I live in a little cottage in the Smoky Mountains around an idyllic pond/lake, smack dab inbetween Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and only a 10 minute drive into the National Park. It’s me, my mom, my special needs brother** and 3 cats. I’m usually off traveling and still don't have a permanent home to call my own, but I live with my mom in between trips. We technically have 3 spots in our driveway, and can shuffle around to open up the easiest spot for a camper van or sprinter van to pull into. You can hook up to a water hose and a standard outdoor plug to charge your batteries. Preferably 2 night max, but we're flexible, we've always had a revolving door and have hosted and homed 100s of people one the years! Me and my mom both work from home and my brother** is most comfortable at home so there's almost always two of us here. I’ve always been huge into Couchsurfing (couchsurfing.com), both hosting and surfing all over the world...and recently someone gave me an old clunker of a camper van that I’m going to fix up and eventually van-life around Canada and Central America, so figured I’d get into boondocking! Pandemic life has been pretty isolating, so I'm interested in meeting new people.
**My big brother is mentally handicapped and also has a mental illness diagnosis. He’s super awesome and friendly and funny and my favorite person ever, but he also has very hard days and you may hear him talking and yelling through his bedroom, which is closest to the parking spot. There's no need to be alarmed, he's great and just wants to be treated and talked to like a normal dude. He’s also super curious and paces around the house and the outside of the house and tends to look in around in our vehicles and any vehicles parked at out house, so just keep your van locked when you’re sleeping and when you’re not around it.
We aren’t cigarette smokers, but if you need to have at it, but for the love of god please do not start a fire, half our town and national park already burned down a few years ago. With corona virus and such, we mayyyy or may not open our house up for bathroom/shower use. We do the whole social distancing and mask thing and would prefer to only host people who intentionally social distance and limit interactions and who ALWAYS wear masks in public, so as to mitigate the chance of contamination. We’ve got a propane grill you can use! We have a small metal fire pit and a grassy area and porch area to sit on. Alcohol/420/LGBTQ friendly! We just ask that guests be respectful and quiet and clean, it’s a quiet, peaceful neighborhood! And again, do not start any brush fires. We don't have public trash pickup, so you'll have to pack out your garbage but we can tell you about a free dump to dump personal trash. Technically we have a grassy area where your dog doesn't need to be on a leash if you're with him/her, but a leash is technically required if you want to go walking around the lake. You can also fish down there if that's your thing, but it's catch and release only...I'm not really a big of torturing things you're not planning to eat, but I aint gonna judge (even though that totally sounded judgemental hahaha). Also, we prefer that you don't intentionally kill any bugs or spiders or knock their webs down at the house ❤️❤️❤️ we are a catch and release household.
******As described in previous section, my special needs brother can be super curious and tends to look around in our vehicles all the time, so please just keep your van locked when you’re sleeping and when you’re not around it.
There are curvy roads to my house, but nothing too bad! 20 feet was the minimum available length option, but really this spot is only good for a camper van/sprinter van that can clear 9.5' which is the height of our carport. It’s a sharp upward turn into my driveway under a carport, and anything wider or taller than a van probably wouldn’t fit. Please don't send me a message if you have a vehicle+trailer set up or if you're larger than a normal camper van :)
Our carport only works for Class B Camper Vans and Cargo/Sprinter Vans. 20'-ish long and max 9.5' height.
We're available a lot and are flexible. Still reach out even if dates are blocked off.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, downtown Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood....but mostly the mountains 😍.
Great location nestled in a quiet, wooded neighborhood between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Our host was super friendly and accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and hearing about her adventures. Enjoyed an evening walk around the neighborhood pond. A perfect layover spot.
Wonderful quiet location and very friendly host. Only appropriate for small Class B camper van like our 18’ vehicle. Thanks Juliac!!