Hipcamp host Bill H.,
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1855 Campground is a private natural preserve, dedicated to fostering the natural Ozark experience.   Come enjoy the outdoors at its bests!  This nature space offers six large campsites generously spaced to provide privacy and the ability to become one with nature.

This land borders the Mark Twain National Forest, so hiking is abundant and encouraged and being far away


1855 Campground is a private natural preserve, dedicated to fostering the natural Ozark experience.   Come enjoy the outdoors at its bests!  This nature space offers six large campsites generously spaced to provide privacy and the ability to become one with nature.

This land borders the Mark Twain National Forest, so hiking is abundant and encouraged and being far away from the city this area is ideal for star gazing and planet photography. There is on-site fresh spring water flowing all year round.  Enjoy fishing, swimming, or just hanging out at the pond or in the babbling brook that runs alongside the prosperity. There is also an off grid home where I live an I am willing to share my experience with you.

COMING SOON, campsite 7! Yes a new wilderness campsite located on top of the highest hill on the prosperity. It’s borders the National Forest an like all other sites it’s very private. Only a fire pit is available. It’s a must see an experience. Those of you who like site 3 will like this. This will be a popular site! Pictures an other info will be forthcoming.

 1855 Campground is in close proximity to:

     Floating activities along the Black River

     Johnson Shuts State Park

     Bell Mountain Hiking Trails 

     Elephant Rocks

     Counsel Bluffs Lake

     Tip Top Park

     Taum Sauk State Park

     Historic town of Caledonia 

     Clearwater Lake

     Shepard Mountain bike trial 

The details: 

     Campsites are large enough for multiple tents

     All sites have fire pits and the first bundle of wood provided is included 

     All have BBQ grills and tables (except site 3 ).  Bring charcoal

     Outhouses and outside shower is available

     Parking space provided, once check in assistance to campsite is provided 

     For your peace an quite no vehicles allowed back in campground

     1855 Campground lives by “Leave no trace Principles” take out what you bring  in.

     2021 season runs to the end of October

     Additional firewood and charcoal can be purchased at office.

Campsite fees:  Weekend rate ( Friday and Saturday nights) $25/ per night per site ( 4 campers per site) children under 5 stay free.

Weekday special ( Sunday- Thursday night): 40% off! $15/ per night per site.   Note: some campsite can hold more than 4 people, message Bill for more details.

Get away from the vibrations of city life and enjoy existence within the arms.

Thanks everyone for a wonderful season. We are now closed for the season, see ya here starting May 1, 2022.


Campsite area
Bring your own tents
7 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Showers available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Bill a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 5PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 40% off

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Hipcamper Skyler


Skyler M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 13th, 2021

Great visit again! One of my favorites! I got one more trip in before he closed down on October 31st. Such a great guy. Great space. Wonderful time.

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Hipcamper Skyler

Great camping with an awesome host

Skyler M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 19th, 2021

The campground was awesome! It was further out than I expected and didn’t bring out a backpack, but Bill helped me to take my stuff up to camp. I did campground #3 which had the fewest amenities but all I really wanted was a fire pit. Right in the middle of trees. Close to a cute pond with a raft to sit and relax as well. So much fun. Bill is the nicest guy and genuinely just wants to create some positive outdoor experiences for people. He showed me around to other campsites and I would recommend someone booking #6! All of them are pretty cool though. I highly recommend this place!

Hipcamper Bill
Response from Bill, the Host, on September 22nd, 2021

Hi Skyler an thank you for your review. I look forward to seeing you soon. It had been said that this region has the least light polution so what that means is that at night star gazing is the best. I have seen the Milky Way fill the nite sky! Its amazing! See ya here.

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Hipcamper David

Secluded, but close to everything!

David P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 6th, 2021

Bill was an excellent host. My wife and I came in for a weekend trip over Labor Day. We arrived late, but Bill was gracious to stay up to show us around and inform us of where everything was at. The campsite was just as described. We set up in site 1 along the creek - the white noise of the creek was amazing to sleep next to. His property also offers a pond which we enjoyed a slow morning at. Due to it being Labor Day weekend, we were looking for a quiet spot away from the holiday bustle, and Bill’s land was just that. We did a day float on the Jack’s Fork River on Saturday and Johnson’s Shut-ins and Elephant Rocks on Sunday. We found 1855 Campground well situated to many of the attractions we enjoy in that area. Definitely intending to visit again.

Our tent the first morning.Paddling on the Jack’s Form RiverCliff jumping on the Jack’s Fork RiverJohnson’s Shut-in is super close and well worth the visit.
Hipcamper Shawn

The best way get away!

Shawn H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 6th, 2021

5 STARS plus a trillion more if you get a clear night, even then the rain didn't dampen the natural experience of off grid camping. (natural wifi good luck finding a signal here). l would like to give this a single Star, to keep it a secret, unfortunately Bill is a pleasant host who is helpful if you need anything and knowledgeable in pointing out all the area has to offer. This is a beautiful and secluded piece of nature that will be on our list of places to return. You won't be disappointed, the shuttle service is is phenomenal and helpful.

Hipcamper Lindsey
Lindsey C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 29th, 2021

I loved this campground — beautiful, secluded and safe, just want I needed for my solo retreat! Bill was a great host, and this space met all of my needs. The free firewood was such a great perk. I was at campsite 1, which has creek access, and being able to cool off in the creek was SO NICE in the hot and muggy afternoons.

Hipcamper Bill
Response from Bill, the Host, on September 1st, 2021

Your a great camper, an you experienced what its like to be surrounded by Mother Nature. Thanks for coming and come back again. Bill

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Hipcamper Gary

Peace & quiet surrounded by nature.

Gary B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 6th, 2021

We wanted a quiet getaway from the city life. This was everything we were looking for. We hiked the property and fished in the on-site lake. Caught a few nice largemouth bass! (We did catch and release) If you are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is what you’re looking for, from the natural springs to the wildlife, this is a great place. Bill is a wonderful host. He answered our questions and gave us information on local attractions. Can’t wait to come back to camp again….soon!

Hipcamper Bill
Response from Bill, the Host, on July 7th, 2021

Thank you Gary, the crazyness of city life is the reason i moved here in the first place. The campground, by design, is fed from that need. So glad you experienced what the property has so freely given to me. Best regards, Bill

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