This is one of my favorite places to camp in Taiwan. I found this place a couple of years after Typhoon Morakot devastated southern Taiwan. At the time very little of Maolin’s infrastructure had been rebuilt and usually there would only be a couple of groups camping and staying at Deengorge but that has changed now. The roads and the hiking trails have been rebuilt and Maolin is once again a very popular weekend spot. Not only do you need to reserve a guesthouse room well in advance but it is recommended that you reserve a camping space the day before your trip.
There are 7 rooms that can be rented and two large camping areas. They lead night hikes looking for animals and have a short nature trail on the property in addition to Deengorge Waterfall. There is a restaurant that offers an aboriginal set meal (350 TWD). My favorite part is the property though. The family has maintained everything and it is like camping in a large garden. There are so many interesting plants and trees in addition to small animals like frogs.
How to get there – About 5 kms after Maolin Village turn right at the fire station and follow the signs to Deengorge and Maolin Valley. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn left. Turning right takes you to Maolin Waterfall. Follow the road uphill and past a small waterfall (Deengorge Waterfall). Turn left through an open gate shortly after the waterfall.
Price – rooms are 3000/night (Fri/Sat) and 2500/night (weekdays) and includes breakfast and night tour. Camping is 250/person.
GPS – N22.897109 E120.676415
Dates visited – every year
Contact info – Facebook