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Gilles Family Dairy & Woodland

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· Houston, Minnesota
100 acres
4 sites
3 Lodging
1 RV/Tent
Welcome ; Located in southeast Minnesota's Driftless region of hills, valleys, fields and forests, we are a grass based working dairy farm with over 100 acres of woodland, including an extensive trail system and campsites in our wooded acres. What makes this woodland special is it's quiet, secluded setting and over 6 miles of hiking / skiing trails. Our farmstead sits three quarter of a mile off the paved county highway on our well maintained gravel driveway. Each of our campsites are secluded from the others with their own sawdust compost toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces, and firewood. Two of our sites require 4WD with a minimum of 6 inches ground clearance to access, and two are accessible with 2WD. If you do not have 4WD we can help transport your gear while you enjoy the walk in. There are plenty of woodland birds, deer, turkeys, raccoons and squirrels sharing the woods with you. At night it is common for owls to visit the campsite area to say hello, and coyotes talking in the distance. The winding trails through 100 acres of woodland offer a variety of woodland habitats, from Old growth Maple to mixed hardwood, to dense brush, to the edges of open pastureland. Bring your fat bike or mountain bike for an enjoyable ride. For winter users there is a mix of easy, moderate, and challenging winter cross country skiing or snowshoeing / hiking on the property. However the Rock Bottom Cabin is our only heated and insulated site and is available for winter booking. Winter access is walk in only with snow on the ground or in the forecast. We can help transport gear. This property is part of a working pasture-based dairy farm and guided tours of the dairy and cattle are available when scheduling allows. Children 12 and younger are free at our campsites. No need to be counted as guests , but please let us know when requesting to book. We do not allow non-booked visitors to our campsites due to the secluded, remote location, and accessibility.
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Biking
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Horseback riding
Snow sports
Natural features
Forest
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Houston, Minnesota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Mike And Joan G.Joined in August 2017
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280 ratings · 241 reviews
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Anthony S.recommends
December 11, 2022
ROCK BOTTOM CABIN
The property and the woods were absolutely beautiful. The cabin was perfect for the night and very cozy. Mike and Joan were the nicest people and they are doing some amazing things for their community with their land. An absolute pleasure to be there!
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Andy X.recommends
December 4, 2022
ROCK BOTTOM CABIN
Mike and Joan were very friendly hosts. Beautiful property with a nice warm cabin. This stay had nice trails with sight seeing. Would definitely return.
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Julie J.recommends
November 3, 2022
ROCK BOTTOM CABIN
Beautiful Property and Trails!
We stayed at Rock Bottom and truly enjoyed our stay. The site was beautiful and private. Mike and Joan have put a lot of thought into each of their sites. They had barrels for garbage, gray water and ash and also plenty of supplies for building a fire. The whole property itself is amazing! Lots of well maintained trails in a rolling landscape with many interesting views. They supplied a map of the trail system that was easy to follow.
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Olivia F.recommends
November 2, 2022
WOODEN TENT IN THE WOODS
A Literal Dream
This was our absolute favorite campsite we have been to; the trails, the atmosphere and the hospitality were fantastic. My daughter, myself and our dog had THE best girls weekend in the cabin in the woods. Please do yourself a favor and come stay at the Gilles farm!!
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Chad J.recommends
October 24, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
Peaceful
This was my third time camping at Mike and Joan’s land, it never disappoints! Miles of hiking trails, wood and water included in your stay, and beautiful views all around. I love the Hilltop Queen because you have a nice campsite (fire pit, picnic table) and a comfortable dry place to sleep!
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Timothy K.recommends
October 24, 2022
ROCK BOTTOM CABIN
This is such a cool spot. Very unique and the property owners are WONDERFUL. Such kind and helpful people.
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Katrina V.recommends
October 23, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Mike couldn’t be friendlier or more accommodating. Great directions, easy to find, campsites have great views - plenty of nicely cared for trails on the property and lots of privacy. Free firewood and water plus the very coolest outdoor compostable toilet bathrooms I’ve ever been in. Seriously - bar none! Star hazing was superb.
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John S.recommends
October 22, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
Very fun and unique accommodation. Enjoyed the wonderful trail system and the well set up campground with picnic table, outdoor wash sink, wood, and fabulous fireplace. A wonderful stay.
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Rose W.recommends
October 21, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
Want to enjoy a quiet weekend alone or take the kids and the pups for a week of fun? Then this is the perfect place. The trails are beautifully maintained and thoughtfully planned. What a fun place to stay, especially in less than ideal weather. Thank you Mike for running that propane tank (for the heater) out to us at night. Nice private site with a clean, large outhouse, outdoor sink and wood grill. Can't wait to stay again.
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Donna M.recommends
October 18, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
Retreat
Private and quirky the hilltop queen is wonderful as a retreat.
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Sarah N.recommends
October 16, 2022
ROCK BOTTOM CABIN
We loved our weekend stay here! The fall colors were beautiful, and the cabin was so warm and cozy. It all felt very homey and the details were well thought out. We didn’t see another person during our whole stay, and walked most of the trails! They were beautiful. Our stay was easy and dreamy 🥰
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Guy H.recommends
October 14, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Nice wooded sites!
Really nice camp. The sites are well away from the working farm and surrounded by woods and beautiful valleys. The firewood and water they provide make it a good deal for the price.
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Guy H.recommends
October 9, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Very nice camping!
Really nice sites. All very secluded and beautiful. My kids stayed at the cabin and the road is VERY steep, when they say 4 wheel drive required believe them. We stayed at Round Mound and really enjoyed it. The unlimited fire wood makes the $30 fee very worth it! There is a fireplace and a fire pit. The compost toilets are clean and well kept and the hosts provide water as well.
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Joe S.recommends
October 3, 2022
WOODEN TENT IN THE WOODS
Happy Campers
The fire pit/camp stove is the bomb, it functions like a rocket stove the way it draws in the air from the front. The grate is heavy duty (welding gloves provided on-site) and not adjustable height-wise. We brought our own grate to employ on top so we wouldn’t lose a brat, hot dog or steak. Trail system is awesome and no pesky neighbors anywhere near by. Joan was busy with chores so she got Mike for us. Mike took us down to the site and is very knowledgeable and a great storyteller. We loved our stay!
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Sean B.recommends
October 2, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Great location
Mike and Joan do an amazing job maintaining their property. The site was perfect for tent or rv camping and the trails are great. Perfect camping getaway spot.
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Aubree D.recommends
September 25, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
Pleasing experience
Had a great time. The bed is comfy, it rained and we stayed dry inside the boat. The outhouse did not smell and was a nice set up for an outhouse. I am not a camper, don’t have a tent, but still wanted a camping experience with my kid. This was perfect! Wood, water, grill, picnic table, outhouse and dry lodging all provided! Trails to hike and we got to play with the farm cats and help feed the calves. Would come back.
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Chad J.recommends
September 20, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
Camping on a boat in the woods!
Once again Mike and Joan offered an unique experience! Staying in the Hilltop Queen is the best of both worlds…..great camping experience and a nice place to lay you head at night. Is was great when it rained for a bit and I had a place inside where I could be and an outdoor covered patio area on the boat! The trails they have created around their property are great to explore. Mike and Joan gave me the tour of the boat and showed me how to run the lights (solar power). Looking forward to next time😊
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Tammy D.recommends
September 19, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
My sister and I are always looking for fun places to stay and the hilltop queen is now in our top 10! The hosts were very helpful and really enjoyed talking to them. The boat has a great story and the scenery is breathtaking. So peaceful and quiet. Added bonus we woke up to fog on the pastures. Slept great and the outhouse was a nice bonus. Most definitely a place to escape from every day life.
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Michelle M.recommends
September 18, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Wonderful
The owners take this seriously and have thought of EVERYTHING a for their guests’ comfort and enjoyment. I would call it “rustically luxurious.” We stayed in our 18ft travel trailer on the Round Mound site. Had a wonderful bonfire under an extremely starry sky. Our dogs were off-leash the whole time, and were in heaven. We were remote enough that there were no concerns that they would bother anyone. Couldn’t have asked for more.
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Anna D.recommends
September 11, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Camping with cows
The most important thing to say is Thank you! This was one of the most unique camping trips we have done. Mike and Joan let us come watch milking time; that was really cool to see! After milking they feed the cows, and Mike and his son-in-law spent time answering questions and sharing their extensive knowledge with us! This was the favorite part for my aunt who grew up as a farm kid. Joan allowed us to tag along when she fed the calves. That was very fun. She is also very knowledgeable and fun to talk to! They care about their cows, and treat them really well. We woke this first morning and could see the herd grazing in the pasture next to the campground. The Round Mound campsite was one of the cleanest campsites I have been to! Wood was available, a huge picnic table, a fire pit and a separate wood grill. There are so many thoughtful touches, like a clothes line. It had a shady parking spot for a trailer and lots of both open and shaded space. The bathroom has a compostable toilet. We weren't sure what to expect from the "outhouse", but it was spacious, extremely clean and had NO bad smells! There are many trails on the property, we didn’t explore much this time due to rain, but we are definitely going to come back!
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Bryce N.recommends
September 10, 2022
WOODEN TENT IN THE WOODS
Go Camping
If you wanna feel like you are actually camping. This is the spot
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Katy S.recommends
September 5, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
Cozy w/ priceless sounds of nature!
The grounds were amazing! We had a good time running around the various loops and sightseeing. The sounds of nature out there are priceless. Mike and Joan did an amazing job rigging this 'cabin' with lights and features and I would absolutely stay there again anytime I'm driving through Minnesota. Highly recommended for a good 'ole adventure time!
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Linh D.recommends
September 5, 2022
WOODEN TENT IN THE WOODS
An absolute gem on this lovely eart
Mike and Joan are FANTASTIC hosts. You can really tell that they're on hipcamp only to share this bit of magic they have with people to bring a smile to their faces. You will have a constant smile on your face. As you look around at the love, care, patience, and skill that went into making such a space. To think one man, with some help from friends and family, made these trails and campsites! I am so LUCKY to only live two hours from the Gilles family farm. It is definitely one of my happy places.
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Robert M.recommends
September 5, 2022
ROCK BOTTOM CABIN
Labor Day Weekend Camping Adventure
We absolutely loved our stay at the Rock Bottom Cabin over Labor Day weekend! The Gilles family farm is beautiful to explore with miles of trails for hiking and getting “lost” in nature. All of the trails are easy to navigate and Mike even gives little riddles for you to find things around the property while you’re exploring! A hike up to the springs is a must, especially if you have a dog, the clear water views are unmatched. Mike is a fantastic host, making sure the cabin is clean and providing amenities that make this place feel like a remote home away from home. We enjoyed sitting out by the fire every night, playing cards, and soaking in the sounds of wildlife. We are looking forward to coming back, this spot is exactly what the soul needs for a quick reset from daily life.
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Mindy H.recommends
September 5, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Round mound was a nice secluded little gem for tent camping. We enjoyed lots of wildlife noises sitting around the campfire at night. Very accommodating hosts. Perfect getaway!
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John C.recommends
August 30, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
We had a great time. Campsite was well supplied with water, firewood and kindling. Had both a firepit and a grill. Grandchildren enjoyed seeing the farm animals during the day and hearing the wildlife at night. A very memorable stay.
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Matha R.recommends
August 28, 2022
HILLTOP QUEEN
The salvaged camping boat was an amazing experience! My entire family, including our fur babies, loved exploring the trails. The campsite was kept up, provided amenities and included many bonuses you won’t find elsewhere. Mike and Joan are extremely personable, very laid back and easy to work with. Mike made sure to give us a tour and talked “mechanic” with my husband and showed him how everything worked. Rogers will definitely be recommending the boat to our friends and will definitely be coming back through.
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Sharon F.recommends
August 24, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
Hope to stay again!
Secluded, perfect for an overnight near the highway. They were able to accommodate our large 5th wheel with 50amp service. Clear driving instructions, and detail in the site description that there was no sewer/water hook up but didn't need it. Enjoyed seeing the milk barn as I grew up on a dairy farm. It brought back many memories. Not disappointed! Thanks for the hospitality!!
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Sarah E.recommends
August 22, 2022
ROCK BOTTOM CABIN
Awesome cabin and farm to stay at
The cabin was excellent for our trip this weekend! We loved being on the farm, seeing the animals, hiking the trails, having a dry place to crash after a long day of hiking and adventures nearby, and having everything we needed without being in a busy campground. Mike showed us where everything was the first day and left us a few additional items he thought of the next day to make our stay even better.
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Russell K.recommends
August 20, 2022
ROUND MOUND CAMPSITE
This was my first time at a Hip Camp. Round Mound Campsite exceeded my expectations in every way! From the well-laid out campsite to the super clean outhouse to all the little extras.
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