Hipcamp host Heidi H.,
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Pond side Paradise is our most remote primitive site. This is a HIKE IN ONLY site - there is no road access and it is appx .2 miles from the parking area

The magical woods awaits you just behind our show horse farm. Tranquil. Peaceful. Beautiful. A world away is within reach.

Just 20 miles from Starved Rock

Serenades nightly provided by the frogs in the po


Pond side Paradise is our most remote primitive site. This is a HIKE IN ONLY site - there is no road access and it is appx .2 miles from the parking area

The magical woods awaits you just behind our show horse farm. Tranquil. Peaceful. Beautiful. A world away is within reach.

Just 20 miles from Starved Rock

Serenades nightly provided by the frogs in the pond, the owls and tree frogs. Bordered on two sides by Bramble Creek and an abandoned logging road on the other, there is the real feeling of old Illinois wilderness. Wildflowers and abundant wildlife. Perfect getaway or romantic spot.

Free range organic eggs at $3 per dozen. We are a short drive to Dayton Bluffs, Illini State park and the I & M canal for hiking and fishing. Both parks are lightly traveled. We are 20 miles from Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Park and Buffalo Rock Many other hiking trails nearby. Download the All Trails App for more places to hike in our beautiful part of Illinois.

Your camp site will be cleaned, sanitized and stocked to your specifications before you arrive. Your site includes 2 folding camp chairs, a small spool table, 1 bundle of dry firewood, fire starters and matches.

Ask us for recommendations of other local parks and attractions in addition to Starved Rock, there are so many beautiful places to visit without the crowds.

Golden Pond is treated weekly for mosquitos. And your site has been sprayed with the same spray they use at Disney World to keep the insects at a hopeful minimum.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Heidi a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Wolf Wise Pop Up Potty

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24 pack drinking water

24 bottles of water from Kroger or other similar delivered to your site.

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10" Cast Iron Skillet

Pre seasoned cast iron cooking skillet can be used and returned cleaned please

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5 gallons cleaning water

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Trekking Poles

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Firewood bundle

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Dozen eggs

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


We are just miles from the Illinois and Fox Rivers


Many lakes and rivers nearby


On site 7 acres. Within miles to State Parks.

Horseback riding

We have a professional stables on site. Lessons can be arranged by appointment. Trail riding available at another nearby stables.


Available at multiple local sites

Snow sports

Cross Country skiing on site and at local State Parks

Wildlife watching

We have deer, squirrels - including some white ones, turkeys, racoons, etc



Natural features you'll find at Pondside Paradise in Illinois.


With a creek and small pond

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Hipcamper Kyle

Year 2 with heidi!

Kyle D.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2022

This was my second year visiting here!
It’s so quiet, peaceful and relaxing back at her sites! The sites are spaced out perfectly from one another. A perfect little get-away!
Thanks again Heidi for a perfect visit, an easy check-in and check-out, and for the help bringing my gear back!

Hipcamper Heidi
Response from Heidi, the Host, on July 17th, 2022

Thank you Kyle! Thank you for coming back to our woods for a visit, and thank you for the review. It means so much! Heidi

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Hipcamper Jason
Jason L.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2022

10/10 must try again

Hipcamper Danielle

Highly recommended!

Danielle C.
recommends this listing.
July 4th, 2022

This is such a wonderful place to camp! Heidi is exceptional. She is very kind and will go out of her way to make sure you have a wonderful experience. She recommended great places to explore in the area and was quick to answer her messages when we needed assistance. The camp grounds are clean and well maintained. She provided everything needed to start a fire and other supplies at request. She even took the time to help us unload our supplies and pack things up. I highly recommend this camp ground. I felt safe and welcomed. Thank you Heidi!!

Hipcamper Zoe

Great experience!

Zoe D.
recommends this listing.
June 12th, 2022

We had a great stay at Heidi’s! We hiked at Starved Rock for the day and stay at Pondside Paradise for one night. The site felt private and was great! Falling asleep to the sounds of frogs near the pond was wonderful. Heidi and her family were very welcoming and friendly. They shuttled our gear to and from the site, which was a big help. There were not many mosquitoes despite being so close to the pond.

One bundle of firewood provided!Made a great campfire dinner. A great campsite
Hipcamper Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn W.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2022

Loved the little campsite out by the pond! Heidi was gracious enough to transport out gear out to the campsite for us. The area was so quiet and peaceful with the sounds of the tree frogs and owls creating the perfect atmosphere for a good night's sleep. It's the perfect place for a quick isolated get away, we'll definitely be coming back.

Hipcamper Zack
Zack F.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2022

Great spot, perfect night, had a blast

Hipcamper Cassie
Cassie R.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2021

My boyfriend and I had a great night here! Lots of acres and beautiful spot. Great place to go rustic camping! Also very nice spot to hear some wildlife! Heidi and her husband were super sweet and helpful. Will definitely stay again:)

Hipcamper Rafaella


Rafaella L.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

I highly recommend Heidi's place to anyone looking for a place to camp just outside of Chicago. Our camp is tucked all the way at the end of the path through the woods far enough from other campers to feel secluded, but still only a short walk back to the parking area. Though cars can't pull up right at the campsite, Heidi kindly welcomed us and helped transport all our stuff on a trailer. The site is well maintained with a good amount of space to set up 3 tents. It comes with all the amenities listed on the website, including lots of wood available to buy and fresh eggs in the morning!

Hipcamper Tyler
Tyler R.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2021

Nice close, secluded place :)


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