Rent One Of Our Adventure Vans

We do a lot of exploring in our Class B Winnebago vans. These are the perfect vans for exploring because they are small (21 feet to 23 feet in length), sleep 2 (our 2020.5 Winnebago 59G can sleep two adults and two kids – or three adults). Each van has its own bathroom with shower, galley and can operate off the grid.

Winnebago Travato


Our 2018 Winnebago Travato 59K in Cataloochee Valley, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We rent our vans through our partner Melody King, who runs Urban Escape Vehicles. Her website is a good starting point if you’re interested in van rentals to explore the 828 region and beyond.


Rent one of our vans through our partner Urban Escape Vehicles.

On, you’ll find information about our favorite campgrounds, including Lake Powhatan Campground. Download our free guide to Asheville Campgrounds using Apple Books or download the PDF.


Download our free guide to Asheville Campgrounds using Apple Books or download the PDF.

You may want to read 6 Key Reasons Why the Winnebago Travato is a Great RV for exploring Western North Carolina. Get out and enjoy the best of the 828!

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Waiting for my next cruise on AmaWaterways, combined with Backroads, I stepped out last night to take a look at the Arc de Triomphe. With the Eiffel Tower in the distance, the monument was stunning. France is cleaning up as it prepares for the 2024 Olympics. It is an exciting, but busy, time to be here. Today we visit Versailles by bike, and a new adventure begins. ...

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You missed it! The Marmalade Jam at Turgua. But it’s happening again in March. #my828life ...

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On such a cold, winter day, remembering exhausting farm work this past summer @bearwallowmoon ...

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Chillin’ in Bryson City. ...

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The city of Asheville is hiding beneath those clouds. #828isgreat ...

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Monday night 1/2 price bottles @vinnies_avl Great atmosphere, great service and delicious dishes! #ashevilleeats ...

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Survivor. ...

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Met @officer_kora today, our community support dog. She’s a cutie! #asheville #my828life ...

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A fun 🚴 ride in Cherokee National Forest 🌳. ...

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Some people hike the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs and some people eat pie. After eating this delicious blueberry pie will need a hike on the AT. #blueberrypie #hotspringsnc #appalachiantrail #artisungallery ps. We also have the book at home! ...

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Bearwallow Moon

Camp in your camper van (or ours) or in our vintage trailer. Enjoy views of Bearwallow and Little Pisgah on our old farmland near Asheville. Situated in beautiful Cane Creek Valley.

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Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove is on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National  Park, in the northwest of the park. From Asheville, it’s about a 3- to 4-hour drive, especially in winter when you have to drive around the park. Route 441 through the park between Cherokee and Gatlinburg is often closed in winter due to snow and ice.

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Smokemont, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smokemont has a lot of great hikes right from your site. Bradley fork joins the Oconaluftee River here. Sometimes in winter, the main road through the park, as well as the adjoining southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway, is closed due to snow and ice. This is a great opportunity to road bike or run without any vehicle traffic. For technical mountain biking, check out Cherokee’s Fire Mountain.

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Winter Camping In Western North Carolina

Nature turns ice into fascinating sculptures. Waterfalls are brimming. Bluebird days illuminate the forests and mountain summits. Sunsets seem even more rich and colorful. The golden hour casts its magic and hypnotizes, putting the observer in a trance of gratitude.

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Davidson River Campground

Located right on the Davidson River at the entrance of Pisgah National Forest Ranger District in Brevard. Situated in Transylvania County (known as the “Land of the Water Falls”), this campground is a 15 minute drive from Brevard, 45 minutes from Asheville or 30 minutes from Hendersonville. Weather permitting you can ride your bike on the Greenway to and from downtown Brevard. The Greenway passes Oscar Blues Brewery and Taproom, where you’ll also find a food truck. In Brevard, you’ll also find Ecusta Brewing Co, Brevard Brewing and Upcountry Brewing.

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Curtis Creek Campground

Curtis Creek campground is in Pisgah National Forest at the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway below Snooks Nose and Green Knob. It is just outside Old Fort along Curtis Creek. This is Bear Sanctuary in NC Game-lands. This historic area, is the first tract of National Forest land in America.

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