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Foothills Getaway

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Columbus, NC

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ColumbusMark

  • Max Rig Size

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    < 25 (ft)

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    1

  • Max Nights Per Stay

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    4

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    No

Just to make sure you see this info first, travel trailers of any type must be 18 feet or shorter to fit. Class As and Class Cs can certainly be up to 30 feet. The ideal RV is a Class B or truck camper. There is a toilet, shower, sink, sitting area for your use...however, your use of these facilities means you're promising to leave them clean. No smoking on the property even if it's in your camper. You're welcome to smoke in your camper as long as it's parked somewhere else. Now that the not-so-fun news is stated, keep reading if you're still interested. I live on a non-working ten-acre farm. It's not a show place but you'll certainly find a welcome. Fence rails are likely to be down, the grass needing mowing, and the pastured bush hogged. But I'm retired and have other things more important to do. I'm always wiling to toss back a beer or two. Or, a cup of coffee is good. The barn next to where you will park does have a flush toilet, sink, and mostly-hot shower that you are welcome to use. (See notes above about leaving it clean.) You are also welcome to set up a table and chairs under the breezeway at the barn for shade and to be out of the rain. And in colder weather, you can also use the inside of the barn (the tack room) for socializing, eating, etc. It's kept relatively warm in the winter. Suggested Local Attractions: FENCE - Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is about ten minutes away. It has hiking trails and public programs. TIEC - Tryon International Equestrian Center is about 15 minutes away. Lots to see and do there with places to eat and shop. Community Dog Park in Landrum, SC about 5 minutes away. Hardware store with basic camping & RV supplies is in Landrum (four minutes away) as well as a large super market (Ingle's), restaurants, and shops. Other small towns surrounding us include Tryon, Columbus, and Saluda, NC. There are several wineries just minutes away and a brewery in Columbus that's located in an old NC Prison. It's called Iron Key Brewing Company. Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC are about 45 minutes away in opposite directions. Hendersonville, NC and Spartanburg, SC are about 25 minutes away in opposite directions. There is a Camping World location this side of Spartanburg, SC about 20 minutes away. Guests will receive a printed list of area attractions and services. To get a head start on visiting, check out this website about local attractions: https://firstpeaknc.com/

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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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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Electric Hookup: 30A

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Wifi

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Slideouts Allowed

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House Rules

Please give me a heads up as to your estimated time of arrival. I am usually around but also run errands here and there. It's best if I'm here when you arrive to give you a proper welcome. You should make plans to arrive before dark. We're on a country road. There are no street lamps. We don't have one of those high intensity lights at the barn. It's dark. It's dark...did I mention that? Arriving after dark is treacherous and if you go off the road, you are likely to cross over an old pirate cemetery. It is sacred ground and we occasionally hear noises at night. Now what pirates were doing a few hours away from the ocean I haven't a clue. Just the same no digging for pirate treasure...or if you do find some...we'll split the booty. If you absolutely must arrive after dark, like in the winter when it gets dark before I go to bed, I'll do my best to help you. But just stay off the pirate cemetery. It's for your own good. Well behaved pets must be on leash at all times. I have one dog who will bark at yours, but he's friendly. He will either with me on a leash or in the fenced-in back yard. There are also wild animals including feral cats that frequent the barn and property. Please do not bother them. They are our friends...but also don't attempt to pet them or eat them. It's best not to let them in your RV. They might not want to leave. However, you are welcome to keep and take home any feral cats, raccoons, or possums you do catch. It's our little way of saying thank you for staying. No smoking on property. I love to chat but not about politics, religion, or Duke University. Generators are not necessary as you can plug into my 30 AMP RV plug. Please leave the place cleaner than you found it. That won't be hard. You're welcome to use the toilet, sink, and shower in the barn, but please clean up even if it's not clean when you get there. You will need to provide your own towels and soap. Remember, those facilities are in the barn. It's a barn, not a luxury hotel. If you wish to leave a day's worth of trash, no problem. Quiet time starts at 10 PM. My dog might bark at your rig when he sees it...even if he has seen it all afternoon. Eventually he'll come in the house to sleep. Often he'll go outside in the backyard in the morning and start barking again. It's usually at squirrels or those cats or possible a pirate. Check-out time is 2 PM, though just let me know if you want to stay longer. It's not going to be a problem. I hope these rules haven't scared you off. I'm kidding about that pirate cemetery thing, but it sounded good at the time.

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Location

Access Road Conditions: Please Note. I've just made adjustments to the size of rigs that I can accommodate. This is based on watching various folks attempt to get bigger rigs into my parking area. While I've always thought I had plenty of room, it isn't so. Ideal Rigs will be: Class B vans or truck campers of 24 - 25 feet or less. Travel Trailers like a tear drop or mini that's just 18 feet or less. Class A or C rigs that are 30 feet or less. What will not work is a long"ish" travel trailer pulled by a 20 ft. truck. There is just not room to safely get it situated without either tearing up my grass or gravel, tearing up a fence or two, or tearing up your camper/truck. So NO TRAVEL TRAILERS longer than 18 feet. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. We have a gravel driveway which has a couple of water break cutouts. (You could call them ruts.) They're no problem if you drive up slowly. Class B RVs will have no problem getting up the driveway. It's not steep. There's plenty of room to back in a Class B or a small travel trailer (20 feet or under), but you might need a spotter to keep from hitting the fence or the barn. Actually, you should have experience backing your trailer before attempting to back into my premier spot. Tow Vehicle Parking Details: There are several areas where a tow vehicle could be parked.

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Hosted By ColumbusMark

Age:

65+

I bought my first RV, a used Class B in 2020. Details: Teacher for most of my life. Retired in 2017. Have made a few extra bucks as a photographer, videographer, musician, author, camp director. I just started For fun I have a Youtube channel, "The Country Life with ColumbusMark." And I do a podcast with a friend of mine I've known for over 50 years. Home Town: Columbus, North Carolina. Skills or Expertise to Share: Ummmm. I like to talk, but we'll not be talking politics or religion!

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References for this location from other RVers

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    lisaw17

    2 months ago

    We had such a lovely stay at Foothills Getaway, and enjoyed spending time with superhost Mark — this was truly a five-star experience. Highly recommend this wonderful, quiet spot and very kind and generous host!

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    LoveLearning

    2 months ago

    Although we have travelled extensively with our 15 foot travel trailer, this was our first Boondocker’s stay. I can’t imagine our experience will be topped by subsequent stays. You can quickly tell that Mark is a retired teacher, trip organizer, and fellow traveler. He misses nothing in thinking about all aspects of accessing the place to park and going above and beyond expectations in offering a bathroom, shower, place to sit inside and out, making recommendations of all kinds, etc. We will be back!

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    cindyanddavid

    2 months ago

    This was our second stay with Mark and we will visit again and again. the space is great with perks of electirc and a shower!! but more importantly is Mark, he is the consummate host, friendly, unassuming, engaging, and respectful. Mark is a wealth of information about the area. His property is outside town, some trafffic, but quiet at night. Would highly recommend!

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    cjblakeney

    3 months ago

    Mark is a pleasure! I very much enjoyed visiting with him and Colin and sharing a beer. The property is lovely with a nice area to walk the dog. I highly recommend following the keeping your dog leashed rule. I was not paying attention and forgot to leash my old dog and she ran after a cat. Very scary due to the busy road, but luckily all was well. I can’t believe Mark offers the shower and bathroom. What a treat and it really was my best shower during my 9 days on the road. Thanks, Mark!

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    OutsideOurDoor

    3 months ago

    What can I say about a host who really gets it! We were greeted warmly. Worried over as we drove thru sleet and rain. Treated to a room with shower, dishwashing facilities and just a place to rest. And brought us some of the best donuts ever!!!! He took us out to his favorite brewery to enjoy a meal and a few beers. Both on the way there and back we were given the grand tour. The information he provided had us busy for our entire visit! Hiking. Biking. Watching stadium jumping. And how wonderful that felt as we wander his part of the foothills. We will be back, if nothing else but to say hi and have a beer.

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