Hipcamp host Debbie D.
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This is one of the sights on our farm. We just purchased an additional 58 acres, making our farm a unique 100 acre spot in the usually flat central Illinois landscape, with rolling hills, woods, a pond, 2 creeks and a working organic farm. There are animals to see, plenty of wildlife and bird watching and plenty of places to hike. We raise grass fed beef and chickens. These
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This is one of the sights on our farm. We just purchased an additional 58 acres, making our farm a unique 100 acre spot in the usually flat central Illinois landscape, with rolling hills, woods, a pond, 2 creeks and a working organic farm. There are animals to see, plenty of wildlife and bird watching and plenty of places to hike. We raise grass fed beef and chickens. These items, eggs and produce are available seasonally. We have a certified kitchen at the farm where we hold bread baking classes. Breads and sweets are also available. Farming classes are also occasionally held. We met each other on a camping trip and have been together 33 years and married for 30 years (as of October 8, 2018), we offer camping 101 for people new to camping ⛺️, we even have some tents available! Early check in and late checkout may be available just message us to check.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
8 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Debbie a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

3 acre pond & we have a canoe & paddle boat. Also my husband loves to play with his remote control boats!

Fishing

Bass & catfish are catch & release (we have some large ones). The bluegill make a great meal & can be kept in reasonable quanti...Read more

Hiking

We have just purchased additional acreage with trails through woods & pasture for great hiking.

OHV

Not allowed on the farm, however there are public trails 7 miles from the farm. South Fork Dirt Riders also have events at the ...Read more

Swimming

Have a swimming area at the pond.

Wildlife watching

Many wild birds, including turkeys, nesting red tailed hawks & red shouldered hawks, migrating waterfowl, deer & other mammals.

Biking
Paddling

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Ponds Edge in Illinois.

Lake

3 acre pond

Swimming hole

At the pond.

Forest

The vibe at Ponds Edge

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren J.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2018

110% stay here!
I fell in love with this place as soon as I met Debbie and her husband (and the pups of course). They were so kind as to show me around the property and all the best places to camp. A couple creeks run through and you'll find all sorts of wildlife.
The hosts run a working farm so eggs and artisan/homemade breads are always there for purchase. A private shower is located right behind the house with a toilet and sink you're welcome to use. I stayed by the pond and was able to wake up around 2am to look at the gorgeous stars.

I can't say enough nice things about this place, you'll just have to experience it on your own!

oh hey there I am!imagine your tent here...I had to stop to snag a photo of these cute scarecrow. You may find these little guys on your way in to Bear Creek!He was my welcoming committee
Hipcamper Jack
Jack G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 8th, 2018

My family includes myself, my wife, two boys (11 and 8) and two dogs. I am a professor at a top ten university, and very engaged in reaching out into the world and showing my sons how the world works and how wonderful people can be. Debbie and Matt Daniels are extraordinary people, they have created a wonderful place, and welcomed us into their world, so that within a few mins we all felt comfortable, welcome, and safe. They went out of their way to make sure the experience was comprehensive and amazing. We arrived, and the rain threatened, so they provided an indoor option, we wanted to learn how to make bread, so they taught our kids how to do it. They provided hay bail rides, 4x4 trailer rides, lessons in local fruit and soil health. They told scary stories to the boys, and provided us with food and drink to make sure we had an amazing time. They provided boating options on their extensive lake and provided fishing polls and helped us how to find bait, so everyone in our family learnt how to fish - sucessfullly!!!

They introduced us to their horses and animals and made us feel at home. My family has not has such an engaged and wonderful camping trip ever. A high bar has been set - I don’t see how any place could match it.

Thank you so much - wonderful!!!!

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Hipcamper Alejandra
Alejandra C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
March 21st, 2019

This was a perfect place to stay. The couple made us feel so welcome and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed, even allowing us to stay in their cottage when it was rainy out. They even went on a hike and made burgers with us! We learned a lot and hope to return again soon.

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Hipcamper Rich

A beautiful oasis

Rich P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 6th, 2019

The farm and property were the perfect intro for me to a part of the country I never knew. Southern Illinois is a garden. Lush landscape and friendly people.

The question is not if I can make it back, but when.

Hipcamper M P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 19th, 2018
Property
Bear Creek Farm and Ranch
State
Illinois
$15/night
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