Hipcamp host Nance K.,
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The southern Driftless Area is one of rolling hills of farmland, prairie and woodlands. The camper is parked near a line of pines with both beautiful light and fresh breezes, located on a working ecological farm.

Lodging provided
Onsite RV or trailer
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send nance a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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cordwood sauna

2 hour firing

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canoe or kayak

Per boat/day

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Firewood bundle

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Several bicycles available from host for use


Kayak and canoe available from host for rental

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Lichen Pod - 26' 1974 Argosy in Illinois.


Small areas of woodlands on land for exploration


Restored 5 acre prairie on site and 100 acres of restored prairie 15 minute walk away

River, stream, or creek

Small creek runs entire east side of land


Natural pond with waterfowl on site


On-site ecological garden production - fruit, vegetables, medicinals and mushrooms. Small livestock of quail, ducks and honeybees

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Hipcamper Marriam
Marriam C.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2022

Everything was just as pictured and I would totally come here again

Hipcamper Julia


Julia D.
recommends this listing.
November 7th, 2021

Nance has created a dream, had a very restorative time and hope to stay again next spring/summer

Hipcamper Tim

Eco-friendly meets rustic artsy!

Tim D.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

Rustic, but with so much character and the kind of place where an artist's heart can run wild and free, I was enchanted by the camping/glamping experience on Nance's property. Down a private property road and in proximity to a barn that doubles as an indoor hangout space when the weather's less than lovely, the entire property is a sort of semi off-the-grid ecological farm; (Nance, my gracious host) would say it much better. Around every corner is a touch of artistry meet home-spun practicality. On-site there was incredible enjoyment of the nearby trails, wooden platforms and outdoor spaces. A couple of hammocks hung nearby invited the soul to linger a bit longer. For next time! Best of all, you'll love the sound of the howling coyotes from all directions, coupled with owls—perfect timed like a halloween soundtrack. Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping and the crisp cool air was just a pleasure. And don't forget to ask about the mud-built outdoor pizza often and the log-built sauna. Didn't do that add-on, but absolutely wish I had. For winter, would be amazing.

Hipcamper Kevin

I saw jupiter!

Kevin K.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2021

Fantastic stay in a cute and rustic setting. Visited from Chicago and it was nice to be connect with nature. The prairie was a beautiful range of gold, orange and brown with surprise hints of purple. I took a walk around the the prairie when I arrived, after dark, and early morning. Couldn't get enough. There's a bunch of cool biking too. At night the stars were amazing. And I saw Jupiter! Late at night a thunder storm rolled in and I was cozy as can be in the The Lichen Pod.

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Hipcamper Gwyneth

Will renew your sense of wonder

Gwyneth Z.
recommends this listing.
September 17th, 2021

Staying here was an absolute dream! The Lichen Pod is clean n' cute, with a comfy bed, plenty of windows, and more space inside than I even knew what to do with - I was able to choose one area just for reading/journaling and one area just for stretching. Plenty of room for storage, too. Outside there's everything you could ask for: acres and acres of forest and prairie, a meandering stream, and even a cool wooden deck to watch the sunset from, with paths connecting them all together. It was perfect for hours of wandering around peacefully, plus I was able to see alllll the stars at night. This place has renewed my sense of connection with nature! Nance was a great host, and clearly cares deeply about this land - her wonder and knowledge made the visit all the more special. I definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Jen

Wonderful retreat

Jen L.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2021

I loved staying in the Lichen Pod and spending time on Nance's beautiful land. The camper itself is clean, cozy, comfortable and cutely decorated. Located conveniently close to the shared kitchen barn area which has everything one might need for meal prep, and the composting toilet/solar shower. The sounds of the wind in the trees, the birds and frogs and insects (a perfect lullaby), the fresh air, and the beautiful landscape - make for a wonderful retreat from the city. My dog and I really enjoyed walking along the paths around the prairie, sitting on the bridges over the creek, reading in a hammock and watching sunsets over the prairie from the platform. Nance is a wonderful host - kind, knowledgeable, helpful, and very clearly someone who cares deeply about this space. She's doing some really awesome work here, it's a very special place. So appreciative of her willingness to share it with others. Can't wait to come back and spend more time here!

Hipcamper Sara

Unique camping in the driftless

Sara Z.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

Unique camping experience in the Driftless Region. The Lichen Pod is cozy and functional, super clean and fresh, made for a very airy and light feel with screens all around nestled in the pine trees. We had perfect weather so everything was easy! Kitchen in the barn is well organized, clean and easy to use, we kept everything safely closed in containers because it is open air.

LOVED the extra spaces/amenities-- the "Shittaker" composting toilet with next door solar shower area; the "Earthstar Lounge", and the wide walking pathways curving around the 50 acres of woodland, prairie, and even a little orchard. The bridges over the creek were another highlight, and biking trail nearby! This was an excellent getaway from the city life. Will definitely be coming back for a longer stay.

Hipcamper Audrey

A slice of magic

Audrey T.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2021

We loved staying in the Lichenpod at Nance's land this week. The land is so beautiful and has everything you could need. Trees, a gorgeous wildflower prairie, a creek, and a very fun bike trail close by! Mushroom can be found on the trail. The soundscape was filled with all sorts of birds! The lichenpod was adorable and clean.
I will definitely come back here as much as I can :)

Sitting in one of the hammocks provided enjoying the viewso much color and beauty here!Sunset over the prairie5 acre wildflower prairie


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