Emberglow Outdoor Resort: Comfort and the Outdoors Mix for Amazing Family Fun

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Are you looking for a camping experience that allows you to enjoy the great outdoors while still maintaining comfort? With a variety of lodging options to choose from, including vintage campers, tiny homes, RV/campsites, and safari tents, Emberglow Outdoor Resort in Mill Spring, NC offers every type of family the perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Our family (including our dog) had tons of fun staying at the Carolina Cottage Tiny Home at Emberglow over spring break and we can’t wait to share with you everything you need to know for your visit. Our kids are already begging to go back!

Emberglow Outdoor Resort is only about an hour from Greenville, SC, near Hendersonville, NC.

About Emberglow Outdoor Resort

Located just 15 minutes from Lake Lure in the hills of Western NC, Emberglow Outdoor Resort is conveniently situated between Greenville, Asheville, Charlotte, and Columbia. The resort’s 72 acres are nestled in a beautiful, private valley complete with spring-fed creeks. This resort truly offers something for every camping preference and every size group with a variety of comfortable lodging options including:

  • Primitive Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Safari Tents
  • Pods
  • Vintage Campers
  • Tiny Houses
  • Yurts
  • One larger house

Not only does Emberglow offer a wide range of accommodations but they also offer extremely unique stays. Choose to stay in Big Ben, a vintage double-decker bus, or stay in a special tree house resort home that even includes a slide coming out of the house plus two lofts connected by a cargo net.

We stayed in the Carolina Cottage Tiny Home during our stay which despite being a tiny house had a full kitchen and bath, a loft bedroom for the kids, and even a screened-in porch. Our unit even came with towels, linens, a gas grill, and a fire pit. It was also right next to the creek and the playground.

Tiny house at Emberglow Outdoor Resort

What is there to do at Emberglow Outdoor Resort?

Emberglow is conveniently located in Western NC where it’s just a short drive to a number of fun attractions at Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, and the Hendersonville/Flat Rock region. We were delighted to find plenty of fun activities right on the campground and ended up spending all of our time within the resort.

Emberglow Explorers Day Camp: From mid-June-August, Emberglow offers a day camp for just $25 a day for kids 5-12 each Tuesday-Thursday. This camp is each morning from 8:30-12:30, so that kids can enjoy adventures while their parents have a little extra time to drink that morning coffee. One of the best part of Explorers Day Camp is the kids come back to the campsite with the inside scoop on where to have fun at Emberglow which often leads to fun afternoon family adventures.

Pool at Emberglow Outdoor Resort
Photo Credit: Emberglow Outdoor Resort

Pool: Emberglow has a large outdoor ADA-compliant resort pool that opens in the summer season.

Photo Credit: Emberglow Outdoor Resort

Playground: Even my 12-year-old had fun playing on the playground at Emberglow. I especially thought the camper play structure was an imaginative twist. I also loved how the playground was within an easy visibility distance of multiple campsites. I could actually see the playground from my screened-in porch making it easy to let older kids play while still keeping an eye on them.

Jumping Pillow: If your kids need to get their energy out, you can just walk them over to the jumping pillow which is open for jumping at no additional cost.

Other fun amenities include:

  • GaGa Ball Pit
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Group Fire Pit
  • Free WiFi
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Pedal Kart and Bicycle rentals
  • Dog Park
  • Premium Bath House
  • Free WiFi
  • Food Truck

This area of Western North Carolina is also full of fun things to do. Our list of things to do in Western North Carolina and our list of things to do in Hendersonville, NC have tons of ideas that could keep you busy for weeks.


Are Pets Allowed at Emberglow Outdoor Resort?

Yes, while not every accommodation is pet-friendly, many are, including the Carolina Cottage Tiny Home. We brought our dog Izzy Bee with us on her first vacation away from home.

Dog Park at Emberglow

The Carolina Cottage Tiny Home had plenty of space for the four of us and our puppy including her crate. Izzy spent most of her time while we were in the cabin on the screened-in porch where she could watch other families walk by. 

The dog park was only a couple-minute walk from our house. It was spacious and had plenty of room to run around. When we visited, there were only a couple of other dogs at the resort so we had plenty of space to ourselves, but I noticed that there was a smaller area fenced off in the dog park so that there would be space to spread out if needed.

Is Parking Available at Emberglow Outdoor Resort?

There is plenty of parking space at each unit as well as near all of the major areas of the resort.

Should you bring your own food to Emberglow Outdoor Resort?

Yes, while a food truck is open during some seasons, Emberglow is around 15 minutes from grocery stores and restaurants. We personally found it easier to bring easy-to-prepare meals and snacks. Our particular unit did have a small kitchen with basic kitchen items and even had a coffee pot with coffee pods.

Family Review of Emberglow Outdoor Resort

Our kids had such a great time at Emberglow that they are already asking us when they can go back. We thought that the campground offered a great mix of quiet relaxation and fun. I also thought the easy one-hour driving distance from Greenville made the trip even more relaxing. Whether you are looking for a quiet week or just a weekend getaway, Emberglow Outdoor Resort is a great option for the perfect, relaxing family vacation.

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About the Author
Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Greenville an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at bethany@kiddingaroundgreenville.com.

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