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1855 Campground

· Black, Reynolds, Missouri
45 acres hosted by Bill H.
7 tent sites
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The Campground has come to the end of the 2023 season, however, we had a record number of campers here this season! THANKS to everyone. Met some awesome folks and made new friends. Priceless! We open the 2024 season March 1st with the same wilderness adventure. Hope to see ya here. TIRED OF NOISEY OVER CROWDED CAMP GROUNDS, we’ll give us a try! 1855 Campground is a private natural preserve, dedicated to fostering the natural Ozark experience.   We border the National Forest!! Come enjoy the outdoors at its bests!  This nature space offers seven large campsites generously spaced to provide privacy and the ability to become one with nature. I offer 4 campsites that provides the experience in camping in the woods. Site 1, Little Brushy Creek. Site 3, Bills Hill. Site 6, Hidden Hollow, and site 7, Roberts Mountain. Shuttle service of your camping gear to your campsite is available for free upon request. This land borders the Mark Twain National Forest, so hiking is abundant and encouraged and being far away from the city this area is ideal for star gazing and planet photography. There is on-site fresh spring water flowing all year round.  Enjoy fishing, swimming, or just hanging out at the pond or in the babbling brook that runs alongside the prosperity. There is also an off grid home where I live an I am willing to share my experience with you. Just opened campsite 7! Yes a new wilderness campsite located on top of the highest hill on the prosperity. It’s borders the National Forest an like all other sites it’s very private.Only a fire pit is available. It’s a must see and experience. Those of you who like site 3, the other wilderness site, will like this. This will be a popular site!  1855 Campground is in close proximity to:      Floating activities along the Black River      Johnson Shuts State Park      Bell Mountain Hiking Trails       Elephant Rocks      Counsel Bluffs Lake      Tip Top Park      Taum Sauk State Park      Historic town of Caledonia       Clearwater Lake      Shepard Mountain bike trial  The details:       Campsites are large enough for multiple tents      All sites have fire pits and the first bundle of wood provided is included       All have BBQ grills and tables (except site 3 and 7).  Bring charcoal      Outhouses and outside shower is available      Parking space provided, once check in assistance to campsite is provided       For your peace an quite no vehicles, guns or loud music allowed back in campground      1855 Campground lives by “Leave no trace Principles” take out what you bring  in.      2023 season runs to Oct 2nd      Additional firewood and charcoal can be purchased at office. Campsite fees:  Weekend rate ( Friday and Saturday nights) $30/ per night per site ( 4 campers per site) children under 5 stay free. Weekday special ( Sunday- Thursday night): 40% off! $20/ per night per site.   Note: some campsite can hold more than 4 people, message Bill for more details. Get away from the vibrations of city life and enjoy existence within the arms. Special note to interested campers: The office /house is open 9 to 9 daily through the season. It’s worth noting that the office/ house is “ off grid” that is it is not connected to the National electrical grid for its power. It’s been off grid for over 25 yrs. Bill, the manager, of the campground has been living full time off grid for over 8 yrs and would be willing to field question on the subject during normal business hours.
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Black, Reynolds, Missouri, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ (O-ga-xpa) (Quapaw), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Bill H.Joined in January 2020
39 ratings · 19 reviews
Tommy Z.recommends
September 17, 2023
Site 5 Walnut Grove
It’s was extremely well kept and beautiful. Bill was also a very nice and helpful host!
Derek H.recommends
September 6, 2023
Site 1, Little Brushy Creek
Really enjoyed camping here and was able to appreciate the surrounding area and woods on Bill's land! He is a great host and pleasant to talk to. There is a small pond which is a short walk through the entire camping area which is really peaceful and has plenty of space to sit back and relax! Party of 2 for tent camping and was given plenty of space in site 1. Sites 1 and 2 are able to park near and are still tucked back enough to have privacy. There is a little stream that runs through the property which is right next to site 1. Recommend camping here if you are in the area and want a quiet spot. Also easy to get to several of the parks in the area. Did not have cell service in this area so be prepared on directions prior to being in the area.
Kristopher S.recommends
August 24, 2023
Site 1, Little Brushy Creek
Father and son camping
I loved taking my son tent camping for his very first time on Bill’s property. It was incredibly beautiful, well kept and the hospitality was top notch! We are already planning our next return trip.
Andrew A.recommends
August 14, 2023
Campsite 7 Robert’s Mountain
Would recommend!
My wife and I had an amazing time tent camping at site #2! The map link on Bill’s Hipcamp listing took us straight to the campsites, and we were able to follow Bill’s directions to very easily get to where we needed to go to park our car and check-in. Bill is super friendly and easy to work with; we decided to switch campsites once we got there, and he had no issue at all changing our reservation for us. His little dog Missy is adorable and very friendly as well! The “free bundle of firewood” mentioned on the listing is WAY more firewood than a normal bundle of firewood you’d buy from stores. If you manage to go through the whole pile Bill supplies, he is more than happy to supply you with another large pile for a small fee of $10. Amazing deal! One thing to note is that if you brought a lot of camping stuff like we did, you may want to book sites 1 or 2, which allow for enough space to unload your car. The other sites are a bit further back into Bill’s land, and they would require you to load up Bill’s tractor and have him take you and your stuff to the sites, then he’d load you back up to take your stuff back to your car when it’s time to leave. Not a dealbreaker for us, just something to keep in mind! Overall, we would definitely recommend Bill’s campground to anyone! He says he closes up shop at the end of September, but his land is beautiful in the Fall, so I’d recommend going around that time of year.
Melissa P.recommends
July 30, 2023
Site 1, Little Brushy Creek
Located about 15 minutes from Johnsons Shut Ins State Park, this is a hidden gem. Sites are spaced well apart for privacy. The sites also appear thoughtfully created and well maintained. We looked forward to getting in the ice cold creek after our 13 mile Taum Sauk Mountain hike! Bill was a great communicator and we even shared a cup of coffee on his porch and heard how the camp came to be! Would highly recommend!
Trenna S.recommends
June 5, 2023
1855 Campground
1855 Campground is Amazing!!!
Bill’s property is in the beautiful Mark Twain National Forest. The entire property is gorgeous and well maintained, and you can tell Bill cares deeply about the land. We stayed on Robert’s Mountain—it was quite a hike to get to it, but it was wonderfully serene and Bill helped us get our supplies up to the site with his tractor. I loved every second of the trip: the land, the critters, Bill’s generosity, and the conversations we had. There’s so much property to explore, with trails, a creek, and a pond. Bill also pointed us to the Johnson State Park Shut-Ins, which was a wonderfully refreshing day trip. I hope I get the chance to return, this was an outstanding camping trip with much left to be discovered. Thank you for everything, Bill.
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