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Cedar Valley

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Gray, TN

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Hosted By

VanGo_ArtBon

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    < 25 (ft)

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    1

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    2

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    Yes

We live in a sub-division built in the 70's. We would be delighted to give a free night or nights of lodging to a Boondocker and would enjoy any conversation that may happen. If you're looking for a night where you will feel safe and secure - this is the place (masks are optional)! Remember: ...a great way to say thank you to us is to leave a reference for us when you leave that will help other guests with their "stay" requests to us! We also will leave a reference for you that will help other hosts with your "stay" requests to them. Suggested Local Attractions: • There is a combination "hands on" children's museum with a fossil museum about 4 miles from our home. • Boone lake, which is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is only 5 ½ miles away. The TVA made all the dams that go through Tennessee to help prevent flooding. • The Appalachian Trail, that goes around a neighboring city (Elizabethton, TN), is 30 miles from us. • A little over 1 1/2 hours West of us are the cities of Pigeon Forge (home of Dollywood) and Gatlinburg, TN, which is the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. • Johnson City is home to East Tennessee State University and there are a few historical areas around the city. • The historic town of Jonesborough (the oldest town in Tennessee and the home of the National Story Telling Center) is about 20 minutes from our home. • David Crockett birthplace State Park is 34 minutes from us - Most of Tennessee's state parks are free to visit (I don't know of any that charge an entrance fee). • Greenville, TN (43 minutes from us), is the home of Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States. • Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR short track venue, has a capacity of 153,000 NASCAR fans. The track is billed as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" and has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks. There are many major events held at the Bristol Speedway and lodging requests fill up rapidly in the surrounding areas. We are 27 minutes away (19 miles) from the Speedway.

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Electric Hookup: 15A

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Wifi

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Slideouts Allowed

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Generators Allowed

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Water Hookup

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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House Rules

•• Generators should be finished by 7 pm. •• No loud music or loud-speakers, please. •• Children need to be supervised, although they are welcome to play outside, of course, but playing in the open field is not allowed - it doesn't belong to us. •• Clean up after any pets allowed into the yard or on the parking area.

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Location

Access Road Conditions: Paved road entrance is both in and out. There's only one way to come in or go out. Yard parking is only available in dry weather. The driveway is a concrete paved driveway. If the rig is pulled in front first, then you would have to back out. Or, you could back in instead, if you are willing to do that. The road is not very busy road. There is a Bradford Pear tree next to the drive with some low hanging branches so stay more on the Eastern side of the drive and avoid limbs overhanging the drive.

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Pavement

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Hosted By VanGo_ArtBon

Age:

65+

Retired pastor and wife following the highways to explore this great country. Details: We have been traveling for months at a time, all over the lower 48 states since 2013. The adventure is not found in expensive restaurants or hotels, but in the pace of our travels and the people we meet along the way. Retired since February 2013 and taking every opportunity to explore, experience, and expand our education and knowledge base. We love our national parks and the areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Our country has everything a person could possibly want. And, we are always amazed as we round that curve or drive up that mountain, to find a wonderland of beauty and refreshing adventure. Home Town: Gray, TN - between Johnson City and Kingsport, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Favorite Boondocking Locations: We love to camp out in nature whenever possible. We have successfully boondocked or dry camped all over the west, along the Pacific coast, through Glacier, the "rock" parks of Utah, up and down the Atlantic coast, in the southern states, along interstates, on neighborhood streets, commercial parking lots, in an "almost" ghost town, church parking lots, and once even a state fair ground. Out west (away from the coast) there are a lot more primitive federal campgrounds. We have paid from $5 to $13 a night for these, but we mostly stay wherever we feel it’s safe and where we are both agreed would be a good location. Skills or Expertise to Share: We always have things to talk about and adventures to share. We like to share how to fit out a van and travel economically. We also do “letterboxing” and carve our own stamps. Our goal is to plant at least one "letterbox" in every state. We are over halfway there!

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References for this location from other RVers

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    Carmenandpups

    2 months ago

    I’m fairly new to Boondocker‘s but this was possibly the most relaxing and beautiful view of any state I’ve been to so far. I was able to park at the back of the property and my view was a giant field with the mountains in the background Cowles would come out at night fire flies would come out later and it was so peaceful. The house B and a were delightful they helped me fix a leak on a hose on my vehicle and then the next day they invited me to go on a walk with them where I saw so many beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls. If you’re in the area make this a must stop.

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    KATandDAN

    2 months ago

    I stayed for 2 nights and it was an unbelievable stay. I am thankful for this find. The hosts were amazing! Great conversations about traveling. They wanted your stay to be the best possible. I highly recommend this spot.

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    RVRoadie

    4 months ago

    We really enjoyed our stay at Cedar Valley, for the quiet level location and for the warm welcome and easy conversation with the hosts. We even shared coffee and tea - and what a great custom coffee! Highly recommend this host, hope to see them again on our travels or theirs.

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    Johnie_Becca

    4 months ago

    This was a great experience for us. The hosts were very welcoming and wonderful people. Nice location to park and close to many attractions. They provided a power cord for us to watch tv and high speed internet. The neighborhood was quiet and a great place to walk the dog. And the neighbors were very nice too taking time to talk to us and making us feel at ease. We wholeheartedly recommend Cedar Valley as a great place to stay.

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    croatanwoods

    5 months ago

    Our Plan A for the night was Shadrack Campground in Bristol, but due to heavy rains in the area, it was underwater which we didn't discover until we arrived in the area late in the afternoon. We pulled up the Harvest Hosts/Boondockers Welcome app on our phone and found Cedar Valley had an opening. We sent the request and got a reply in less than 10 minutes. Upon arriving we were met in the driveway by our hosts and quickly got settled. We enjoyed interacting with them that evening and again the next morning. If you ever find yourself in eastern Tennessee, this host should be on your short list. Highly recommended!

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