Glamping in the North Carolina Mountains


The beauty and majesty of the North Carolina Mountains lures travelers seeking adventure from all over the state, country and the world. If you’d love spending time in the mountains communing with nature but want a unique experience, ‘glam-ping’ could be your answer. ‘Glamping’ is a term used to describe upscale camping. In Western North Carolina Falling Waters Adventure Resort in Bryson City elevates camping to ‘glam-ping.’

Falling Waters is situated at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains near the Nantahala River. Campers can choose from a variety of activities including a zip-line, rafting, hiking, fishing, tubing, biking, water falls, horse back riding and more. It’s an adventure paradise.

According to Carolyn Allison of Falling Waters, with so much natural beauty and recreational opportunities in the region, they sought to provide an alternative to expensive rentals. Surrounded by an abundance of rental cabins, Falling Waters introduced yurts in 1998. A yurt is a round semi-permanent tent or as Allison calls it, ‘comfortable camping.’

What is the typical campsite like at Falling Waters?

Each yurt is 16 ft. in diameter with hardwood floors, a queen sized bed and a pull out futon. For guests convenience coffee service, a small refrigerator, bed linens and daily house cleaning is provided. There’s also a space heater for chilly evenings and a sky light for star-gazing.

The a wrap-around deck is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the tranquil setting and there are plenty of grills for cooking meals. The restrooms and shower facilities are close by and as Allison points out they’re ‘private but shared and very nice.’

Allison says this form of camping has attracted a diverse mix of visitors including couples celebrating anniversaries, a novelist writing a book and even a few marriage proposals have taken place in the woods. When asked what’s the most unusual aspect of the yurts she says, ‘they’re so much nicer than people expect. They’re nicely decorated and very comfortable.’

The average camper is someone on a budget. A night in a yurt runs $93 including taxes and fees. Falling Waters is open 3 seasons – welcoming campers from March through Thanksgiving weekend with peak times being weekends in October and July. Reservations can be made on line.

Additionally, Falling Waters accommodates groups. The Barn Group Lodge is a bit more spartan and linens aren’t provide, but features 6 rooms with bunk beds – perfect for larger gatherings.

If enjoying and admiring the beauty of Western North Carolina sounds pleasing to you, but the idea of roughing it doesn’t, Falling Waters Adventure Resort serves up an outstanding option by offering the experience of camping with the comforts of home – glam-ping.

Falling Waters Resort
10345 US Hwy. 74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: 1-800-451-9972


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  • March 26, 2014

    Wow looks awesome, what time of the year would be best to enjoy it?

    • March 27, 2014

      March through November is usually best in North Carolina. It’s lots of fun!

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