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Draco Hill Farm

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· West Branch, Iowa
75 acres
3 sites
3 Vehicle/Tent
We moved to Draco Hill in 2010 and built a 5-star-plus Energy Star home overlooking the Cedar River. We then got to work restoring the soil that had been eroded by industrial farming and tending to the overgrazed timber. We planted 27 acres of prairie, discovered native prairie on a hill top (less than 1/10 of 1 percent of Iowa still retains its original prairie), planted nearly 15 acres of trees and then started an orchard with heartnuts, chestnuts, honeyberries and pears. Ayshe went off to college and then to live her dream in Japan and Suzan and Paul enjoy sharing this land, their organic gardens and other natural challenges with WWOOFers, AirBnB guests and now HipCampers!
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West Branch, Iowa, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Suzan E.Joined in April 2018
98%
243 Ratings · 201 reviews
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Marcia O.recommends
November 1, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Riverside and dog friendly
Gorgeous riverside spot, peaceful and private. Very thorough information about trails and access. Appreciated being trusted on our own as we were there to take space from people. Marked it on my map for a return visit
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Christine H.recommends
October 31, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Beautiful, private camping with just you and nature. We brought our dogs too and they loved it! We'd go much more often if the price was a bit lower though. Definitely recommend!
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Randy J.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Tent camping on site 2
We tent camped on site 2. It’s right on the river. I would definitely recommend this spot. It was quiet, and even though there was a family at closest site to us which is site one, we could not hear them. If I had one complaint it would be that there was little to no cell service there. That may be nice for some people!
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Nathan R.recommends
October 20, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Great location, very windy however!
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Nathaniel H.recommends
October 2, 2022
Site 3 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
One of the best campsites I have been to. Feels secluded. The hosts are great and value your privacy.
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Michael W.recommends
October 1, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Gorgeous campsite right by the rive
Absolutely beautiful camp spot, right by the river. Great site for my tiny teardrop camper. Very clean and secluded. No lights around, clear sky and stars were beautiful. I would highly recommend a stay here. If it was closer to home, I would spend many weekends here.
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Jessica R.recommends
September 21, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Great place for me, my dad and 2 doggos! Don’t forget bug spray like we did.
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Jeremy R.recommends
September 18, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Great spot. Very secluded and peaceful.
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Daniel M.recommends
September 7, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Complete Solitude
Tent camped for two nights at Site 2. It was the perfect stay. Beautiful, shaded spot along the river. Wonderfully secluded. The prairie was georgous, abundant with late summer wildflowers, buzzing with birds and bumblebees. We were also kept company all weekend by a juvenile and and adult bald eagle along the river. I feel this place was a hidden gem. There was a smattering of people fishing and tubing down the river, but even then it was a rare sighting, especially for a holiday weekend. Would definitely consider this spot again! Loved the setting in the prairie, and the solitude! Was looking for a close spot in the midwest to avoid the Labour Day crowds and this site hit all the marks.
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Lee T.recommends
September 5, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
This place was incredible and secluded!
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Jonathan S.recommends
September 5, 2022
Site 3 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Tall Grass Beauty
Gorgeous setting. Nice amenities.
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Greg L.recommends
August 21, 2022
Site 3 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Lovely, remote riverfront camping
To be able to camp right on the Cedar River is amazing! Thunder, lightning and pouring rain only added to the drama. Great spot.
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Will W.
August 19, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
The site (#2) was beautiful. It had a great view of the river and was quiet. I had to look long and hard to find a spot for a cat hole that didn't have poison ivy and/or thick brush.
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Cindy R.recommends
August 19, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Suzan's property was amazing. Very rural, wild flowers were everywhere! Peaceful, clean, and wonderful (my husband's words)! We were in site #1. The Cedar River was within eyesite. A success all the way for us tent campers!
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Caroline E.recommends
August 14, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
This place was amazing. Peaceful, secluded, beautiful. If you like wildflowers, sunsets and tigers- this is the place for you. Thank you for the wonderful accommodations!
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Amanda W.recommends
August 14, 2022
Site 3 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Hidden gem of a property! Very peaceful and easy access off the interstate. Stayed one night at Site 3 with our Springer van and wished we could have stayed longer.
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Lisa D.recommends
August 13, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Pretty and private camp spot
Beautiful camp spot - quiet, private, surrounded by pretty wild flowers. We Loved our time there, thank you for having us!
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Bri C.recommends
August 12, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Fireflies by the river
Was thankful for the very clear directions for when I first got in! It was a peaceful, beautiful piece of property. I camped in my Subaru and did yoga by the river the next morning before I left 🌞 I even saw fireflies at dusk!!
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Eb W.recommends
August 7, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Amazing site! Gorgeous views and very peaceful. Easy to find, easy to park our pop up camper even at night. We used site 1. I walked by site 2 and it was really pretty and tucked in the woods but overlooking the river, would be great for tent camping. Really pretty river trail steps away from our site. Not far at all from the interstate and ended up being basically right on the way as we crossed Iowa from Missouri to Wisconsin by way of Dubuque. If you are traveling that way like through Dubuque and Anamosa and need a quick camping spot that doesn’t take you far off your route this is perfect! If you’re going across Iowa to Wisconsin we prefer to go that route it’s prettier than quad cities/Illinois route and only barely longer. If you want to stay awhile this site is perfect for that too. Lots of room to relax and close to Iowa city and other small towns. Yet so serene. Really impressive prairie restoration!! Aldo Leopold would be proud! Would definitely come back!
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Amanda Z.recommends
August 1, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
The camping experience we had at site 2 at Suzan’s was incredible. There was plenty of shade and space for us to set up. We had an excellent view of the river and walking the trails was fun! The walk to the river was very muddy, so be aware! Also our food scraps were visited every night by a hungry raccoon 😂 but we had a great time! Highly recommend
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Erin H.recommends
July 25, 2022
Site 3 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Blackberries and fireflies by the river made for a wonderful July evening! Thank you!
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Aga S.recommends
July 18, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Lovely host, great communication
We unfortunately had some rainy muddy weather and decided to drive home instead of camping the night but we stayed last year and it was absolutely beautiful. We’ll book again ❤️
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Kristen H.recommends
July 18, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Private, river view camping
Suzan's property was really beautiful and private, the river could be seen from a distance. We could hear a few people on the river, but it wasn't anything distracting or bothersome. The camping area, firepit, picnic table area and paths around the site were well mowed and there was a path above the river to explore. We took our dogs with us and they had a great time, but would recommend if you bring dogs to keep them on a leash or away from the river as it is large and quick moving. 10/10 would recommend if you are camping in this area.
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Carolyn C.recommends
July 16, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Beautiful woods, meadows and river
This campground is very private. The hosts are great! They provide free fire wood and Suzan is very knowledgeable about the wild prairie plants and animals. The scenery is so beautiful. I recommend that you choose site #1 and #2 for the most privacy. If you’re going to book only one site, I recommend #1. Site 1 is in an open meadow surrounded by tall grass and wild flowers. It sits right along the Cedar River and site 2 is even closer to the river and covered with shade trees. There’s a short grassy trail that joins the 2 sites. I hiked all around the property. Hidden in the deep hills is a pond that took me a while to find but I had help from the hosts’ 2 dogs who hung out with me during the 1 hour + hike. I really enjoyed this camping experience.
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Wendy W.recommends
July 15, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Grateful for the host's directions which were very clear. We enjoyed our stormy night and grateful for the tree cover at site 2.
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Kyle J.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 3 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Great escape!
We were at site three for three nights and loved it! Super remote, super primitive— just how we like it. Great shade at that site, which made the July afternoons bearable. The sounds of the forest at night and in the morning were amazing. The water in the river was pretty high and so there wasn’t any clear way to safely get down and enjoy the water. We did go up to the pond but it was covered in algae and plants, so we decided to just take bucket showers, instead. I will say, though, there is lots of poison ivy so you’ll want to stay alert. We had our 18-month old daughter with us so it was a lot of extra work keeping her from exploring too far.
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Brooke D.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Gorgeous, tranquil, and private
Beautiful view, superbly isolated, and very cozy. Our dog had a great time stomping in the banks of the Cedar and meeting the host pups. The land is gorgeous and we love the mission of the hosts. We'll definitely be back!
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Linda H.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 2 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay is a magical place, and is serene and beautiful. The three sites are separated so that each site is really private. We saw firelights at night, and the mist rising from the river in the morning.
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Fiona R.recommends
June 29, 2022
Site 3 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Beautiful property on the river!
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Kim C.recommends
June 27, 2022
Site 1 - Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
Camping near the Cedar River
Great place to stay! Lovely camping by the Cedar River and enjoyed the atmosphere with the birds singing! Thank you so much!
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