Matt Johnson

Asheville Glamping: A Glamper’s Dream Destination

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Dec 7, 2021Updated: Dec 13, 2023

This beautiful mid-sized town is located in western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville is a popular tourist destination and a budding glamping destination, thanks to its stunning scenery, diverse cultural offerings, and abundance of outdoor activities.

Glamping has indeed taken Asheville by storm with its growing popularity over the past several years.

No matter what your taste or budget is like, you’re sure to find several glamping spots that fit the bill. Glamping in Asheville lets you enjoy and appreciate nature with all of the comforts you crave during your trip. Whether you want the luxury camping experience in one of the many bell tents or one of the simpler glamping spots to enjoy nature with a fire pit – there’s a glamping experience for everyone in in this cozy North Carolina town.

Where is Asheville, and where are the glampgrounds?

Located about halfway between Knoxville, TN, and Charlotte, NC, this mountain town is easily accessible from several major highways, including I40 and I26. Asheville is also serviced by the Asheville Regional Airport, making it easy to get to no matter where you’re coming from.

As for the glampgrounds, they can be found just outside of town in the surrounding countryside of the Smoky Mountains. There are several to choose from, each with its unique setting and amenities.

For the most part, all of the glamping sites are a short drive to downtown Asheville. So as you would expect, there’s plenty to do from the Pisgah National Forest to the Blue Ridge Mountains to Green Mountain. You won’t find a better experience.

Bell tents, retro campers, and treehouses: the best glamping Asheville has to offer!

You’ve got plenty of options when you’re looking for a place to glamp in Asheville. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cabin, a luxurious dome, yurt, or even a fun treehouse, you’ll find it there. The best part, some even have hot tubs!

There are so many options that it can be tough to choose. But that’s what makes Asheville such a great glamping destination: there’s something for everyone!

All of these glamping sites offer camping in comfortable beds, air conditioning, and plenty of amenities. Of all of the glamping spots we’ve covered, Asheville, NC is some of the best glamping we’ve experienced.

With that, let’s dive into our faves.

Outlander Glam Camp

Outlander Glam Camp Bell Tent
Photo courtesy of Outlander Glam Camp on Facebook

If you’re leaving behind the city and looking for a romantic getaway in a beautiful mountain-set cottage, then Outlander is where you need to book your weekend in a beautiful bell tent.

Around 15 minutes north of downtown Asheville on the French Broad River, this awe-inspiring glampground offers several unique and quaint cottages. Whether you’re looking for something like the Fairy Tale Treehouse Cottage or a spacious 14’x16′ tent cabin, they have comfy accommodations. And they’re lovely!

The 20 acres of mountain property offers plenty of space for hiking, exploring, and adventure with scenic views of the French Broad River.

The hospitality at Outlander is beyond exceptional. The owners are actively involved and take extraordinary measures to ensure their guests enjoy their stay. You’ll enjoy a hot breakfast delivered on a tray every morning and a toasty fire every night. The owners, Brookes, will not disappoint!

JuneBug Retro Resort’s vintage campers.

June Bugs Retro RV Resort
Photo courtesy of June Bug Resort

This 50-acre destination resort is the cutest thing you’ll see all season!

Located 12 minutes north of Asheville, JuneBug has ten fully-restored 1950s campers that will give you an immense feeling of nostalgia in the scenic mountains. So don’t expect to stay in a glamping tent, but instead in some really cool campers!

While you might be staying in 50’s style, they’ve provided all of the modern amenities that you could expect. Their bathhouse is probably the best bathroom we’ve seen at any campground.

So much to see and do! The facility also includes an organic farm located 1/2 mile of the river. There are 50 acres for you to explore, where you’ll find hiking trails, a playground, fire pits, a treehouse (day use only), and hammocks dangling in the creek!

Campfire Lodgings is a glamping destination with options.

Campfire Lodgings in the Mountains of Asheville
Photo courtesy of Campfire Lodgings

Ready to disconnect? That’s what you’ll get here. Campfire Lodgings is a mountain-top glampground that boasts impressive views and comfortable accommodations.

If you have an RV, that’s great! Bring it! However, you do have the option to stay in one of their unique yurts, tent sites, cabins, or the cliff house. All of which are off the beaten path high up in the woods.

The Cliff House is a one-of-a-kind building that sits on the side of a mountain and is surrounded by forest. Walls composed of huge rocks and old shipyard beams support the ceiling. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

I think the yurts are just as fantastic as the Cliff House. Their yurts are located on large decks perched on the side of the hill. One feels like they are in a treehouse high up in the branches when looking out through the numerous big windows. The natural ambiance is ideal for adding to the “Glamping experience.”

The yurts at Wildcat Ridge Farm are full of charm.

Wildcat Ridge Farm Glamping Yurt
Photo courtesy of Wildcat Ridge Farm

Foodies, this one is for you! Although it’s not exactly in Asheville, it’s close enough.

Hosted by a chef, Ricardo takes care of his guest’s appetites at these yurts.

Enjoy the rustic charm of a cabin in the woods with modern comforts and the exquisite Zen-like experience of a yurt. A full kitchen, bathroom, separate bedroom, living/dining rooms, a wrap-around porch with a BBQ grill for your BBQ, and an outdoor garden with a fire pit and seating.

There’s so much to do at Wildcat Ridge Farm that you could easily spend a week there and not see everything. Hiking, playing in the water, canoeing, visiting the hot springs, skiing Cataloochee in the winter, kayaking at Lake Junaluska, or seeing the sights of Asheville and Biltmore Estate are all options.

Fun things to do and dining around Asheville.

Asheville is home to an eclectic mix of art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. You’ll find everything from traditional southern fare to vegan and organic restaurants.

Historic experiences.

The heart of Asheville is the historic downtown district which is home to Grove Arcade, the city’s first shopping center, built in 1828. The area is also home to the Basilica of St. Lawrence, Battery Park Hotel, Diana Wortham Theatre, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial – all of which are some fantastic sights to take in.

Christmas at Biltmore in Asheville
A beautiful Christmas at the historic Biltmore Village.

If you’re looking for a more upscale experience, head to the Biltmore Village. The village was originally built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s and is now home to some of the city’s most exclusive shops and restaurants. It is a breathtaking and fun experience.

No matter what you’re looking for, whether a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or a historical adventure, you’ll be able to find it in Asheville!

Outdoor adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Asheville, NC. Hiking and biking are popular options, and there are also plenty of trails to choose from. In addition, the area is home to many rivers and streams that are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Those who love being in the water can also enjoy swimming, tubing, boating, or fishing at the various lakes in the area. You can choose from Lake Lure, Lake James, Fontana Lake, or Lake Junaluska, to name a few.

Food for every type of glamper.

There are so many places to eat in this small town. Some of my favorites include the Tupelo Honey Cafe (I know they have a few locations throughout the US, but their stake to fame is in the Carolina Mountains) and the White Duck Taco Shop.

Tupelo Honey Cafe is worth checking out if you’re looking for a great place to eat in Asheville. They serve up Southern-inspired cuisine that is delicious. I recommend the fried green tomatoes and the shrimp and grits. And don’t forget to save room for dessert – the banana pudding is incredible.

The White Duck Taco Shop is a great place to get your Mexican food fix. They have a wide variety of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and salads to choose from, and they’re all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. The atmosphere is fun and casual, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about their menu. I recommend the White Duck Taco Shop if you’re looking for a great Mexican meal!

There are so many places with great food; however, don’t forget to take in some sweet Carolina BBQ at the Buxton Hall Barbecue while you’re out and about. Barbeque is a staple in this region.

Asheville, North Carolina is a beautiful destination for glampers looking to escape into nature with modern amenities. When you want the best glamping in the NC mountains, check out North Carolina’s premier hot spot – Asheville, NC.

The area offers so many outdoor activities that you could spend your whole visit exploring the mountains in one direction and then turn around and explore Asheville in another.

If you’re craving Mexican food or Southern cuisine while visiting this Glamper’s dream destination, there are plenty of great places to eat near Asheville. There’s something on offer for all glampers.

From the extravagant glamping tent to the hot tubs to the quaint picnic tables, the Blue Ridge area has the best glamping.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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