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Gilles Family Dairy & Woodland

· Houston, Winona, Minnesota
100 acres hosted by Mike And Joan G.
3 lodging sites · 1 RV/tent site
Private sites
100% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
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.
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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Houston, Winona, Minnesota, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of oθaakiiwaki‧hina‧ki (Sauk) & Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Wahpeton First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Mike And Joan G.Joined in August 2017
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 4 hours
357 ratings · 312 reviews
Dina G.recommends
November 6, 2023
This place was such a gem! I wish I could have stayed a few more nights, but it was a treat nonetheless.
Natania M.recommends
October 22, 2023
Boat house
Great host! Beautiful place! The walk was gorgeous. There are a lot of trails. Extremely recommended
Nicholas T.recommends
October 22, 2023
Mike and Joan were the kindest and most gracious hosts. To their small touches they put into the wooden tent, to the stunning wooded trails, they went above and beyond. You can tell the passion they have put into their hip camp stay. Thank you for the wonderful stay!
Stacy G.recommends
October 9, 2023
Rock Bottom is top notch
This was one of my favorite Hipcamp stays in a long time! We were met promptly as we arrived and driven down to our cabin. Everything was thoroughly explained to us. The views were stunning. The trails were wonderful and the trail map and signs on the trails were better than some state parks! The night was dark and quiet and we really enjoyed the calls of the owls. The beds were comfortable and the views out of the sliding glass doors was great.
Betsi E.recommends
October 2, 2023
I've been to this farm several times, and it's always a good experience! It was wet and rainy this visit but Mike and Joan were friendly and welcoming as always and the campsite is cleared and maintained well enough that there was never a problem with mud or puddles. We'll be back again :)
Whitney B.recommends
October 1, 2023
Magical Getaway On The Farm
Rock Bottom is a magical little getaway set away in the privacy of a truly beautiful property. It’s completely secluded and private and wonderfully quiet. They’ve provided all the necessities— a bed with a roof over your head, tables, chairs, trash/recycling, lamps, some - yet minimal - cookware - tons of firewood, matches, a big fire pit with grill for cooking and a clean privy. We and our dogs loved relaxing, walking their amazing trails and finding the creek where our dogs swam. Visit The Shed or Witoka Tavern for lunch. Excellent burgers. Moreover, Mike and Joan were lovely hosts and showed us around the farm and let’s us say hi to the animals which was the cherry on top to a great weekend.
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