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A few miles south of Interlochen, my back 5 acres are the core of Almira’s 160 acre 1875 homestead, a natural sandy meadow on a low sloping hill surrounded by sugar maple dominant hardwoods and scattered apple trees from a bygone era – the only neighbors back there are nature.

Pitch your tent or park your #vanlife. There is potable water, Almira's borrow cupboa

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A few miles south of Interlochen, my back 5 acres are the core of Almira’s 160 acre 1875 homestead, a natural sandy meadow on a low sloping hill surrounded by sugar maple dominant hardwoods and scattered apple trees from a bygone era – the only neighbors back there are nature.

Pitch your tent or park your #vanlife. There is potable water, Almira's borrow cupboard (bug spray, flash lights etc.), and mini-campstore with coffee at the well house. There is a portapotty (additional will be added as needed) and wash-sink close to the campsites. Each camp site has a picnic table, fire ring, and trash bin. One bundle of wood free first night. If you need kindling, stop by the kindling/brushpile.

Nearby attractions include Green Lake, Interlochen State Park, the Interlochen Center for the Arts (includes venue which hosts a wide variety of musical artists), Crystal Mountain, Crystal Lake, and the Betsie river winding through well-preserved wetlands (sparsely used, great birding from kayak).

Within a 30 minute drive is downtown Traverse City, Platte river (good times, family fun, and absolutely beautiful kayaking/canoeing/tubing) winding through Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park, Boardman River kayaking/canoeing, and a wide selection of hiking (Lost Lake, Lake Dubonnet, Brown Bridge).

Within a 45-50 minute drive is Empire, Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, Lake Ann, Glen Lakes, Glen Arbor, Leland, Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids. Interspersed with many hiking trails (I recommend Empire Bluffs, The Dune Climb, Pyramid Point, and the not-marked-on-maps 'Devils Hole' route through the Sleeping Bear Dunes). I also recommend kayaking the Crystal River in Glen Arbor.

About the property...

I purchased this 10 acre property in 2021.

The front 5 acres include Almira’s 1911 Folk Victorian farm house and outbuildings of similar age: a tool shed, farm shed, and the foundation of the barn. There is also an apple tree, an old apple tree, it will greet you on your way in. The previous owners were vehicle enthusiasts, I have cleaned up much of this enthusiasm -  the campground area is now pristine - allowing the verdant land to shine through.

About the property history...

In 1872 Conrad Garner died. Newly widowed Almira, her five children, son in-law and three grandchildren, set out to homestead 160 acres in Benzie County Michigan in 1875. Her eldest, Barbara, was married to Jacob Long, who would later build my house and the old out buildings in 1911. Jacob was a union soldier from Ohio, Barbara was a girl from New York, they married in 1866 when she was 15 and he 26, and went on to have 9 (10? maybe) children, most of their boys would become lumberjacks. "Gramma" Almira was born in 1828 and died after living the last half of her life on the homestead in 1914. Yes, her spirit is still here, but don't worry, shes a happy ghost - she is mostly concerned with whether everyone has had enough to eat.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
5 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 26 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
No Class A RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
No hot tub
No playground
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Paddling

Betsie River, Platte River, Boardman River, and Manistee River are all within 30-40 min drive

Off-roading (OHV)

There are plenty of rough roads and trails nearby

Swimming

Nearby Green Lake, Crystal Lake, and of course Lake Michigan

Wildlife watching

Good birding on site and nearby

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Almira's Homestead in Michigan.

Forest

Sugar Maple dominant hardwods with apple trees, red pines and cottonwoods

Field

On a low-sloping hill surrounded by hardwoods overlooking Betsie river wetlands

Places to see near Almira's Homestead

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Hipcamper Domenick
Domenick H.
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(Site 5)
July 24th, 2022

Very nice campsites! Conveniently located and clean bathroom. I will definitely return when in the area again

Hipcamper david
David W.
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(Site 1)
July 21st, 2022

Fresh air. Peaceful surroundings. Well maintained property.

Hipcamper Angela

Beautiful camp grounds!

Angela S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 11th, 2022

We loved our camping site! It was very peaceful and secluded.. Christopher was very friendly and communicated with us daily with important updates. We will he back!

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Hipcamper david
David W.
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(Site 1)
July 11th, 2022

The sites are well groomed. You sit atop a gently rolling hill, can see for miles. Lots of trees surrounding you, and a decent sized fire ring. Firewood is available and fresh potable water is at the well house.

Hipcamper david
David W.
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(Site 1)
July 7th, 2022

The beauty of the gently rolling hills and forest that surround you, make for a perfect setting for primitive camping. Each site has it's own picnic table and fire ring. Very peaceful

Hipcamper Michael

Avoiding crowd’s

Michael B.
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(Site 1)
June 27th, 2022

Almira's Homestead Is a fantastic, beautiful, clean, and quiet location. Used it as base camp to explore and mountain bike from Buelah to Frankfort one day. I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to get away from the crowds at the big campgrounds.

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 18th, 2022

Chris was friendly and welcoming - knows a lot about the area. My site was big and private with trees and a nice picnic bench. The porta potty was very clean and had an outside wash up sink. I liked the borrow cupboard - items that can be used like scissors, flashlights, bug spray. There was even a Keurig for hot coffee. Bonus free wood bundle was very much appreciated on our chilly night. I would definitely come back here again!

Hipcamper Elizabeth

Apple trees, kayaking, and coffee!

Elizabeth F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 9th, 2022

Such a pretty campground! Grassy meadow, huge trees, minimal bugs. The camp host, Chris, was awesome. He directed us to some kayaking areas and he identified some cool rocks we found. The common area had $1 coffee, which was perfect when it started raining. Looking forward to booking here again!

Hipcamper David W.
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(Site 1)
July 31st, 2022
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July 21st, 2022
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(Site 1)
July 6th, 2022
Property
Almira's Homestead
State
Michigan
Country
United States
$25/night
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