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Gilles Family Dairy & Woodland

Houston, Winona, Minnesota
100 acres hosted by Mike And Joan G.
3 lodging sites 路 1 RV/tent site
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Best in Minnesota: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Private sites
100% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
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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390 ratings 路 338 reviews
Stacey M.recommends
July 6, 2024
Cows 馃悇 galore, peaceful & private
Mike and Joan are friendly, experienced hosts and have provided so much to their site at no additional charge! Very private and the cleanest outhouse ever! We highly recommend.
Rachel K.recommends
July 4, 2024
Truly a magical sanctuary. Can鈥檛 say enough about the hospitality, the welcome, and the experience!
Katy H.recommends
July 1, 2024
Great folks, lovely dwellings
These folks are so lovely, thoughtful & their space is gorgeous! I expected to have a rainy camp experience and they upgraded me to their abandoned ship on the property, which was novel, and kept me warm!
Susan B.recommends
June 30, 2024
Amazing trail system. Spent hours picking wild raspberries!
Tom G.recommends
June 30, 2024
Excellent all around!
Our stay in the Wooden Tent was fantastic, we鈥檇 heartily recommend it to anyone. Mike and Joan are excellent, thoughtful hosts. The site is located within a beautiful little valley, and includes every necessary amenity. It鈥檚 easily accessible while still offering plenty of seclusion and space. The wooden tent, trails, and bathroom facilities were all immaculately maintained. This is an ideal base camp for exploring the Winona area, or just relaxing and enjoying the solitude of the woods.
Matthew B.recommends
June 30, 2024
Excellent hosts and a beautiful private woodland to explore and relax in.
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Joined in August 2017
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