Hipcamp host Johnny V.,
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Come enjoy primitive camping while you commune with nature and hunt geodes and fossils in the famous Keokuk Geode region. Property is within close proximity to Nauvoo, Illinois and within a very short distance to the Mississippi River. The camping area is level ground and surrounded by trees. The property has a hillside geode mine on it and there is a creek running thr

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Come enjoy primitive camping while you commune with nature and hunt geodes and fossils in the famous Keokuk Geode region. Property is within close proximity to Nauvoo, Illinois and within a very short distance to the Mississippi River. The camping area is level ground and surrounded by trees. The property has a hillside geode mine on it and there is a creek running through it that has a lot of geodes in it.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 15ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Johnny a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Hipcamper Molly
Molly R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 15th, 2021

We really loved staying here! It was a beautiful property, quiet, and private. The perfect stop along our camping road trip!

Hipcamper Russell
Russell B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 6th, 2021

Arriving from a long journey from Oregon. I was happy to see I could dig for geodes there. A nice place to camp over night as well. Thank you

Hipcamper Erika
Erika F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 26th, 2021

Beautiful, secluded spot!

Hipcamper Jordan

Great place to stay!

Jordan P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 19th, 2021

Area is close enough to civilization that you don’t feel completely isolated but it’s secluded enough to get the solitude you desire!
Very beautiful spot & even saw some wild turkeys! I would highly recommend this spot!

Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2021

Been wanting to visit the Keokuk area for awhile now to hunt geodes, and this was a awesome place to camp and hunt geodes! The scenery from our site and along the creek was. Camp was close enough where we could run to the gas station in the morning for coffee. Will probably camp here again.

Hipcamper Melanie

Magical!

Melanie S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 31st, 2021

What a great spot! Would recommend to anyone who loves rocks and fossils! The spot was well maintained and secluded. We loved it here so much our overnight trip turned into 3 nights!

Hipcamper Lisa

Unplug and enjoy the natural beauty

Lisa Z.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2021

Our group of campers could not have been happier! We had two families with six kids between us (ages 16-23). Once we worked out our initial confusion with the rustic bathroom situation and how to use the toilet, everything was great. Having the creek to play, bath, fish in and explore kept everyone busy and truly made this an authentic camping trip. Our kids walked up and down the creek looking for rocks, swimming, and exploring for hours! We found hundreds of geodes in all sizes and the concrete pad that Johnny had set up at the site was exactly what we needed to set up a geode cracking station. The privacy we had couldn’t be beat. During the day, we met fellow rock hounds wandering the creek and at the entrance but we were the only campers once the day wore on. The night view at the entrance of the camp ground was first class. We saw shooting stars and the constellations with no light pollution or obstructions. Johnny’s place is absolutely gorgeous and you really should give it a try. The memories we created were the best part - it’s sometimes tough to get ourselves & our kids to unplug and for a whole weekend all nine of us did. I hope we are able to find the time to come back, it was one of our best camping trips ever.

Plenty of privacy and spaceRustic bathroomView outside the tentCreek bed with steps away from our tent and full  of geodes - Creek varied from ankle deep to about 2 1/2 feet. Very easy to walk up with water shoes on.
Hipcamper Allyson

Great site, fun mining!

Allyson V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2021

What a beautiful site! Tucked into a neighborhood near a beautiful creek, this primitive site also offers a unique experience mining for geodes.
We felt safe and my girls enjoyed chasing fireflies in the evening.

Hipcamper Philip
Philip M.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2021

To the uninitiated, the Hip Camp at is like the very area geodes that seekers treasure: rough on the outside (“What’s this quarry, setup?) and beautiful on the inside, with water streaming over limestone benches, verdant site options, and a reason to return

Railroad creek camp groundRailroad creek camp ground
Property
Johnny V.’s Land
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$14/night
2 Sites