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Additional sites adjacent to Goatland. Same description.

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 th


Additional sites adjacent to Goatland. Same description.

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. (We are vaccinated.) If you have kids under about 13, book site 1 on my other listing. If you’d like to camp near the pond, book on this listing.

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 fruits 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.

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.

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.

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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
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 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


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Hipcamper Catherine
Catherine E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
April 4th, 2021

The property is gorgeous ! And the hosts are so kind!

Hipcamper Rachel

Definitely go

Rachel C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 12th, 2021

This is a great weekend getaway for young couples or families with older (respectful) kids. The hosts were amazing, Naimhe showed us her property when we got there and then let us do our own thing. We stayed in the Goatland 2 enclosure by the creek and it was beautiful but extremely windy. Make sure you read the full description and are prepared to walk a long distance with gates to the car and bathroom. We had to put our tent down during the day when we left and cooking on an open flame was difficult. The goats stay in their own enclosure and are extremely excited to see you, they will jump so be careful. The sheep roam free during the day and are mostly skiddish but Dolly and Clyde were always ready for pets. There are a few cows, Grace the donkey, and some peafowl. You do need to remember you're on a farm where animals eat and poop so bring hiking shoes- flip flops are ok by the tent but no where else. There are a few things to do within 30 minutes and Pancho & Lefty's Outlaw Grill was delicious. Overall a great and relaxing experience.

Hipcamper David

Great experience

David N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 18th, 2021

Staying at Goatland was a fantastic experience! The host, Naimhe is a funny and kind person. Great place to enjoy the beauty of nature and get place to escape the city. My Boyfriend and I truly felt comfortable with the whole experience and hope to go back for another family get-away.

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Hipcamper Tammy A.
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(Site 2)
June 1st, 2021
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