About this listing
Camp Grits offers a camping experience not be found anywhere else in the Smokys. Come stay in our little black cabin in our woodsy yard, put some wood on the wood stove, climb up to the loft and open the hatch: catch the last wisps of camp fire smoke and the owl's calling. Wake up to the smell of your lover cooking eggs, and toasting homemade bread.
This 12 x 12 cabin built by my husband Jim from locally milled lumber and salvaged materials, sits about 100 feet from our homestead nestled in these wild woods. There is a beautiful Norwegian wood stove to heat the space in the winter and to cook on. There is a mid century day bed to lounge on or a third guest to sleep on. A propane stove to cook on, and running rain water to wash and do dishes with. There are three solar powered lights, and an oil lantern to light the space. There are tea and coffee fixings, and enough cooking utensils to make a feast. The sleeping loft is accessed by fold down attic steps (weight limit 270 pounds). Up there you will find a comfy futon made up with soft vintage linens, quilts and a super heavy duvet/comforter. From here you can access the top porch and look down onto the fire pit area and the woods beyond.
The cabin has it own compost outhouse, easy to use "just use plenty of those pine shavings when your done".There is also a rain water fed sink to wash your hands and brush teeth.
Guests have shared (Tipi and Camper guests) access to the bath house, which has a solar shower in the hot months, and Hillbilly hot tub (fire lit underneath cast iron tub) which I can fire up with plenty notice, (it takes a couple of hours to heat up).
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 your cell phone provider.
Interaction with guests
We live on site, and I am usually in the yard entertaining our Pirate crazy 3 year old son Kestrel, my husband Jim also stays home and is either building something (when you are out), or messing with his beloved Triumph motor bike.
Rocky Flats Rd is a cherished community of wholesome folks and friendly alternative types. It is a neighborhood so expect the whir of a lawn mover, the barking of dogs, crowing of roosters and the occasional "bang bang" of our neighbor's guns on a Saturday afternoon. We love this place and feel absolutely safe here.
Getting 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.
Camp Grits is located only 15 minutes from the Greenbriar and Cosby Camp Ground entrances into the park, both have 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.
Other things to note
Breakfast 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. Also three gallon jugs of our well water for drinking. 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 Donna Joe's Subway just a quarter mile down 321 (take a left at the top of Rocky Flats road).
Check-in is after 4 pm please arrive on time, we are a family and plan our days accordingly.
Our guests are expected to leave the area as they found it. We do allow pets as long as they are well loved and behaved, and please take your furry ones with you when you go out and about . Please do not smoke in the Cabin.
Please do not slam car doors after dark as it upsets our neighbor's dogs. Also please bring firewood for your camp fire, it can be purchased at any nearby gas station. Thank you.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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I am an British artist who used to make videos and installations about the relationship between English folklore, and the new American Gothic; and now find myself living in the shade of the Tennessee mountains. My work being shown mostly in the 'funny' outfits I dress our two year old son Kestrel in.
Both my husband Jim and I come from art school backgrounds, his paintings adorn our walls in fact the kitchen table is made of one of them resting on sawhorses.
We moved out to this place in early November 2013 ...this has become our collaboration, from fixing the house and the grounds to building structures for our guests to use and painting that big 18 foot Tipi by the creek.
We love food too, we especially love that time when the pantry is looking bare and you have to use your most creative beans to prepare something pretty and edible. It's amazing what you can come up with, as long as there's curry powder left in the spice rack.
Jim is very well read in the classics..I'm very well read in kooky fiction from the 70's (Tom Robbins). We play our music on a record player made for the blind. We don't hike enough, we feed our son too many baked beans. Jim likes direct honesty brimming on tactlessness. I like to make light of things.
We look forward to meeting you too.