spots to put in small watercraft and Montanna has a kayak and a canoe. The firepit is located near the campsite and has patio furniture next to it.
We had a great stay and would recommend this site to anyone passing through the area.