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11 Gorgeous Places to Glamp in North Carolina

by Amy Conry Davis
Updated October 13, 2021

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North Carolina offers a wide range of choices for every kind of traveler. And whether you head to the Blue Ridge mountains, the hills of the Piedmont, or the Intracoastal Waterway, you’re sure to find an epic glamping spot to call home for a little while.

The state has over 300 miles of coastline and is home to both the Appalachian Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The Blue Ridge Parkway and scenic Highway 64 also offer two great routes for road tripping your way through the state.

If you want something more unique and outdoorsy than a hotel but don’t want to camp, consider one of these places to glamp in North Carolina. Glamping rentals are a broad category, so options range from safari tents to luxurious bubble domes. Each place to glamp on this list has its own unique take on relaxing accommodations in a gorgeous setting. An overnight stay at any of these will ensure you enjoy an immersive experience in Tar Heel territory and get a good night’s sleep while doing it.

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1. Luxury Dome

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Why you should stay: A romantic and cozy bubble tent under the stars.

  • Nearest town: Hendersonville
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $239/night

Experience mountain glamping at its finest in this luxury dome near Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure. Bask in the peace and quiet of your surroundings or head off to the nearby trails and recreational areas. For a day of sightseeing, the town of Hendersonville is about 20 minutes from the site.

This dome is furnished with a comfortable king-size bed, kitchenette, Wi-Fi, and shower – everything you’ll need after a big day outdoors. Each dome comes with its own private outdoor area complete with hot tub, fire pit, hammock, and patio furniture. There are two domes on property so it’s a good place to glamp in North Carolina if you have two couples traveling together.

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Related read: 9 Gorgeous South Carolina Treehouse Rentals

2. Creekside Airstream

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Why you should stay: Overnight camping in a vintage silver bullet.

  • Nearest town: Bostic
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $135/night

Fulfill your road tripping dreams in this Silver ‘Stream Classic. Parked in a remote setting in the Golden Valley, this pet- and motorcycle-friendly accommodation has the personal touches of home with retro nostalgia. You’re in close proximity to the waterfalls of South Mountains State Park as well as historic Highway 64, which extends all the way to the Outer Banks.

Aside from the spacious layout of the 30-foot-long travel trailer, guests have an additional covered area with a washer and dryer and outdoor shower. To make the visit feel even homier, the hosts welcome every guest with a fresh loaf of homemade bread and an assortment of jams and jellies.

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Related read: 9 Chic Airbnbs in Charlotte, North Carolina

3. Mountain Yurt

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Why you should stay: A lux “yurt” in name only on a babbling brook.

  • Nearest town: Topton
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $149/night

Near beautiful Nantahala Lake, this property features four yurts, each with their own private porches and green spaces. Up the road in Wesser, the Nantahala Outdoor Center (N.O.C.) is a fun spot for zip-lining, rafting, or just grabbing a bite to eat. It’s also one of the stops for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad out of Bryson City.

This luxury yurt glamping on a creek comes with an awful lot for a yurt, including Wi-Fi and a full kitchen. It feels more like a comfortable woodland home than a yurt, though it actually is one of the most affordable places to glamp in North Carolina. Enjoy the modern amenities or unplugged and get back to nature with a creekside yoga session.

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4. Tiny Geopod

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Why you should stay: A see-through dome perched in the trees.

  • Nearest town: Todd
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $165/night

For a place to glamp in North Carolina with futuristic-meets-hipster vibes, this tiny geopod with unobstructed views should do the trick. With all the basics inside plus an outdoor bathhouse and kitchen, the airbnb does a great job of blending the indoors and outdoors (and offers great views from the bubble’s clear wall.)

In keeping with a low carbon footprint, you won’t need a car to get into town. A short walk will have you in nearby Todd for an outing in no time. There are also opportunities for water sports on the New River or day trips to Boone and West Jefferson.

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Related Read: 8 Epic Glamping Destinations In South Carolina

5. Country Farm Yurt

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Why you should stay: Affordable digs for a small family on a working farm.

  • Nearest town: Marshall
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $87/night

One night in this charming yurt and you’ll likely want to leave city life behind for good. You’ll hear nothing but the sounds of nature at night and wake up to the sounds of the working 100-acre farm. It’s a fairly affordable place to glamp in North Carolina considering it sleeps four, and you can even stargaze from the yurt skylight.

While on the farm, you can meet the animals or pick veggies from the garden. If you’re into mountain biking, the Bailey Mountain Bike Park has some great terrain, and the paddling along the French Broad River is a lovely way to spend the afternoon, too.

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6. Eco-friendly Dome

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Why you should stay: Get off the grid in a hipster dome near a cool small town.

  • Nearest town: Boone
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $139/night

For a true digital detox, consider this heated dome on a creek with no modern distractions – you won’t find Wi-Fi or electricity, though there is a wood-burning stove to keep you cozy at night. You’ll also get a king-sized bed and fresh linens and towels.

There’s plenty to do nearby. Fish for trout, sit around the fire, or stargaze from your own piece of paradise. After you’re done unplugging, head to the laid-back college town of Boone to check out the Boone Wine Trail, hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, explore the outdoor Appalachian Heritage Museum, or take to the trails around Grandfather Mountain State Park.

Follow ’em: @glampingunplugged

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7. Yurt on Spruce Creek

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Why you should stay: Simple but comfortable wooded yurt near world-class mountain biking.

  • Nearest town: Swannanoa
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $124/night

You couldn’t ask for a better location to glamp in North Carolina than this creekside yurt halfway between Asheville and Black Mountain. Asheville is a world-class destination for hiking and mountain biking and Black Mountain is a tiny small town with festivals, breweries, and artisan galleries.

The earth-friendly lodging runs on solar but comes with all the necessities for a comfortable stay. The yurt is basic but comfortable and has an amazing deck for taking advantage of the perfect weather on summer evenings.

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8. Boutique Tent Experience

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Why you should stay: Stay in a safari tent in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Nearest town: Asheville
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $161/night

A charming and romantic tent getaway just minutes from downtown Asheville, this very private place to glamp gives you the feeling of far-off adventure without the enormous price tag.

There are four sites on the property and each comes with a gourmet breakfast and fresh coffee in the morning. The hosts can even light your evening fire each night in case you don’t have much experience with building campfires. You’ll be close to art galleries, breweries, and museums in Asheville, but far enough that you’ll only hear the hum of nature from your tent.

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9. Bohemian Beach Dream

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Why you should stay: A clean and comfortable safari tent on the coast.

  • Nearest town: Holden Beach
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $90/night

Relax into coastal vibes in this bohemian dream tent. The airbnb is minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and, specifically, Holden Beach, known for its pier fishing and delicious seafood restaurants. It’s actually not too far from Myrtle Beach, making this one of the best places to glamp in north Carolina if you want a mix of classic beach activities (boardwalk stroll, perhaps?) and wooded hiking trails.

Each canvas tent is stocked with just enough to camp comfortably overnight as well as a bathhouse and laundry center on site to help you wash off the saltwater. As the sun sets, enjoy your personal deck under the shade of live oaks and pines. Don’t forget to bring your own water and linens.

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10. Asheville Glamping

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Why you should stay: An innovative rental company offering creative stays.

  • Nearest town: Asheville
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $120/night

With over a dozen different rentals to choose from, Asheville Glamping combines outdoor escapes with high-end accommodations. The company started out with one yurt and has since expanded to domes, treehouses, and chic Airstreams.

The properties are spread across the county so you can be as close to (or as far from) urban conveniences as you want. The rentals are all super cool, from treehouses accessed by swinging bridges to domes with indoor slides.

Follow ’em: @ashevilleglamping

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11. Pisgah Glamping

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Why you should stay: Lakeside tents with with easy access to Pisgah Forest.

  • Nearest town: Asheville
  • Sleeps: 4 guests
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $130/night

Pisgah Glamping, part of Pisgah Hospitality Partners, operates the campground and recreational area around beautiful Lake Powhatan. While it’s technically on the more basic end of things, with shared campsite restrooms and campfire cooking, each of the 12 individual tents has a queen bed (and extra cot, if needed), limited electricity, and a coffee maker. It’s one of the best places to glamp in North Carolina if you have a group of guests who want to stay together while still having their own private sleeping areas.

March through November is considered peak season, which makes it the most expensive time to stay. Mount Pisgah, the North Carolina Arboretum, and Sliding Rock are just a few of the highlights of things to do in the Pisgah Forest district.

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