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Camping Along the Old Bison Trail

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· Sparta, Owen, Kentucky
153 acres hosted by Marcus C.
14 RV/tent sites · 1 tent site
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Pets can be off-leash at some sites.
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Gallop in! Some sites cater to Hipcampers on horseback.
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Peaceful Secluded Campsites are what you want. Several beautiful settings will be what you get and much much more. Our campsites lie along the Old Buffalo Trace, the name given by early pioneers to the massive trail left by centuries of migrating bison that traveled right through this property. Making their way between salt and mineral licks along the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers, these herds were part of the plentiful wild game which was the reason so many local native tribes referred to old "Cain-tuk-ee" as their "Happy Hunting Ground". Our 7 campsites are constructed on "The Old Coates Homestead" where we make our home in the original 1858 Homestead house which we recently restored and where we make our delicious gourmet foods. (learn more here: www.steepleviewfarmstore.com) We have sites to fit everyone's needs. Five sites are accessible by vehicle. Two are "walk in" only. The vehicle accessible sites range from sites for one tent, pop up or van campers, to our featured site "Thistledown Gathering Place" which a large group size setting great for scouting trips, church groups, multi-family camping and parties of up to 16 people. Each site has a fire ring, fire wood is available for purchase, we offer clean and well maintained portable toilets, municipal drinking water, hiking trails, and lots and lots of wildlife to help you commune with the absolute beauty of this peaceful farm named Steepleview Farm (learn more here: www.steepleviewfarm.com). But camping isn't the only reason to choose Steepleview Farm. It becomes base camp for so many people looking to take in the amazing itinerary of activities so close by. Here are just a few: The Ark Encounter The Creation Museum Historic Old Frankfort (state capitol) with historic home and capitol tours Historic Madison Indiana, a river captains town of magnificent homes and a quaint little town for strolling, or the Madison Regatta or the BBQ festival Big Bone Lick State Park, massive prehistoric dinosaur dig Buffalo Trace Distillery Neeley Family Distillery Belterra Casino Clifty Falls State Park Old Frankfort Cemetery, burial site of Daniel and Rebecca Boone and so much more.... And don't forget, the history of this place makes your stay that much more than just a night in a campground. You will be sleeping among the spirits of history, the native Americans who hunted this land, the earliest pioneers who mapped it for the expansion west, the early 1800's homesteaders who cleared and worked the land with teams of horses, the centuries of tobacco farmers who shipped their goods to market on the many rivers and streams that surround you. We work very hard to make this THE best camping destination you will find anywhere. And, upcoming.........Pioneer Log Cabins. We have recently acquired a collection of log cabins for a true to life, historic reenactment staycation. We are fortunate that one of the cabins was the frontier church known as "Shilo Baptist Church" from 1830-1840. The pastor of this church baptized Abraham Lincoln's father and is credited with having changed his attitudes toward ending slavery. Our hiking trails and nature trails bring you lots of knowledge, peace, shade, cool breezes and you can bring your horse (no motorized recreational vehicles) oh and lots of wildlife viewing. Here are a few of our featured campsites: REDBUD MEADOW: Our first campsite used by hundreds of people over the years. A secluded lawn in the midst of redbud trees, easy to drive to and from with a pile of firewood and a metal fire ring. The premier site on our property. THE BAPTISMAL POND: As history goes the pond in front of this site was used in the 1800's for baptisms for the church visible from everywhere on the farm, thus our name. This is a tent site, easy to drive into and out of, fires permitted in season. THISTLEDOWN GATHERING PLACE: This is a very large meadow, surrounded by trees with the capacity for large groups, many tents and gatherings of lots of people. Very level, easy in and out with vehicles. Fires permitted in season. WHITETAIL SANCTUARY: Every night for decades a herd of whitetail deer graze in this pastoral setting. Drive in and out, fires in season. Suitable for a family sized tent. THE PENNINSULA: This camping spot is WALK IN ONLY. You can drive to the trailhead on grass and walk the path to the campsite (about 200 yards). One of two remote sites. It sits in the woods, on the bank of a wet weather creek which flows around two sides of the campsite. Fires permitted in season. TOTEM TREES: This site is WALK IN ONLY. A short hike down the hill from the grass parking area and you have a small spot for a tent, in the woods, surrounded by trees and a lot of standing dead ash which appear as if you are in the presence of totem poles. NO OPEN FIRES. MUST USE BACKPACKER STOVE AND FLAMELESS LIGHTING. SPOTTED FAWN HIDEAWAY: This totally secluded walk in campsite is suitable for a small tent only AND PERFECT FOR HAMMOCK CAMPING. NO FIRES as the site benefits from the shade and protection of overhanging cedar trees and the ground is covered in cedar needles. NO OPEN FIRES. MUST USE BACKPACKER STOVE AND FLAMELESS LIGHTING. SO WHAT'S OUR STORY? https://steepleviewfarm.com/our-history So many great people, so many great stories and so many opportunities to share the blessings of our little piece of heaven with you. We hope to see you here.
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Mark H.recommends
October 24, 2023
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Gods Country
The property was very well maintained and beautiful. It’s a great place to spend family time.Also Marcus was very helpful in telling us some interesting places to go and visit. He also recommended a great little pizza place that was absolutely delicious. A most if you want to go camping in a camper or tent, try this place out you will absolutely fall in love there.
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Mark H.recommends
October 24, 2023
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GODS Country for sure
The land was very well maintained and was a beautiful site. Peaceful and at night the stars was beautiful. Marcus was a wonderful host and make sure you have him to send you his link to his homemade jellies and salsa.
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Ryan W.doesn't recommend
October 6, 2023
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Dissapointed
Our small group didn't have an opportunity to stay at this site-- the Host forgot about our reservation and wasn't there when we arrived. After we realized no one was there, we called the Host to inquire about our reservation... not only was he unavailable, but completely out of the state. He told us that he didn't remember accepting our reservation nor talking to anyone about the stay (despite records of both). Tone can be hard to capture over the phone, but we felt as if the Host seemed rather indifferent and somewhat standoffish to the situation. We left the property utterly dissapointed, as we drove almost 2 hours each way. The land and site may be lovely, but we didn't have an opportunity to find out. I hope future Hipcampers will receive a better experience than us during their stay. Hipcamp was very accommodating to our request and provided a full refund for our stay. Thanks to Hipcamp for their prompt and kind response and customer service.
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Keith H.recommends
September 30, 2023
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Great stay!
Marcus was a great host and provided great communication. His property is beautiful. We parked in a big field where he has nice gravel pathways. Plenty of room to move around and to get in and out. We were there for one night but would definitely stay again if we’re in the area.
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Lisa B.recommends
August 21, 2023
Site 6 - Steepleview Farm Peaceful Park Like
Beautiful private camping
Great private camping. Helpful host. I would stay again
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Johnnny D.recommends
July 27, 2023
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Secluded, Private, and Wonderful
Marcus and his wife were exceptional hosts. They were friendly, accommodating, and struck just the right balance of involvement. Since no one else was camping at the time, they allowed us to pitch our tent wherever we wanted, and that was a huge blessing for my family and me. The location was secluded, private, with a beautiful view of the stars at night, and we even heard occasional moos throughout the day. I'd stop here again without hesitation, giving it a 10/10 rating. If you're looking to get away and just rest in peace, this is the perfect place. Book now!
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Sparta, Owen, Kentucky, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), Hopewell Culture, and Adena Culture 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 Marcus C.Joined in August 2020
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 12 hours
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