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Cedar Springs

· Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa
10 acres hosted by Thais M.
1 lodging site
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100% of recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp felt private.
The property has been in my family for over 40 years and was originally settled in the mid 1800's. It is about 10 acres and is primarily wooded with Cedar, Oak, Maple, Hickory and Birch. The topography is diverse, having steep heights, easy flats and everything in between; which makes hiking fun and interesting. The lower College Drive side features a historic limestone homestead and quarry, also a fossil rich creek-bed and rustic (4WD) road to the top. The upper property (Hwy. 52 access) offers a secluded forest as well as a spacious meadow. The woods are filled with birds and many other indigenous wild animals. We are only a half mile from towns edge and two miles from its center (also a five minute drive from Luther College). The Decorah area is well known for its scenic natural beauty and has extensive hiking trails, biking trails, cross-country ski routes, rivers, creeks and hunting areas. People come here year round for our outdoor recreation and beauty. Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Tubing, X-country skiing, and Trail Riding are very popular activities around here. Bring a side-by-side or ATV and have a blast both on the property and around the area. Decorah has several museums, a movie theater, 2 golf courses and bowling alley in addition to dozens of charming shops and several restaurants. You'll never get bored staying at Cedar Springs.The Blufftop Greenhouse is 6'x 10' and has electricity, lights, air conditioning & heat. There is a futon-sofa that sleeps 1-2 people, with an air mattress stowed beneath for more bed space if needed. Linens, pillow and 2 fleece blankets are provided. Coffee is included and set for service inside. The greenhouse sits on a deck with a table and 2 chairs outside, there are two lawn chairs and a fire ring. One bundle of wood is included and more is available. The outdoor cooking area includes 5 gallons of potable water and a few basics for cooking/dining. Right beside the greenhouse is a private outdoor shower and an outhouse is on-site as well. There is room to bring smaller campers or trailers, hammocks or overland vehicles for additional people to camp, one level spot for a tent. The site itself is wooded, with shade and sun, it sits on the rim of an old limestone quarry with impressive views of the quarry cliffs and the rolling greenways of Silvercrest Golf and Country Club. Like golf? You can walk down the trail and be there in a few minutes. Throughout the property are a few hiking trails, with varying degrees of difficulty including a private 4 wheel drive historic road which has access to College Drive. Campers may use the quarry for fires and gatherings. There is a historic limestone house on the lower property which may be used for photo opportunities but can not be explored inside at this time. There is also a limestone creek bed which is rich with fossils and periodically offers up trail treasures such as antique bottlers and cans and square nails. Registered campers as well as their guests must be 18 and over (Parents- we can make exceptions for kids, please contact us) due to the possible dangers of a natural environment which contains high elevations, cliffs, falling rock and wildlife. There is only one site listed at this time so campers will pretty much have the place to themselves. Hosts are 500 feet from the site, on the other side of the woods so you'll have lots of privacy. Dogs welcome, please keep them close by you at all times. For more than two guests, a tent or camper would be recommended.
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10 ratings · 9 reviews
Erin D.recommends
June 17, 2024
Blufftop Greenhouse
We loved our time at the Blufftop Greenhouse. We tent camped on the first night and stayed in the greenhouse the rest of our stay, both were great options. The hosts were very attentive and responsive, checking in multiple times to make sure we had enough water and firewood. There were lots of thoughtful touches like complimentary coffee. The outdoor kitchen area made cooking very easy. Overall it was a great experience and we would highly recommend this location.
Michael P.recommends
May 13, 2024
Blufftop Greenhouse
Great experience
Great time! Everything you need is provided. Quiet place and room to explore. Perfect road trip stop.
Debbie B.recommends
April 28, 2024
Blufftop Greenhouse
Fantastic spot
Super cute spot on the top of a bluff. Got to experience a lightening storm which was amazing in the greenhouse. My dog had a great time too. Super cosy and private. Will definitely come back.
Megan M.recommends
April 1, 2024
Blufftop Greenhouse
Beautiful greenhouse for glamping
The greenhouse was our base camp for a nice weekend getaway. It was tucked back on a private piece of land not far from town but nice and quiet and with killer views of a limestone quarry. I recommend extra blankets this time of year, but the space heater in the greenhouse helps a lot! I would definitely come back in warmer weather :) Thais’s instructions for getting to the sight are easy to follow and the ease of getting more water and wood was great.
Jack M.recommends
December 1, 2023
Blufftop Greenhouse
Super cool spot! Thais was super courteous and responsive. If you stay in the winter, bring a good sleeping bag. It gets cold, even with the space heater, but that kind of added to the charm. Would definitely come back.
Rachel K.recommends
November 24, 2023
Blufftop Greenhouse
I’d recommend this spot to anyone looking for a bit of magic and serenity. Thais was highly communicative before and throughout our stay. The heated greenhouse makes for a creative winter camping solution, though we recommend bringing a second space heater. The outdoor and indoor spaces were both beautifully accommodated. At Thais’ recommendation, we went down and discovered a small treasure trove worth of fossils in the lower creek bed on the property. What an adventure!
Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of oθaakiiwaki‧hina‧ki (Sauk) & Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Wahpeton First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Thais M.

Joined in July 2023
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