Hipcamp host East Grove F.,
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East Grove Farms invites you to pitch your tent in the former hazelnut thicket that our ancestors and the East Grove community safely hid freedom seekers from Missouri in the 1840's.   It is located 1/4 m north of the winery near the vineyard and tree line and you can usually drive to the camp on a grass path thru the elderberry patch.  It offers complete privacy and has a f

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East Grove Farms invites you to pitch your tent in the former hazelnut thicket that our ancestors and the East Grove community safely hid freedom seekers from Missouri in the 1840's.   It is located 1/4 m north of the winery near the vineyard and tree line and you can usually drive to the camp on a grass path thru the elderberry patch.  It offers complete privacy and has a fire ring, picnic table, a prep table, porta john, and shade.  Firewood is available if you ask.  There is no electricity or running water.  There is a pond for fishing and some trails, and of course all campers are welcome to visit our headquarters for a free tasting of our wine and mead!  Wagon rides can be arranged and on occasion there is live music at the meadery on weekends.  For those interested in the underground RR, there is an excellent museum in nearby Salem, the Lewelling Quaker Museum, a National Park Service noted site for abolitionist activity. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Swimming

Swim at your own risk. We are having issues with aquatic vegetation and are working to remove some invasive plants.

Fishing
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Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Freedom Seekers Camp in Iowa.

Farm

We grow specialty crops like elderberries, aronia berrys, grapes, and heirloom apples, peaches, and plums. There is currently ...Read more

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Places to see near East Grove Farms Winery and Vineyard

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Hipcamper Kenneth
Kenneth B.
recommends this listing.
October 6th, 2021

It was peaceful and well kept. Plenty of room and attention was paid fully to all details of the booking

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Hipcamper Autumn
Autumn C.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2021

Truly an amazing stay! The property is beyond awesome! Loved visiting the pond, walking around the trails, and of course the bees! The camping spot was private with a ton of space. At night, we got great views of the stars and the Milky Way. We also did a tasting of the mead which was delicious, so we made sure to bring some home. We had such a great trip and not far from Chicago. We’ll definitely be visiting again and hope we catch it when they’re having a live show!

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily H.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2021

Absolutely lovely spot - secluded at the back of the vineyard with the choice between setting up camp under trees or under the stars. Would recommend to all.
One note: There were coyotes in the area the nights that we stayed and they were barking and howling throughout the night, so if that makes you nervous, then this might not be the site for you.

Hipcamper Earl
Earl O.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2021

The most beautiful and secluded camping site ive ever seen. Joel and Steph were perfect hosts. We shared a couple beers and chatted with them for a couple hours and they are complete hosts. The campsite was wonderful, nice big table to use as a base, great combination of shade and sun, beautiful setting in the vineyard, a one acre pond stocked with Bass and sunny's. Joel let us use his boat, provided the oars for us without us asking. It was a terrific time and we are already planning our next trip!! Thanks again Joel and Steph for our wonderful camping trip!!

Hipcamper Sarah

Wonderful!

Sarah D.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2021

One of the nicest campsites I've ever stayed at. The farmhouse and vineyard are absolutely beautiful. The campsite is hidden far back and nicely cleared, with lovely soft grass. Lucky me, grapes were in season during my stay :P and a dip in the pond was refreshing after my long drive! I also appreciated the portajon had just been serviced. Hosts have paid great attention to detail and it shows. I would recommend to everyone and I wish great success for their farm and business!

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Hipcamper Betty

Freedom seekers=unique experience!

Betty M.
recommends this listing.
July 24th, 2021

Staying at Freedom Seekers Camp was an excellent experience! The campsite is very unique and beautiful. The location's history is very interesting. The owners, Steph and Joel treat you like family. They are very informative, easy going, and a lot of fun! I will definitely stay here again to explore more of the campsite and local areas, not to mention to get more of the delicious Meade they make at East Grove.

Hipcamper Tim

Peaceful nights!

Tim O.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2021

Tucked between trees and fields of fruit grown for the meadery on the property, you'd have no idea you were less than a mile off highway 218. You can hear all the beautiful sounds of the night and see thousands of fireflies while sitting at the bonfire, burning the very affordable firewood bought on site! There is a nice pond just a couple hundred yards away for swimming or fishing for Sunfish. Make sure to set up an appointment with Joel for tasting the mead they make here. I recommend the Chili Mead but they are all tasty and easy to drink. Happy HipCamping!

Hipcamper Timothy

Great site for tent camping!

Timothy H.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2021

Wry nice site. Excellent and quick response from the host. Used the site on a motorcycle trip.

Hipcamper Josh
Josh B.
recommends this listing.
June 13th, 2021

Second stay, it was as great as our first.

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