Hipcamp host Art T.,
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A while back two artists bought the remaining acreage and buildings from a northern Minnesota dairy farm. Lisa the painter and Art the metal smith always enjoy sharing their beautiful piece of the planet with friends. Welcome to Blue Pony Acres. We want to share the beauty we experience every day with you. Leave your cubicle and the city life for a short respite in the north

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A while back two artists bought the remaining acreage and buildings from a northern Minnesota dairy farm. Lisa the painter and Art the metal smith always enjoy sharing their beautiful piece of the planet with friends. Welcome to Blue Pony Acres. We want to share the beauty we experience every day with you. Leave your cubicle and the city life for a short respite in the north woods. Bring your kids, your dog, camera, canoe, kayaks, and bikes. Pitch a tent or swing a hammock in mature pines and hardwoods. Enjoy your campfire while you hear the stars sing, watch the northern lights dance and count the shooting stars. On a clear night you might see satellites pass overhead. Lay your sleeping bag on the ground, snuggle in with hot chocolate and smores and watch the night light show in comfort.

After a long day of hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing or photography enjoy a warm outdoor shower and cook in your private campfire. Exercise and walk your leashed dog in the state land adjacent to your campsite. The firewood is free! A private composting toilet.

We have two campsites “carved out” of the tall pines, however you are welcome to pitch a tent closer to your campfire if you like.

We are 3.5 hours north of Minneapolis, MN., and one hour north of Duluth, MN. The Saint Louis River carry in landing is only 3.2 miles from your site. A 5 mile drive gets you to the Mesabi Trial, over 160 miles of paved hiking and biking trail stretching from the Mississippi River on the west almost to the boundary waters and Ely, MN on the east. Local lakes within a few minute drive have public landings for boat launch and canoe carry in for your boating and fishing enjoyment. The famous Sax-Zim Bog is within a half hour drive and a great place for photographing wildlife, and they have an interpretive center and very nice volunteers to help you identify wildlife. We’re about 5 miles south of the United Sates Hockey Hall of Fame; a great day trip for you and your sports minded children. A few miles further and you’re outside the doors of the Natural Harvest Food Co-op; a great shop for organic foods. Get local fresh food for your evening meal.

We invite you to join us. Bring your camping gear, including camp cook stove (sometimes we’re under a fire ban). Ask your dog to bring it’s leash, yes we have a leash law. Warm clothes and light clothing as the weather changes. Rain gear. Your favorite bug repellent. Good hiking boots. Don’t forget bikes, canoes, kayaks, cameras, fishing gear. Come to unplug, unwind and enjoy the clean air and sweet smell of the north woods. You might drive in and smell a smoker curing a pork loin or two pineapple chickens. Maybe it’s roasted veggies on the grill for our vegetarian and vegan friends. You never can tell...you might be invited to join us, but...if you can overcome the food temptation you can retire to your site and enjoy the solitude.

Come on up North!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
3 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Art a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)

A State run OHV park is 8 miles from the campsite

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Blue Pony Acres in Minnesota.

Lake

Numerous lakes with a short drive or bike ride

Field

Pasture land is next to the camp sites

River, stream, or creek

The St. Louis River in near the camp site

Swimming hole

Many swimming sites are within driving distance

Farm

Campsites are located at a former dairy farm

Forest

Places to see near Blue Pony Acres

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Hipcamper Suzy
Suzy S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 8th, 2021

This place was just what we were looking for! A really cute, well kept site not too far from the North Shore (1.5 hour drive). Great hosts and a really comfortable space. Would recommend!

Hipcamper Shelby
Shelby H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 29th, 2021

Blue Pony Acres is a lovely stay! I stayed for a quick stop-over on the way further north, and it was wonderful. Dry firewood, fresh drinking water, and a composting toilet were all great amenities before going into the backcountry! Art and Lisa were such warm and welcoming hosts, and my heart is fully invested in the vision that they have for Blue Pony Acres! I will certainly be back :)

Hipcamper Morgan
Morgan T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 20th, 2021

Art’s place is exactly what I needed on my way to Voyageurs NP! I was arriving after dark, so Art went out to greet me and show me to my spot and where to park. Nestled amongst the pines, it was perfectly secluded, despite being relatively close to the house. There’s a compost toilet and an outdoor table

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on September 21st, 2021

Thanks for your kind review. Join us again when you're passing through!

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Hipcamper Tanner
Tanner G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 20th, 2021

Art is the best, the most humble and outgoing and kind hearted guy, you need to stay here!
Also Mae the horse is a sweetheart

Hipcamper Pablo
Pablo L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 8th, 2021

Great host. It was nice to have some dry firewood provided with the site. Art was very helpful in making my stay enjoyable.. i would go again.

Hipcamper Gregory

Great place to stay

Gregory S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 6th, 2021

Blue Pony Acres is a wonderful place to stay. Art is a gracious and welcoming host. Art provided excellent local activity locations, and speaking to Art and Lisa during the stay about the local area and history was a great experience. The area is somewhat rural, yet less than a 15 minute drive to nearby stores and restaurants. We will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Harlee

Great getaway

Harlee H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 6th, 2021

Me and my family stayed at Art's campsite for a spontaneous labor day weekend trip. Art was one of the most kind hosts I've ever met. He met us when we got there and showed us around and was very personable and made sure to let us know he would be around if we had any questions or concerns about the site itself or the famous "pootorium". All in all was a great place to get away and enjoy nature.

Hipcamper DAKOTA

Awesome campsite!

Dakota S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 6th, 2021

Great place to stay! Art was an awesome host. Our kids loved the horse May!

Hipcamper Izzy

Five stars

Izzy M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 2nd, 2021

So nice we stayed here twice! Art is the best! We can’t wait to come again soon.

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Awards

Best in 2021 Minnesota
Finalist
Property
Blue Pony Acres
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$30/night
3 Sites