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Grove On Top Possum Hill

· Worden, Madison, Illinois
4 acres hosted by Karmen C.
4 tent sites
Off-lead friendly
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The Legend of Possum Hill is an old one. Most likely named thus even before the settlers arived in St. Louis. Before the great expansion west and before the Gateway Arch graced the sky. Wild was the west and animals roamed at will never having seen a man. The acient Indian tribe of Cahokia once had its own travelers who left their mounded cities of pyramids to explore and hunt for new adventure. It was on one of these travels a great storm arose from the spring sky bringing ice down from the heavens. The Indian party was hard pressed to find shelter from such turbulent winds, rain and it was even claimed they witnessed some snow blended in as well well! This particular spring the waters had risen quite high . With this latest storm the creeks and rivers were rushing over their banks. The Indians knew they had to find high ground. They knew they would only be safe in a shelter high enough the raging waters could not breach. Just when they were giving up hope for a suitable place they passed through a low lands grove treading through ankle deep waters when the land started to rise. And rise it did! Up they went up a steep climb and as they crested they found a large grove of hickories, Sycamore and Oak trees. The Indians prized such trees for their strong hard wood and towering hight. They found safety within them and upon chance several hollows in the ancient trees and quickly sheltered themselves in pairs. They weathered until the suns golden rays stretched accross the small pond. In one hollow a young Indian stirred and and he and his companion left their shelter. Reaching back into the tree they grabbed their packs and found hidden behind them, a family of possums who also hIad hid from the storm. Upon return to Cahokia the young Indian told of their travels and remembering the sheltering family of marsupials, he named the place in their honnor because they shared their shelter. And that is the Legend of Possum Hill. Learn more about this land: 4 acres with scattered hickory and oak trees with a small fruit orchard in front of an acre size pond. Plenty of space to have a private camp site and enjoy the sounds of nature. Have a sit by the pond or relax in the shade. The evening could be spent grilling or sitting around the fire ring. Perfect for travelers just wishing for a place to stay while an event is in town or just a place to rest their head on the way through. 16 mies from SIUE and Edwardsvile 45 minutes from most of St. Louis. Far enough out in the country but close enough to the city to not miss out on the fun.
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Worden, Madison, Illinois, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ (O-ga-xpa) (Quapaw), Myaamia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Karmen C.Joined in April 2018
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within an hour
287 ratings · 119 reviews
Cheyanne S.recommends
November 19, 2023
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Peaceful Camping
We loved tent camping on Karmen’s land. They were very helpful and kind! I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a place to camp. We were just passing through and it was perfect for us, even on a cold November night.
Madison B.recommends
November 14, 2023
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Karmen’s land was absolutely beautiful- my partner and I had a wonderful time. Wish we had stayed a bit longer!
Kaitlyn G.recommends
November 1, 2023
Site 4 - Contryside Escape
They were very accommodating on such short notice! Very quick to respond!!
Collett H.recommends
October 27, 2023
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
I reserved this land the day of, only a few hours before I planned to arrive. It was a spur of the moment trip, that is to say, I left with no plan. So, of course, finding somewhere that was safe for a good price without almost any notice was nearly impossible. Karmen was the best possible outcome. She was quick to respond and was incredibly flexible and understanding of my weird, unorthodox situation. Unfortunately, unforeseen events unfolded (as they often do) and I wasn’t able to make it there at all. Karmen was still so wonderful and accommodating about everything. She was on top of her communication and more than willing to help in whatever way she could. I never made it to the land, but the character of the host speaks for itself. Karmen was wonderful and I have never worked with a host so understanding. I would highly, highly recommend this land to anyone that needs a place to stay (but, do book in advance if you can 😂😭).
Kay S.recommends
October 15, 2023
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Country escape on possum hill
We loved car camping in a quiet place. The flush toilet and shower access were what sold us. Imagine our surprise to be able to pet so many cats!! It was like a visit to Mau Haus or other cat cafes. We felt welcome to pet them and they were SO friendly. We also visited their flock of gorgeous chickens and 2 roosters who did not disturb our sleep. Ron offered to bring us wood for a bonfire but we didn't want to use that perk. We did use an outside electric outlet to charge phones and chromebooks. We were looking for a place to relax, undisturbed and this fit the bill. We may be back if we need an easy recharge. Google maps did not tell us a bridge was out, so we took a country detour to find it but the directions in the notes were descriptive and helpful.
Daniel C.recommends
September 18, 2023
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Beautiful night
I tent camped here. It was lovely and slept like a baby. I definitely recommend this site!
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