Hipcamp host Daniel C.,
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First, we would like to thankthe dozens of wonderful campers we had last year and those that helped NRPines beselected as a finalist for being the Best Hipcamps in Minnesota. We lookforward to many more memorable family experiences. The River Farm was nicknamedby locals as the “Jewel of Waseca County”, because the stunningly scenic 40-acreproperty overlooks Pioneer’s Pond, P


First, we would like to thankthe dozens of wonderful campers we had last year and those that helped NRPines beselected as a finalist for being the Best Hipcamps in Minnesota. We lookforward to many more memorable family experiences. The River Farm was nicknamedby locals as the “Jewel of Waseca County”, because the stunningly scenic 40-acreproperty overlooks Pioneer’s Pond, Pelican lake and the Le Sueur River Valleywhere no houses/farms can be seen from most of the North Ridge Pines property. Skylinesmagnify the very diverse topography of rolling hills, majestic pine & oakforests to savanna wetlands and is full of prairie grasses, wildflowers& wildlife.  Meet “Red”, our Tennessee Walker gelding, that likes toget his picture taken with children. A herd of whitetail live next to ChristianCreek along with countless variety of song and game birds. Audubon pictureperfect photo opportunities exist with very private accommodations. 

Our focus has been qualityover quantity by having only few private campsites located to maximize peacefultranquility.  North Ridge Pines is not acongested party campground, but a quiet and private family escape location withcampsites being kept visually and audially far apart from other campers. Tohelp ensure this tranquility the host is a retired lawman who patrols thegrounds to assist as needed to help ensure safety and amenities like firewood. Eachcampsite offers a firepit and their own private enclosed latrine accommodationsand other amenities as requested. For many guests having the option of completeprivacy is one of the things NRPines can provide for those only looking forquiet and covid-free solitude. Hosts have been covid vaccinated and we followcovid procedures for your safety.

For those with a more adventurousspirt the Creekside BoonDocker’s trail being blazed with offer additional crisscrossingtrails through a variety of changing terrain. A lot of things to do on theproperty and nearby that includes waterfalls and buffalo near Mankato, bikingthrough lake country on the MN State Trail, and we provide bikes, watercraft,and games free of charge along with a daily supply of firewood that is leftnear the camp-rings and more tarped at the property entry. Limited electricalhookups, generators, cookstoves are available, but the bringing of any petwould need to be cleared prior to booking.

For those interested inlearning farming opportunities about hydroponics, woodcrafts, & etc. we areable to provide instruction and special activities from boiling down sap tomaking aronia syrups and beverages from our organically grown crops. NRPinesoffers free kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating and has a 20-foot deep 4-acrepond at this MN Grown aronia-berry family farm. Owners are full-time educatorsthat are in the process renovating a traditional barn to offer future outdoorrelated classes varying from homesteading to baking and woodcraft instruction.Our 27' Forest River Camper (sleeps 8) is available should you chose not tobring your own camper and is listed as a separate listing. 

Historically the land wasonce owned by Ulysses S. Grant & purchased from former MN Speaker of theHouse Rodney Searle who had congressional gatherings back in the 1970's &who was a conservationist far ahead of his time.

Please read the rules for your safety and to respect others. Tokeep prices down we ask you pack out the trash you bring in. Life jackets arekept by the dock and feel free to call for any questions or clarificationconcerning check in times during the week verses weekends.  Looking forward to a meaningful and positivelymemorable visit.   Dan and Jane

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
5 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Daniel a message!
  • Check in: After 5PM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Ruthie

Great hospitality, beautiful site

Ruthie M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 8th, 2019

The property is very beautiful and peaceful, with hiking trails and a pond. Dan is very thoughtful and took great care to make sure we got settled. We enjoyed seeing a Bald Eagle, stargazing and walking the trails. In warmer weather, we would have been able to use Dan's canoe on the pond. Next time!

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Hipcamper Pam

Charming countryside retreat

Pam W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
April 25th, 2020

This is a German farm. The owners are refurbishing the barn into a folk school. The host offered suggestions for relaxation including hiking, kayaking and biking. He even brought down a couple of bikes for us.

We left the gifted us with a little walnut syrup and Aronia berries.

What a gem of a place in central MN heartland. We’ll be back!

North Ridge Pines (The River Farm)We were able to drive in a 31’ RV, however it is a grass driveway to the campsite. If it rains hard, it might be a challenge to get out with something this big..View Looking east of campsite. We also had a nice lake view to the south of the site. To the north and west is all woods.
Hipcamper Shawn
Shawn H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 4th, 2020

Daniel was such a pleasant and accommodating host. We were well taken care of from the minute we arrived to the minute we departed. Bikes, canoe, kayaks, and more were provided to be sure we had the best experience exploring the beautiful trails, ponds, and lakes that surround the campsite. We could not have asked for a better host or accommodations for our weekend getaway.

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Hipcamper Leah

A++ hospitality, beautiful property

Leah P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 8th, 2020

Thank you so much Dan and family for a wonderful stay!

Dan greeted us on arrival and gave us the lay of the land. He guided us to our campsite and even helped us hook up to power which was an exciting bonus! The property is beautiful and peaceful. Exactly the break we were looking for when driving across the country. There were five campsite options. We chose number 3 and loved it!

Dan let us know about the aronia berries they grow and walnut syrup that they make and we were super excited when he brought us some of each to try. He even brought us vanilla ice cream to enjoy with the syrup! The best hospitality we could have asked for! Just wish we could have stayed longer.

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Hipcamper Brandon
Brandon H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 18th, 2020

Daniel was a delightful host. He was incredibly committed to ensuring we had everything we needed, he is passionate about the property and the history of it. The land is beautiful. We had a nice spot right on a small lake with a wonderful view of the sunset. There was a canoe and a kayak for our use and a set of mountain bikes if we wanted as well. Our trip got cut short due to some rain but we would absolutely return.

Hipcamper Margaret

Amazing location and hospitality!

Margaret H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 29th, 2020

We are so grateful to have stayed here! Moving across the country during a pandemic is pretty stressful but Daniel and his wife were incredibly hospitable and went above and beyond to make sure we had a comfortable stay. They were very thoughtful in making sure that we could successfully park a truck and trailer and even had us stay in their camper because we arrived pretty late and it was about to storm. This is a beautiful property and our one regret was not staying longer!

Hipcamper David

Hospitality and tranquility

David R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 31st, 2020

In a time where all the news seems bad its refreshing to find a place like this to get away and remember whats truly important. Beautiful setting and the, Daniel the host, made it 5 stars all the way.

Hipcamper Jeminah
Jeminah V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 2nd, 2020

Wonderful hosts and fun place to camp with extras like canoe and kayak available to cruise around small lake right next to the site. My kids enjoyed meeting their horse and appreciated the abundant wildlife as well! Thank you!

Hipcamper Shawn

Peaceful getaway

Shawn H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
June 2nd, 2020

Daniel was very accommodating and hospitable, as always. We had a last-minute reservation that was arranged quickly. This is our second time staying here and the first time on site 5, which was beautiful.

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