Hipcamp host Darlene N.,
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Tent camping spaces with fire rings provided, 4.6 miles up a gravel road, stocked pond, hiking trails, access to creek walking, scenic and quite. Private

Lodging provided
9 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Darlene a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
August 31st, 2021

Simple but excellent accommodations. Darlene was great at communicating, at met me at the driveway to show me to my site. I was able to set up my tent close to a porta potty, which was handy at night (but far enough away to not feel like it was gross). The property was beautiful in the morning with a light fog. Lots of coyote activity during the night!

Hipcamper Graham

Best hipcamp ever!

Graham H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
August 19th, 2021

This place is amazing! I had an awesome site on top of a hill with a great view and nice breeze. Darlene and her husband are both extremely friendly and welcoming. Darlene even gave me a tour of the property on her UTV. Shower and firewood were available a short distance away at the main building. I was there mid week and had the place almost entirely to myself. Spent the evening watching deer in the field and sitting by the fire. I hope to be back in Iowa someday so I can stay here again. I may even go out of my way to do so.

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Hipcamper Calvin
Calvin F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 14th, 2021

Great Place, we love coming here, it’s our favorite camping site.

Hipcamper Ariel

Great stop over while driving thru

Ariel E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 12th, 2021

Great place! I clicked the wrong icon and cannot change it from OK to Happy Face.

The place was clean, well cared for, and easy to find. Darlene is an excellent host and is super friendly.

Hipcamper Paula
Paula T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 27th, 2021

Rustic Tent Camping was very peaceful for a quiet nights rest. This was just what we needed on our way home. Mike gave us a choice of two or three areas to set up our tents, and it was nice. We did hike some trails and visit the pond.
It was just 4.6 miles off the highway but was very secluded

Hipcamper Darlene
Response from Darlene, the Host, on July 31st, 2021

So glad you enjoyed our place, I hope you get to visit again and thanks for checking us out.

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Hipcamper Debbie
Debbie F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
July 19th, 2021

The hosts Mike and Darlene were so welcoming and helpful. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. We really enjoyed walking the creek, the water was so clear and a sandy bottom. We will be back

Hipcamper Michael
Michael B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 2nd, 2021

Very affordable with some great/peaceful views of Iowa country side. Darlene is also the sweetest person ever! Our dogs also had a blast

Hipcamper Angie

Wonderful site, wonderful hostess

Angie B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
May 31st, 2021

After initially booking site 6, I mentioned to Darlene we and another couple would sleeping on or in our vehicles and would need a drive-up site (as opposed to a walk-up site.) Darlene mentioned she had a couple of spots in mind for us to choose from.

Upon arrival, Darlene showed us a couple of sites to choose from. The first one, which is off of the first open area where they show movies, was next to two cabins, which were vacant (tent 1 & 2 possibly.) This spot had a pretty good slope. Then she took us back to sites 8 & 9, which are next to each other. While they are removed from the other tent sites by a ways, it is a bit of a hike to get to the nearest port-a-potty, which was on the other side of a little pond next to the walk-in tent sites. There is also no running water at this site. Don't let the recliner and sheets hanging from the woods scare you off - they also have a haunted Halloween trail in the fall.

There are two fire rings, a picnic table, and a 2-sided bench with a back made out of a single-bed frame at tent site 8/9. Once it got dark, we were surprised at how many stars we could see in the night sky! We also heard coyotes several times during the night, and woke up to hearing turkeys in the woods.

As we were walking around with our friends to show them around the campground, Darlene showed us the community room, which has all sorts of board games and Jenga. When they show movies, they sell popcorn. They are currently in the process of remodeling the back half of this building to have flush toilets and indoor shower. However, they only have the women's completed and is currently considered a communal toilet/shower. In addition to board games, there are a lot of trails to check out. The only one we checked out was the one off of tent site 1 & 2 by the two side by side cabins. If you follow it all the way to the end and then take a left, it will take you down to the creek, which has a sandy bottom. As it was rather cool when we were there, we could see how refreshing it could be on a hot summer day.

Darlene was a great host and went out of her way to make sure we found a site we liked and made sure we were aware of the different things to do around the campsite. As the friends we were meeting up with were coming later, she said this wasn't a problem - she just wanted to know what their vehicle looked like so she could direct them to the correct. Considering we camped the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend when most state park campsites are sold out, there was maybe two other tents in the walk-in area and this was it. With state park campsites being booked on the weekends for the next 3 months, we will absolutely be returning to Darlene's rustic tent camping in the country!

For those of you traveling to Darlene's rustic tent camping and headed out of Des Moines on Hwy 44 and using Apple Maps, be aware if it routes you through Linden, the roads south of Linden to Hwy 4/Wagon Rd are all gravel. Better to go to Panora, then head south on Hwy 4/Wagon Rd. Once you turn off of Hwy 4/Wagon Rd., it will be gravel all the way to the campsite. When coming from the north, you'll want to turn into the first driveway (not the second driveway) which also has a sign saying "Rock and Ranch".

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Hipcamper Darlene
Response from Darlene, the Host, on June 7th, 2021

I am so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you back. There is always something that is getting worked on and the gravel roads do detour some people but we love our little spot in the country and hope to see you again. Thanks for posting all the information. It really does help us out and we appreciate all the comments.

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Hipcamper Tessa
Tessa R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 31st, 2021

We had a wonderful time !! We will be back for sure. This is a great place to get away from it all.

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