Hipcamp host Karmen C.
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4 acres with scattered hickory and oak trees with a small fruit orchard in front of an acre size pond. Plenty of space to have a private camp site and enjoy the sounds of nature. Have a sit by the pond or relax in the shade. The evening could be spent grilling or sitting around the fire ring. Perfect for travelers just wishing for a place to stay while an event is in town or ju
4 acres with scattered hickory and oak trees with a small fruit orchard in front of an acre size pond. Plenty of space to have a private camp site and enjoy the sounds of nature. Have a sit by the pond or relax in the shade. The evening could be spent grilling or sitting around the fire ring. Perfect for travelers just wishing for a place to stay while an event is in town or just a place to rest their head on the way through. 16 mies from SIUE and Edwardsvile 45 minutes from most of St. Louis. Far enough out in the country but close enough to the city to not miss out on the fun.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No picnic table
Have a question? Send Karmen a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Wildlife watching

Native water fowl nest on our acre pond. Many various wildlife make the woods on our land their home.


Natural features you'll find at Contryside Escape in Illinois.


We have a shared Drive way. Our house is the house on the right at the end of the fence.


The vibe at Contryside Escape

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 12th, 2018

Plenty of privacy on a super safe stretch of land with the sweetest family!

You have plenty of options on where to set up camp with different levels of privacy depending on what side of the pond you want to be on. I was closest to the road yet farthest from the family home - in the shadiest spot to escape the summer heat. A fire pit and bench was provided where I camped at. The family and I enjoyed smores before I took a few minutes to gather my things and take a quick (and much needed) hot shower.

When I got back to my campsite, I was still unloading my car and getting my dinner together to start cooking when I hear some rustling in the bushes right behind my car. It was 4 baby raccoons getting closer to the pond! So precious!

I woke up feeling refreshed in my cool and shade filled campsite to cook breakfast and start my journey for the day. The family cat was there to tell me goodbye and sneak in a few snuggles.

tent people grouptent people hammockfood chocolateAll the nightly necessities!
Hipcamper Jeremy
Jeremy G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
April 22nd, 2018

My kids and I had a great time camping this weekend for our first campout of the year. Our hosts were very nice and welcoming, and accommodating with their indoor facilities. The kids liked exploring the property and meeting the cats, and I loved that it was fenced in so I didn't have to worry about them! We camped near the fire pit, which was stoked by a breeze coming across the pond, which kept our campfire hot. Next time we visit, we're bringing our dog too! Thanks Karmen, and thanks Ron! See ya next time!

Contryside EscapeContryside EscapeContryside EscapeDubbed "Panther" by my oldest. We couldn't find him/her before we left... say bye for us!
Hipcamper Angela
Angela K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 6th, 2018

Cut little spot. Peaceful, beautiful sunrise. Not totally isolated but great for beginning campers.

Hipcamper Farrah
Farrah F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 22nd, 2018

Enjoyed my stay. Very friendly and helpful hosts!

Enjoyed my stay. Very nice hosts!
Hipcamper Josiah
Josiah G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 27th, 2018

Great site to camp. Ron and Karmen are friendly and helpful. I would definitely come back.

Hipcamper Shelly

In the country

Shelly S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 3rd, 2019

This is a nice camping area, needs some trimming. It was freshly mowed but weeds all around the trees. Some wide open areas, some nice shaded areas and a secluded spot. First night was noisy, frogs and what sounded like a shooting range. Second night frogs and coyotes, but hey your in the country. Bring bug spray! The host was nice enough but I was weirded out by needing to walk in the house, up the stairs, down the dark hallway to the bathroom.

Morning at the campground The far side of the pondThe secluded siteAll the boys enjoyed being able to be off leash
Hipcamper Lyle
Lyle H.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
July 1st, 2019

Our hosts were welcoming, helpful, and friendly. The setting was nicely secluded, we were the only campers around the little pond and had our own fire ring. It's also a very pup-friendly area, being mostly fenced in.

The only drawback was the frogs in the pond; another reviewer had mentioned them, but I didn't think it was a big deal because I'm used to camping in all kinds of situations, so the sounds of nature don't typically bother me; however we didn't sleep much the first night because of the loud, intermittent, and unpredictable croaks and groans. Earplugs would be helpful. On the plus side, they were pretty quiet on our second night so your mileage may vary.

Hipcamper Kai

Lovely and welcoming

Kai K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 1st, 2019

We had such a lovely time at Grove on top Possum Hill! The hosts were friendly and offered great tips about St. Louis. Their property was beautiful and serene. It was a sweet spot to stay on a long trip across the country!

Hipcamper Pierce

Lovely and easy

Pierce G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 19th, 2019

It was a beautiful little patch of land with lots of room and plenty of privacy. Lots of shade to pitch a tent under and the hosts were extremely kind and generous with their home.

View from the tent.


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