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Sleeps 2 adults and two small kids. It has a king size bed, two leather couches, pull out cot and camp mattress. The Pete is unique in that is has a wood burning stove. It has the biggest floor plan with lots of open space with an over sized loft with a king size bed. Best suited for Pete Nelson treehouse lovers & a couple with two small kids.

For those wanting an "off


Sleeps 2 adults and two small kids. It has a king size bed, two leather couches, pull out cot and camp mattress. The Pete is unique in that is has a wood burning stove. It has the biggest floor plan with lots of open space with an over sized loft with a king size bed. Best suited for Pete Nelson treehouse lovers & a couple with two small kids.

For those wanting an "off the grid nature experience,” the treehouse has electricity, lights, a full kitchenette, and a back up space heater. You will stay super cozy with a favorite feature - an inside wood- burning stove. Make sure to watch our show, “The Kentucky Climbers Cottage” prior to coming. People say it makes the stay more enjoyable.

The best feature of this tree house are the barn doors that bring the outside, in!

Imagine you start your morning enjoying your breakfast or a cup of coffee in front of a crackling fire next to the wood burning stove in the middle of the woods in a treehouse! Head outside to hike the rolling hills, check out the views and solitude of old growth trees, nature and forest.

You have a fully stocked kitchenette inside has everything you need to cook all your meals including 3-gallon tank of water, 4 burner range stove, pots and pans, plates, bowls, and utensils. With a portable sink for clean up

Sleeping arrangements include Casper mattress king size bed on second floor and on first floor are two leather couches, camp cot and camp mattress stored behind the sofa. There are sleeping bags and linens in the stools.

With the treehouse having electricity, you have cool stained glass lights, ceiling fan and air!!

...You can also cook up a delicious barbecue dinner on our gas grill outside on large deck with comfortable seating that overlooks the valley.

Venture down to the hammock below the tree house for peaceful relaxation. A fire-pit is strategically placed to view from the huge deck or comfortable seating to roast marsh mellows

This is 1 of 3 tree houses at EarthJOY Treehouse Village in Germantown Ky. The treehouses are strategically placed to ensure you have privacy and close enough if you desire to book them for family gathering. In the summer with full follage you can't see the other treehouses.

As 4x superhosts we take pride in details to make your trip memorable! From specific local favorites to providing maps of the farm to offering one of a kind guided tree climbs. Our tree houses are unique in that they are tucked in the woods and each tree house has a different theme. We welcome children and pets!

Pets welcome for 50.00 a pet per night. Book at least three nights or more and your pets are free!

Hike our 285 acres of trails! The heart trail takes you around the property and is 3.3 miles and leads you to a large trillium 3 person hammock where you can enjoy lunch.

OUR NEWEST is the hobbit tree house trail where you can find yourself immersed in finding the 10 hobbit houses. Make your way to the end of the trail to make a wish in the creek located by the oldest tree on the property.

We have just added the cabana village. A tree pods that hold two adults. You can use for picnic, "sit spot" to take in nature, read a book, nap or just use as secret hideaway. Drum the ceiling or floor with your hands and instantly you are inside a big drum!

The five tree grove is available to you to book a unique one of a kind guided tree climb. Here our professional facilitator will take you to the top for the best views! You can learn all the tree tricks including coming down upside down. Or just hang out in the GIANT green net!

Kids can go on scavenger hunt to find the 5 ponds, explore an abandoned 1800s settlers log cabin, and wade, hike and play in several cool creeks! Bring your fishing poles!

CHECK OUT THE NEW tree house manual with loads of invitations to connect you to yourself, nature and others.

For the wood burner you can have your wood delivered right to the tree house for $50.00 a load (25 pieces) or bring your own. The wood burner will heat up the entire tree house. You also have access to small heater as a supplemental.

This TreeHouse is recommended for...nature lovers, people who seek time away from technology, that love to play, adventure enthusiasts and appreciate unique places to stay.

Guests have their own bathhouse with toilet, sink, shower at entry of property about 400 feet from the tree house and for quick restroom trips a compost toilet 10 second walk outside the tree house. There is no running water in the tree house. We have a three gallon tank and portable sink to wash your hands, do dishes and for cooking.

Other safety considerations of this tree house. The steps to the second floor is a ship ladder. We recommend you be in good health and physical condition. There is no bathroom inside.

Check in to treehouse and or property is 4PM. Early check ins to property or tree house can be prearranged for 50.00 organization/expedite fee or we recommend booking two nights to fully take advantage of all the property has to offer.

Please take note*** If you love Wildlife and do not mind critters. The tree house is in the middle of the woods you may encounter a mouse, wasp, bees, ticks, deer, turkey, flies, ants, water bugs, hear coyotes, and owls especially out on the trails. This is their home too! We ask that you be a person that respects wildlife.

We use natural deterrents that work to keep critters out of the tree house. Since part of the adventure are the famous barn doors that open to the outside occasionally one may sneak in. We recommend not leaving the barn doors open when you leave the tree house for a hike or overnight since flying insects love the tree house.

**A favorite of guests is visiting the Historical town of Augusta Ky. Childhood home to George Clooney. The Irish Pub is a great place to eat (call ahead for open hours) and have a ice cream after at the general store across the street. For more fine dining we recommend the beehive tavern that overlooks the Ohio river.

Visit the small red train with historical info and take a stroll along the beautiful Ohio River just two blocks to the left of the pub. Augusta is also home to underground railroad.

Take a magical ferry ride across river and visit small town of Ripley. Find a place to eat along the river. You can take bridge back to Maysville and visit their historical downtown. Eat at Parc Cafe-A Italian cafe replica or LILJumbo. When you head out you may want to stop for breakfast at Donna's Mom and Pop in Brooksville Ky.

For quick bite to eat order a Pizza from the Germantown 1st stop Gas station 4 miles and pick it up. Phone number is in the treehouse.

The Tree house is our dream come true. I wanted a treehouse since I was 10 years old. I believed it would bring me peace. I would play in the woods with my siblings imagining this treehouse ...bordering it with small branches, using rocks as our furniture and moss as our carpet. I never let go of having this space and thought about it often.

When Bill and I started our dream company EarthJOY Tree adventures in 2007. Whereas we take clients to the top of trees on ropes. As part of this venture we wanted to give them another experience. Why not be able to stay in a treehouse too??

We set off to take Pete Nelsons LEARN HOW TO BUILD A TREEHOUSE in 2009 workshop.

After the workshop we looked high and low for the perfect property to have this dream come true. We ran into many obstacles one being not able to afford it or not the right trees.

When we saw Pete on Animal planet I thought I would just apply for the fun of it. We didn't even have a place. When they called and accepted our application I called Dad. I asked him if we could build a treehouse on his 200 acre farm. He laughed and then said YES! He said he was tired of running two farms and his dream of having a huge cattle farm would just have to be turned into building a few treehouses.

Animal Planet wanted to share this story and hence our episode is famous and called "THE KENTUCKY CLIMBERS COTTAGE" After three years they still air it on Treehouse Masters/AP.

December of 2014 marks the year my childhood dream finally came true. Not only do I mark off time to enjoy my treehouse myself.. I also set aside time for my Womens workshops and our treeclimbing clients. They not only have an incredible experience via a guided tree climb they also get the full immersion of being held by 10 trees in a TREEHOUSE!

The adventure begins on the journey to the treehouse. As you wind your way through the beautiful back roads you can stop over at Augusta for a romantic dinner and a walk along the Ohio River.

The treehouse is secluded and tucked in the woods so you feel like you are off the grid. It has a propane stove inside for simple meals and a gas grill outside for more elaborate meals.

Be sure to watch the story behind the treehouse on Animal Planet -The Kentucky Climbers Cottage

**** IMPORTANT !!! Due to the fact that we LOCK OUT your requested arrival date, we DO NOT accept CANCELLATIONS beyond 30 days, RAIN OR SHINE. Please DO NOT call if you are cancelling weather related. Unfortunately we do not control Mother Nature, so it’s the gamble you play with booking a treehouse. If you absolutely need to reschedule there is a, $50.00 Change of reservation fee.

Tree Climbing — Contact Bill @ (859)380-1945 if you would like to BOOK this guided, 90 Minute tree climb!

Ages 5 & Up Welcome! Only adults 25 and older are allowed to book for their group. Will be asked to provide their identification prior to booking, upon arrival or during your trip. If not provided will be asked to leave without a refund. 


Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Shelly a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Intermediate to advanced mountain bikes only


Kids pond


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Guided tree climbs available for extra fee. $59.00 a person

Snow sports

Tubing or sled riding on your own


Seasonal in creeks

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Pete NelsonTreeHOUSE-off the grid in Kentucky.


Rare unique virgin forest areas with huge mother trees

River, stream, or creek

Running to capacity is seasonal and weather dependent


Historically was a working farm


Can drive all the way up to the Pete Nelson treehouse

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Hipcamper Karol
Karol M.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2022

It was an amazing stay, the views were amazing and the slides are definetly worth checking out, lots of fun trails to walk or bike on and very peaceful 10/10

Hipcamper Kirstin

Escape in this fun treehouse.

Kirstin E.
recommends this listing.
April 12th, 2022

Great treehouse to be within the woods and enjoying the land. Shelly’s earth joy land was a lovey escape from the bustle of modern life. The treehouse had everything one could need. And was a perfect stay for our family of 4.

Hipcamper Kevin

Excellent adventure

Kevin S.
recommends this listing.
January 18th, 2022

This experience was amazing.

We really enjoyed hiking in the snow and coming back to a warm, insulated treehouse.

My trip consisted of two adults and two childen and the Pete Nelson accomodations fit us perfectly.

Hipcamper Shelly
Response from Shelly, the Host, on January 21st, 2022

Thank you Kevin! Your review means so much to us and totally appreciated!

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Hipcamper Theresa
Theresa S.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2020

An excellent experience with Shelly and Earthjoy. We absolutely loved the treehouse, the property, and the area. Would highly recommend.

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Hipcamper Shelly
Response from Shelly, the Host, on January 21st, 2022

Thank you Theresa!!

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Hipcamper Chuck
Chuck W.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2020

Absolute relaxation in the trees. We put the grill to good use each night! Only possibilities for improvements would be running water (cold only, even) and a small dorm/hotel type refrigerator, but since we camp often, these would make it glamping!

Hipcamper Shelly
Response from Shelly, the Host, on January 21st, 2022

Thank you for the positive review Chuck. Refrigerator may happen in 2022 once we increase the watts

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Hipcamper Rosie
Rosie D.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2020

Amazing experience and the bed was so big and comfy!

Hipcamper Mike
Mike T.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2019

I booked this last minute the night before while looking for a nice place to be the last stop of my road trip. Though my stay was short, after a long day of driving it was nice to be able to go and hike some of the trails and stretch the legs. The tree house itself was great. It was very nice and clean inside. Shelly was great and got in touch with all the information I needed right away. Wish I could have stayed longer.

Hipcamper Megan
Megan W.
recommends this listing.
October 17th, 2018

Our family had a fantastic time during our treehouse adventure. We only stayed one night, but we would have loved to have stayed longer. We were amazed at the beautiful trails and all the fun spots to stop along the way. This place is just incredible!

Hipcamper Kristin K.
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November 2nd, 2021
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March 29th, 2021
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