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10 Incredible Glamping Spots Near Asheville, North Carolina

by Dustin Christensen
Updated June 04, 2022

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Photo: Clifford M., Hipcamp

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The hardest part about glamping near The Land of the Sky? Deciding what type of epic outdoor adventure to embark upon.

Few mountain towns in America have the same eclectic blend of arts, history and outdoors as Asheville, and glamping within a few hours of town is a surprisingly easy feat.

In fact, you’ll find gorgeous glamping spots in every direction, from cozy farmland glamping just west of Asheville, to chic, boho-style digs near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Here’s a look at 10 of the best glamping destinations near Asheville, and why they’re well-worth a visit.

1. The Summit Cabin

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Photo: Clifford M., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: backcountry glamping in style.

  • Nearest town: Weaverville
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $95/night

The Summit Cabin is one of three Hipcamps at The Waldhaus Resort, a collection of off-grid accommodations built by Switzerland-born host Hans. The simple two-story home is a 15-minute hike from a trailhead on property near Pisgah National Forest, located on a quiet half-acre with stunning views of the valley below.

It’s rustic, but The Summit is well-stocked for meals in the backcountry, and a heater inside offers enough comfort in colder months. If your idea of glamping is closer to backpacking than anything else, you’ll dig the Summit’s remote location and epic surroundings.

“Super secluded, private and quiet,” said Hipcamp guest Michael. “You can hear the water flowing from the beautiful creek down by the road where you will park.”

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2. Green Willow Farm Yurt

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Photo: Virginia P., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: private yurt on a welcoming North Carolina farm.

  • Nearest town: Lake Lure
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $69/night

Green Willow Farm and its cozy green yurt at the edge of the property offers visitors an excellent basecamp to explore nearby Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure (of Dirty Dancing fame). The yurt offers enough amenities to feel comfy, but the surrounding views are a constant reminder of the nature you’re immersed in.

“The yurt was beautiful and very cozy for a couple of wonderful nights away from home,” said Hipcamp guest  Bradley. “Kimberl[e]y was amazing and so welcoming and friendly.”

The yurt’s private, but it’s also only a few minutes walk to the farmhouse, where host Kimberley serves homemade muffins and hot coffee every morning.

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Related read: 13 Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina

3. Rusty’s Roost River Camp

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Photo: Rusty B., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: clean and comfortable riverfront glamping.

  • Nearest town: Green Mountain
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $150/night

Rusty’s Roost River Camp offers a collection of six immaculate canvas glamping tents overlooking the Toe River, each with open decks and seating to enjoy the landscape.

The tents were voted one of North Carolina’s top Hipcamps for 2022, and most reviewers take note of the glamping digs’ cleanliness, comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. The river’s a perfect summer destination for swimming, and trout fishing in the fall here is hard to beat.

In cooler months, each tent has a woodburning stove and the hosts drop off firewood as needed. Picnic tables, firepits and washing stations make it easy to cook and lounge at camp so you can focus on taking in the river scenery.

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Related read: 8 Incredible Glamping Spots Near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

4. Asheville Glamping

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Photo: Asheville Glamping

Why you should stay: one of the original glamping outfits near Asheville.

  • Nearest town: Asheville
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum Stay: 2+ night
  • Rates from: $145/night

Asheville Glamping is the OG of — well, Asheville glamping — and their 13 camping sites still offer some of the best glamping in North Carolina. Their domes are a mainstay of the property, though canvas tents and The Nest treehouse aren’t too shabby, either.

All of the glamp sites have air conditioning, some have heating and hot tubs, and prices vary based on the amenities and space you’re looking for. This place has been dishing out epic glamping memories since 2012 and there’s a reason they’ve been featured in Outside Magazine, The Travel Channel and other publications.

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Related read: 13 Best Glamping Destinations in North Carolina

5. Shoestring Creek Campground Cabin

Shoestring Creek Campground Cabin
Photo: Andrea S., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: no-frills glamping on a quiet slice of Tennessee forest.

  • Nearest town: Cosby
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $45/night

Shoestring Creek Campground’s 40 acres in Cherokee National Forest are home to a handful of quiet, primitive cabins about an hour from Asheville. The cabins are rustic but clean, simple but sufficient for exploring the nearby Smoky Mountains.

Each includes a fire pit and picnic table, and some cabins have bunkbeds for extra roommates. An old shipping container makes for a clean bathhouse with heated showers and real toilets, and there’s plenty of space on property to explore in peace.

“We looked at all of the cabins and all 4 are in quiet locations,” said Hipcamp guest Amy. “Very peaceful. We will definitely be returning.”

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6. Little Green Yurt of Cedar Mountain

Little Green Yurt of Cedar Mountain
Photo: Juliana S., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: cozy, centrally located glamping yurt with all the right touches.

  • Nearest town: Cedar Mountain
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $76/night

There’s not just one reason The Little Green Yurt was voted one of Hipcamp’s best glamping spots of 2022 — the location, amenities and overall vibe all contribute to its appeal. It’s on a quiet piece of land that’s not huge, but what is there, including a small stream and plenty of foliage, makes it incredibly peaceful.

“The place was perfect for unwinding and is the definition of ‘glamping,'” said Hipcamp guest Adam. “The yurt is up a mountain and the perfect place to unwind.”

The yurt’s just down the road from Dupont State Recreational Forest, where you can hike to see Hooker Falls and other falls on the Little River. Back at camp, an outdoor fire pit and interior stargazing dome makes it easy to enjoy nature no matter where you’re hanging out.

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Related read: 10 Incredible Treehouse Rentals in North Carolina

7. Tiny House Glamping

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Photo: Angela P., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: one of the most popular tiny homes on Hipcamp.

  • Nearest town: Lenoir
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $105/night

This tiny home designed by local architect Jesse Plaster is the definition of less is more, with an efficient layout that includes two beds, a reading nook, full kitchen and room to dine. A small deck looks out onto quiet forest land, and old logging roads nearby lead deeper into the mountains.

Back at the property, hosts Angela and Jesse provide the ultimate country glamping experience, with farm-fresh goods like bread and honey.

“Angela and Jesse were beyond hospitable,” said Hipcamp guest Sofia. “I ate my body weight in their homemade Sour Dough bread and had fresh eggs from their hens every morning.”

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8. Riverfront Yurt

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Why you should stay: 5-star glamping on a locally renowned peony farm.

  • Nearest town: Clyde
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 1+ nights
  • Rates from: $265/night

Wildcat Ridge Farm is one of the largest peony farms in North Carolina, and home to this charming country yurt overlooking the Pigeon River. It’s everything you’d expect from farm glamping: exquisite surroundings, serene landscapes and hosts that go out of their way to make you stay feel special.

Add it all up and it’s one of the best glamping spots within 30 minutes of Asheville, so it’s easy to make an overnight or weekend trip here on the fly.

“This place is better than any resort you could imagine,” said guest Daniel. “The photos are great but it’s even more spectacular in person.”

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Related read: 10 Cool Airbnbs Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

9. Starlight Hills Glamping

Starlight Hills Glamping
Photo: William G., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: one of the most popular glamping campgrounds in North Carolina.

  • Nearest town: Bostic
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $94/night

Starlight Hills Campground was named one of Hipcamp’s best glamping destinations of 2022, and its glamping tent is arguably the best way to enjoy the campground’s mountainous landscape.

A spacious deck and outside fire pit help make the most of nights here, and inside you’ll have all the amenities you need for a comfortable weekend in the woods.

“The glamping tent was meticulously furnished,” said Hipcamp guest Keith. “Seems like every detail was thought of.”

If the glamping tent’s booked, Starlight also offers a tiny house and tent and RV campsites, and there’s not a bad view in the house.

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10. Wilderwood Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains Glamping
Photo: Lynne W., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: peaceful farm glamping.

  • Nearest town: Cosby
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $90/night

Wilderwood Smoky Mountains is a 140-acre farm property just 15 minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and their tiny house is the perfect basecamp for exploring the park. The home includes a cozy downstairs layout, a loft bedroom and just enough deck space to enjoy the surrounding farm views, including the big red barn right next door.

Across the way, camping domes and a community fire pit make it easy to meet friends and neighbors, but there’s plenty of land to explore when you need more seclusion. For extra thrills, check out nearby Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park, the Smokies’ top-rated zipline park.

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