Trip Planning

Linville Falls Campground

The Perfect Family Getaway

Disclosure: We were hosted by Marla and Kenny at Linville Falls Campground in partnership with Go RVing, but all opinions about our experience are mine.

Last month, my husband, daughter, and I headed south for a fresh air filled, unplugged, be present getaway, and we got just that. My other daughter didn’t come with on this trip because, well, in honesty, it’s been a long 17 months. The rest of us packed a bag, jumped in the jeep, and headed off to picturesque Linville Falls, North Carolina to make some memories.

The Linville Falls Campground is located in Western North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, centrally located to some of the best Appalachian hiking and biking trails that you could ever want to try. This privately owned campground has full hook-up sites, water/electric sites, and a secluded, primitive tent area. 

It’s about an hour’s drive from Asheville, NC and about 30 minutes from Boone and Bowling Rock, NC. There are so many options for things to do in the area and all set to the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Smokey Mountains. Located just minutes away from the area’s most spectacular attractions, including Linville Falls & Gorge, Wiseman’s View, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns and Gem Mountain. 

The campground itself is made up of tent space, RV space and park model rentals. There is truly something for everyone, from beginner to avid camping fan. We were provided a park model, #11, Black Bear to be exact. It is a cozy little park model located at the back of the property. It was quaint and provided the perfect opportunity for my very much plugged-in family to unplug and unwind without our phones blowing up with all the obligations we left behind at home.

There is cell service but, Wi-Fi is scarce and honestly, isn’t that part of the charm of camping? You’re not supposed to be doing work in the wilderness, you’re supposed to unplug, look up, listen to the birds singing, smell the flowers blooming and hear what the people you love have to say. That’s exactly what we did.

The park model had two rooms with a fully furnished kitchen including a full-size refrigerator, stove, microwave, a quaint front porch, huge deck with stairs leading down into the woods where a fire pit awaits; perfect for nighttime stargazing and sitting around the fire laughing and making memories. It had one bedroom with a full-sized bed and a pull-out sofa couch with the potential to sleep 4. The park model was cozy and falling asleep listening to the crickets, cicadas and bullfrogs at night was absolutely magical.

Park model 11 can sleep 4 but, personally, I think it is the perfect weekend getaway for couples. It’s just enough space to have all the together time your heart desires with that special someone. In fact, I’d say it is the perfect place for a secluded, serene romance with a side of nature. I joked with my husband that it’s the ideal conditions for expanding a family or just reconnecting on a deeper level, not just couples but families in general.  One of our favorite parts about staying in a park model is that we get to connect without all the disruptions and distractions of our normal day-to-day and that was true of our trip to Linville Falls Campground.

According to Go RVing, Park Model RVs (sometimes referred to as deluxe cabins or cottages like the one we stayed in) are unique units that provide temporary accommodations for recreation, camping or seasonal use. Park Model RVs are designed to look like a home, but they need to be hooked up to site electricity, sewer, and water like an RV. They may have a front porch, a sleeping loft and are a great way to experience the campground lifestyle if you don’t have an RV or all the gear that goes with tent camping.

We spent our days on long hikes with breathtaking views and our nights collapsing from exhaustion and laughter after a day well spent together in nature. No service and no distractions meant 100% quality time and that is more precious to us now than ever with the girls getting older. I say it every time we go camping, and I’m saying it again now because it is so true, take your family camping whether it’s in a tent or an RV, you won’t regret it. It is, by far, the most meaningful family vacation you will ever take and those memories will last a lifetime.




Deborah, or Debi, is a first generation Mexican American living in Chicago. She speaks English, Spanish, French, and Italian, and is a proud mom to two girls. Debi has written for brands such as Parenting, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Cafe Mom Media, LatinaMom.Me and several others. She also has her own blog, The TRUTH about Motherhood, where she writes about her experience and tips on parenting.