Asheville Area

We recommend Asheville as the primary location to spend your time while in the area. A great city with a lot to do and easy access to highways going N/S and E/W. There are many more hotels there than in the Waynesville area.
Hotels in the Asheville area offering discounts to GeoWoodstock attendees are listed here, courtesy of the Asheville CVB.

Waynesville Area

If you prefer the small town atmosphere, then Waynesville and other towns around the area are for you!
Here are some discounts for the Waynesville area.

Valid May 25-30, 2017

Clarketon Motel – 1527 Soco Road, Maggie Valley


Code: GeoHaywd

-All rooms three night minimum.

-One queen bed units limited availability with refrigerator and microwave

$69.00 per night plus tax.  Up to two people.

-One king bed units with refrigerator and microwave

$79.00 per night plus tax. Up to two people.

-Two queen bed units with refrigerator and microwave

$89.00 per night plus tax.  Up to four people.

-Two queen bed unit with full kitchen

$99.00 per night plus tax. Up to four people

-Two room unit with three queen beds and one twin bed

$109.00 per night plus tax. Up to 6 people.


Maggie Valley Creekside Lodge – 2716 Soco Road, Maggie Valley


Code: GeoHaywd

-Standard unit: 2 queens or 1 king

Discount rate: $99 per night plus tax

-Creekside unit: 2 queens

Discount rate: $109 per night plus tax


Smoky Falls Lodge – 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley


Code: GeoHaywd

-$10 off per night with code.


Rental Houses/Cabins

If you are traveling with a family or group of geocachers and are thinking about a hotel, we suggest considering a rental home or cabin.  You will likely be a bit further out, but if splitting the cost with other geocachers, we have found that it can be quite a bit less expensive per person to rent a home.  And you’ll have the benefit of more privacy and not going back to the boring hotel room and losing contact with your friends.  It’s a lot of fun to sit around in the evening (if you’re not out caching all night) and just talk with your friends and go to the fridge for another beverage or snack.  For families, it may be more expensive unless you were planning to use more than one hotel room.


We have used VRBO which lists many houses in the area.

Listing of VRBO rentals in the Asheville area.

Listing of VRBO rentals in the Waynesville area.

You will need to enter your dates to the above searches to refine it for your needs.


airbnb is another option that many are familiar with.

Here is a list of Asheville area airbnb rentals.

And here is a list of Waynesville area airbnb rentals.

You will need to enter your dates to the above searches to refine it for your needs.


There are a LOT of campgrounds in the area.

Here is a list of just some of the many, centered on the GeoWoodstock event and stretching towards Asheville.  We only listed those with the highest ratings from Trip Advisor, but there are others so if you don’t find anything here that suits you, search online for some of the others.  Here is a listing of Haywood County campgrounds.  You can also find other places to stay in Haywood County at this link.

At present, we have not obtained any discounts on campgrounds.

Many in the list below are Mom & Pop type campgrounds.  Smaller and sometimes closer to things, but they might also be busier and have more road noise.

We’ve recommended a few in the Asheville area.  2 KOAs that have good reviews online and from local geocachers.  They are also somewhat larger.  Wilson’s is in Asheville right next to a cool park.  It is very convenient to highways.  It isn’t large but is right on the French Broad river.

In North Carolina, the State Parks don’t take reservations for 2017 until January 1, and their website often gets clogged up on January 1.  If you want to reserve now, see our recommendations below.  Also, State Parks have very few if any geocaches in them due to a fairly restrictive policy implemented years ago.

Distance from XV Campground Trip Advisor Rating Phone Number Website
Recommended in the Asheville Area
11.07 KOA – Asheville (RV & Tent) 4 828-665-7015
35.94 KOA – Asheville East (RV & Tent) 4 828-686-3121
24.4 Wilson’s Riverfront RV Park (RV & Tent) 828-254-4676
Other Great Choices
4.69 Winngray Family Campground 3.5 828-926-3170
5.69 Creekwood Farm RV Park 4.5 800-862-8110
5.81 Stone Bridge RV Park and Campground 3 828-926-1904
10.78 Moonshine Creek Campground 4.5 828-586-6666
12.86 Great Smoky Mountain National Park 4.5 865-436-1200
16.72 Happy Holiday RV Park & Campground 3.5 877-782=2765
17.38 Indian Creek Campground 4.5 828-497-4361
17.38 Yogi In The Smokies 4 828-497-9151
18.33 KOA – Cherokee Great Smokies 4 828-497-9711
22.69 Campfire Lodgings 4 828-658-8012
26.53 Rutledge lake RV Park 3 828-654-7873
34.51 Miles Motors RV Center & Campground 4 828-681-2002
30.69 Taps RV Park 4 828-299-8277
34.23 Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground 4.5 877-686-4258
33.55 Ashevilles Bear Creek RV Park & Campground 3.5 828-253-0798