The SpaceHello and Welcome! Please read full description so as to know what to expect. The Tipi is situated between the babbling Dunn creek and the winding Rocky Flats Rd. Inside there is a full size bed made up with crisp vintage linens, a cot/couch layered in blankets and a Norwegian wood stove to dry your socks over after a long day hiking in the Smokey mountains. There are tea and coffee makings, and enough cooking utensils to make a feast. Also, to give you the extra special treat of feeling 'Back to the Land' there is no electricity in the Tipi. Lighting is provided via oil lamps and lanterns. Guest AccessThe bathroom amenities are simple yet lovely and just a hop skip across Rocky Flats Road. The outhouse is built of reclaimed poplar, its windows are English leaded glass from the arts and crafts era. "It's so easy to use, just use plenty of those pine shavings when your done". The Bath house is equally lovely with claw foot tub and summer solar shower. In the cooler months you can light a fire under the bath and enjoy a 'hillbilly hot tub". The outhouse and Bath house are shared with guests staying in our vintage camper.
Also worth noting, there is no cell phone access directly at our place if you have to make an emergency call then you are more than welcome to use our land line or our internet. Otherwise, you will have to drive about 4 miles up the road to access you cell phone provider. Just another one of the health benefits while staying at Camp Grits! Interaction with GuestsWe will be around for any assistance you may need. Rosie may be found in the garden or chasing our two year old son Kestrel round in the yard. Jim may be found milling about in the yard or making something in his shop. And don't be shy in asking to hang out and share campfire stories as we love to make new friends. The NeighborhoodOur neighborhood has the feel of being in the middle of a forest, beautiful sprawling poplar trees mixed with white and Georgia pines, but alas we are in a neighborhood complete with barking dogs, crowing roosters, and friendly helpful neighbors.
Camp Grits is located only 15 minutes from the Greenbriar entrance into the park, which has hikes to majestic waterfalls and authentic cabins and farm buildings. Gatlinburg is only 25 minutes away...and has about as much Americana as you would want from old timely photo booths, flapjack houses and hill billy golf (of course). If you would like to know about places to hike etc, please do your own research for as we would love to be as outdoorsy as you, we are not. Getting AroundGetting here is most definitely by personal auto only. Parking is on site. We are equidistant from the Knoxville and Asheville airports, which is about an hour and a half on the I-40 highway.
Other Things to NoteBreakfast for the next morning will be at your campsite when you arrive; tea and coffee fixings, homemade bread, an egg for each person from our happy hens , and a jar of goat's milk (in season) from the goats on English Mountain . Milk and eggs will be stocked up throughout your stay. Breakfast can be cooked on the open campfire, wood stove or propane stove provided.
Firewood will be provided for the wood stove. Camp fire wood can be foraged from our yard, or bought at Jacks Market at the top of Rocky Flats road.