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Stunning View at Galena River Ranch

· Galena, Illinois
600 acres
1 site
1 RV/Tent
Learn more about this land: A peaceful respite with a breathtaking view of the Galena and Mississippi River valleys. The secluded campsite is situated on a high point on Pilot Knob that overlooks the entire valley with 180 degree views to the South, West and North. The tent site is a flat 20'x20' spot next to a Birch tree, fire ring and table; plenty of room for two tents and a car or two. In the foreground is a natural field with small Cedar trees, Scrub Oak, Sumac and prairie grasses where deer often eat and bed. The site is situated on about 25 acres - plenty of space to take a walk through the fields. Further out are natural woods, and in the distance is the entire Mississippi River valley South to Bellevue, IA and North of Dubuque, IA. Sunsets are absolutely breathtaking from this vantage point.
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Galena, Illinois, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Darcee M.Joined in February 2021
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 10 hours
12 ratings · 12 reviews
John S.recommends
October 10, 2022
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Secluded with a View
Darcee's land was the perfect place to set up camp for a few days with my kids. It was quiet and peaceful and the sunsets are spectacular as you look over the Mississippi River valley. Being only a few miles from Galena was great too. Easy to find a few good spots to eat and plenty around the area to do with the kids -- we did the local Alpine Slide. Thanks again to Darcee and her family for letting us stay with them this past weekend.
Jason A.recommends
September 19, 2022
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
The view was second to none and the site itself was very private and well kept.
Olivia C.recommends
July 4, 2022
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Relaxing with a view!
The view was breathtaking. It is close enough to downtown Galena if you want to go into the city but far enough that the site feels secluded and in the rolling hills. The only downside was that it is a complete pack-in/pack-out campsite. I would've preferred a site with a port-a-potty or a site to bury human waste. That was my fault for not checking before I booked because it is clearly stated on the listing.
Conor K.recommends
June 19, 2022
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Family Perfect!
What a wonderful way to experience a break away from the city. Minutes away from the bustle of tourist life and Main Street. Stunning views of prairie and plains along with a small peek of the Mississippi River. We also experienced night sky stars, bats feasting on gnats lightning bugs (holy lightning bugs) and distant howls of coyotes and wild dogs. The site is private, safe, clean has an outdoor dining table, a large slab of limestone that we used as storage and an awesome fire pit. When you are quiet, you can experience various Midwestern birds, strange insects, different spiders, dragonflies, large beetles, and lime green caterpillars. Our kids first day of Summer break and we are so grateful to have had this experience in Galena, Illinois. We recommend this gem of a camping spot.
Nick R.recommends
June 12, 2022
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Awesome Site
My girlfriend, dog, and I loved this campsite. Great views and secluded. We will definitely be back!
Kailee M.recommends
June 3, 2022
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Perfect Solo Camping Adventure!
This was a really lovely site and I would definitely recommend it to anyone! Super close to Main Street in Galena, but far enough away that you can really enjoy the nature and solitude. It was perfect for my first solo camping trip with my two dogs. They had a great time chasing each other around the site. The sunset over the Mississippi River Valley was truly unparalleled. I didn't stay out late enough to see what the stars looked like though! Hopefully next time! A few things to note, not at all negatives, just observations from my stay. - You can hear mild traffic noises and trains throughout the day and night - There are a couple visible houses through the trees. Not visible enough to interrupt my solitude but something I noticed. - It's absolutely gorgeous!! But, there are not really any trails to explore the surrounding land. At the time we went everything but the site was very tall prairie grass.
Jones P.recommends
September 26, 2021
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Beautiful site!
Darcee was super responsive and her property was amazing. Super private, easy access to Galena and the surrounding areas, and amazing views (especially the sunset!). We will definitely be back as long as the spot remains listed! So happy she has shared the spot.
Paige D.recommends
September 19, 2021
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Beautiful private site, great view!
Great spot to get away! Wonderful view with lots of wildlife to watch. Close to a Main Street, just a few minute drive. Will definitely stay again!
George P.recommends
September 6, 2021
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
We really enjoyed our stay at this campsite! Beautiful views of the valley, great fire pit and best part is that its private so we had it all to ourselves. We were able to enjoy some spectacular sunsets!
Ursula M.recommends
August 22, 2021
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
A very quiet spot with a great view, perfect for a calm weekend getaway. Not much opportunity for hiking or other activities directly from the campsite, but there’s plenty in the surrounding area. The view over the Mississippi valley is stunning!
Carolyn C.recommends
July 31, 2021
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
Quiet and besutiful, just what we were looking for.
Tlaloc R.recommends
June 7, 2021
Stunning View at Galena River Ranch
We had a very pleasant stay. The camp site was scenic, clean and very private. It was comforting to see the host stop by and check in to make sure we were fine. We highly recommend this hipcamp site!
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