This property is an excellent base camp for a multitude of outdoor activities
Debby & Garry Crooks
About Debby & Garry Crooks
This home was built in 1957 by Muriel and Earl Crooks,our father Earl was the caretaker for the old Camp Firestone for several years, the old camp was located on the lake just across the street from this home. The Crooks' family has lived at Lake James for five generations - since the Lake was built until current day. Our grandfather ran a store and boat landing for many years catering to fisherman and the lake trade. Our grandfather’s old store stood less than a half mile down the road, it was located at the end of the old steel truss Canal Bridge that crossed the lake canal near where the current concrete Canal Bridge is located today. My sister and I grew up in this home and spent many endless summers swimming, fishing and playing at the old Firestone Camp and on the lake. We also enjoyed meeting different campers as they arrived each week. The summer camp in the movie "Dirty Dancing" reminds us of the old Firestone Camp as it had cabins, bunk houses, boats, horseshoe pits, meeting hall & etc. My wife and I still reside next door to this property. We enjoy getting on the lake as much as possible and taking advantage of the state park next door for walking, hiking, trail running and mountain biking. We also enjoy the close proximity of Pisgah National Forest & the Fonta Flora State Trail for mountain biking and hiking.
Debby & Garry Crooks purchased this House in 1957
Why Debby & Garry Crooks chose Nebo
Although this home was built as a residence it also served as camp headquarters for Camp Firestone where many of the supplies and records were kept and was the check-in station for visiting campers. As we began clearing out the attic, basements and garage we found lots of memorabilia from the old Camp Firestone, our grandfather’s store and the lake in general. Everything from old maps to old fishing equipment and boat motors. We decided we would display these hidden "treasures" in the house for all to see when they visit. An article about old Camp Firestone was published in the July 2017 issue of Our State magazine detailing lake life at the camp in that bygone era. Unfortunately the old camp is now gone and the property has been sold to private owners.
What makes this House unique
Lake James is still rural not very commercialized which adds to it's uniqueness and charm. It is also a very clean and clear lake holding cold water fish populations of Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. This property is situated next door to Lake James State Park (Paddy's Creek Section) which has large swim beach, hiking and mountain biking trails and fishing piers, it is also very close to the Canal Bridge public boat launch within a half mile. This location allows quick access to Pisgah National Forest for many outdoor activities. Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Table Rock Mountain, Short off Mountain, Fonta Flora State Trail, Mountain to Sea Trail, Over the Mountain Victory Trail are some of the many great hiking destinations nearby. Day trips to Black Mountain and Asheville area are an easy commute via I-40
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Prior Approval REQUIRED! ($100 per pet/per stay)
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
A Welcome Return to Lake James
The description of Camp Firestone more than lived up to reality: the house was very clean, well-equipped, and perfectly situated for easy access to Lake James State Park and the dragon boat races - our purpose in coming up to the area. The kitchen was well-equipped, not to mention the impressive array of tempting snacks on the counter! Waters, juices, and sodas were also thoughtfully chilling in the refrigerator. The beds were comfortable and although cars hurtled by during the day, the area was blissfully quiet at night. Lake James State Park offered sandy beaches, walking trails, working restrooms, and ample paved parking lots for my grandson to start learning to ride his first pedal bike.
Note that the Internet is quite slow, but one doesn’t come to a mountain get-away for fast internet, does one? ;)
Great experience at Camp Firestone
This property was simply amazing. The decor and attention to detail was really well done. We used the property for a golf stay and play at Marion Lakes and it couldn't have been better. It's location to the lake, golf course, and brewery is fantastic and I would highly recommend it. These owners take a lot of pride in the property. We will stay here again for sure. Thank you.
Perfect Mountain Getaway Spot
The house was very clean and welcoming. The hosts have gone out of their way to add special touches to the house, snacks and drinks in the kitchen, extra toiletries in the bathrooms. The back yard area is very large and is peaceful area to hang out and relax. It is the perfect place to stay for a weekend or week in the mountains.
There was plenty of space and everything was set up nicely upon arrival.
Home in the lake woods
All good except the property is on a busy road, busy during the day. Quite solitude at night.
We had a very enjoyable stay. Home was well equipped with everything one would need. Even extras! Less than a mile to the swimming area. Lake was beautiful and clean! I would definitely stay again.