Hipcamp host John D.,
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Enjoy a little sample of a modern homesteading life here. I purchased and moved onto this property in October 2017 in an effort to life a more self sufficient lifestyle: growing and preserving food, reducing energy use, minimizing waste streams, and preparing for a time when less is available. Come relax and recharge and maybe learn a thing or two.

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Enjoy a little sample of a modern homesteading life here. I purchased and moved onto this property in October 2017 in an effort to life a more self sufficient lifestyle: growing and preserving food, reducing energy use, minimizing waste streams, and preparing for a time when less is available. Come relax and recharge and maybe learn a thing or two.

My property is about 3.5 acres containing my home, a barn full of chickens, a pond full of ducks, rabbit hutches, fruit trees, garden space, and small pastures. The property is totally fenced. It is about a 200 ft walk sloped downhill from the driveway to the camp site. A cart is available for use to move your gear up and down. There are some neighbors around, some with a partial view of the camp site. Some children live around, but are generally not noisy.

One of the coolest features is the farm animals. The chickens and ducks generally fine with people being around, but don't tend to get close enough to pet. They are a joy to watch scratch, swim, and feed. The rooster will be your morning alarm clock, if you like to sleep in this may not be the right camp site for you.  The rabbits are cute and soft and can be petted.  

There are several trees around that provide great shade and opportunity to put up a hammock. No snakes, ticks, or chiggers have been found so far (probably thanks to the chickens/ducks), but mosquitoes are present in small numbers. You will also probably notice bees, flies, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators in the right season.

The pond is spring fed and stocked with fish (bass, bream, and catfish have been caught, but tilapia and carp are rumored to swim around also) and is open for fishing. I just ask that you be respectful to the wildlife. Feel free to take a dip if you'd like. 

I'm currently working on installing a perennial food forest and annual gardens, when in season you are welcome to sample the fruits and vegetables.

As said above the area is a low-density residential area and I do no want campers looking to be loud and party that may cause an issue for myself and neighbors. If you or your pets will be a threat to the property or animals please choose somewhere else. However, if you would like a unique place to experience the homesteading lifestyle or just to peacefully enjoy for a night or two I hope you will consider my place.

Please notify us through Hipcamp messages that you've arrived and we'll provide any current information needed regarding access and any changes to amenities. If you open a gate please close it. If you cannot send/receive messages, please knock on the house door. Above all please enjoy your stay.

*Covid clause - Hand sanitizer is available at camp and the public amenities will be sanitized after each stay. Campers are encouraged to practice social distancing from the hosts, practice good hygiene, and are asked to follow all current state and local health laws and restrictions. Current Arkansas guidelines can be found at govstatus.egov.com/ar-covid-19

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send John a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


The pond is stocked and available for fishing. The Lake Overcup is a popular public fishing lake, the boat ramp is located onl...Read more

Wildlife watching

Enjoy watching the chickens, ducks, and pigs as they roam the property.


Natural features you'll find at Homesteading Pond Site in Arkansas.


Public land and water at Ed Gordon Point Remove Wildlife Management Area located 10 miles away.


Small pond on site, Lake Overcup less than a mile away.


There are neighbors with visibility of the campsite. Rural setting, several hundred feet away.


Homestead with active gardens and livestock.

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Hipcamper Neville
Neville B.
recommends this listing.
September 10th, 2022

John’s campsite was exactly as shown. It was a very peaceful stay and he was a welcoming and helpful host.

Hipcamper Jonny
Jonny C.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2021

Beautiful stay! John was very responsive and helpful, site was beautiful and the animals were such a joy. We loved waking up to the rooster’s crow. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Kaci
Kaci M.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2021

Quiet little place, the hosts were very friendly and even sent me home with a plant! The pond and site were pretty with the ducks and bunnies!

Hipcamper Minshu
Minshu D.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2020

Great site with a fire pit and easy access to water. We enjoyed relaxing at camp and then doing some nearby day hikes up in Ozark National Forest!

Hipcamper Eric
Eric S.
recommends this listing.
October 15th, 2020

John is a great communicator. I was just passing through & needed a safe spot to throw a tent for the night. I arrived late & left very early, so I didn’t see John for long. However everything was as he described & his directions were spot on.

Hipcamper Kayla
Kayla R.
doesn't recommend this listing.
October 13th, 2020

Not for me! Loud neighbors, not as private as I thought.

Hipcamper michelle

Not here

Michelle B.
doesn't recommend this listing.
October 6th, 2020

I chose not to stay here. When i arrived it was in a neighborhood. The parking left you sandwiched between a boat and the 4 cars, But most importantly you must walk thru their livestock. I raise livestock of my own and this is a VERY unsafe procedure. The transmission of infection on poultry is a huge concern. I found camping 1 mile down the road next to the public access to the lake.

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on October 8th, 2020

Sorry you felt our place wasn’t for you. The fact that we have neighbors and it’s at our home (where we park our own cars) is disclosed in the listing, I’m sorry if that did not meet your expectations. Additionally the presence of livestock is fully disclosed, if you have health concerns about walking through grass that the chickens and ducks have access to I’d have been happy to recommend a different style camping experience prior to your arrival. Best of luck on future hipcamps.

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Hipcamper Alainie
Alainie L.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2020

This has been my favorite spot for my whole trip it was nice and private and you can camp by a little pond which was very nice for me john was a great host i would 100% recommend this spot to anyone traveling

Hipcamper Marguerite

Relaxing stay with the chickens :)

Marguerite H.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2020

Excellent stay on the land of John and his family. We were comfortable and felt safe and secure!

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