Hipcamp host Brenda J.,
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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

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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.

We currently only offer an open air composting toilet.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Brenda a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Lake Wobegon bike trailhead in Avon is just 3 1/2 miles away .

Boating

There are many lakes with in a few miles.

Fishing

Many lakes within just a few miles.

Hiking

Several Stearns county parks and St John's university have hiking trails within several miles

Horseback riding

El Rancho Manana offers horseback riding and is around 8 miles south of here.

Swimming

Middle Spunk beach in Avon .

Wildlife watching

Deer , sandhill cranes, chipmunks, squirrels etc..

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at The Country School,Avon,MN in Minnesota.

Beach

There is a beach on Middle Spunk lake in Avon .

Forest

You may explore our woods but please do not cross the fence. The neighbors pasture sometimes has a bull .

River, stream, or creek

There is a small creek that only flows during snowmelt or after a very heavy rain

Farm

Surrounded by pasture and fields, but do not cross the fence please .

Places to see near The Country School

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Hipcamper Nina
Nina F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 6th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Ciaran
Ciaran R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 13th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Amber
Amber B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 17th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Brenda
Response from Brenda, the Host, on July 20th, 2021

Thanks! Happy to have you!

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Hipcamper Steve

Great escape into nature

Steve D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 15th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Brenda
Response from Brenda, the Host, on July 16th, 2021

Glad your son enjoyed it. Roughing it isn't for everyone! And it appeared that you left more firewood than I had put there. thank you!

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Hipcamper Dene
Dene D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 13th, 2021

Well-maintained site, good location for our needs and great hosts!

Hipcamper Brenda
Response from Brenda, the Host, on July 20th, 2021

Glad you found us!

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Hipcamper Jake

Lovely spot!

Jake P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 13th, 2021

Quiet, secluded, convenient to access, and thoughtfully set up.

Hipcamper Maria

Great in a pinch!

Maria D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 30th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Brenda
Response from Brenda, the Host, on June 1st, 2021

Hope you can stay sometime when the weather is cooperating! Our campsites are private and primitive, but ,sorry, our driveway does not offer privacy...

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Hipcamper Kat

Cute and simple!

Kat P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 8th, 2021

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 🌱

Hipcamper Brenda
Response from Brenda, the Host, on May 8th, 2021

My goal is private, and primitive. I hope my listing is clear that you cant drive to the sites. Glad you enjoyed your campout!

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Hipcamper Peter
Peter O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
November 8th, 2020

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.

Awards

Best of 2022 Minnesota
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Best in 2021 Minnesota
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Property
The Country School
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$15/night
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