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COVID 19 - when you make a REQUEST TO BOOK, we will message you with the precautions we have implemented for you to consider before accepting the request.

COLD SEASON -  The 4WD access, is walk in only, with snow on the ground or in the forecast.

ROCK BOTTOM CABIN is a sleeper cabin in a secluded hardwood forest setting. Our Rock Bottom Cabin shares the sa

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COVID 19 - when you make a REQUEST TO BOOK, we will message you with the precautions we have implemented for you to consider before accepting the request.

COLD SEASON -  The 4WD access, is walk in only, with snow on the ground or in the forecast.

ROCK BOTTOM CABIN is a sleeper cabin in a secluded hardwood forest setting. Our Rock Bottom Cabin shares the same woodland and trails as our Wooden Tent site, yet set apart with a low wooded hill in between. 

The Rock Bottom Cabin is 10 ft. wide by 20 ft. long and sleeps four comfortably on either a full size futon provided, or an extra length full size bed, that can be split into two extra length single beds.  There is room at the site for extra tents ( please inquire ). The cabin consists of two small semi private rooms with partial wall and curtain dividers on each end, and a small entry area that contains a wood stove, for winter heating, in the middle, .  The cabin is fully insulated and well ventilated. It has two large windows with insulated curtains in the sleeping rooms, as well as screened side and eve vents. Attached to the front of the cabin is an 8 ft. by 20 ft. deck with access ramps and steps down to the picnic table area, and to the out house -  set off to one side. A large fireplace sits down and in front of the cabin with dry firewood provided in a shelter close by. There is plenty of room to set up your lawn chairs near the fireplace for a relaxing evening in front of the fire, or stay on the deck and look out at a beautiful woodland setting.

 Your adventure starts with a 300-foot elevation drop from ridge top to valley campsite. Easy walk in/ drive in (4 wheel drive ) trail access, plus five miles of woodland hiking trails on our property, maps provided. The Rock Bottom Cabin campsite is accessible by four wheel drive vehicle - minimum clearance 6 inches,   if the soils are not saturated, or snow covered. If guests do not arrive in a four wheel drive vehicle we are able to help transport your gear to the site with a UTV while guests enjoy the walk in, or a tractor and trailer if conditions are poor. Let us know your needs when you book with us and we will do our best to help you with getting to the site.  

This campsite, though close to highway access is very quiet and secluded. We apologize if you are able to get cell phone service or wifi. We can't afford the jamming equipment. The only artificial lights visible from the campsite are the occasional airplane and your own flashlights or lanterns ( strongly recommended because it is very dark in our woods at night). When the sky is clear, the  stars are fabulous.  

Our rock Bottom Cabin campsite is ideal for those looking for a quiet woodland setting, with a few comforts - a nice fireplace (with firewood), picnic table, outhouse, and solid shelter. We also provide the mattresses, sheets, and pillows, but please bring your own sleeping bags or blankets to suit your needs. We also provide fresh drinking water in Thermos jugs. Please bring good flashlights with you for night time excursions to the outhouse, or walking around the campsite, or an adventurous  hike on the trails at night.

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. The over five miles of trails are also suitable for mountain or fat biking.

For winter users there is a mix of easy, moderate, and challenging winter cross country skiing,  or snowshoeing / hiking on the property. Then return to a cozy cabin to relax and / or read a book.

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.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • 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%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

Bring your own horse, prior approval from host required

Wildlife watching

Deer , turkey, raccoons (nightly visitors - coon box provided), coyotes (nightly vocal ), birds (songbirds, eagles, owls, vul...Read more

Biking
Hiking
Snow sports

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at ROCK BOTTOM CABIN in Minnesota.

Forest
Farm

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Hipcamper Eleanor
Eleanor R.
recommends this listing.
January 10th, 2022

We loved staying at the RBC - Mike and Joan's property is absolutely beautiful. Mike transported our gear down to the cabin with his tractor and gave us sleds to sled down to the cabin with. On the way out, Mike actually attached the sleds to the tractor and pulled us up the hill. It was so much fun. While at the RBC, we explored the trails via xc skis, we heard barred owls at night, and played board games by the warm wood burning stove. It made for a wonderful weekend in a beautiful part of Minnesota. I'd recommend this place to any of my outdoorsy friends.

Hipcamper Jill
Jill P.
recommends this listing.
January 2nd, 2022

The Rock Bottom Cabin was a perfect winter getaway for me, my husband, and our dog. The fire was already going in the woodstove when we arrived. We appreciated Mike hauling our gear to and from the cabin in his tractor. He filled up the bird feeder outside the cabin and we loved watching woodpeckers and bluejays devour it. We enjoyed exploring the well-marked trails and loved having the entire valley to ourselves. If you're planning a longer stay, the nature center in Houston has a nice 24 hour restroom with showers.

Hipcamper Kristin
Kristin B.
recommends this listing.
December 30th, 2021

The cabin was a beautiful spot to stay. We enjoyed our winter camping experience. Mike and Joan were great hosts. The cabin was comfortable and the wood stove was perfect to keep us warm in the cold. We enjoyed sledding on the hills near the cabin. It was the perfect get away!

Hipcamper Martha
Martha F.
recommends this listing.
December 21st, 2021

Rock Bottom Cabin is a great place to spend a few winter days! The walking trails are fun to explore, and Mike and Joan were very welcoming--they've thought of everything. The clothesline for drying snow-damp clothes by the fire is an especially nice idea.

Hipcamper Henry

Cozy and quiet

Henry M.
recommends this listing.
December 16th, 2021

I was welcomed with a great little map of the property they put together for guests. It was very accurate with trailhead names and numbers. Mike’s attention to detail when it comes to showing you the area you’re staying at was appreciated and said something like “just make yourself comfortable”. It felt warm and inviting. It was great to rearrange the space to make it feel super cozy and have the vibe I wanted. Thanks Mike and Joan for your hospitality! Mike even checked on me after a couple days to bring more water and offer a phone charger if I was getting service. That was thoughtful and not imposing, I only saw him that once in the 4 days I was there. Other than that, I really only heard birds and owls and the crackle of the stove.

I really enjoyed the minimal feel of the cabin, how it’s tucked in a little valley surrounded by trees and trails. I was there on the first really cold day of winter followed by a nice dusting of snow. On the trails, which are wonderfully groomed and marked, you could walk any variety of loops and easily walk an hour each time. I got lucky and had a bald eagle fly right in front of me, wings spread, along the opening above a little stream. There are also a number of intermediate trails, it’s a great mix. I look forward to going back when there’s thicker snow for some snowshoeing. Sadly I left the day before the blizzard of 2022! 😁

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah H.
recommends this listing.
October 24th, 2021

Our family of 5 (kids ages 7, 10, and 12) had a wonderful visit to the cabin! We loved hiking the property, watching the cows being milked, playing with the kitties, hiking in a nearby state park, being able to let our dogs run freely around the cabin and on the trails, staying warm with the cabin's wood burning stove even with 35 degree temps outside, and all the things that Mike and Joan did to make our stay happy and comfortable. A perfect place for a family trip!

Hipcamper Evan

Just incredible

Evan V.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

I couldn't imagine a more beautiful property. My group had such an excellent stay. Mike thought of everything, and was such a nice person. I can't recommend this place enough. Truly an inspiring place to spend a few nights.

Hipcamper Shelly

One night was not enough

Shelly B.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2021

We stayed one night while traveling. We weren't out of the truck 5 min when we both wished our stay was longer. Mike has thought of every detail! Great hosts, property and stay!

Hipcamper Collin

Great weekend getaway!

Collin C.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2021

Perfect if you’re looking for some privacy in the woods! The hiking trails are well marked and maintained, and the attention to detail around camp is unmatched. Will definitely be coming back!

Awards

Best of 2022 Minnesota
Finalist
Best of 2018 Minnesota
5th place
Property
Gilles Family Dairy & Woodland
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$78/night
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