- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Organic farm with foresty campsites in Iowa.
Land is on an elevation. Have different experience levels for diff hikers tastes
Places to see near 1860s botanical paradise
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A truly unique experience among the rolling vistas of Bellvue and the serene majesty of the Mississippi. Jessica and Pete along with their wonderful children make for a comforting and adventurous stay.
Lovely backyard camping
The location is beautiful! Tons of unique nature to experience and pretty steep so be prepared. There is two camping spaces and a bunk house & each area has its own fire pit but lots of common/shared areas too! Our site was up in the trees and it was pretty nice. Our space had a fire pit, a shelf & hammock and room for our tent. Our host Jessica met us upon arrival, helped carry things up and showed us around. There were a few trails to hike on the land but a lot of it was overgrown. Luckily there are plenty of state parks nearby to explore! Coffee in the morning and a tour of the garden and chicken coop too. It was a fun weekend getaway!
Historic farm & awesome botanicals
If you’re looking for a camp site that will make you say “wow, I never knew Iowa was this cool ” this is it! Iowa’s Maquoketa caves are about 20 minutes away and it is definitely worth seeing. One of them had a small stream running through it (headlamps recommended). Galena is another popular destination less than an hour away.
We were greeted by our lovely host Jessica and given a nice hillside tour of the site. She is knowledgeable of the land’s history and the collection of animals and botanicals she manages and grows. Bring some cash to snag some of her handmade products ranging from cooking spices, vegetables, and bath products. I recommend this site for campers that want a view of the Mississippi and access to local flavor!
Cozy campsite with a great view!
The host, Jessica, was so helpful! She even helped us bring all of our camping gear to the site and had fresh coffee and eggs from her chickens for us in the morning! The campsite was beautiful and because it was up on a hill it offered a great view of the surrounding area! She also provided drinking water, a hand washing station and a well maintained latrine near the campsite! We loved the fire pits that were already there, and the table and chairs in a screened in area where we could eat. We would also definitely recommend the tour around the property, Jessica also gave us several veggies from her garden too! Thanks so much for being a great host and for all the recommendations for things to do in the area!
I think there is a TON of potential for this campsite, but I think it’s fair to acknowledge there is a lot of work to be done. Which makes sense, as I learned from Jessica that they have only been at this house for nearly a year and a half and she maintains the land and gardens by herself since her husband works 6 days a week. I stayed two nights at site #1, which was on a slanted hill. It was uncomfortable but doable. I would suggest trying the other sites, if available to you. I would also say this campsite in general is good for the purpose of having a place to rest your head at the end of the day, but isn’t one where someone could hang out and relax, in my opinion. That being said it’s in a very convenient location and I was able to explore the surrounding state parks and local sites. DEFINITELY spend the $5 for a history of the house and garden tour. This was certainly the most enjoyable part of my stay. You will learn a lot and no matter when you visit, something will always be in bloom. You’ll learn about the different plants used for dyes, apothecary and medicinal purposes. Jessica also mentioned they are working on an outhouse and a shower, and I noticed she was working on fixing up the loose steps and boards leading up to the campsite. Like I said, there is tons of potential and I’m sure as time goes on this campsite will be perfected.