May 23, 2021
Site 3 - Small Orchard on 150 acre Farm
Quiet Farmland with Phone Coverage
Since it's the first review, I may be a little long-winded trying to cover everything.
The gentleman's name is Dale. He is not on site as this is a working orchard and not a residence. My only contact with him was through emails and Facebook posts. He was very friendly and accommodating. He even offered for me to leave my trailer there for a few days since I ended up having a wheel issue and I couldn't tow it home. My wife came up in the car and got it home though. I was still touched by the gesture though. Not many people will offer to store stranger's things on their property.
Him not being on site is going to be something that some like, and some don't like. That's up to you. He's fast on returning emails. So if you need him for anything, he's only an email away.
This is a working orchard on about 1 acre of land. There is no house. There is a large metal shop/storage building. If I had to guess, there's probably about 50 apple trees. The driveway is huge. It will accommodate any size RV. The neighbor's house is pretty close, but they didn't bother me and I didn't bother them. The other sides of the property are surrounded by farmland.
There is no toilet. There is a BP gas station about 5 minutes away if you don't have a portable toilet of your own. There is a water spigot on the building, but it appears to be shut off. He does say there's water there. So I can only assume that he hasn't turned it on after the winter season. I always bring my own water, so that wasn't an issue for me.
There are 4 campsites, but only 1 firepit and 1 picnic table. This could potentially lead to some awkward and uncomfortable moments. However, I was there alone so I didn't have to share the firepit with strangers.
The booking map is a bit misleading. All 4 sites are on the actual property. The booking map shows 2, 3, and 4 are off the property. Those circles are in the middle of farm fields not owned by the Host. I'm sure you'd have an upset farmer if you set up camp on his crops. Other than the firepit, there is no form of entertainment on the site itself. But there is hiking, fishing, and boating nearby. There's plenty of room for children and pets to run around.
Pros and Cons:
These are based on my personal opinion. This will be up to you to figure out if it's a pro or a con for you.
Best deal I've found on Hipcamp so far. $25 per night gets you your site, and all the firewood you care to burn. All other places I've stayed at sell firewood. I've spent up to $40 on firewood at some places.
Good phone service. I have Spectrum and my phone worked great. Some like to unplug when they're camping. But I camp alone, so having my phone for music, Brewers games, and other internet based forms of entertainment is important to me.
Absent host. I camp alone because I want to be alone. He was available on the other side of an email. But he isn't a host that checks in on you like a waiter at a restaurant. He could have done a drive by, but I wouldn't have known.
Quiet, other than daytime farm noise. Which wasn't more than the sounds of a tractor. There is very little traffic on the road itself.
4 sites, 1 firepit. This could be awkward if more than one site gets booked. Some like to be social and meet new people. I'm not one of those people.
Not private/secluded. The neighbors can see you. People driving by can see you. There's very little traffic on the road, and the neighbors didn't bother me or stare. So it's not a deal breaker.
I would definitely go back. But I'd need to make sure that I was the only booking that weekend. I'm not a social camper, and this place is definitely set up for social campers. If you have a large group/family, this would be a good place to book all of the sites.
If you would like further details, I have a walkthrough video on my YouTube channel, Scamping With Jay.