DIY, Off Grid, Homesteading

Enchanted Off-Grid Community Discovered Hiding in the Appalachian Mountains


Hidden deep in the forest of North Carolina’s Smokey Mountains is a group of friends who’ve given up their jobs and cell phones for a life closer to nature, and each other.

They make their “living” scavenging wild animals, gathering nuts and berries, forest gardening, and drinking straight from the stream.

NBC recently caught wind of the Wildroots community and made their otherwise quiet lives national news.

“I would find myself sitting at my desk wishing the day was over so I could go home,” says the community’s founder “Todd.”

“And then I would wish it was Friday … and then I would wish my next vacation was coming up. And then I realized I was very literally wishing my life away.”

Todd was a successful engineer until he quit and moved to the woods 11 years ago.


He, his girlfriend, her 8-year-old daughter, and a handful of other unruly characters live in handmade mud huts on a 30-acre primitive homestead, where they host about a dozen other transient residents at a time, teaching them wilderness “thrival” skills.

Wildroots has no electricity or running water, other than streams and springs throughout the property, from which they haul water to camp in jugs.

Its members make their own leather clothing, shoes, tools, baskets, and earthen homes.

They’ve been cultivating a food forest on 5 acres of formerly logged and eroding hillside for the last seven years, planting chestnut, hickory, persimmon, apricot and cherry trees, and kiwi, currant, raspberry, and pawpaw bushes.




  1. Tom barton

    February 1, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    One of the reasons that people are downsizing to smaller homes and turn to living off grid, is because they can’t afford to live ,minimum wage is low many are lazy so they don’t want to raise minimum wage and everything is so expensive any more, businesses gouge people so they can make billions of dollars a year off the backs of the little working people .

  2. Jayme

    February 1, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Where’s the FULL article? The one that talks about them going out into neighboring towns to grab a latte and get on Facebook? LOL

  3. Daniel Gerrick

    April 21, 2022 at 1:51 am

    God bless them all. Takes alot of courage to just go. Hats off to them.

  4. Jeff

    May 24, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Love it! My wife and I did this 2 years ago.
    30 year dream come true. You havent lived until you ve grown n raised your own food. Lived WITH nature. Not against it like cities(concrete jungles are an abomination)

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