Hipcamp host Heidi H.,
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Pond side Paradise is our most remote primitive site.

The magical woods awaits you just behind our show horse farm. Tranquil. Peaceful. Beautiful. A world away is within reach.

Just 20 miles from Starved Rock

Serenades nightly provided by the frogs in the pond, the owls and tree frogs. Bordered on two sides by Bramble Creek and an abandoned logging road o

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Pond side Paradise is our most remote primitive site.

The magical woods awaits you just behind our show horse farm. Tranquil. Peaceful. Beautiful. A world away is within reach.

Just 20 miles from Starved Rock

Serenades nightly provided by the frogs in the pond, the owls and tree frogs. Bordered on two sides by Bramble Creek and an abandoned logging road on the other, there is the real feeling of old Illinois wilderness. Wildflowers and abundant wildlife. Perfect getaway or romantic spot.

Free range organic eggs at $3 per dozen. We are a short drive to Dayton Bluffs, Illini State park and the I & M canal for hiking and fishing. Both parks are lightly traveled. We are 20 miles from Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Park and Buffalo Rock Many other hiking trails nearby. Download the All Trails App for more places to hike in our beautiful part of Illinois.

Your camp site will be cleaned, sanitized and stocked to your specifications before you arrive. Your site includes 2 folding camp chairs, a small spool table, 1 bundle of dry firewood, fire starters and matches.

Ask us for recommendations of other local parks and attractions in addition to Starved Rock, there are so many beautiful places to visit without the crowds.

Golden Pond is treated weekly for mosquitos. And your site has been sprayed with the same spray they use at Disney World to keep the insects at a hopeful minimum.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Heidi a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Pony expirence with Cookie

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24 pack drinking water

24 bottles of water from Kroger or other similar delivered to your site.

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10" Cast Iron Skillet

Pre seasoned cast iron cooking skillet can be used and returned cleaned please

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

We are just miles from the Illinois and Fox Rivers

Fishing

Many lakes and rivers nearby

Hiking

On site 7 acres. Within miles to State Parks.

Horseback riding

We have a professional stables on site. Lessons can be arranged by appointment. Trail riding available at another nearby stables.

Paddling

Available at multiple local sites

Snow sports

Cross Country skiing on site and at local State Parks

Wildlife watching

We have deer, squirrels - including some white ones, turkeys, racoons, etc

Biking

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Pondside Paradise in Illinois.

Forest

With a creek and small pond

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Ranch
Driveway

Places to see near Welcome to our Magical Woods

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Hipcamper Cassie
Cassie R.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2021

My boyfriend and I had a great night here! Lots of acres and beautiful spot. Great place to go rustic camping! Also very nice spot to hear some wildlife! Heidi and her husband were super sweet and helpful. Will definitely stay again:)

Hipcamper Rafaella

Wonderful!

Rafaella L.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

I highly recommend Heidi's place to anyone looking for a place to camp just outside of Chicago. Our camp is tucked all the way at the end of the path through the woods far enough from other campers to feel secluded, but still only a short walk back to the parking area. Though cars can't pull up right at the campsite, Heidi kindly welcomed us and helped transport all our stuff on a trailer. The site is well maintained with a good amount of space to set up 3 tents. It comes with all the amenities listed on the website, including lots of wood available to buy and fresh eggs in the morning!

Hipcamper Tyler
Tyler R.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2021

Nice close, secluded place :)

Hipcamper Meghan
Meghan M.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Great stay! Friendly host, great accommodations

Hipcamper Kyle

10/10 recommend

Kyle D.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2021

Heidi was amazing! She was super nice and offered to help take my stuff back. She also delivered some extra firewood for me! Definitely a beautiful place along with a great first experience solo camping! Beautiful land! Cute animals!
Thanks again Heidi!!

Hipcamper Liz
Liz T.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2021

Heidi is such an awesome human. Meeting her and learning about all she has done for the community was definitely a highlight of our stay. She really helps you feel at home and the campsite was really nice! I loved meeting all the sweet animals around the property, too. Such a peaceful place.

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. I love where I am lucky enough to live., and it is my pleasure to share it with others. I am so glad you felt welcome here! I do expound on my philosophies when given the chance to speak on them - lol! Have a lovely fall!

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Hipcamper Peregrine
Peregrine B.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2021

My partner and I loved this stay in the woods. Heidi was such a kind and generous host. She checked in with us, made sure we were able to settle into the camp site, and brought us extra firewood when we ran out. We had fun playing with the dogs and watching the chickens and cats roam around. Fell asleep to the sounds of frogs and cicadas and woke to beautiful sunrise between the trees. Plenty of fallen branches around to use as fire kindling. It’s buggy in the evening around this time of year so bring a good spray! Overall we are very grateful for the time spent here and the nearby trails.

Hipcamper Jacob

A great option for secluded camping

Jacob H.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2021

This location was perfect for secluded camping in a beautiful forest. The hosts were very friendly and they had a ton of beautiful horses to look at whenever. Around 20minutes from starved rock, it doesn’t get better than this.

Hipcamper Asad
Asad A.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2021

Enjoyed my stay very much! I was looking for something remote/ primitive but not too far off the beaten path and this was exactly what I was looking for! Heidi was a great host.

Property
Welcome to our Magical Woods
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site