Hipcamp host Meredith G.,
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Welcome to our farm. you may walk or drive down to a private, wooded location near the creek. Horses may be roaming free around your site, if they are pestering you, a simple wave of a plastic bag or tarp will shoo them away. If you want a horse ride please inquire while making your hipcamp reservation.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, RVs
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 45ft
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Meredith a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 86%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at private creek site in Illinois.

Field
River, stream, or...
Farm

18 Reviews

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Hipcamper Kevin

Quiet, cool, convenient

Kevin P.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2021

Meredith’s place is great, and I highly recommend it. The spaces for camping are quiet, private (away from the main buildings), and appropriately close to the bathroom. She also offers access to potable water. The fire pit has picnic tables and even a couple of folding chairs. The horses and the train are a pretty cool touch, too. We also appreciate Meredith’s “leave everything better” message; we should all try our very best to camp by it.

All in all, we had a great time and will likely come back.

Hipcamper Melissa

Creek play

Melissa R.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2021

My kids loved the creek. So much exploring to do!

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Hipcamper Jennifer

A magical time with the horses

Jennifer M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 8th, 2021

I'm so glad we stayed here because camping at a horse farm is a unique experience! I am grateful for the beautiful and powerful images of the horses at dusk and dawn around our tent. These are memories I will always cherish and I don't know where else I could have experienced this!

Things we learned that might be helpful to know:

1. There is a footbridge just before the campsite with two picnic tables and a fire ring. We decided it might not be a good idea to drive a big SUV over the bridge. So, we ended up hauling our stuff on foot over the bridge. Smaller cars could definitely drive over. It's fun to watch the 15-30 horses come over the footbridge at night and return at dawn.

2. We needed to move some horse poop so we could set up our tent. It was OK because we had a campfire shovel.

3. The campsite is next to a picturesque, old wooden train bridge. It's beautiful! Our first night in the camp we heard a train at 9:30pm and 6:30am. The second night it was 2:45am. If you don't mind being woken up, it is an amazing, surreal experience to be enveloped by the sound. We stayed awake that morning and enjoyed the experience of the horses around our tent as the sun came up!

4. We learned via internet that horses only sleep 3 or 4 hours over the course of 24 hours and have excellent night vision. It was amazing and impressive to hear them chomping, snorting and sometimes running around in the darkness outside our tent!

5. In addition to having some excellent shade trees at the campsite, the little creek is ice cold! We set up camp in a heat index of 108! Two folding chairs by the picnic table are excellent for sitting in the creek, which is shallow--about ankle deep in most places. In the afternoon, it's in the shade and minnows like to jump--sometimes completely--out of the water to eat insects, One dusk, a beautiful Green Heron landed on a branch to eat minnows while we sat at the picnic table! We also saw crayfish.

6. When you enter, you drive past 2 sets of open red gates. The second gate will be closed with a chain at dusk when the horses are let out for the night. The first night we had to leave to cool off after setting up camp. After dinner, we returned in a downpour shortly after dark and mistakenly thought the second gate was locked. After trying to reach our host for 10 minutes, we decided to get a hotel room and come back in the morning. She texted us that the gate is not locked! But, I think we would have been too unsure on our first night of how to drive back down to our campsite in the dark, through the horses, in the downpour.

7. We took an amazing horse back ride at sunset on our second night through several creeks and beautifully wooded areas with lush, old trees. These same trail rides came by our camp every day. (We were warned the trail rides would be running all day on that particular Saturday.) There are areas to camp if you can drive over the footbridge that seem more private. They look beautiful and lush, but there is no picnic table or fire ring anywhere but by the footbridge. I believe the trail rides still might pass your tent and you will probably hear Fox River Drive traffic no matter which campsite you choose.

8. In the mornings, we saw so many hummingbirds just a short walk from our tent--sometimes four at a time. We saw all of these birds while camping here:

Indigo Bunting
Northern Flicker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Robin
Eastern Kingbird
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Green Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Finch
European Starling
Dickcissel
Gray Catbird
House Sparrow
Blue Jay

Horses at dawn outside our tent just before heading back to their barnHorses at dawn from our tent windowGreen Heron at dusk in the creek eating minnowsPicturesque train bridge
Hipcamper Robert
Robert A.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

Awesome
Horses 👍
Creek 👍
Overall experience 👍 👍

Hipcamper Joe
Joe J.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 6th, 2021

We had a good time staying Meredith‘s Farm! Seeing the horses come out at night was magical and we camped right next to a small creek which we were able to sit by and soak our feet in to keep cool (it happened to be in the 90s every day we stayed there). We chose to do a sunset horseback riding as well and it was also a lot of fun. Going through the pastures and across the creek and through the forest on horseback was a great experience. We did have one Night where we went out for dinner and came back after 8 o’clock and the gate was closed and we did not know how to get back in to our camp. Meredith later explained that the gate was not locked and we could just Open the gate and drive in, but with the horses out and it was raining we didn’t want to take the chance so we stayed elsewhere for one evening. My recommendation is if you are going to stay here and want to go off the farm definitely plan on being back before 7pm and you’ll be just fine.

We did do some birding while we were there and saw a number of different types of birds on the property including the number of indigo Bunting‘s, a bunch of ruby throated hummingbird‘s, hawks, swallows, Blue Jays, chickadees, Robins, Cardinals and a green heron which landed right in front of us and did a little fishing in the creek.

Overall it was a good experience and again, seeing the horses at night as they strolled through camp was amazing experience.

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Hipcamper Suriyya

Horse farm excitement

Suriyya L.
recommends this listing.
September 1st, 2021

My 3 sons (13, 10, 6 yrs) and I just had the adventure of their lives at this site. I'll start of by saying it is probably not for everybody. Theres, flies, theres noise and the gounds not soft but if you're able to get by all that you can have the best time. We stayed for 3 days, 2 nights at a primitive site on the bank of the creek that runs through the property. The first thing you notice is the train tressel sitting above the site. I saw comments before about a train and I thought it was trains in the diatance... actually we were right next to an active train line. Even though it was infrequent, it added a challenge we werent expecting and almost cost us the trip because it really spooked the kids when the train came through at 10p and 3a or so on our first night. We had seen one earlier in the day that helped to prepare us for what was to come and since by that time the kids had had a taste of what the site had to offer, they were willing to tough it out for the remainder of our stay. And what it offered was alot!
We didnt bring fire wood so we scanvenged for down branches and logs and kept a fire going where we had eggs, pancakes, beans and franks, hamburgers and so on. There was potable water by the farm and the 6 gals i brought brought back to camp plus what water we had in the cooler was enough for our purposes. We brought a cooler of food that we kept in Jeep in the shade. The ice kept everything cool the entire time. Once we got to our site we had the farm to ourselves most of the time. The owners would come in the mornings and evenings to let the horses in and out and infequently to do trainings or guided tours, but that was always off in the distance by the farmhouse.
The kids enjoyed exploring the creek bed and surrounding area, picking almost ripe cherries, going up to the farmhouse to play with the cats and feeding the horses, there where even a couple of friendly chocolate labs we were lucky enough to meet. We were thrilled to be camping at a site where the horses come to drink when going out to pasture for the evening so each night we would have horses in our camp! It was great seeing the kids interacting with each other and nature without a wifi signal or electronic device in sight. We booked a trail ride and had an exciting ride through the property where we even galloped a bit and wrangled some cows that had gotten into the wrong field. Meridith and her family were really welcoming, responsive and really showed us good time. We got exactly what we were looking for plus some "push-through", growth moments that made it a challenge. We loved it and will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Val

Peaceful one nite stay

Val E.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2021

It was a perfectly private and magical experience. Around 8 PM, the horses mosey past the camp grounds to a different pasture. Getting to the camp grounds was a bit tricky with a big travel trailer but worth it. Although we only stayed one night, I would recommend this site.

Hipcamper Pamela
Pamela P.
recommends this listing.
August 8th, 2021

Unique place. Staying in the area with the horses was a first and really fun. Loved the spot for the kids, especially with the train tracks and creek to play in. Since it’s a horse ranch, the fields had plenty of paths and clearings to explore with our kids without any issue.

Hipcamper Pete

A magical spot. a rare treat.

Pete H.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2021

This is truly a magical spot. Absolutely awesome! We stayed along the creek and enjoyed our occasional equine visitors very much. They're so calm and just beautiful as they clip clop across the bridge! You can hear them whinny in the distance at night, along with the owls, crickets, frogs and coyotes. How cool is that?! All by a running stream and classic train trestle. Some horseback riders did pass nearby, but not through camp. It's fine. Everyone is friendly and there are plenty of trails to explore. The porta potty at the barn was very clean and the pump water was cold and delicious, not like you might expect from well water. There are several places to camp along the creek, but be aware, the train did fly by in the middle of both nights and it is seriously loud. Dry wood is plentiful in the area and there's plenty of shade and places to hang a hammock. The ground is a bit uneven, so watch your step. We did find 2 level areas for our tents. I highly recommend this spot, especially if you want to get away from crowded campgrounds. Thank you, Meredith!

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Property
Meredith G.’s Land
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$30/night
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