The Treehouse Project: Glamping in Chattanooga

Authored By seanphippster

Have you ever slept in a tree?

A new venture called The Treehouse Project is launching this week with several events and celebrations.

Co-founded by Enoch Elwell and Andrew Alms, the project seeks to fundraise and construct the first-ever Living Building Challenge eco-certified treehouses on the outskirts of Chattanooga.

The property is located at 576 Chattanooga Valley Road in Flintstone, Georgia. It sits adjacent to the Rock City corn maze and offers an immersive experience among the trees and forest.

An official Treehouse Project launch party will take place Wednesday at the property. Guests are welcome to tour the property and stay for a bonfire, s’mores and a fire sculpture. The event begins at 5 p.m.

Already, several organizations and businesses have pledged their support to the project, and the founders will be competing in Tuesday’s Will This Float? pitch competition to raise even more awareness.

In addition, a Kickstarter campaign to help raise $33,333 for the project will be launched Tuesday afternoon. Click here for more information.

If funded, construction can begin immediately. 

Alms said there are a lot of misconceptions about what a treehouse can be.

“You see the word, and it can be easy to be deceived into thinking [of] stilts or this massive cabin that has been raised off the ground,” he said. “That’s not what we’re doing.”

Plans suggest the structures will be more like tiny houses in trees, offering luxurious amenities in offbeat accommodations.

“We’re exchanging the holistic nature of a tiny house with some comfort things,” he said. “When you hear of a treehouse now, you think of a kid’s play place. You don’t think, ‘That’s somewhere where I can go have a good experience.'”

The term “glamping” may be a new concept to Chattanoogans, but the idea of a middle ground between camping outside and staying in a luxurious hotel has been prominent in the Pacific Northwest.

The founders drew inspiration from Oregon properties like Treehouse Point  and Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort. But The Treehouse Project will be a unique approach to the industry.

And Alms thinks Chattanooga is the perfect place to introduce The Treehouse Project.

“You’ve got a major outdoor focus for the city as a whole, especially when it comes to not just doing stuff outdoors, but actually being outdoors,” he said. “There’s a hugely active population.”

A large beech tree, which Alms considers one of the most peaceful places on the property. (Photo: Contributed)