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The Country School

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· Avon, Minnesota
5 acres
2 sites
2 Tent
Once a country school built in 1938 and used into the 1960s, this property with 5 wooded acres surrounded by pasture and farmland, has been our family home since 1982. The sounds can be incredible with coyotes, turkeys, sandhill cranes, loons, frogs and of course cows,sheep and chickens...the list goes on. We are less than 10 minutes from I-94 , Lake Wobegon bike trail, St John's University, Avon Hills Folk School, county parks with hiking trails , and lots of lakes. Fire ring, and picnic table on each site. Learn more about this land: Once a country school  built in 1938 and used into the 1960's, this property with 5 wooded acres surrounded by pasture and farmland, has been our family home since 1982.  We provide a walk-in only,  primitive, private camping experience. Pitch your tent in our woods, just a short walk in from the road. Campsite 1 is close to the road and house,  just about  50 paces in from the road. Campsite 2 is farther into the woods, uphill and offers more privacy. The night and early morning sounds can be incredible! Coyotes, owls, loons,  frogs, sandhill cranes, wild turkey, cattle, sheep and chickens too.                While we currently do not have many amenities, we do offer  a get away from humanity, darkness , nature sounds , and   campfires.   While our property does not include a lake , there are many within a few short miles. The small town of Avon on 1-94 is just 3 1/2 miles away. It offers access to the 65 mile long Lake Wobegon bike trail, the Avon beach,  a fishing pier, and legendary "Fisher's Club , home of the best darn walleye, all  on Middle Spunk Lake.  St John's University is a few short scenic miles away.   Hiking trails, maple syrup festival, bird watching, fall colors , and many more reasons to visit this Benedictine campus. Stearns county has 8 county parks with miles of hiking trails.  Birdwatching is excellent year around. Avon Hills Folk School is little over a mile away. El Rancho Manana is within 8 miles and offers horseback riding.
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Avon, Minnesota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Brenda J.Joined in June 2018
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38 Ratings · 29 reviews
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Nina F.recommends
September 6, 2021
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
I had a lovely time staying at The Country School. The property is very lush and beautiful and our hosts were helpful in guiding us to the campsite. Be aware that Google Maps may not be 100% accurate with the directions. Thanks, Brenda!
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Ciaran R.recommends
August 13, 2021
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
This is primitive camping. The sites were very far apart, and it was very quiet. There was wood to use in the fire pit, a table with a couple of chairs, and a flat space for our tent. We liked it.
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Amber B.recommends
July 17, 2021
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Enjoyed our night! The campsite was set up very cute with a table and chairs and a fire pit. There was wood, fire starter stuff and a nice private bathroom area. We would definitely go back if visiting the area!
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Steve D.recommends
July 15, 2021
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Great escape into nature
Me and my 13 year-old son really enjoyed our one night of camping here. We got a little exercise getting to the second site, which was more secluded and very quiet. My teenager said the exercise was worth it (that is saying something!). We had a good breeze (the site was up higher in the woods) and the bugs weren't too bad. Overnight and in the morning, we had a lot of sounds of nature (bird calls I've never heard) and saw a fox and a deer not too far from our campsite, which was pretty cool. If it ever rained, this would be a good site to be at, with all of the tree cover. We went to the public beach in Avon to swim (within 10 minutes), but otherwise stayed at our site. There were some cool trails to walk. Our host set up the campsite really nice (plenty of firewood) including a table and chairs. Definitely want to return here.
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Dene D.recommends
June 13, 2021
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Well-maintained site, good location for our needs and great hosts!
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Jake P.recommends
June 13, 2021
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Lovely spot!
Quiet, secluded, convenient to access, and thoughtfully set up.
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Maria D.recommends
May 30, 2021
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Great in a pinch!
Great place to stay in a pinch! It was pouring when I got there and all while I was there up until I left so I did not get to get out and see much of the place, but the hospitality was great!
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Kat P.recommends
May 8, 2021
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Cute and simple!
Everything we needed for the night! Cute little campsite in the trees. Parking is not available at the campsite so if you’re planning to sleep in your vehicle you might not want to book here! Other than that super lovely and lots of beautiful nature sounds 🌱
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Peter O.recommends
November 8, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
It was easier to find than the description had suggested. Campsite 2 was covered by trees, and overlooked a fenced pasture. It was very quiet, even though you could see the road in November when trees didn’t have all their leaves anymore. It’s a beautifully maintained site. There was a table and two chairs, a candle and even a little mirror. Firewood and fire starters were provided. But it was also easy to find dead branches and sticks in the woods. Enjoy your stay at this very friendly site.
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Justin D.recommends
November 8, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Great little country spot.
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Jordyn S.recommends
October 12, 2020
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
We had such a lovely time camping here! The leaves are beautiful this time of year and our campsite was so serene and covered with them! The farmland surrounding the site is beautiful and the campsite itself is very private, and it was really quiet and peaceful all around. We also loved that firewood and kindling was provided -- the firepit was great too (even though no grill provided) and we made a beautiful fire. Brenda was great at communicating with us and gave us recommendations of nearby places to hike. We can't wait to come back soon and would highly recommend staying here!
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Emily S.recommends
October 12, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
I had such a sweet time here! The campsite was accessible, cozy and well stocked with a fire pit, wood and a table with 2 chairs. It was obviously well tended; and the surrounding trees provided beauty and privacy. Brenda happened to be outside when I arrived and was such a warm, hospitable host. Highly recommend!
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Dani K.recommends
October 8, 2020
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
I had an absolutely wonderful stay at The Country School. Brenda was warm and friendly via text, and I felt very safe camping there as a solo woman traveler. I was at site 1, which is closer to the road and house. I heard very occasional car traffic, but I imagine site 2 is quieter. Each site had everything one needs for a rustic tent camp experience—lots of chopped wood and firestarters, pallet table and two chairs, fire pit (no grate over the pit). Seriously, the cost of the Hipcamp reservation is worth it just for the wood! I'd consider both sites similar to walk-in campsites at state parks. A few hundred feet to get into the woods, which helps make it feel more private, but not so far you need to worry about backpacking in. I'm looking forward to coming back again. It's an easy getaway from the Cities with far fewer people than a state park (and I love state park camping, don't get me wrong).
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Jimmy W.recommends
September 30, 2020
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
We had a wonderful stay! It was cold and rainy but we had plenty of firewood to keep us warm. There were dry 'cardboard logs' left for us that worked wonders. What a great idea! We had great communication with Brenda and look forward to a future stay. Thanks!!!
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Makayla S.recommends
September 10, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Amazing trip
This was by far the best place we’ve camped at yet! Brenda was very welcoming always checking up to make sure we were set with everything needed to have the best experience possible I would highly recommend bring your friends and family for a camping trip to this location!
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Jesse L.recommends
September 9, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Simple and Effective
Our group of 4 stayed at campsite #2 and it was very cute! Enough space for everyone and far enough away from the road where it was secluded, but close enough to watch a field of cows just down the trail! I would definitely recommend this spot for a quick, minimalistic set up with friends (or solo)!
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Kristen C.recommends
August 30, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
We stayed for a long weekend and enjoyed Our trip immensely. The site was exactly as described and was well maintained. Brenda was very communicative and we had no problems at all.
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Phalen R.recommends
August 13, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Wonderful campsite!! Everything was perfect. Great size for a few people to hang out as well as put up ~ 2 small tents. Tree coverage kept us cool from the sun but not cold or swarmed by mosquitos. The walk to the site was easy but far enough away to be hidden. Easy to create and maintain a great fire, lots of fuel.
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Cari G.recommends
August 3, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Perfect!
It was beautiful and peaceful, and the perfect place to test drive camping with littles. I also enjoyed the sounds of many ( not scary) animals.
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Dena F.recommends
August 1, 2020
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Brenda was a great host. It was a very pleasant stay!
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Hannah E.recommends
July 31, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Welcoming and easy stay!
Brenda was truly welcoming and flexible regarding our specific needs for our rooftop tent. Our dog loved the place as well. She was very communicative in the days leading up to our stay, and while we were there for the night. We highly recommend her place.
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Dave P.recommends
July 27, 2020
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
With our travel plans, we were only able to camp for a couple hours before hitting the road again but the site was clean, spacious enough, and plenty private!
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Sophia K.recommends
July 25, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Adventurous, fun
There was a little lack of directions to the canpsite but once we got there it was pretty great.
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Jay P.recommends
July 16, 2020
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Brenda's place is not far from town or the interstate, but is very quiet and relaxing. We had a good night sleep and would stay there again!
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Kristy L.recommends
July 15, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Brenda was such a great host. Showed me to my campsite. There it had firewood of all sizes, chairs, a table, and a fire pit. I was greeting in the morning by some very friendly cows across the fence. The mosquitoes were bad but I was expecting that in MN in July. I highly recommend this private campsite!!
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James L.recommends
June 28, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
Thank you for the nice camp!
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Jonathan B.recommends
June 19, 2020
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
We had a delightful time. Site was safe, quiet and private. Brenda added nice simple touches like hurricane candles and a table made from an old wooden pallet. Plenty of kindling and firewood onsite and the compost toilet, while spartan, was clean and serviceable. Beautiful area; lots of places to hike and bike nearby. We even managed to see a Wilson's snipe, which was a real treat! Definitely aim to return.
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David L.recommends
June 1, 2020
Site 1 - The Country School,Avon,MN
This is a great spot to camp! Just remember to bring some bug spray!
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Steve D.recommends
May 29, 2019
Site 2 - The Country School,Avon,MN
An amazing campsite. The site was clean, and well taken care of. The owners are super friendly, and offered us a tour of the entire site. Very family friendly with lots of beautiful woods to relax in. If you wanna go camping, but also be in a safe secure wooded area this is the place for you! 10/10 will be back!
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