Hipcamp host Rick R.,
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A glorious tent with the awesomeness of rustic camping.  The tent is a few meters from our beautiful pond, with plenty of fishing, swimming and canoeing.   During the months of July and August, you will also be meters away from our U-pick blueberry patch.   Feel free to set up another tent at this site, as it is worth sharing with friends and family.  

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A glorious tent with the awesomeness of rustic camping.  The tent is a few meters from our beautiful pond, with plenty of fishing, swimming and canoeing.   During the months of July and August, you will also be meters away from our U-pick blueberry patch.   Feel free to set up another tent at this site, as it is worth sharing with friends and family.  

Pictures may not reflect the exact location of the tent, as this site has been updated for the 2020 season, with a new platform, and location.  It is even better now... 

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Rick a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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    Firewood bundle

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    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


    BYOB for great trails around Dryden Lake


    The 1.5 acre pond is a great place to take out the canoe or paddleboat.


    The pond is full of large mouth bass and sunnies!


    Whether it is around our 36 acres, Dryden Lake, or the gorges of Ithaca. You will have plenty to explore.


    We have a canoe for use on the pond.

    Snow sports

    Cross country skiing at the neighboring Hammond Hill is legendary. And Greek Peak Mountain is right around the corner.


    A dip in the spring-fed pond is a great way to start the day.

    Wildlife watching

    Our area is filled with natural beauty. The Blue Heron, screech owls, red fox, white-tailed deer, are a few of many animals aro...Read more


    Natural features you'll find at Pond Side Bell Tent in New York.


    Huge pond for swimming, fishing, and boating.


    We are a small working homestead with U-Pick blueberries and shiitake mushrooms. These, as well as lamb and eggs are for sale ...Read more

    Swimming hole

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    Hipcamper Pete
    Pete H.
    recommends this listing.
    October 17th, 2021

    Very nice tent. Convenient to Ithaca and the local sights.

    Hipcamper Anastasia

    Unique place for camping

    Anastasia S.
    recommends this listing.
    October 11th, 2021

    It was a fantastic experience. Everything was provided from our host. The whole place is fantastic, safe and well organized. We had a lovely time camping there!

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    Hipcamper Susan

    A getaway dream...

    Susan F.
    recommends this listing.
    August 23rd, 2021

    This listing exceeded my expectations!! From first contact to check out, the host Rick was responsive to all my many questions. He was the perfect balance of being available but also giving you your privacy.

    Speaking of privacy and balance, this camp excels at that! There are other sites on the property but no one was in each other's space. The location is just outside of town so when you forget something (oh...like plates to eat off of), you have resources right there.

    The surrounding area has so much to offer with hiking and the city of Ithaca a short ride away. Or you can just stay put, build a fire, enjoy the sweet sheep and the pond (access to the canoes was a wonderful bonus).

    The bell tent was spacious, clean and dry (!!!!). It included a battery powered fan but we didn't need it. Sleeping on a real mattress and frame was a camping dream.

    We loved our experience and are looking at dates to rebook! Thank you for hosting us and our happy puppy too!!

    Hipcamper Gabriella

    Another great stay!

    Gabriella L.
    recommends this listing.
    August 9th, 2021

    We stayed at the pond side bell tent for 5 days and had a great time! It’s a really peaceful place to stay, although there are other campers in the area they are far enough away that you can’t see or disturb each other. We caught lots of bass in the pond and it was safe for our pup to take a swim! The campsite is kept very clean and there was even a large canopy set up over the picnic table. The water pump is easy to find and it’s not too far of a walk; the water came out a little brown at first use but seemed clean after that.

    Hipcamper Cody
    Cody B.
    recommends this listing.
    August 2nd, 2021

    The tent was very clean and spacious. The bed was comfortable and the farm was extremely well kept. I would definitely stay here again!

    Hipcamper Ser
    Ser J.
    recommends this listing.
    July 30th, 2021

    We love staying at this peaceful place! This is our second time stopping here and it’s great. The host Rick is very friendly and helpful.

    Hipcamper Mary Beth

    Great host. peaceful retreat.

    Mary Beth S.
    recommends this listing.
    July 28th, 2021

    My husband and I and our two dogs spent a night here recently and really enjoyed our time relaxing and soaking up nature. From our campsite we could walk right into the pond and still be in view of the dogs lounging in the grass, which was incredibly convenient. We loved walking around the property seeing the sheep and chickens and some cows in a nearby field. There was also a section of you pick blueberries that we didn’t have time to enjoy, but looked delicious. I would recommend getting firewood and the fresh eggs—a tasty addition to our camp breakfast the next morning. The owner is incredibly kind and obliging, allowing us to have our privacy while also being available for any issues or questions that might arise. Our dog made some holes into the mesh door of the tent and the owner was incredibly kind about the whole situation. This was definitely one of the best, relaxing camping experiences we’ve had!

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    Hipcamper Susan

    Perfect camping spot!

    Susan S.
    recommends this listing.
    July 13th, 2021

    Amazing time! This was our second time camping here and it was wonderful! Rick is a terrific and generous host who really helped us out with a tarp to cover our site in the rain.

    Hipcamper Giuseppe
    Giuseppe B.
    recommends this listing.
    June 25th, 2021

    Great campsite very good location!

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