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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)

  • Parking Spaces

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    2

  • 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. My page states that I have two spots available, however I only have one 30 amp receptacle. I do have a nearby 15 amp receptacle that the second RV can use. Dibs for the 30 amp spot go to the first taker. I just recently changed my profile to allow two RVers. This was for a request for a couple of RVers traveling together. It worked as both RVs were small. If you happen to be the second person requesting a stay, I'll let you know about the first request and you can decide if it will work for you. 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 (18 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

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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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    CB001forLife

    3 weeks ago

    Nicole and I are brand new to Harvest Hosts, joining just this past month. Mark was kind enough to approve our request on short notice even though we had just joined and had no reviews or ratings. I have used Air B'nB extensively while traveling so I know how important it is to have good user reviews to get approved and we are grateful that Mark took a chance on us! Now to the review! Communication was excellent throughout the entire process. We communicated through the app at first and then texts as we approched his home. Directions, instructions and ultimately being met personally when we arrived. Mark has meticulously prepared welcome material with information on his house rules, local points of interest and dining locations. He graciously accepted our dinner invitation and that became quite the adventure as we hit a few close by towns trying to find a suitable spot (great local options but crazy long wait times). But it did give us time to learn about Mark and still see the Christmas lights. The accomodations are as descibed in the app. We were the only ones there the two nights we stayed. Having the bathroom in the barn was a huge plus as we have a small 16' Airstream and having a regular shower and extra privacy is always a plus. We felt safe to leave the RV when we went into Ashville for our day trips. Thank you Mark for providing a great spot to park for a few days and the wonderful conversations! We've subscribed to your Youtube channel and you are as great on your vlogs as you are in real life :) Hope to pass through and stay with you again.

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    DENISEandLEWIS

    2 months ago

    Mark is a great host. His printed info is handy, clear communication. We were grateful for the barn shower. I wish we were there now, so we could visit the WinterFest in Tryon. Maybe next year. Thanks, Mark

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    Lance_Phillips

    2 months ago

    great place great guy and so very kind

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    BillandMaryG

    2 months ago

    we had a great stay. Mark is a kind a and gracious host. The parking spot is level and quiet and we took advantage of the shower. its a great location near many interesting towns and nature walks.

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    TrouseTravelers

    2 months ago

    ColumbusMark has more than a Boondockers Welcome here, this is a arms-open-whatever-you-need welcome place. Excellent host, everything as described, dog-friendly paths, ammenities galore. We stayed one night, needed no hookups this time, but will be back for a longer visit, if only to enjoy the company of the host.

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