Hipcamp host Melissa H.
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Volunteer on the farm for $5 per night (the least Hipcamp will let us charge!). 

Requirements: Work four hours on any day (for every two day stay, eight for four, etc) doing chores around the farm: cleaning the barn and pasture, clearing trails, weeding and harvesting, fence repairs, etc. No experience needed!   

The remainder of the time is yours to just hang ou

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Volunteer on the farm for $5 per night (the least Hipcamp will let us charge!). 

Requirements: Work four hours on any day (for every two day stay, eight for four, etc) doing chores around the farm: cleaning the barn and pasture, clearing trails, weeding and harvesting, fence repairs, etc. No experience needed!   

The remainder of the time is yours to just hang out, paddle the lake, fish, or do some hiking on the nearby trails!

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Come and de-stress by snuggling our goats. These bouncing bundles of joy are guaranteed to make you smile! We also have chickens, peacocks, honeybees, and even a pig.  Beautiful sunsets on the lake!

We are a located in a rural area of Tallahassee, along the Florida Big Bend Scenic Byway and surrounded by the beautiful Lake Talquin State Forest. Great fishing and hiking trails and beautiful sunsets. Two Trailwalkers and one Trailtrotter trails are just minutes away.  There is also a 10-mile Lines Bike Trail.  See trail maps in our photos!

Be sure and ask us about the availability of group yoga classes during your stay!  If we have classes when you are here, there is no charge for volunteers! You can also look up Goat House Farm and find our yoga schedule and private class info on our website!  (note: we do not book stays outside of Hipcamp, so please don't email us from there to book!). 

If we are showing booked for the dates you would like to visit us, please drop us a message.  Often the calendar here conflicts with our listings on other sites and we can probably fit you in!!

Note that we have multiple sites available.  Our tent sites are scattered on the property map to allow for multiple bookings, but you can choose from any of the sites available when you arrive - some nestled in the forest easement or in the goat pasture with the goats!   Please let us know if you are van camping so we can save a parking spot for you.  Because we rely on RV workcampers, we generally do not have RV spots available, but ask us!

We provide water, wifi, laundry, fresh eggs, and fresh fruits and veggies for the picking when in season.  

We have a small outdoor kitchen area with grill, stove, utensils, and picnic table.

There is also a common room with sofas, laundry, fridge, microwave, tv, coffee pot, and kettle. 

We have a small bath house with hot shower and a composting toilet. Soap, shampoo, conditioner, and fresh towels provided.

There is a communal fire pit and some sites allow a small campfire at the site. Please bring your own in state firewood, pick some up at the way in from Country Feed Store on Highway 20, or you can buy a bundle here for $5/bundle. 

Check-in/Check-out time is flexible depending upon concurrent bookings!

Dogs welcome at all sites, but in the pasture.  Pets must be leashed during the day when our chickens free range.

Please arrive before 7:00pm EST FIRM. Remember, there is an hour time change if coming from the west.  Late arrivals interfere with our milking routine and if you arrive late, we cannot greet you. 

Things you should bring: 

Lighting - flashlights, lantern, etc   

Trash bag for your site (pack it in, pack it out, please - we have garbage and recycling receptacles)

Refillable water bottles 

Sunscreen if you plan to be out on the lake

Bug Spray

Clothing/shoes you don't mind getting dirty

We are located at the end of a bumpy 3/4 mile dirt road off Highway 20/Blountstown Hwy on the lake.  Part of the road is paved, but most is dirt and we are prone to flooding after more than a couple of days of hard rain.   We have several cars in the neighborhood that don't have a problem on the road, but - full disclosure!  If bumpy dirt roads bother you, our road in is not for you.  We - and most of our guests - think it is worth it. 

We are about twenty five minutes from FSU stadium - straight shot! We love to host students and parents!

Feel free to message if you have questions!  The herd looks forward to meeting you!!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Melissa a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Off-road bicyclists can enjoy the open roads on Lake Talquin State Forest; however, they are not permitted on designated hiking...Read more

Boating

Canoes, kayaks and power boats are allowed on Lake Talquin which provides access to great freshwater fishing, bird watching and...Read more

Fishing

Some of the best fishing is on Lake Talquin! Lake Talquin has largemouth and striped bass, crappie, bream, pickerel (commonly ...Read more

Hiking

Property sits against Lake Talquin Forest with a short hiking trail right off the driveway! We are also near the Bear Creek Tr...Read more

Horseback riding

Horseback riders are welcome on open roads in the forest, and the Fort Braden Tract contains a 12-mile designated equestrian tr...Read more

Paddling

You are welcome to use our two kayaks to paddle the lake!

Wildlife watching

Many types of wildlife make their home on the lake, including the red-shouldered hawk, bobcat, coyote, osprey, white-tailed dee...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Goat House Farm Volunteers in Florida.

Forest

Lake Talquin State Forest is composed of 10 main tracts of land, along with several smaller tracts. Most of the forest adjoins ...Read more

Lake

Lake Talquin is a 10,000 acre reservoir that was formed by the damming of the Ochlockonee River in 1927. It derives its name fr...Read more

Swimming hole

You can swim in the lake and many people do (including me!), but be conscious that alligators do live in the lake.

Farm

We raise a variety of goats primarily for dairy and as pets. You are welcome to hang out with the goats during your stay and, ...Read more

The vibe at Goat House Farm Volunteers

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Hipcamper Ruth

Welcoming host and cuddly goats!

Ruth W.
recommends this listing.
February 26th, 2020

We loved Goat House Farm! We volunteered and in return had a lovely place to stay, a wonderful communal area with a fire, welcoming host and plenty of down time to play with the goats, including the cutest baby goats, and chat to other volunteers. It was our kid's favourite camp spot in America (and we've been here 7 months!).

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Hipcamper Tim
Tim L.
recommends this listing.
March 2nd, 2020

My second time here, and certainly not my last. I would go out of my way to visit Melissa's Goat Farm. The people are always friendly, tasks are fun to help with, and the animals are special to be around. Can't wait to return.

Hipcamper Cherri
Cherri B.
recommends this listing.
December 23rd, 2019

Melissa is a wonderful, generous host. She’s kind enough to offer homemade jams, biscuits and fresh eggs as Saturday breakfast for campers and cabin renters alike. This is a great place to recharge in the delight of goats and humans. Goat House Farm is warm, inviting, and relaxed!

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Hipcamper Gennifer
Gennifer R.
recommends this listing.
January 18th, 2020

Melissa was a very attentive and helpful host. She knows her animals personally and individually and is wonderful at helping others to enjoy them too. A special place for love of all things feathered and furry.

Hipcamper Ingrid

Goats!

Ingrid E.
recommends this listing.
February 3rd, 2020

Great experience. Melissa is very friendly & accomodating!

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Hipcamper Jesse

A nice stay

Jesse R.
recommends this listing.
March 28th, 2020

Melissa was welcoming, a great communicator, and informative. The farm is cozy. The other campers that we spoke to were warm and friendly. The peacocks were beautiful, the baby goats were cute, and the pig was friendly. The lake was beautiful. That towels and shampoo and conditioner that were available in the bathroom next to the shower were a nice touch. We were grateful that the toilet, shower, potable water, outdoor kitchen, community fire pit, and indoor communal area were all available. It is very cool that Melissa offers opportunities to volunteer as a way of camping at the farm. Thanks, Melissa.

Hipcamper Paige M.
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August 16th, 2020
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May 24th, 2020
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February 3rd, 2020
Hipcamper Vachelle P.
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November 15th, 2019
Property
Goat House Farm
State
Florida
Country
United States
$5/night
1 Site

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