Plumtree Campground and Retreat is an off-the-beaten-path property for hikers, bikers (both pedal and motor), campers, adventurers, parkway goers, mountain lovers, fisherman, and skiers/snowboarders.
The property is the former Blind Squirrel Campground which included a zip line recreation area. Relics remain, with zip lines and bridges still running through the tree canopy and an old climbing wall. These aren’t currently in use, and cannot be explored, but they add a wonderland-like quality to the land. Other features also remain that can be used: a sliding rock waterfall which is a short hike within the campground property, moderate trails for hiking, and mountain biking running from the waterfall through the back of the property (these trails are mountainous, so please enter at your own risk), fruit trees, blueberry bushes, small trout pond, a playground, an open meadow for star gazing, and our friendly neighborhood duck, Howard. (He hangs by the pond and accepts treats!)
You are welcome to explore all these features, but please be mindful and respectful of residents and guests, do not enter or explore the greenhouses or gardens, and remain aware that this is mountainous terrain with inherent risks.
This is a rustic property in the forest, centrally located to all the area has to offer. Privately run, we offer a variety of lodging options:
- Seasonal and daily camping with full hook up RV sites
- Popup sites, tent sites with water and electric
- Group tent site with pavilion
- Primitive tent sites
- Primitive cabins (no electricity/water)
- Lodge with four bedrooms/bath
- Cabin with a two-bedroom/bath among the trees
- Cabin with a one-bedroom/bath pond side
- Studio apartments. Four available. Includes one bedroom/bath
Campsites include a fire pit, picnic table, and electric/water/sewer depending on the site. There are 5 tent sites boasting elevated tent platforms nestled against the mountain. Sites are generally mossy, treed (think hammocks!), and have gravel parking. There are 3 his and her bathhouses on the property with the largest within walking distance of the tent loop, with 2 toilets and 3 stall showers each.
This corner of the world has so much to offer and we are close, but just far away enough from it all.
The scenic drives alone are worth venturing out:
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Linville Falls
- Linville Caverns
- Grandfather Mountain
- Beech Mt Ski Slope/Rec area
- Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing Park
- Sugar Mt Ski Slope/Rec area
- Roan Mt State Park
- Appalachian Trail
- Yellow Mountain Gap Trail Head
- North Toe River
- Banner Elk
- Little Switzerland
- Mayland Dark Sky Observatory
- Brown Mountain OHV Trail System
All these adventures within a 20-40-minute drive. Boone is only 50 minutes away, and Asheville 1 hr. 20 minutes.
Off HWY 19-E is Spears Country Store, about 5 minutes from here, where you can get basic supplies, propane, and gas. We can also provide firewood for a fee. Ingles grocery stores in both Newland and Spruce Pine are just 20 minutes away. In Spruce Pine you will also find a Walmart, historic downtown with many shops and restaurants. Be aware cell service can be spotty in the area depending on your carrier. WIFI is offered, but not guaranteed due to the mountainous terrain. One of the joys of being deep in the mountains, true disconnection from the everyday!