A spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Region campsite getaway on the grounds of an animal sanctuary, less than an hour from Asheville! Happy Tales Campsite is located on the grounds of an incredible animal sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains! We rescue and house any animals who have been abandoned, abused, or unable to survive in the wild - from a porcupine to chinchillas, from foxes to pigs, from horses to…even a lynx!
Enjoy the pastoral beauty of rural North Carolina and take in the majestic nature views from the platform of your canvas tent. The campsite is less than a half hour drive from the Chimney Rock/Lake Lure area, which has tons of options for outdoor adventure and activities such as horseback riding, zip lining, golfing, antiquing - you name it! The incredible city of Asheville, with its amazing breweries, coffee shops and culture is also less than an hour away. Come enjoy this serene nature getaway! Do take a walk and enjoy the serenity of the creek and the lake on the property! Don't access gated areas without permission. Please do not feed, pet, or walk up to any of the animals or their enclosures. Instead, take advantage of the sanctuary tour we offer as an extra. :) We accept pets on a case by case basis, please reach out if you would like to bring your pet. All pets must be leashed when on the grounds.
Also please note that in dry weather with an SUV or 4wd you may be able to drive up pretty close to the campsite but there are unfinished dirt roads, other wise it’s a walk or a very short hike to access. Please contact us with any questions about this prior to booking.
My husband and I stayed at the Happy Tales Campsite on our 22nd wedding anniversary and we had a great time. The location is very private, we were on our own the whole time. The setting is rustic, right next to an animal sanctuary. We had to bring water from a spigot nearby, but the host said they could do it for us if we wanted.
The tent is spacious and turned out to be the best feature when it started raining in the evening. We simply moved our camp chairs inside and listened to the rain and cicadas. Then later that night the sky cleared up and the stars were so beautiful, we could see the Milky Way.
The tent had everything we needed - a private toilet, a trash can, a water canister, a fire pit, chairs, a table, and a food storage box. One thing I would recommend is to bring a lamp, and a grill or a grilling grate, in case you want to cook.
The host was great, she was in touch with us prior to our arrival, met us at the gate and showed us the property.
This place is great for couples, but also for parents with younger children, who want to spend the night under the stars, but still in a comfort of a bed.
The road to the site is unpaved and probably requires a 4x4 vehicle to get there.