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This quaint, little (8'x12') off-grid guest cabin was once a donkey shed on a farm located about 8 miles away.  Tucked back into a cluster of cedar and locust trees, this simple cabin, although not far from the road, is somewhat secluded and is partly shaded in the summer.  It is well insulated and has plenty of windows. The cabin offers a full-sized comfy bed with clean bed

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This quaint, little (8'x12') off-grid guest cabin was once a donkey shed on a farm located about 8 miles away.  Tucked back into a cluster of cedar and locust trees, this simple cabin, although not far from the road, is somewhat secluded and is partly shaded in the summer.  It is well insulated and has plenty of windows. The cabin offers a full-sized comfy bed with clean bedding, a large dresser, a desk, chair, bookcase and solar electricity.  A covered porch with two comfy chairs is perfect for sitting and sipping at any point in the day.  There is also a small covered dining area at the cabin.  Just a couple steps from the porch is a screened-in gazebo kitchen with a 3-burner propane stove and all of the essential cookware for preparing a full meal (no refrigerator).  Potable tap water is provided for drinking. A simple outhouse with a composting toilet is located in the trees beyond the pond (about 75m away).  Parking is available near the road and there will be a very short walk (<1minute) to the cabin.   

For campfires, there is a portable fire pit at the cabin and also a communal fire ring down by the pond.   Firewood is available for purchase ($5/bundle).  The pond has a little dock and is great for swimming on hot days (bring your pool floats!).  There is a lovely nature trail throughout the property.  

There is also a wonderful SAUNA on the property that you may reserve by the hour ($10/hour for 2 people;  payment can be made in advance by purchasing in extras or you can pay on site via cash/venmo/paypal).  The sauna is located at the back of the host's residence and can be reached by a short (3/4 mile) hike down the nature trail.  The sauna is available for guest use between 9am-9pm. 

Please bring a flashlight/headlamp so that you can find your way around after dark.  The path to the bathroom can be a bit muddy in rainy conditions, so check the weather and be prepared.

***WINTER UPDATE****:  If you book your stay during the colder months, there is a small propane space heater (portable little buddy) provided.  However, you must bring your own 1# propane cylinders (available at most hardware and sporting goods stores) or add on, as an extra, to your reservation.  The plumbing in the gazebo kitchen is shut down in the winter.  5 gallons of potable tap water will be provided for cooking and washing dishes.  The price has been discounted for the winter months.     

DISCLAIMERS:   

***** THE BED:  As stated above, the cabin has a FULL/DOUBLE bed, not a queen.  The mattress dimensions are 53"W x 75"L.  The bed is also on an elevated platform (above a chest of drawers) and requires the use of a step stool.    

***** SOLAR ELECTRICITY: There is solar power w/ a couple of backup batteries for the cabin and the outdoor kitchen, however it is limited.   It is enough to power the lights and to charge cell phones and other smaller devices.  It is not set up to power larger electrical appliances, such as slow cookers, blenders, heated blankets, etc.  Note that the power supply will be effected by the weather (lack of charge when cloudy or snowy).  

***** COMPOSTING TOILET:  The privy has a simple, primitive, dry toilet... this means there is no flushing with water, but rather using sawdust as a cover material.  

*****EXTRA GUESTS:  the cabin is quite small and only sleeps two people.   There is the option of setting up a tent outside for an additional two people (please edit the number of people to your reservation).  We will even set up a tent for you if you add-on this service in "extras" (bring your own bedding).  

*****NO PETS INSIDE:  Please, not pets inside the tiny cabin.  However, you are welcome to bring a dog if it sleeps outside (dogs are welcome at all of the campsites).  

The area offers great hiking, paddling (Rocky Fork Creek is the best around!  Ask about shuttling service), boating, mountain biking, birding and disc golf (Paint Creek State Park is only 2 miles away and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 7). And a visit to the nearby Amish markets and bakery is a must!

Here are some POINTS OF INTEREST in the area:  

The HIGHLANDS NATURE SANCTUARY (7 miles away), previously called "7 Caves"  is highly recommended for some beautiful hiking.  There is a small museum (The Appalachian Forest Museum) at the main trailhead by the parking area... the folks there can direct you to a couple of other great trails nearby if you're interested in further hiking.  NOTE: Most of the trails within the sanctuary are not open to dogs, however, there are a couple of dog-friendly trails (inquire at the museum).   Museum is closed for the winter (Nov-March). **Highly recommend the Barrett's Rim Trail (2.5 mile loop) and the Kamelands Trail, which are both accessible during the pandemic.  

AMISH BAKERY (Country Crust Bakery) & MARKET (JRs General Store)* on 41 South in Bainbridge (15-20min away): The bakery is a great lunch stop for a fresh, soft Pretzel Bun sandwich (delicious) and to load up on fresh baked goods (the apple fritter is my fave!). The market, which is almost right across from the bakery, is also worth checking out... delicious deli sandwiches and great deals on spices, cheeses, pickles, jams, bulk foods, produce, etc. Watch out for horse & buggy traffic... and bicycles!  *The Amish accept cash or check only and are closed on Sunday.

In the teeny town of BAINBRIDGE (10-15min away): There are some nice ANTIQUE/PRIMITIVE SHOPS... in particular, the Ancient Valley Mercantile... they have local gifts, gourmet coffees and local honey. The Paxton Restaurant has good home cooked meals and a variety of pies and cheesecakes for dessert...or grab an ice cream at the Dairy Queen before strolling the primitive shops. 

PAINT CREEK LAKE STATE PARK: (3 miles away) There are dog-friendly hiking trails (the little pond trail is a personal favorite), mountain bike trails, a 21-hole disc golf course, boat ramp (if you have kayaks, you can paddle around on the lake), and a camp store that has ice and hand-dipped ice cream.  There is also a BEACH, which is good for picnicking and swimming, located at the southern entrance, off of SR 50.  

GREENFIELD: This town is closer (5 miles) and larger than Bainbridge and good for getting supplies. There are some restaurants, bars and supermarkets (Community Markets, at the further end of town, is recommended over the Save-a-Lot).  

COVERED BRIDGE:  There is a sweet little covered bridge that you can still drive across in the tiny town of South Salem, just a 5 minute drive away.  To get there from here, take 41 North and then take a right onto Lower Twin Rd and drive a few miles and you will come to the bridge. 

SERPENT MOUND (about 30 miles away, Peebles, OH) is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound representing a snake with a curled tail.  Nearby are three burial mounds—two created by the Adena culture (800 B.C.–A.D. 100), and one by the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1650).  A must see!

CHILLICOTHE (Ohio's first capital):  (30 minutes away) The historic downtown boasts charming architecture and is perfect for exploring on foot.  Several local shops, restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and bars.  A lovely city park with a small lake is host to a year-round population of ducks, geese and swans.  There is also a disc golf course and skate park in the city park.  There is frequent live music, gourmet cocktails and a wide variety of craft beer at Steiner's Speakeasy (an Americana-style bourbon bar of America).  

GREAT SEAL STATE PARK (about 35 miles away in Chillicothe):  If you are into mountain biking, you will find some of the best trails in the state here (start at the Lick Run parking area).  There is also a great disc golf course here along with a picnic shelter and a playground for the kids.  

FORT HILL EARTHWORKS & NATURE PRESERVE:  (30 minutes away) This preserve encompasses 1300 acres of mature woodlands and 11 miles of some of the best hiking trails in the state.  Part of the Old Growth Forest Network, there are remnants of the temperate deciduous forests that once covered all of the eastern United States.  For archaeology enthusiasts, there is a stone and earthen wall hilltop enclosure, as well as a smaller circular earthwork (both of which can be difficult to discern).  

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Aimee a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain biking trails located 2 miles away at Paint Creek State Park.

Boating

Boating is available nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.

Fishing

The pond is not stocked, however there is fishing nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.

Hiking

There are short footpaths through the woods here. There is also great hiking nearby at Paint Creek State Park, Highlands Natur...Read more

Paddling

The pond is great for paddleboard lounging and/or yoga. It's also great for practicing rolling a kayak. Great paddling opport...Read more

Wind sports

Available at nearby Paint Creek Lake and Rocky Fork Lake.

Swimming

The pond is a great swimming hole on hot days (bring your floaties!). Swimming is also available nearby at Paint Creek and Roc...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Practice your rolls in the pond and then hit up "the chutes" on Paint Creek nearby. Kayaking the Rocky Fork Gorge is also a m...Read more

Wildlife watching

Lots of deer, birds and pond life here. Also two honeybee hives on site.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Little Fern Cabin in Ohio.

Beach

There are beaches nearby on the lakes at both Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.

Cave

There are small caves and grottos at the nearby Highlands Nature Sanctuary (7 miles away).

Forest

There are woods surrounding the site and some footpaths through them.

Lake

There are two nearby at Paint Creek And Rocky Fork State Parks

Field

The site resembles a meadow surrounded by forest.

River, stream, or creek

There is a small creek through the woods beyond the pond.

Swimming hole

The pond is a great swimming hole in hot days (bring your floaties or paddle board!). Lake swimming is also available at two n...Read more

Waterfall

There are waterfalls nearby at Highlands Nature Sanctuary.

Farm

This property is a farm (Fruitdale Farm) which is in the beginning stages.

Driveway

There is a short driveway at the road entrance.

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Hipcamper Brad
Brad D.
recommends this listing.
November 6th, 2022

Aimee has put together a beautiful camping setup tucked into the serene natural environment. Thoughtful lodging and a wonderful host.

Hipcamper Brian
Brian H.
recommends this listing.
October 26th, 2022

Stay here!! Fruitdale farm is such a beautiful place. We stayed in the Fern Cabin which was perfect for the two of us but all of the camp sites looked great too. The kitchen gazebo at the cabin had everything we need. The gas cook top was nice but we also just cooked over the fire with the grate that was available. The portable propane heater heated up the cabin quickly and the bed was comfortable. Walk the trails and explore the property. Take advantage of the sauna as well. Can't wait to go back.

Hipcamper Jesse
Jesse R.
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October 15th, 2022

Had everything we needed, and property is beautiful!

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle S.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2022

Got a cabin and it was so cute and peaceful. Had an amazing time !!! Can’t wait to stay again !

Hipcamper Jenna
Jenna L.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2022

Aimee’s farm and the Little Fern Cabin were perfect for a solo retreat! There’s so much to do and explore on the farm alone that I regret not staying an extra day to just enjoy. Aimee was easy to communicate with and offered a ton of recommendations for what to do/where to go nearby. A really under-appreciated part of Ohio that I’m keen to visit again.

Hipcamper Adam

The little green cabin that could

Adam S.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2022

Our stay at Aimee’s cabin was so fun and we had such a wonderful time! It rained a lot when we went, but in a strange way it actually made the trip even better, because we could make a campfire and make some smores without getting too hot. And it’s always nice to fall asleep to the sound of rain. The cabin was perfect and clean, and the gazebo kitchen was exactly right for cooking some food in. Add a couple fresh veggies from Aimee’s farm stand and you’re in for a really fantastic meal overlooking a beautiful garden and birds singing all around you. Would absolutely recommend to a friend, and hope to be back someday. Thanks Aimee!

Hipcamper Marna
Marna M.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2022

We camped here two years ago and loved it. This time we leveled up and stayed in the tiny cabin. It was so charming. Well appointed and very comfortable. And the kitchen is great! Everything we needed and more! We’ll come back again. The property is truly magical

Hipcamper Debra
Debra L.
recommends this listing.
March 28th, 2022

A great stay at a unique property! If only the weather would've cooperated. But even on a windy, rainy weekend, this place is a perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Little Fern Cabin
Hipcamper Angel

Detach from society

Angel P.
recommends this listing.
February 27th, 2022

Staying in the fern was a wonderful time perfect space to get in touch with yourself again. I enjoyed sitting off the deck with a fire and my book.

Little Fern Cabin
Property
Fruitdale Farm
State
Ohio
Country
United States
$60/night
1 Site

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