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--SITE INFO-- This site has a picnic table, a spool 'table', and extra logs for seating. There is a fire pit with a grate that you can use to cook over. There is plenty of space to pitch up to three tents in this area, so it can accommodate groups o


*** Please read ALL info before sending messages/booking requests. Most FAQ can be answered in the descriptions below ***

--SITE INFO-- This site has a picnic table, a spool 'table', and extra logs for seating. There is a fire pit with a grate that you can use to cook over. There is plenty of space to pitch up to three tents in this area, so it can accommodate groups of up to 6 people. In addition to tenting space, a great feature of this site is the fact that there are plenty of ideal places to string up hammocks. Enclosed by sturdy apple trees, this site is tucked away in the back corner of the old orchard. Come hang here for a weekend!

--ABOUT CSC-- The CSC land project lies adjacent to the private residential community of Stelle (Google search Stelle Community). Located about a 1.5 hours drive south from Chicago, it has for years been an attractive destination for stargazers, permaculturists, and folks from the community looking to enjoy a little oasis of green amongst the rural Illinois cornfields. Midwest Permaculture is located in Stelle and is guiding the ongoing permaculture design of CSC's 8.7 acres (Google search Midwest Permaculture).

--LOCATION INFO-- Once you get off the highway, you will be driving in seemingly the middle of nowhere. We promise, you are in the right place! The road will take you through stretches of corn and soybean fields, and as you approach Stelle you will be driving through the Kelly Creek Wind Farm. There is a map of pathways and sites in this listing's photos. A detailed explanation of where to park and how to get to your site will be in your arrival instructions. 

Note that Stelle is a private community, and access is by resident invitation only. If you need anything don't hesitate to contact us through the app for assistance.

The CSC land project borders an organic livestock farm (Mint Creek Farm) on the south edge, so sometimes, if the animals are nearby, you can hear the sound of sheep, chickens and cows.

--TOILET INFO-- A very short distance from your tent site is a well-maintained composting toilet we retrofitted into a former "porta-potty" structure. The toilet is tucked into the trees on the east side of the orchard, just off of the main driveway. There are instructions inside on how to use it. It’s extremely simple to use, and for all practical purposes it is odor free when used properly. It is sanitized between guests. 

--PET POLICY-- We do allow well-behaved pets, but we ask that you keep them on a leash, and clean up after them promptly. We want to ensure the site stays clean and comfortable for future guests.

--GARBAGE DISPOSAL INFO-- On the south side of the green building you parked at, you will find three designated containers for waste disposal. The yellow container is for compostables (Food scraps, non-glossy paper products), the blue container is for recyclables (Glass, aluminum, plastics), and the taller bin is for any other trash.

--BOOKING COSTS-- The tent site is $35 dollars a night to book for up to 2 guests on weekends. There is a $10 fee per night per additional guest (Children under 10 are free, so no need to add them as additional guests.) Weekday booking costs are reduced to $30/night.

--ADD ONS-- There is no water setup on site, so you should supply your own drinking water. We'll have several gallons of water for you in a container for washing dishes, faces and hands. The site comes with a complimentary container of firewood each night which you can refill from the nearby wood pile.

Upon request we also offer tours of the CSC land project. The tour will cover the thought process behind the project, the permaculture design of the project elements, the history and succession of the property. If you would like a tour during your stay please let us know.

We propagate and sell a variety of our favorite perennial plants that we cultivate on the CSC land. Ask if you are interested in purchasing plants!

--ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION-- Cell service at this location is limited. Usually Verizon has has the best luck with coverage, but it is not unusual for all carriers to have patchy service in this area.

We do have some goats that are housed on the CSC land property. They are friendly, but be careful of the electric fence that they are contained by. We ask that you don't allow children inside or around the fence.

In the southwest corner of the CSC land project there is an old bridge spanning the creek. It is roped off, as It is unsound and we prohibit guests from using it. To go back and forth from the pond area to the orchard area please use the road instead.

--ATTRACTIONS AND NEARBY ACTIVITIES-- Since we are far enough from Chicago to escape light pollution from the city, the stars here are on full display and absolutely gorgeous. We actually have hosted astronomer excursions here for years, so we suggest you bring your telescopes!

Our small pond is a hit amongst the kids for catch and release fishing. Just be mindful, there is a snapping turtle that resides there. It usually stays in the pond but watch your step. :-)

The straight, paved, quiet country roads around Stelle are great for bicyclists and joggers, but if you feel like taking a drive we are about 30 minutes from the Kankakee River Trail which is also great for biking. We are also about 35 minutes from the Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve, which is a gorgeous spot for trail walking and wildlife observation.

The nearest town is Herscher, which is about 15 minutes from Stelle. There you can find a small grocery store, restaurant, and gas station. 30 minutes away in Kankakee there is a weekly farmer's market, movie theatre, and shopping district. However, it is also great to just unwind here in the peaceful quiet by the campfire.

We would love to have you come and stay. CSC is dedicated to providing educational experiences that awaken/deepen our connections to nature and our fellow people--our hope is that this land will spark and support that greater connection in others. Please check out our website at centerforsustainablecommunity.com for our events/workshop schedule. 

Cheers... The Folks at CSC 

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
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  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 15 months out

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Hipcamper Reyna

Truly a haven

Reyna P.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2022

Hammock Haven was such a lovely spot! Shady, quiet, and all of the essentials for a quick nature getaway from the city.

Hipcamper Maria

Lookout below! falling apples!

Maria Z.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2022

Great campsite. Our tent was pelted with apples falling from the trees all night long but that was just part of the fun!

Roasting hot dogs on the grate over the fire. Miles and miles of farmland in every direction
Hipcamper Sally
Sally H.
recommends this listing.
August 10th, 2022

Sweet, rustic spot. Waking up to the sound of happy goats and singing insects made my heart happy.

Hipcamper Sarah

Wonderful country camping

Sarah D.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2022

We had a great weekend getaway. I counted at least 10 spots to hang a hammock, but I camped in a 2 person backpacking tent. Definitely want to keep shoes on, as the trees are all apples trees so there are apples falling. It didn’t bother me at all though! The paths are mowed grass, rec covered toes while exploring. The composting toilet has a light on the outside, bring your headlamp at night. My dog also had a great time.

NEARBY CAMPSITES: There was someone at the other camp site my first night, and someone at the earth shelter my second night. They are close but as long as you are being respectful it is fine. Both of my neighbors were quiet and I was when I wasn’t using a small Bluetooth speaker. You can hear the other sites, more or less depending on the nature noise. The sight lines are pretty good, i.e. you can see a bit of the other tent site.

EXPLORING THE LAND: If you explore the rest of the land, you do cross over the bridge/road, up past the goats, unless you want to cross the creek but it was pretty grown up. The goats are so friendly! Watch out for the fence! After the bridge, there’s a cute green building, with the plants for sale behind it. Lots of wildflowers! From my site the willow trees are kind of an indicator of where the earth shelter and pond are.

ADA NOTE: I bet a very sturdy wheelchair could access this site, weather permitting, other tent site might be better.

Camp setup in the evening.We had so much fun!Camp setupCountry Roads take me home…
Hipcamper Austin

A primitive feel outside the forest

Austin D.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2022

My stay was great! The hosts were very accommodating, kind, and responsive. The spot was pretty amazing, it wasn't truly primitive but it was a lot more primitive than most Hipcamps — I would highly recommend it to those who prefer backpacking sites or primitive camping but just want a weekend escape. Thank you so much for the awesome stay, y'all! I plan to be back sometime during another "emergency camping trip" :)

Hipcamper Monet

Felt safe

Monet C.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2022

Really kind people, met me at road and let me in even though my GPS gave me a much earlier arrival time than i got there. Nice enough site, private and ai felt safe.

Hipcamper Allegra
Allegra P.
recommends this listing.
July 4th, 2022

The site was well kept and you could tell that love and care was put into every part. Really enjoyed the composting toilets and the sound of sheep in the distance. Will definitely be staying again!

Lots of quality firewood available (we got upgraded to the cabin site after a cancellation)
Hipcamper Susan

No car sounds, natural nature

Susan A.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2022

My favorite hipcamp camping experience so far. I heard zero sounds of cars and lots of bird sounds. The natural element here was so refreshing since it is on a permaculture site, so it is a land project that the hosts are trying to rebuild in the precolonial ways. We had a tour which was really cool and even bought a couple plants to take home. The composting toilet is amazing, not only does it not stink, it also actually smells good (like pine trees). The ground is so soft for sleeping on and the trees were perfect for our hammock. Easy to build a fire. Mostly though just a deeply peaceful and completely un-scary place to reset after living in the city.

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Hipcamper CSC
Response from CSC, the Host, on June 6th, 2022

Thanks Susan! We hope the bullfrogs in the pond weren't too noisy! Please visit us again!

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Hipcamper Steven
Steven S.
recommends this listing.
October 17th, 2021

Very calm and peaceful environment, owners couldn’t have been nicer, all around great experience!! Definitely plan on coming back soon

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