About Camp Hobbit Hill

At Camp Hobbit Hill we focus on providing campers with an atmosphere to learn, grow, and have fun. Year after year new friendships are formed, with campers joining each other in subsequent sessions or make future plans to meet the following season.
Campers at Camp Hobbit Hill will experience a multitude of activities, with focused programs available for those wishing to concentrate on mostly the Arts or perhaps only Horsemanship and Riding. All campers are part of our leadership program, the part of our camp community that focuses on building confidence and sharing our individual talents with other campers.
Join us this summer and see for yourself, become part of Camp Hobbit Hill.

About Us

While Hobbit Hill was originally an equestrian camp, the camp has expanded its offerings to fill campers day with exposure to a diversity of experiences. “Our arts program has grown so much that some of our campers participate almost exclusively in the pottery and painting program, or the general camping program.


Dara Dresden

Camp Director

A lifelong dream came to fruition and started primarily as an overnight camp for girls focusing on riding and horsemanship. As the program grew, Dara and the rest of the Camp Hobbit Hill team worked on expanding the activities and added additional focused Arts programs and general camp activities.
Always looking to improve the camper experience, Dara draws on both her background in business and education to bring camper’s ideas to reality
As the facility owner and Camp Director you can expect Dara to be directly involved in every aspect of your child’s camp experience.

Emma Claire Hoffman

Summer Riding Program Coordinator

A lifelong resident of Asheville NC, from the age of 7, Emma Claire has been involved with her two loves, horses and art. Through her life Emma Claire has participated in a variety of local riding programs, shown Hunter/Jumpers/ Dressage, and has a BA in Art.
A full time, on site, member of the Hobbitt Hill team, focused on all aspects of equine care and riding instruction, Emma Claire is particularly fond of working with children and has developed several programs for Camp Hobbitt Hill in the areas of:
Riding- Intro thru intermediate
Horse Care- grooming and nutrition
Art – Pottery, Painting, crafts
Emma Claire is a joyful, positive individual your children will love.

Hannah B. Lyda

Office & Camper Records

As an Asheville native, Hannah grew up playing on farms in Fairview, NC. She and her husband recently welcomed a little girl into the family along with two dogs, Lily and Sparky, and cat, Pabu. She enjoys reading and of course riding horses! As a part of the Hobbit Hill Family, Hannah will welcome camper families and lead our office during the year, bringing many talents to our team.

Stay in touch for news about our returning seasonal staff.