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Private and secluded. Our three camp sites are a good distance from each other with plenty of trees in between. 

NEW this year! Sturdy wooden picnic tables at every site! We leave some free firewood for campers, but a camping hatchet is always advisable to cut up kindling. 

(Note on Vehicles: ONLY SITE 1 can accommodate large vehicles and trailers. Sites 2 and 3

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Private and secluded. Our three camp sites are a good distance from each other with plenty of trees in between. 

NEW this year! Sturdy wooden picnic tables at every site! We leave some free firewood for campers, but a camping hatchet is always advisable to cut up kindling. 

(Note on Vehicles: ONLY SITE 1 can accommodate large vehicles and trailers. Sites 2 and 3 can handle pick up trucks, small SUVs and vans. Most vehicles can turn around at Site 1 but be prepared to back out of Sites 2 and 3. Frontwheel or all-wheel drive recommended for Sites 2 and 3 if there is rain in the forecast. We can no longer assist campers who get stuck in the mud.) 

Experience some of what Native Americans enjoyed on 75 acres of restored prairie and timber as you camp alongside one of Iowa's most scenic rivers in Eastern Iowa.  Meet the wildlife of the prairie - hear the honking of pheasants, the gobble of turkeys, the grunting of bucks as they walk through the tall prairie grass or the woods. Listen to thousands of frogs serenading each other from the pond to the river and back and the coyotes howl at night. In the morning, watch the sun come up over the river.  

Once on our property, as you drive toward the campground, you'll see a line of heartnut trees and honeyberry bushes to your left and small chestnut trees on the hillside to your right. These are just one part of the edible savanna we are building for the future. We support clean food farms and donate $1 of your stay each night to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (silt.org) to protect land like this to grow healthy food. We hope you'll check SILT out and support them too. 

From your campsite, you'll have a river trail to walk or head behind you up into the hills to find the pond, search for mushrooms or pick berries depending on the time of year. Our neighbor to the south (to the right facing the river) owns 300 acres of limestone cliffs and timber and doesn't mind people walking along the trail but please stay on the trail and respect his privacy. Please DO NOT GO NORTH - that's to your left as you face the river - beyond our property (you'll see a neighbor's mowed lawn). These neighbors have asked that you respect their boundaries. Wherever you go you're likely to see the results of the "derecho" we suffered last year - nearly 30 minutes of straight line winds as strong as a tornado. Mother Nature cleaned house!

White fiberglass posts indicate the trails into the property. Behind you as you face the river, beyond the prairie, is a permaculture garden full of apples, cherries, pears, honeyberries and more you are welcomed to pick when ripe.  Keep walking then head up the hill to the LEFT and you'll come to our pond, where cattails flourish. If you approach quietly you may see some ducks or a Great Blue Heron take off. 

Hammock camping is allowed at Site 2. Please note separate directions to drive to that and Site 3.  If you want total privacy, book both Site 1 and 2.  It's easy walking distance between the two. Getting to Site 3 means staying straight on the grass road until it bends to the left at the big forest of (now-fallen) trees. Within 50 feet you'll be at your site. It's the same distance to the river, but we don't have easy access to it just yet.

Our home is at the top of the hill. We might come by to say hi but will otherwise stay out of your way. Iowa City is about 25 minutes west and Davenport about 35 east. We're only 10 minutes north of Interstate 80. The best hamburgers around are at the Tipton Family Restaurant about 15 minutes east. Both West Branch and Tipton have locally-owned grocery stores we encourage you to support.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
3 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
Wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 34 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
No Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
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Have a question? Send Suzan a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

Bring your fishing license and drop a line in the river!

Hiking

75 acres of woods and prairie, as well as a 3-mile hike along the river and over fallen trees.

Paddling

If you're strong or the river is low, you may be able to paddle on it. The pond is a little small for paddling but could be fun.

Snow sports

Cross country skiing, snow shoeing and sledding available.

Swimming

Best done in the one-acre pond at the center of the property, but the river is easily accessible from Sites 1 and 2.

Wildlife watching

Deer, turkeys, pheasants, hawks, bald eagles and more. Don't be too afraid if the coyotes come out at night!

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay in Iowa.

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Hipcamper Marcia

Riverside and dog friendly

Marcia O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 1st, 2022

Gorgeous riverside spot, peaceful and private. Very thorough information about trails and access. Appreciated being trusted on our own as we were there to take space from people. Marked it on my map for a return visit

Hipcamper Christine
Christine H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 31st, 2022

Beautiful, private camping with just you and nature. We brought our dogs too and they loved it! We'd go much more often if the price was a bit lower though. Definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Randy

Tent camping on site 2

Randy J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 23rd, 2022

We tent camped on site 2. It’s right on the river. I would definitely recommend this spot. It was quiet, and even though there was a family at closest site to us which is site one, we could not hear them.
If I had one complaint it would be that there was little to no cell service there. That may be nice for some people!

Hipcamper Nathan
Nathan R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 20th, 2022

Great location, very windy however!

Hipcamper Nathaniel
Nathaniel H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 2nd, 2022

One of the best campsites I have been to. Feels secluded. The hosts are great and value your privacy.

Hipcamper Michael

Gorgeous campsite right by the rive

Michael W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 1st, 2022

Absolutely beautiful camp spot, right by the river. Great site for my tiny teardrop camper. Very clean and secluded. No lights around, clear sky and stars were beautiful. I would highly recommend a stay here. If it was closer to home, I would spend many weekends here.

Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 21st, 2022

Great place for me, my dad and 2 doggos! Don’t forget bug spray like we did.

Hipcamper Jeremy
Jeremy R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 18th, 2022

Great spot. Very secluded and peaceful.

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Hipcamper Daniel

Complete solitude

Daniel M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 7th, 2022

Tent camped for two nights at Site 2. It was the perfect stay. Beautiful, shaded spot along the river. Wonderfully secluded. The prairie was georgous, abundant with late summer wildflowers, buzzing with birds and bumblebees. We were also kept company all weekend by a juvenile and and adult bald eagle along the river. I feel this place was a hidden gem. There was a smattering of people fishing and tubing down the river, but even then it was a rare sighting, especially for a holiday weekend. Would definitely consider this spot again! Loved the setting in the prairie, and the solitude! Was looking for a close spot in the midwest to avoid the Labour Day crowds and this site hit all the marks.

Awards

Best of 2022 Iowa
Finalist
Best in 2021 Iowa
2nd place
Best of 2019 Iowa
5th place
Best of 2018 Iowa
1st place
Property
Draco Hill Farm
State
Iowa
Country
United States
$26/night
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