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Grove On Top Possum Hill

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· Worden, Illinois
4 acres
4 sites
4 Tent
The Legend of Possum Hill is an old one. Most likely named thus even before the settlers arived in St. Louis. Before the great expansion west and before the Gateway Arch graced the sky. Wild was the west and animals roamed at will never having seen a man. The acient Indian tribe of Cahokia once had its own travelers who left their mounded cities of pyramids to explore and hunt for new adventure. It was on one of these travels a great storm arose from the spring sky bringing ice down from the heavens. The Indian party was hard pressed to find shelter from such turbulent winds, rain and it was even claimed they witnessed some snow blended in as well well! This particular spring the waters had risen quite high . With this latest storm the creeks and rivers were rushing over their banks. The Indians knew they had to find high ground. They knew they would only be safe in a shelter high enough the raging waters could not breach. Just when they were giving up hope for a suitable place they passed through a low lands grove treading through ankle deep waters when the land started to rise. And rise it did! Up they went up a steep climb and as they crested they found a large grove of hickories, Sycamore and Oak trees. The Indians prized such trees for their strong hard wood and towering hight. They found safety within them and upon chance several hollows in the ancient trees and quickly sheltered themselves in pairs. They weathered until the suns golden rays stretched accross the small pond. In one hollow a young Indian stirred and and he and his companion left their shelter. Reaching back into the tree they grabbed their packs and found hidden behind them, a family of possums who also hIad hid from the storm. Upon return to Cahokia the young Indian told of their travels and remembering the sheltering family of marsupials, he named the place in their honnor because they shared their shelter. And that is the Legend of Possum Hill. Learn more about this land: 4 acres with scattered hickory and oak trees with a small fruit orchard in front of an acre size pond. Plenty of space to have a private camp site and enjoy the sounds of nature. Have a sit by the pond or relax in the shade. The evening could be spent grilling or sitting around the fire ring. Perfect for travelers just wishing for a place to stay while an event is in town or just a place to rest their head on the way through. 16 mies from SIUE and Edwardsvile 45 minutes from most of St. Louis. Far enough out in the country but close enough to the city to not miss out on the fun.
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Worden, Illinois, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Karmen C.Joined in April 2018
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131 ratings · 100 reviews
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John D.
December 6, 2022
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
The owner was helpful when we arrived and even got our campfire started. The site looking over the pond is lovely. It was difficult to find the site after dark. Having a flush toilet available was why we selected the site. When the owners left at 630am the bathroom was no longer available. Perhaps some sort of out door facilities or 24 hour bathroom option would make this place great.
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Oliver C.recommends
November 11, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Great place for tent camping at a great price. Has a nice fire ring and picnic table as well. Would highly recommend.
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Emily H.recommends
September 28, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
The host was very helpful and accommodated me last minute super late at night when I was in need.
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Jonathan R.recommends
September 21, 2022
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Perfect quiet spot for camping. Great little pond. Everything was perfect.
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Josh B.recommends
September 6, 2022
Site 3 - Contryside Escape
Ron is the bee's knees 🐝
Karmen's dad, Ron was incredibly accommodating, even staying up late to greet us as we arrived shortly before midnight. This proved to be a great spot to stop for a quick rest and a shower before hitting the road for the next leg of our trip to New Orleans. Thanks Ron and Karmen!
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Ada K.doesn't recommend
September 5, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Non reachable
They got the money and never cared to get back to missed calls of their guests. We booked this olace and we arrived there late. It was impossible to find it, and I understand that she had written it in the instructions. They could have put some signs to show where is the camping place, there was no clue at all. We went to the address and turned back without using that place at all. Very lost place…. I called her twice, and she never turned back to even ask what happened with our stay. Money went to trash!
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Ryan T.recommends
September 1, 2022
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
This was a wonderful stay. With the trees, the pond, and the soft grass to put my tent on it was great. I got there pretty late so Karmen had gone to bed, but she made arrangements to have someone answer any questions I had and to walk me through where the site was. Super helpful. Can’t recommend this place enough. It was fantastic.
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Emily S.recommends
August 25, 2022
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Karmen and Ron were wonderful hosts. Was a fantastic first time camping with our kid.
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Andria S.recommends
July 15, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Very clean, nice hosts and lots of space. Close to St. Louis.
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Nick M.recommends
June 23, 2022
Site 4 - Contryside Escape
Quick response, super easy and beautiful spot!
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Savanna C.recommends
June 22, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Nice camp spot with friendly hosts.
Ron was super kind and super helpful. The camp was very clean and well manicured. The camp bathroom is inside their home, so be mindful of that. Very hospitable — would recommend as a quick, comfortable spot to camp for the night.
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Catherine C.recommends
June 20, 2022
Site 3 - Contryside Escape
Karmen and her dad, Ron, were a treat. I arrived pretty close to dusk and Ron met me at my site with a wheelbarrow of wood, kindling, and a lighter. He offered to build my fire for me while I pitched my tent. Lightning bugs had the trees lit up like Christmas. Gorgeous site, great hosts, would definitely stay again.
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Aubrey L.recommends
June 8, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Camping by a pond
We had an amazing stay! The spot was beautiful and the cats were so sweet. The hosts also provided wonderful directions and good conversation :)
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Jorge H.recommends
May 29, 2022
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
The host were very friendly and helpful.
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Moksh S.recommends
May 29, 2022
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
I loved camping on Karmen's place. There are multiple sites on the property around a pond. We chose the one closest to the house for easy restroom access. It's the same for any site and others are more private. Ron was very nice at welcoming and provided lots of wood and a grate for us. There are more than 10 cats. One is very friendly and visits campsite regularly. There are ducks in the pond. Sound of rooster wakes you in the morning. Sunrise is decently beautiful. There is enough space to place frisbee or something similar.
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David B.recommends
April 30, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Camping was very quite and the people were very very friendly and helpful
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Tessa R.recommends
April 29, 2022
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Karmen and his dad were the sweetest hosts. It was a very quiet and relaxing camp despite it being closer to the road. We loved waking up and listening to the birds!
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Todd W.recommends
April 24, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Really nice place to camp
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Kristina B.recommends
April 18, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Beautiful camping pond side
Tent camping a good. There’s a beautiful pond. So nice to have a real bathroom to use while roughing it!!
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Bri K.recommends
February 15, 2022
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Ron and everyone was so accommodating!
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Joe M.recommends
December 4, 2021
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Perfect night of camping.
I had a great stay at Countryside Escape. I was met by the owner upon arrival and and he was very friendly and accommodating. It was a perfect spot for what turned out to be perfect camping weather.
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Brandi O.recommends
November 18, 2021
Site 3 - Contryside Escape
Very Peaceful
Karmen and her family were very accommodating and kind. We arrived much later than planned, and they were still there to meet us and make sure that we were all settled for the night. It’s a peaceful property on a beautiful road. I highly recommend the stay.
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Gia F.recommends
October 17, 2021
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Karmen and her dad, Ron were super! Ron helped us find the site and brought the fire wood to our site for us. The location is super quiet and a great place to stay!
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Olivia B.recommends
October 11, 2021
Site 3 - Contryside Escape
We booked this site super last minute & arrived really late at night, but Karmen and Ron were SO helpful! They quickly responded to my messages and met us outside when we got there even though it was so late! The property was beautiful & peaceful and there was plenty of flat ground to set up camp. We were able to drive our car right up to the site and Ron was so helpful & friendly!! Would absolutely stay again!!!
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Emily K.recommends
October 4, 2021
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Nice stay!
Great little stop! Very accomodating and friendly hosts.
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Michael W.
October 4, 2021
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
We had a great night at country side Escape althought it. Was one night it was accomodating the use of the bathroom was a. Plus
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Fuazuon S.recommends
September 26, 2021
Site 4 - Contryside Escape
Was a great place to visit. Very helpful and friendly. I will stay again.
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Nick R.recommends
September 25, 2021
Site 3 - Contryside Escape
Peaceful spot by the pond, next closest site wasn’t even visible to us through the trees so it didn’t feel as crowded as most “official” campgrounds. Ron was very helpful, one of our tent poles was broken and he helped us with a temporary fix.
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Emma O.recommends
September 24, 2021
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Ron was super helpful! Cozy little property. Felt safe and welcomed! 10/10!
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Camila V.recommends
September 12, 2021
Site 3 - Contryside Escape
Friendly and hospitable!
Such a lovely property to camp on. Karmen and Ron were very friendly and helpful. They were very communicative which I appreciated and it was very easy to find the place with their directions. They even provided a flashlight for me to borrow when asked. It was also very nice to be able to use the shower and toilet in their home. It felt like camping but with the ammenities of being able to wash and clean yourself in a proper restroom. Really grateful for their hospitality.
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