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Big Branch Apiary

· Lacombe, St. Tammany, Louisiana
50 acres hosted by Cheri B.
1 RV/tent site · 2 tent sites
Full RV hookups
Electrical, water, and sewage hookups are available at select sites.
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We sit on 50 acres north of Lake Pontchartrain. We're bounded by the Big Branch Wildlife Reserve to the south and a Rails to Trails bike path on the north. We are 3 miles from LaCombe to the east, Mandeville to the west, and about 1 mile from Fountainbleu State Park. Most of the farm, 80%, is mixed hardwood forest and designated wetlands. Desert Bayou and East Branch Bayou meander across the property which is home to deer, foxes, bobcats, owls, fireflies, otters, raccoons, turtles, and, well, about anything common to the wilds of the Gulf South. This includes a litany of snakes, mosquitoes, and deer flies in their season. About 5 acres are used to raise poultry, bees and organically farmed blueberries. Overall, the land feels primordial and pristine. We are a designated Monarch Waystation and in the spring and fall see many migrating butterflies. We cultivate a lot of flowers so almost year round you can see butterflies in profusion. We are part of the USDAs Conservation Stewardship Program, concentrating on protecting and increasing habitat for animals and pollinators. Dogs are welcome, 2 of them live here, but the chickens often run free and chasing them or the deer for fun or food is not acceptable. This is a rustic situation: think dry camping, outdoor (heated) shower, and port-o-lets. We have hookups for one small RV or camper close to the barn. In addition, we have a 10x10' treehouse, and several places to pitch a tent. The farm is pretty secure--someone is on-site most of the time, it's gated, and there are security cameras at access points. But it is a farm in a rural community--you may hear roosters crow, sheep bleat, dogs bark, and the mule bray along with the sounds of owls, hawks, coyotes and other native wildlife of the area. If this suits you then come stay and enjoy the farm life.
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Lacombe, St. Tammany, Louisiana, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Chahta Yakni (Choctaw) and Acolapissa First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Cheri B.Joined in March 2021
12 ratings · 7 reviews
Kerri D.recommends
November 28, 2023
RV/Camper hookups
Krewe of Big Branch
I am calling them Krewe of Big Branch Apiary. Cheri and Krewe are wonderful hosts. Easy going. Attentive. Accommodating. Kind. Respectful. Love all the animals and surrounding nature. I'm using the RV space for a workcamp and it has been a great opportunity to unwind and relax in between work. I totally recommend them. Big thanks.
Marsha W.recommends
November 13, 2023
RV/Camper hookups
A beautiful getaway
We loved our stay at Big Branch Apiary and are so pumped to return for another stay. Just an hour outside of New Orleans, we were looking for a quick retreat from the city and found Cheri's place. We brought our pup Ori, who just loved exploring her new surroundings and indulging in Gloria (the mule/big dog) and the sheep's nuggets. We opted in for a 1/2 dozen farm fresh eggs from Cheri's coop and took home a few after our trip. It was serene and just what we needed for a quick reset. We also loved sharing space with Cheri and her husband Tim, very rad couple of humans with so much experience and knowledge. We'll be sure to be back soon!
Stephanie H.recommends
October 31, 2023
RV/Camper hookups
Wonderful host and property
Cheryl and her husband were so very nice and accommodating. We had so much fun on their farm. Cheryl made us feel right at home by taking us on a tour- blueberries, chickens, sheep, two sweet dogs and a mule who was getting a hair cut when we left. Just the nicest people! We hope to visit again.
Ren M.recommends
October 30, 2023
Treehouse in the Pines
Tree House Hideaway
I stayed in the treehouse and loved it. It was a perfect balance of outdoors escape, and safety. I felt very secure in the floating style treehouse. I stayed two nights by myself and enjoyed my weekend escape. Cheri was very responsive with messages. Her and Tim put a lot of work into their property, and i cant wait to see it continue to grow.
Katie D.recommends
October 17, 2023
Tenting in the Blueberry field
We had a wonderful time at Big Branch Apiary! You can tell how much love has been put into the farm. Cheri was a wonderful host and we enjoyed meeting the dogs, sheep, chickens, and peacocks. It was a peaceful, private site with picnic tables and the treehouse was greatly appreciated once the mosquitos came out. I highly recommend camping here and we’ll hopefully come back for another visit.
Taylor O.recommends
October 15, 2023
Tenting in the Blueberry field
Camping in the Blueberry Field!
We booked this campsite for a group of 10 and had such an amazing experience! The blueberry field was private, spacious and a quick easy walk to all of the lovely amenities. The hosts were extremely accommodating, making us a big pot of coffee in the morning, and we could tell they were passionate about sharing their beautiful piece of land. We met their sheep and even got to hold the baby peacocks! Thank you so much Cheri!
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