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Campsite hosted by Nicole
6 guests2 bedrooms3 beds2 bathrooms
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The Oaken End Campsite @ Silverbell Wood is a large, private, car-camping (tents only), ONE-SITE rental at the end of a gravel road, in S. Apps near GSMNP. Sunset views of the mtns, surrounded by sloping forest. AWD/4WD REQUIRED ALL YEAR. Site features mulched tent area, potable water & electric, fire-pit, deck w/mtn sunset view, picnic table, pit-toilet, kitchen shelter, nature trails & parking on-site. 1-6 campers, larger groups by request. Please read all info before booking. Enjoy!

The space
The Oaken End @ Silverbell Wood is built, maintained & loved by the owners, Nicole & Stephan who live down the road, also in Silverbell Wood. Our car-camping (tents only), campsite is great for family, friend groups, small outdoor events, and as an outdoor teaching space. If you’re looking for a peaceful car camping getaway.... this rental is rustic, private and only one site, so you won’t be next to any other campers.

AWD or 4WD is required and necessary, at all times of year, to access the campsite.

1-6 campers welcome with special pricing for larger groups, events or teaching space, by request.

NO motorcycles or trailers. (They won't make it to the campsite).

CAMPSITE FEATURES:
(These amenities are for campers only, they are not shared with anyone else!)

- large lounging deck with chairs, picnic table & mountain sunset views

- a mulched general tent area (no designated tucked-away tent pads, but a communal tent area)

- central fire pit with flip-top grill

- covered kitchen shelter with counter prep area, bench, sink and expedition-style bucket & foot-pump hand-washing set-up

- covered composting outhouse pit-toilet with sink and foot-pump hand-washing station

- covered bathing/shower stall with water spigot, for bucket-style bathing, or bring your own shower bag.

- potable water spigot and two electrical outlets a short walk down the road, within view of the campsite.

- steep trail (out-and-back), with a tiny meditation deck at the end

- 2nd trail (out & back) to a large double bench

- trash, recycling and compost station near kitchen shelter

- parking on-site for 1-4 (AWD or 4WD) vehicles

CAMPERS BRING:
- tents & gear
- toilet paper & soap,
- firewood (or purchase @ campsite with cash)
- food, cooking gear & supplies
- first aid kit
- tools to handle vehicular issues, including a jumper unit, a spare tire and jack
- gear for heavy rain and cold at any time of year.

WE PROVIDE:
- completely private, singular rental tent site,
- on-site parking for 1-4 cars
- covered composting toilet shelter with sink & foot-pump hand-washing set-up
- waste removal with trash, recycling & compost bins
- covered kitchen shelter with sink & foot-pump hand-washing set-up
- large lounging deck
- fire pit with flip-top grill
- picnic table
- short nature trail ending in mini deck,
- potable water spigot (a short walk down the road)
- two electrical outlet plugs (a short walk down the road)

Guest access
Guests have access to the private campsite, short nature trail to the meditation deck, dedicated parking area and potable water and electric a short walk down the dirt road from campsite. There is a spigot with potable water and a power post with 2 electrical sockets that guests may use. Guests do not share any amenities with anyone else!

Guests do not have access to the property beyond the campsite. No off-trail bushwhacking allowed. Please stay on trails! No tinder, kindling or firewood collection of any kind is allowed on site. Please bring your own in-state firewood & fire materials or purchase firewood at the campsite for a $10 cash fee, put into the green box. No plant/animal/insect/rock collection allowed. Please take pictures instead! :)

Guests do not have access to surrounding/neighboring properties further down the road. Please respect the privacy of our neighbors. Please contact us if you have any issues, instead of asking neighbors.

Other things to note
SAFETY: Campers should come prepared to deal with vehicular issues! Please bring a car battery jumper unit, as well as a spare tire and jack, in case you get a flat. Please practice changing a flat and jumping your car before traveling! The campsite is on a rural, rough, mountain, gravel road. Unfortunately, AAA and other services will only operate on PAVED roads.

POTABLE WATER comes from a either of two spigots on the outside and inside of the shower stall structure, a short walk down the gravel road, within view of the campsite.

ELECTRIC comes from an electrical post with two, regular, 3-prong sockets. Campers can also plug-in via a pink, lighted extension cord, connected to the shower stall structure, a short walk down the road, within view of the campsite.

CELL RECEPTION VARIES, sometimes good, sometimes not. Verizon tends to work, we’ve been told AT&T works, but we can’t guarantee you’ll have cell reception @ the site. You can always drive down to the paved road if you need reception.

WiFi is NOT available.

NOISE: You may hear various noises common to rural areas. A variety of farm animals live around here, including horses, goats, chickens, roosters, and dogs, as well as wild animals. Occasionally, neighbors will use guns for target practice. You might also hear trucks or motorcycles in the distance, depending on the season.

BATHING: a bathing/shower stall is provided with built-in water access. (Cold water only). This is a bucket or “navy shower” system, where you can use the water from the spigot to fill the provided bucket and bathe (no shower head). Alternatively, you can bring your own camp shower bag and attach it to the shower stall ceiling & bathe.

PRIVACY: Campsite is at the very end of the road. No other campers will be around. You shouldn’t see other people or vehicles at the campsite, unless Stephan or I need to come up for some reason. We drive an old tan Chevy truck and a silver Subaru. Should you see anyone else, please report this to us.

Our cabin and a neighbor's cabin are along the road to The Oaken End Campsite.
The Oaken End Campsite @ Silverbell Wood is a large, private, car-camping (tents only), ONE-SITE rental at the end of a gravel road, in S. Apps near GSMNP. Sunset views of the mtns, surrounded by sloping forest. AWD/4WD REQUIRED ALL YEAR. Site features mulched tent area, potable water & electric, fire-pit, deck w/mtn sunset view, picnic table, pit-toilet, kitchen shelter, nature trails & parking on-site. 1-6 campers,… read more

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2 queen beds, 1 sofa bed

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Free parking on premises
Private entrance
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Bryson City, North Carolina, United States

The road that leads to the campsite is a typical road in the rural western North Carolina mountains: long, winding, rough, gravel, and steep in places. You’ll see various ramshackle shacks, “Appalachian Yard Art” (i.e. old cars, metal scrap, machinery, appliances, and yes, my little ponies :). Neighboring properties are rough-around-the-edges. You'll see evidence of this as you drive our gravel road. We respect our neighbor's privacy and campers should do the same. Wildlife, as well as domesticated animals: horses, goats, dogs, roosters, live nearby. Due to the rural nature and rough road, campers should bring tools to handle vehicular issues, including a car battery jumper unit and a spare tire and jack!

Our property and driveway begin up the road, after you pass all of the above-mentioned shenanigans. The campsite is at the very end of our property’s road, so there is no traffic at all!

TOWN:
If you "go to town", you'll head to BRYSON (8 miles or 10-15min drive), which is directly on the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bryson is the closest town to our property. Bryson (a.k.a. Bryson City), is neither a city (it’s a small mountain town), nor does anyone call it “Bryson City”.... it’s just Bryson! Bryson has the closest grocery store (Ingles) several restaurants, coffee shops, two breweries and some cute small mountain shops in the walk-able town.

SYLVA, DILLSBORO & CULLOWHEE are small towns located along the Tuckasegee River, directly East of the campsite (25 min drive). Sylva & Dillsboro have some good restaurants and shops. Cullowhee is home to Western Carolina University & has extensive biking trails as well as some good rock-climbing sites.

TRAINS:
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, a passenger train, hosts nearly year-round scenic passenger trips between Bryson and the Nantahala River Gorge.

RIVERS & PADDLING:
7 Recreation rivers are within a 5 minute to 2 hour drive of our location.
The Nantahala River (10 miles away), with rafting, hiking, biking, zipping, fishing, and restaurants is located in Nantahala National Forest, which surrounds our location. The Little Tennessee (1/2 mile from campsite), Tuckasegee, French Broad, Pigeon, Ocoee, Chatooga, and Cheoah are all close-by and having rafting and paddling outfitters along their banks.

HIKING & BIKING:
Tsali Recreation Area (15 miles away), has extensive biking trails as well as fishing & lake boating. WCU Trail System (25 miles away) has a great hiking and biking trail system. JackRabbit has extensive mountain biking trails.

LAKES:
Many recreation lakes are within an hours’ drive of our site, including: Fontana lake & Dam, Nantahala lake, Queen’s Lake, Lake Cheoah, Lake Santeetlah with an excellent swimming spot (Cheoah Point Beach), and Calderwood Lake and Chilhowee Lake to our North/West from the Tuckasegee River.
Cedar Cliff Lake, Bear Creek Lake, Wolf Creek Lake and Tanasee Lake all flowing from the Tuckasegee River toward Cullowhee and WCU, are to our South, within an hour of the campsite.

PARKS, FORESTS & WILDERNESS:
Two Great Smoky Mountain National Park entrances are close-by. Deep Creek Entrance (10 miles away) in Bryson, and the Oconoluftee Visitor Center Entrance (20 miles away) in Cherokee. Our campsite is within Nantahala National Forest and Pisgah National Forest extends east to Asheville. Cherokee National Forest extends West into Tennessee. Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness and Citico Creek Wilderness are a short drive toward Robbinsville, NC. Snowbird Wilderness Study Area is due West.

SWIMMING:
Swim spots are hard to come by, but there are several creek lounging spots in Deep Creek in GSMNP and along the Nantahala River, both are chilly! Jumping in the pool below Indian Falls at Deep Creek is one of the best moments for me after a hike or run!

Cheoah Point Beach (30 miles or a 45 min beautiful drive) at Lake Santeetlah, near Robbinsville, NC, is probably the nicest lake swimming spot in the area. Roped off swim area with a nice sandy beach and grassy surround with bathrooms, changing rooms, picnic tables and grills. Weekends are busy! Get your spot early if you're going to make a day of it.

FISHING:
Many creeks and streams nearby host great locations for fishing. Lower Sawmill Creek Put-In to the Little Tennessee River is a 1/2 mile from the campsite. Wishon's Fishing Hole on the Upper Nantahala River is an easy drive. Hazel Creek and Forney's Creek are a great if you're interested in the elusive brook trout.

SCENIC DRIVES:
The BlueRidge Parkway, Foothills Parkway, Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, Newfound Gap Road (US Hwy 441) through GSMNP, Cherohala Skyway, Indian Lakes Scenic Byway, Waterfall Byway (US Hwy 64) are all within an hour's drive.

WATERFALLS:
If waterfalls are your thing, there are dozens in the area, easily accessible via hiking and even by car, starting with those in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Deep Creek Entrance with waterfalls within a 1/2 mile flat walk. The Waterfall Byway (Hwy 64) going toward Brevard, NC is a waterfall lovers' bliss with waterfalls just off the road. Alarka Falls, a little known spot at the end of Alarka Road in Bryson is an amazing 200ft waterfall off the beaten track.

CULTURE:
ASHEVILLE with restaurants, breweries, shops and all the culture and amenities of a city, is an easy day trip (1hr 15mins) from the campsite!

FRANKLIN (along scenic 28S) are a 30 min drive from the campsite with mountain views, arts, restaurants, hiking and historic landmarks.

ROBBINSVILLE (along 28N and 143, 30 min drive) is due West of our location. Check out Cheoah Point Beach, the historic Tapoco Lodge, and Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.

CASHIERS/HIGHLANDS host mutiple breweries and waterfalls galore. Small mountain towns with walkable touristy shops and a few restaurants. Nature is amazing here.

BREVARD if you're looking for waterfalls and a beautiful drive, check out the old, quaint town of Brevard, a 2 hour drive, SouthEast of our location, along scenic Highway 64.
The road that leads to the campsite is a typical road in the rural western North Carolina mountains: long, winding, rough, gravel, and steep in places. You’ll see various ramshackle shacks, “Appalachian Yard Ar…

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Hello! We're Nicole and Stephan. We like to travel, study plants, and enjoy nature. Stephan & friends built our cabin 12 years ago and he and I spend time improving it, starting new build projects and gardening. We are stewards of 6 acres of land on which we developed the Oaken End Campsite and are so happy we can share our forest and cabin with other outdoor enthusiasts. We own a native plant education & landscaping company and enjoy teaching edible, medicinal & useful native plants for various organizations, outfitters and the local community college. In addition, Stephan teaches wilderness medicine and swift water rescue for the Nanatahala Outdoor Center and SOLO SouthEast and I teach primitive living skills and Wilderness Survival for Southwestern Community College and NOC. We began hosting guests in our home and campsite through AirBnB simply because we like to travel and want to offer folks the opportunity to experience life in our beautiful and wild area (our county is 85% federal land: national forest + national park!) With AirBnB, we have the mutual benefit of traveling ourselves. Our style of hosting is flexible. We're usually around if you want to chat, but we'll let you enjoy the experience for yourself if you prefer privacy. We may cross paths in the parking/garden area where you'll see us watering plants :)
Hello! We're Nicole and Stephan. We like to travel, study plants, and enjoy nature. Stephan & friends built our cabin 12 years ago and he and I spend time improving it, starting ne…
During your stay
We live in the cabin down the road from the campsite, however, we may be working or traveling during your stay.

Please come prepared to handle outdoor situations on your own, including medical and vehicular issues. We suggest you bring a basic first aid kit and a car battery jumper unit/power station as AAA and other similar services will not come up our road. Please check that you have a spare tire and jack, should you get a flat, and practice changing a tire before traveling!

Please bring enough gear to handle heavy rain and cold at ANY time of year.

Please bring extra toilet paper.

We'll answer text messages or messages through the AirBnB app as soon as possible.
We live in the cabin down the road from the campsite, however, we may be working or traveling during your stay.

Please come prepared to handle outdoor situations on you…
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No pets
Smoking is allowed
Health & safety
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Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
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May encounter potentially dangerous animals
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