Hipcamp host Johnny V.,
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Come enjoy primitive camping while you commune with nature and hunt geodes and fossils in the famous Keokuk Geode region. Property is within close proximity to Nauvoo, Illinois and within a very short distance to the Mississippi River. The camping area is level ground and surrounded by trees. The property has a hillside geode mine on it and there is a creek running thr

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Come enjoy primitive camping while you commune with nature and hunt geodes and fossils in the famous Keokuk Geode region. Property is within close proximity to Nauvoo, Illinois and within a very short distance to the Mississippi River. The camping area is level ground and surrounded by trees. The property has a hillside geode mine on it and there is a creek running through it that has a lot of geodes in it.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
3 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
Wheelchair access
RV Information
Campervans and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 15 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
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No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Johnny a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Hipcamper Lorraine
Lorraine N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 26th, 2022

Great camping location right next to the river. We hunted for geodes and enjoyed a nice campfire. Very quiet area. Could be cleaned up a little with junk throw about on the cliff side.

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Hipcamper Kristen

Easy fun camping with animals!

Kristen T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 22nd, 2022

What a gorgeous campsite! We stayed at site #3 which had a picnic table, as well as a 3-tier wood structure at the back of the site. This was super helpful and used it as multipurpose surface during our stay. Lined up our geode treasures, then we ended up packing up the tent a night early and staying in the car to avoid a mud and rain-filled pack-out (we’ve been rained on our last two trips and were kinda over it this time around). So we stacked our more waterproof stuff on the tiers & tarped it overnight to free up space on van floor for sleeping.
The creek was a joy to listen to—a beautiful white noise that helped clear the mind. The train tracks are directly on the other side of the creek, and having lived in a train town in the past it was a peaceful and welcome addition. It only passed us twice during our 3-day stay. There are houses at the top of the ridge line, but we forgot they were there and they don’t have a good vantage point for the site, even with the still bare trees.

The fact that it’s a geode destination and that at least 1300 people flock to this neck of the woods each year is a bonus! We weren’t there for that, but they do extra in preparation for this event in order to give everyone a readily accessible geode hunting experience.

As it says, no running water (the creek is swimmable but do not drink it unless you have a proper filter or plan on boiling it!). If you want an amazing experience with a good host, this is the place. You won’t regret it

Hipcamper Johnny
Response from Johnny, the Host, on March 27th, 2022

Thank you for the nice review and glad you enjoyed your stay

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Hipcamper Neva

5 stars

Neva G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 18th, 2022

We enjoyed the beautiful campsite and the sounds of nature many birds along with babbling creek. Johnny and the geodes where an extra bonus..

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Hipcamper Johnny
Response from Johnny, the Host, on March 18th, 2022

Thank you it was my pleasure to share my property with you and your children.

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Hipcamper Molly
Molly R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 15th, 2021

We really loved staying here! It was a beautiful property, quiet, and private. The perfect stop along our camping road trip!

Hipcamper Russell
Russell B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 6th, 2021

Arriving from a long journey from Oregon. I was happy to see I could dig for geodes there. A nice place to camp over night as well. Thank you

Hipcamper Erika
Erika F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 26th, 2021

Beautiful, secluded spot!

Hipcamper Jordan

Great place to stay!

Jordan P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 19th, 2021

Area is close enough to civilization that you don’t feel completely isolated but it’s secluded enough to get the solitude you desire!
Very beautiful spot & even saw some wild turkeys! I would highly recommend this spot!

Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2021

Been wanting to visit the Keokuk area for awhile now to hunt geodes, and this was a awesome place to camp and hunt geodes! The scenery from our site and along the creek was. Camp was close enough where we could run to the gas station in the morning for coffee. Will probably camp here again.

Hipcamper Melanie

Magical!

Melanie S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 31st, 2021

What a great spot! Would recommend to anyone who loves rocks and fossils! The spot was well maintained and secluded. We loved it here so much our overnight trip turned into 3 nights!

Awards

Best of 2022 Illinois
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Property
Railroad creek camp ground
State
Illinois
Country
United States
$20/night
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