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Draco Hill Nature Farm

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· West Branch, Cedar, Iowa
75 acres hosted by Suzan E.
4 RV/tent sites
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A convenient 7 miles north of Interstate 80 but feels like an oasis away from it all. Summer has begun! The prairie is starting to flower, the mulberries are just finishing up and black raspberries are coming on in the woods for you to forage. Please take a taste and leave the rest for others to enjoy. There have also been black bear sightings in Cedar County! If one decides to visit, please steer clear of it. They are NOT as cute as they look, especially if you get between them and their food or cubs! This year, Draco Hill Nature Farm is hosting free events you can join in on when you camp. Coming up is a night time bug show and talk July 12 and prairie walks in August and September. See Dracohill.org/events for details. Make it part of your camping experience or sign up for your own private sustainable agriculture tour under "Extras." Enjoy nature in a private, wooded river valley setting. Go to sleep under the stars to the sound of frogs, cicadas, coyotes, deer and the rustling wind through the tallgrass prairie. Wake to an amazing sunrise over the river. Enjoy a hike through our 4 miles of trails on 75 acres of rolling woodlands and prairie, picking berries, finding mushrooms, scaring up a turkey or pheasant in the brush or listening to the birds. (Pull out your Merlin app to see who's singing!) Play in the river or upland pond, cut cattails and prairie grasses for souvenirs and enjoy being unplugged for a while. Your hosts are here if you need us, but we leave you to enjoy this beautiful place at your own pace. NOTE: It's raining more this summer than it has in 4 year so bring insect repellant. Poison ivy is also very prevalent. We spray chemicals as little as possible for your safety and the benefit of the environment so wear long pants in the woods and be vigilant around your campsite. We use TecNu - a product we scrub on and wash off if we get into poison ivy by mistake and it has kept us from any major outbreaks.
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Scott S.recommends
July 19, 2024
Sun and Swimming
Secluded and quiet
Super secluded. Enjoyed the peace and quiet and that there was no one near us. Site 1 had a good view of the river.
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Andrew C.recommends
July 15, 2024
Shade and Swimming
Great spot right along the Cedar River with plenty of shade and nice access to trails and meadows. Suzan was a wonderful host - we hope to return again soon.
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Ryan E.recommends
July 10, 2024
Sun and Swimming
Really cool spot with lots of privacy. One side is the river and on the other is a nice meadow.
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Jameson W.recommends
July 9, 2024
Sun and Swimming
Suzan takes excellent care of this property and has made numerous trails that are really great for casual exploring. The site was easily accessible and there were no issues with mud or standing water even though we had several days with heavy rain. The Cedar river is beautiful and offered a very relaxing canoe ride. Would not recommend for people who are very allergic to poison ivy since it's quite plentiful once you leave the mowed areas. One other consideration when staying here is that there is no cell reception.
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Leslie K.recommends
July 8, 2024
Sun and Swimming
I was moving across the country and needed a place to stay that I could check into late. This fit the bill and was a beautiful place to sleep for the night as a bonus!
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Ash B.recommends
July 7, 2024
Shade and Swimming
From Chicago to Iowa
Wow. Suzan’s land is truly an amazing experience. One of the best in Iowa. As someone who meticulously plans their trips I appreciate Suzan’s description of each site, the directions and the add ons! Please take advantage of her short but sweet farm tour that was very informative and inspiring to learn more about the land we were occupying for a short but meaningful time. The trail was easily the coolest part of our stay and being able to venture out for more privacy and still be close to our site. This place is truly an amazing space! I can’t wait to come back.
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West Branch, Cedar, Iowa, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Báxoje Máyaⁿ (Ioway), oθaakiiwaki‧hina‧ki (Sauk) & Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Suzan E.

Joined in April 2018
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