This was a former biker haven taken over by nerds and geeks. The result is a somewhat dystopian-looking party/photoshoot place. There are a dozen sheds/RVs/trailers/polebarns that are used for dry storage (not lived in). There are outdoor speakers and neon that can make it pretty magic at night. Well water is clear but we bring bottled to drink. There are two wells, two washers, two toilets, two showers and a half dozen sinks on east and west sides of what used to be two separately owned lots now joined as a compound. A covered area has a collection of kitchen appliances including a large freezer. There are several TVs, radios, speakers, etc. so you are not totally cut off from the world. There are some balls and games in the west bathroom and first aid kits in both. My cabin and workshop are locked but other areas are not because it is pointless. Please respect any items stored there, however. One man's trash is another's treasure as they say.
Mid November is best to view Leonid meteor shower. August is best for Perseids. Eight miles west is Chasshowitzka that has canoe rentals and a karaoke bar if things are too quiet in camp. Kids and pets are welcome. There is a 160-meter amateur radio dipole running north-south. Not real high but gets out into Montana, etc.
I don't live there but visit a few times a month on weekends. There may be another guest/caretaker but that can be discussed at time of booking. Most likely you will be alone. Bring basics, including toilet paper. Please don't flush in septic. Use container. There are lights on timers and some fake headlights in the woods are there to keep it from becoming a "lover's lane".
A few recent reviews from previous guests:
Chris is a great host, very responsive and explains everything for the property very well. I would recommend!
Response from Chris:
Thank you, Peter.
I needed a camping place in midflorida, somewhat secluded for fussy dogs, with water and electricity hookup, hernando hideaway is perfectly that. Every improvement setup on the property is clever, the whole mid yard area is walkable by barefoot, a pleasure. Chris is friendly. The nature sounds are beautiful, the only drawback is the oft scheduled noise from the landfill and tourist airplanes.
Response from Chris:
If your expecting high class youll be disappointed but if your looking for rule clasic camp ground atmosphere youll love it.
Response from Chris:
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Hernando Hideaway
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Your own personal campground, outdoor kitchen, toilet, shower, electricity, fire pit and nature. Unassuming, purposeful, clever space and amenities. Everything is super easy to stay here if you are familiar with offgrid diy functioning and/or you will get familiar with it by staying here. Ask Chris if you are unsure or curious about anything on the property, everything has a rhyme and reason, he is smart and nice. Hernando Hideaway is exactly what a few of us know we need, a rare find!
Hernando Hideaway was an easy place to find. Our GPS brought us right to it. The property sits at the end of a road with residential houses along it. You will pass a landfill on your way out there. It is before the last turn you will make. The operation was tidy looking from the road and we couldn't smell any off odors.
The property is mostly level and grassy. There is also a mix of sun and shade so you can find just the right spot. If you are sharing the property with other campers, you should have an easy time having a bit of privacy between the buildings. There are many buildings/sheds/trailers on the property. Several of them are unlocked but we found them to be very dirty and falling apart. There is a shed with a toilet and sink inside. Be careful of loose wires and trip hazards. The toilet is said to be in working order but we did not try it. There is an outdoor shower that had a kiddie pool underneath it to catch runoff and there was a hose connected to it, but we did not try it out either.
There is an outdoor kitchen of sorts. It was under an open roof with a chest freezer, sink, coffee maker and convection oven. We advise caution if you use this area. There are many wires stung about and the overhang feels like it's on it's last leg.
The property felt quiet and safe, but overall the worn down buildings gave it a feeling of being abandoned and forgotten.