Built into the slopes of the French Broad River Greenway, these cabin rentals in Asheville, NC offer an exclusive urban camping experience minutes away from downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Many outdoorsmen have strong opinions about the “right way” to camp. You have to sweat in a nylon tent. You can’t have running water or electricity, let alone a proper bathroom. Sure, it’s charming. But have you ever tried camping the Wrong Way? The Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins provide all the amenities of modern camping with the added convenience of being close to all the action.
The Wrong Way’s name is an homage to both the French Broad River, which is one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north. The name also reflects the campground’s unique approach to lodging and hospitality.
These cabin rentals in Asheville, NC provide a variety of comfortable accommodations for guests seeking a cozy and intimate getaway. Sixteen “Scappalachian” A-frame cabins—so named for their marriage of minimalist Scandinavian design with the warmth of Appalachian craftsmanship—offer a quaint home base before and after a day of exploration. Standard cabins feature a one-room studio floor plan with balconies overlooking the greenway and riverside. On the other hand, deluxe cabins tucked deeper into Wrong Way’s property offer sweeter seclusion with private back decks leading to a lush wooded meadow.
Guests can fuel up each morning with coffee and fresh baked goods at The River Lodge’s Canteen. Or dine between exhilarating climbs and leisurely strolls through downtown Asheville. But don’t let its humble moniker fool you. The Canteen’s cuisine is provided by Chef Ashley Capps and partner Travis Schulz. Chef Capps was a semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation’s 2019 honor for Outstanding Pastry Chef. She has created a menu using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. This commitment to sustainability and harmony with nature reflects Wrong Way’s ongoing mission.
When the Wrong Way is the Best Way
Immersion with nature was first embraced with Wrong Way’s choice of locale. When founders Joe Balcken and Shelton Steele—both former whitewater raft guides— settled upon a plot within the French Broad River Greenway, their desire was to support, preserve, and enrich Asheville’s river corridor through sustainable construction practices and local business partnerships. Ultimately, they succeed in connecting guests and their community with the transformational qualities of the outdoors.
Whether you are seeking outdoor escapism or have mastered the wilderness but desire an elegant experience for a change, the Wrong Way offers something for everyone. It’s possible to get away from it all without cooking on a propane stove. Come discover the beauty of Asheville in style by exploring the wilderness the Wrong Way.