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It's not a huge place, but the goats, sheep, cattle, and a very bossy donkey will keep you company as you bake in the sun, or read under a tree by the creek. Hwy access but far enough from that, and in most cases the house, to afford privacy.

You'll save us both time and potential aggravation if you read the entire description below.

I have several locations for

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It's not a huge place, but the goats, sheep, cattle, and a very bossy donkey will keep you company as you bake in the sun, or read under a tree by the creek. Hwy access but far enough from that, and in most cases the house, to afford privacy.

You'll save us both time and potential aggravation if you read the entire description below.

I have several locations for campers based upon multiple factors like weather, phase of hay growth, whether you have kids, want sun or shade, or animals in your space. Due to COVID I am limiting the number of people  - there is only one bathroom. 

SITE 1 is best for people with pre-teen kids. Adult only groups can also camp there, but it's the best place for children due to proximity to the bathroom, less travel in the dark, and normally there aren't animals pastured there when there are campers scheduled. To camp near the pond, book your reservation on my other listing, Goatland II.

I get some odd comments, and a lot of repetitive questions, so here's a list of answers to common questions, and replies to oddball comments that may help you decide if this is the place for you:

This is a farm, not a campground. There are no "sites" per se. There are spots I like, and that others have liked. I point those out, but you can camp wherever you wish as long as it isn't my house yard. Anywhere you choose to camp will, at some time, have livestock on it. Do not leave stuff on the ground that they may eat a month after you leave.

You'll want to arrive before sunset unless you're adept at setting up in the dark. This is a farm; we don't have street lights.

Unless you have kids, or camp in the kid area when there aren't any kids, you will open and close one or two gates. You will walk 2-3 minutes (100-200 yards) to get to where you're camping, you may cross the creek to get there (there is a crossing). You're welcome to use my wheelbarrow, but you cannot drive your vehicle through my pastures. 

Bring a battery operated mattress inflater unless you plan to carry an inflated mattress 200 yards from the shop to a campsite over uneven ground, and through a gate or two. Again, not a campground.

No, you can't park your RV in my yard, and connect to my electricity.

The picnic table is not an amenity, it's a goat toy. You may use it, but it stays in the goat pasture, and I'd rather you not move it around as I don't want goats eating my trees because you wanted to sit in the shade, and didn't bring a chair.

We have dirt here, and poop, and sometimes there's mud in places. The grass is sometimes patchy, and it has weeds. Not to belabor the point, but this is a farm. Depending upon the weather there may be flies, or gnats, or bitey asian ladybugs. I have no control over this. Plan accordingly.

There are trash cans and a recycle bin in the shop where the bathroom is. Please use them.

Yes, you can burn, but don't haul rocks around setting up fire pits. Again, this is a farm and your cute little fire spot is my livestock's buffet area. I will provide wood for you so you don't bring borers in to destroy my fruit trees. If we're in drought or the wind is high, do not burn. I'm responsible if you set fire to my neighbor's fields or buildings. If you camp with cows do not burn. The bull has recently started yelling at campfires (and cold former campfires). I can't tell if he's excited or upset so let's just avoid the excitement, shall we?

No, you cannot reserve one site for 6 people with 3 tents.

The bathroom is located in a shop in which work is done. The shop is not a play area. Also, shut the door behind you.

The pond is about 8 feet deep. It's spring fed so it's really cold. I don't care if you get in it, but if you bring kids, watch them every single minute they're in the water.

I don't do this to make a living - obviously. I do this because a lot of people don't have the opportunity to get into the country, pet a goat, donkey, cow or sheep, and see where their food comes from. Also your attention helps to keep my animals socialized which makes them easier to handle, but it's not a petting zoo, and not everyone will want you to touch them. Respect their space, and always respect the bull.

I will let you know if there's butchering planned for the days you'd like to camp. If you're sensitive to such things avoid the barn lot as there are usually decapitated heads there which I process for resale.

A note for people with children. This is a working farm, not a KOA or petting zoo. There are large animals here, and water at a depth for drowning. While my livestock is all relatively tame, there is always a risk of injury - to your kids and my animals.  I provide instruction with each new arrival, but you and your children need to follow it. Also keep in mind we live here, and keep the screaming to a minimum. If you're going to bring your kids, you need to supervise them at all times, or I will limit campers to adults only.

We're happy to have you visit, to answer any questions you may have, and to introduce you to the animals. We mind our own business unless you need something. If you require a lot of attention, manicured lawns, electrical service at your site, a grill at your disposal, and parking at your tent, you probably wouldn't be happy here.

Reasonable driving distance to Le-Aqua-Na, Apple River Canyon, Cadiz Springs, Pecatonica Forest Preserve, and Head Gates Park. About an hour from the Mississippi to the southwest, & Galena to the west.

Pagans & LGBTQ welcome.

Lambs and kids are born in March and April. Most are gone, or mature enough to be less fun, by early August. Due to a buck malfunction kids will be born late June/early July 2021. If you're sensitive to goo don't come then. If you do come then, don't chase the goats.

Please note that one booking is one tent. I have it set for 4 people per site; if your party is larger than that, send me a message. Book for all of the people in your party. They're going to be in my bathroom even if they're small. Contact me for clarification, any inquiries, or questions.

I have a second listing - same farm. It helps me keep people separated so they have privacy. This listing is the house side of the property, the other listing is the pond side.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No picnic table
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Jazz

Baby goat cuddles!

Jazz S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 25th, 2020

Such a phenomenal experience! Naimhe was friendly and truly has an amazing place that is a joy to visit. There were 4 of us, and we all got to cuddle goats, a dog, and a donkey (and saw much else)! She was flexible and kind when i messed up the booking (silly me) and even though it had rained a lot, she pointed us out to a great spot that was perfect to camp on. Cannot recommend goat land enough and we are all already planning our next visit!

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Hipcamper Shawn

Camping + goats = joy

Shawn B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 7th, 2020

I made a lovely camping film about this experience, enjoy: https://youtu.be/vcJTWEAEmwQ

This was a lovely experience.

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Hipcamper Naimhe Jeanne
Response from Naimhe Jeanne, the Host, on June 7th, 2020

Shawn and his kids were excellent guests, and his video is just beautiful.

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Hipcamper Julie

Wonderful animal filled getaway

Julie B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 12th, 2020

So many animals on the premise and they're all friendly was really great. Nice bathroom with shower provided. Firewood too. Great host, really loves the animals. Lots of bugs so be prepared.

Hipcamper Jennifer

Wonderful retreat to commune with a

Jennifer G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 14th, 2020

We had the most wonderful time on your farm, Naimhe. The animals did so much to uplift our spirits, and you were the most gracious hostess. We had everything we needed and we were able to make ourselves right at home. The kids are wanting to visit again to connect with the animals again.

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Juliana J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 17th, 2020

We had an absolutely magical time for my sons birthday eve. We camped in the same paddock as cows, sheep and a very friendly donkey. Each animal visited the tent to check it out, and we had free access to the goat paddock who were just as friendly as Grace the donkey. My only suggestion is to bring a cart with hefty wheels because its a good walk to the car but there were easier spots to pick. We were even able to have our bonfire with the animals around.

Hipcamper Adam
Adam M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 19th, 2020

We had a wonderful time at Naimhe's farm. She offered us the freedom to explore and visit with the animals as we pleased. It is a beautiful property with great views of the hilly landscape and open fields. I would come back here for sure.

Hipcamper Lynsie
Lynsie N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 1st, 2020

Staying at Goatland was wonderful. Jeanne was a great host. She gave us a full tour and then we were welcome to wander the property, chill with the animals, and enjoy cooling off in a nice little crick bottom. My daughter LOVED all the animals. The goats, sheep, cows, and chickens were a lot of fun. The cemetery adjacent to the property was really interesting as well. We will for sure be back. It was a great way for us city girls to get out out of town and enjoy camping safely during the pandemic.

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Hipcamper Kevin

A fantastic spot to camp!

Kevin C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 2nd, 2020

Jeanne was a wonderful host to my 6 year old son and I. She has a ton of friendly animals and the property has everything you need (shade, creek, firewood, privacy...Jeanne was very helpful but gave us our space and only saw her when we needed her.
I’d come back again and would recommend to families who want to try camping (but have the benefits of a toilet/sink/electricity as needed...)

Hipcamper Tomas

An awesome farm!

Tomas G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 4th, 2020

Jeanne is a great host. The site was amazing as advertised. Private campsite was provided. Restrooms and shower were very close. Firewood was provided with no extra cost. Our daughter enjoyed playing with and feeding the goats, donkey and other farm animals!

Awards

Best in 2021 Illinois
Finalist
Property
Goatland
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$35/night
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