Camping near Rochester

Camping near Rochester puts you within a short distance of parks, rivers, and nature trails.

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The Edge

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents160 acres · Rochester, MN
This 160 acre farm used to be a sod farm, and then a Christmas tree farm. Camping provided is in the remnants of the uncut Christmas tree forest. 
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Bluff Hollow Camp on the Root River

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Stewartville, MN
The property is one of a kind. The Driftless Region starts right here in SE Minnesota. It is secluded with mature trees, beautiful bluffs, fishing, kayaking! It is a nature lovers dream!
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The Double J

5 sites · RVs, Tents71 acres · MN
Welcome to the Double J! Of the 71 acres we own, about half is tillable and the other half is woods and pastures for our horses. Within that, there is a beautiful secluded 3-acre meadow nestled down along along a beautiful 1,200 foot stretch of the Zumbro River where we have 5 spacious tent/RV campsites. While the campsites are all adjacent to each other along the river, they are each very spacious (the smallest being 100' wide and 75' deep), with some mature trees scattered around. Each sites (except Site #1) is able to accommodate up to 8 people and more than one tent or RV. There is a small meadow above all the sites where campers can play catch or other games. We provide and maintain a centrally located outhouse and keep the entire area mowed throughout the year. All sites offer great shade trees (perfectly spaced for hanging up a hammock) and access to the river - great for those hot summer days! Water activities to be enjoyed include fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and tubing (equipment not included). Some campers will drop in upstream at the Covered Bridge Park and float down to their campsite (Note there is a large log jam or two that will require portaging around). The Zumbro River, especially in the fishing hole, offers great fishing including Trout, Small-mouth, Red-horse, and an occasional Northern or Sauger. Campers are welcome to to meander out into our pasture to pet our two horses, Shiloh and Champ. Also, we are only 1.5 miles from town where you can visit Covered Bridge Park which has a Frisbee golf course and a nice play area for younger kids. Reserving adjacent sites, or all of the sites, makes for the ideal setting for a large family or group camp-out. In order to prevent overcrowding, we do reserve the right to limit number of sites, or campers per site based on overall parties/campers in the camping area. We will notify you if there are any limits prior to confirming your booking. We enjoy being able to share our property with others, and it is our desire to promote a safe, peaceful, family-friendly environment, therefore, be sure to note, we do have a NO ALCOHOL policy. PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to read the "RV Details" on the site information page as the road to the camping area may limit the type or size of RV due to a couple dips, a sharper curve, and it's steeper slope. Also, keep in mind, we reserve the right to cancel any reservations due to heavy rains or floods that may require our sites some additional time to dry out sufficiently. For updates and notice of last minute cancellations be sure to follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/DoubleJCamping Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions! We look forward to being able to serve you!
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Lionheart

3 sites · RVs, Tents36 acres · Millville, MN
Our land is a unique find with a little bit of everything. With river access, you can enjoy swimming/water activities and wind down with the wildlife sounds and campfire crackle. We have a few standup paddle boards, and river tubes available to rent and farm fresh eggs to purchase and enjoy with your morning campfire breakfast. The best on the Zumbro! Come experience life outdoors on the river :)
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Slice Of Heaven

3 sites · Lodging2 acres · Oronoco, MN
Welcome to our beautiful riverside camping retreat, where relaxation and nature await! Tucked away behind the main property at the bottom of the hill, this secluded oasis offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the surrounding landscape, with the main river flowing on the southern side of the property. Depending on water levels, you can easily access the river by foot, allowing for peaceful walks along its tranquil shores. Your accommodations include an inviting 18ft yurt equipped with four cozy cots and electricity, ensuring a comfortable night's rest surrounded by nature's tranquility. Gather around the fire pit with outpost grill for evenings filled with laughter and delicious meals cooked over an open flame. Venture out and explore the property's amenities, including a charming treehouse, yard games, swing, propane grill, and outdoor bathroom. Whether you're seeking adventure or simply craving a moment of peace and relaxation, our riverside camping retreat offers the perfect setting for your next getaway.
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Belle Creek Bluff

3 sites · Lodging, Tents28 acres · Welch, MN
Belle Creek Bluff is on 28 acres of prime land in Welch. Belle Creek runs through the middle of the property. Walk, swim, paddle, fish and explore the this beautiful spring fed trout stream. There are a number of hiking trails on the property. Bordering state lands to the east of the property provide endless exploration and hiking adventures. Hike to the top of the bluff for a spectacular view of Welch valley and the ski hill. Hiking NE along Belle Creek can you spot the old model A truck along the banks? There are eagles, falcons, finches, and many colorful birds to see.
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Prairie Creek Forest Campground

7 sites · Tents60 acres · Nerstrand, MN
Pitch your tent at one of our Walk-in campsites on 60 acres of forest or hilltop prairie along Prairie Creek in Rice County, MN. Explore the creeks, trails, forest, our enormous granite "split rock", a 60 acre county park featuring a waterfall and more trails, including a single track mountain bike course. That's 120 acres of exploring outside your tent; this campground truly offers a large amount of remote forest for recreation right on site. Big Woods State Park is less than 2 miles away. Faribault is 8 miles and Northfield is 9 miles from our driveway; they offer dining, boutiques, and all other amenities. Nerstrand is 4.5 miles east and has a gas station and a fantastic meat market. Numerous Cannon River put-ins are within 10 miles. Vehicles: Our main parking area by sites 1, 2, & 3 is easily accessible. The road to the secondary parking area beside site 4 is up a very steep hill. Kids under 16 camping with their parents do not count in pricing. Sites are priced for one tent, please let us know if you need to have more than one tent. A map of the land is in the photos and shows locations of sites, parking and more. All Sites are Walk-In! We have a cart you may use to haul gear in. Site 1 is near the creek. Approximately 200 feet from main parking area. Stone fire ring and grill grate, picnic table. Site 2 is in the pines. Approximately 200 feet from main parking area. Stone fire ring and grill grate, picnic table, this site has good hammock trees. Site 3 is by the creek. Approximately 300 feet from main parking area. Steel fire ring, steel grill ring, picnic table, this site has good hammock trees. Site 4 is on the hilltop. Approximately 150 feet from the secondary parking area Steel fire ring with grill grate, stone fire ring, picnic table, this site has good hammock trees. This site has parking very near to the site (when weather permits). This campground is managed by Stephen and Molly on land owned by them and their father Ted. In 1961, Ted's parents bought this farm. Over the years, the arable land has been sold but we retained the wooded area which is crossed twice by a stream. About 20 years ago, a 60 acre county park was created to the south and west. The property is bordered on two sides by this county park. When Ted was in high school, the family sold the dairy cows and started a bare bones horseback riding ranch using trails in these woods as riding trails. We are very excited to host campers as a way to preserve and share this beautiful property.
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Lakeside Treehouse

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Zumbro Falls, MN
Just steps away from the water you find this RV with deck overlooking the lake. Enjoy our dock to fish off of. Lakeside we have a patio and firepit for the cool nights. Outside your door is another chance to relax in the hot tub overlooking the lake too. Outside bar/kitchen area. Beautiful fall colors.
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Hidden Spring Hideaway - Glamping

1 site · Lodging25 acres · Mantorville, MN
Welcome to your private oasis, nestled in the woods. Located in southeastern Minnesota's driftless region, where you are surrounded by rolling green hills, the Zumbro River, and limestone bluffs. You can walk a half-mile to the quaint town of Mantorville (I call it the Stars Hollow of Minnesota) where you'll find a cute coffee shop, antique stores, a breakfast spot in an old school house, a park on the river, a restaurant built in the 1850s, and a saloon with drinks and live music. The property offers walking trails throughout our woods with mature trees, an array of birds, flowers, a food forest, wildcraft medicinal herbs, and the Zumbro River for guest enjoyment. If you would like a tour of our 25-acre woodland property, my father (Steve), is a tree expert, and he would gladly show you around our land. Please message me and I will arrange this for you.
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Valley Angus Farm

10 sites · RVs, Tents560 acres · Spring Valley, MN
We offer the DESIRABLE DOZEN: 1. Staying in a beautiful 1918 Farm House 2. Staying in a cool 1880 Barn Mow 3. Canoeing 4. Fishing 5. Campfires along the creek 6. Hayrides over the Oak Savannah hills and pastures on the 400 acres 7. Biking on the asphalt regional bike trails that pass through the farm 8. Hunting 9. Grilling Angus Beef raising on our farm 10. There are 400 acres for your pets to enjoy 11. Touring around on the JD Gator side by side (Like a golf Cart) 12. Hiking the trailsLearn more about this land:We have an 1880 Barn Mow you can stay in and a pine cabin too. Also, you could stay in the 1918 Farmhouse. Pitch you tent along spring fed Spring Valley Creek with your own picnic area and campfire with privacy. You are a 3 minute walk from the main farmhouse with wifi, water, electric, food, shower, and refrigerator. Hayrides, farm tours and cookouts with our home raised angus beef available. Limestone bluff tour. Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum nearby. Mystery cave 12 minutes away.
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Gilles Family Dairy & Woodland

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Houston, MN
Welcome ; Located in southeast Minnesota's Driftless region of hills, valleys, fields and forests, we are a grass based working dairy farm with over 100 acres of woodland, including an extensive trail system and campsites in our wooded acres. What makes this woodland special is it's quiet, secluded setting and over 6 miles of hiking / skiing trails. Our farmstead sits three quarter of a mile off the paved county highway on our well maintained gravel driveway. Each of our campsites are secluded from the others with their own sawdust compost toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces, and firewood. Two of our sites require 4WD with a minimum of 6 inches ground clearance to access, and two are accessible with 2WD. If you do not have 4WD we can help transport your gear while you enjoy the walk in. There are plenty of woodland birds, deer, turkeys, raccoons and squirrels sharing the woods with you. At night it is common for owls to visit the campsite area to say hello, and coyotes talking in the distance. The winding trails through 100 acres of woodland offer a variety of woodland habitats, from Old growth Maple to mixed hardwood, to dense brush, to the edges of open pastureland. Bring your fat bike or mountain bike for an enjoyable ride. For winter users there is a mix of easy, moderate, and challenging winter cross country skiing or snowshoeing / hiking on the property. However the Rock Bottom Cabin is our only heated and insulated site and is available for winter booking. Winter access is walk in only with snow on the ground or in the forecast. We can help transport gear. This property is part of a working pasture-based dairy farm and guided tours of the dairy and cattle are available when scheduling allows. Children 12 and younger are free at our campsites. No need to be counted as guests , but please let us know when requesting to book. We do not allow non-booked visitors to our campsites due to the secluded, remote location, and accessibility.
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Gossman Goat Grazing Ranch

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents42 acres · Preston, MN
We have a lovely piece of property to come enjoy a getaway at. We enjoy all of the peace and quiet around here. The night sky is unbeatable in my eyes. We have a small hobby farm with lots of very tame animals. We have 42 acres to roams with lots of trails within the woods that are filled with aged oak trees and many young maple trees. Our property is filled with lots of wild flowers and wildlife. We are locate 3 miles from the root river if you enjoy fishing or going for a float down the river. There are two caves in our area that are a must see while you are visiting. I you like to hike there is a state park 14 minutes from us that have many miles of hiking trails and horse trails. If you are more the small town strolling type of person we have lots of small towns around us that are filled with shops and lots of great food! There is a large system of bike trails in our area that make a very fun way to check out some of the small towns. If you have a family with kids we have a lot of fun activities you can do with your kids, like spending time with the goats, chickens and ducks, playing on our playground, or taking a nice walk through the woods looking for fossils!
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Camping near Rochester guide

Overview

Southern Minnesota is ripe with opportunity for campers and city visitors alike, where Rochester offers wooded areas, fresh rivers, trail systems, and plenty of elbow room just north of the border with Iowa. Wildlife is prevalent, and birdwatchers can catch glimpses of many species along the Zumbro River and the 80 miles of connected trails frequented by hikers, bikers, and runners. While the Quarry Hill Trails are among the favorites, Silver Lake has wonderful walking paths and bike rentals, while Fox Trails Park is ideal for walking solo or with a dog. RV parks and campgrounds are easy to find on the town’s outskirts and at nearby hot spots like Lake Pepin and Whitewater State Park.

Where to go

Whitewater State Park

About 30 minutes south of Rochester, scenic Whitewater State Park is known for its limestone bluffs, trout fishing, and hiking trails. Visitors can camp in the park's campgrounds and head out for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. The Whitewater Wildlife Management Area also provides opportunities for hunting and nature exploration.

Chester Woods Park:

Situated about 20 minutes southeast of Rochester, Chester Woods Park is a beautiful county park with camping facilities, hiking trails, and a lake for fishing and boating.

Lake Pepin

Located about 1.5 hours southeast of Rochester, Lake Pepin is all about water activities such as boating, fishing, and sailing. Visitors can find camping options in nearby campgrounds to take in stellar views of the lake.

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

One hour’s drive south of Rochester, this park offers camping facilities and guided tours of the famed Mystery Cave. Visitors can explore the park's historic buildings, hike the trails, and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Myre-Big Island State Park

Located about 30 minutes west of Rochester, Myre-Big Island State Park offers camping facilities and recreational activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and fishing. The park also has a golf course and archery range for extra fun.

When to go

Visiting Rochester is fun throughout the entire year with outdoor activities varying by season. Summer is the busiest season and for good reason—June through September offers great weather when RV parks and campgrounds are all open. Hiking, biking, and watersports are best during the summer and fall months as well. Experiencing the art centers, museums, and historic sites of the Rochester area can be done even in winter, when the town decorates and celebrates the holiday season. Snowshoe and cross country ski trails are excellent for snowy escapes, and the town embraces winter sports like hockey and ice skating too.

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