This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Gray, TN
Max Rig Size
< 30 (ft)
Max Nights Per Stay
Same Day Requests
We live in a sub-division built in the 70's. We would be delighted to give a free night or two of lodging to a Boondocker and would enjoy any conversation that may happen. If you're looking for a place where you will feel safe, secure, and have a quiet evening and night - this is the place! Wi-fi is available. Ours is a T-Mobile Home Internet utilizing 2G (recommended) & 5G. If it doesn't work for you, please let us know! 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. (See host if you want to cook outside) - That option isn't checked because "how" you're going to do that has too many variables. So …ask ...and we may or may not say "OK!" 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.
Vehicle Suitability Information
Electric Hookup: 15A
•• 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.
Access Road Conditions: There's only one way in or go out of the sub-division. All the roads are paved roads. The road is not a busy road so backing into or out of the drive should work just fine - your preference! However, there's a Bradford Pear tree next to the drive with some low hanging branches, but if you hug the Eastern side of the drive you should be fine, UNLESS YOUR VEHICLE IS TALLER THAN 10' WHICH WILL CAUSE YOUR VEHICLE TO PUSH BRANCHES. You will have the entire driveway to park your rig, as we will have our vehicles moved to another location on our property to free the driveway space for you to use all of it.
Hosted By VanGo_ArtBon
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!
Availability for RV Camping
References for this location from other RVers
1 month ago
We requested a stay en route and were accepted for a stay. Super nice host. Didn't get much visiting in as we came in later in the day and left early the next morning.
1 month ago
Wow! A great couple, great conversation, great location and stay. We came as strangers and left as friends. As soon as we arrived Bonnie invited us in to their home and we are sure glad we accepted. At the end of the evening Art prayed a beautiful prayer of blessing over us and our travel. Next trip south we hope to stay again.
2 months ago
We arrived as strangers and left as life long friends. Good neighbors. A Godly family and good conversations. It’s quiet and peaceful. The view is breathe taking. Thank you Art and Bonnie for everything. You never know what God has around the corner. Thank you, Steve and Jan
4 months ago
Lovely folks, easy to get to, easy to park! We’d stay again!
8 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.