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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 (b

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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. 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
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
No Class A RVs
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
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 John

Quiet camping

John B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
September 13th, 2022

Clear instructions and beautiful scenery.

Hipcamper Jake
Jake A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 12th, 2022

Peaceful private and serene. Well maintained amenities.

Hipcamper Robert
Robert L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 5th, 2022

Amazing spot, great size and spots seem secluded and the owner is so nice and responsive!

Hipcamper Tom
Tom M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 )
September 4th, 2022

Fantastic place, clean ,organized, private sites, highly recommended.

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Hipcamper Ava

Camping on almira’s homestead

Ava B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 )
August 20th, 2022

Camping on Christopher’s land was really good. The other campers there were quiet. They were also farther away than they would be at a campgrounds. Christopher was also very helpful with getting back to the campsites. It was clear where I had to go. My only two complaints would be that you could hear the cars on the road, and for a sedan to get back to the campsites it was a little sketchy. Besides that it was great!

Hipcamper John

No frills great host

John E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 )
August 19th, 2022

Quiet and spacious primitive camping. Christopher makes the most of the experience with good hospitality. Limited amenities but everything provided was thoughtful.

Hipcamper Tammy
Tammy D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 14th, 2022

Almira's Homestead was exactly what we were looking for; a quiet, space to camp overnight before a race event in nearby Beulah. The 4 spots nearby were well spaced, the port-a-john area was very clean, well lit and well supplied. Our schedule didn't leave us enough time to fully enjoy the site as we would have liked. Our group of 7 all agreed we would stay here again. Our host Christopher was easy to communicate with, he was accommodating to our requests and all directions were very clear. Excellent camp spot.

Hipcamper Domenick
Domenick H.
recommends this listing.
(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.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 )
July 21st, 2022

Fresh air. Peaceful surroundings. Well maintained property.

Property
Almira's Homestead
State
Michigan
Country
United States
$25/night
5 Sites