Red Gate Farm, LLC is beautiful, hidden oasis of sustainable permaculture totally secluded from the typical Illinois corn and soybean fields. We are a very active, working, horse-powered farm. From the moment you drive in, you will see differences from most modern farms. Our laying hens freely run our green pastures; all our livestock are rotated throughout our land to ensure biodiversity and soil health; our heritage breed hogs are nearly unnoticed as they forage in their forest paddocks; our small herd of Alpine goats help us clear and manage invasive forages while providing amazing milk to drink; our horses live on a “Paddock Paradise” track system that meanders through our woodlands, imitating the movements of wild horse herds; our ponds have been carefully designed to stop erosion of our precious top soils; our orchards and gardens are designed to grow in harmony with nature while providing chemical-free food for the family; and so much more!
After parking and checking in, you will be provided an info packet to assist you during your stay. We offer several primitive camp site choices. You should be prepared for some hiking, as the sites are located .25 - .5 mile from the main house and parking area. We are happy to provide you a ride in our farm golf-cart to get your gear down at check-in and then back up at check out.
Once you get your campsite site up, you can sit back and relax, as you take in the sights and sounds of nature that will surround you. Although you are only a half mile from the nearest main road, you will feel almost completely secluded. At dusk and dawn, if you sit quietly enough, you may even see some of our many white-tail deer, wild turkey, or other wildlife come to drink at the ponds. You can swim in the pond, use the v-boat, or even walk around the farm to enjoy the scenery.
If you leave time for sight-seeing in the area, we are surrounded by wonderful and historical attractions! We are just 2 miles from Lincoln's New Salem State Park and Historic Site. Roughly 20 miles southwest of us is the Illinois capital, Springfield, which has an array of great restaurants such as Darcy's Pint which serves up the famous award-winning Horseshoe; historic sites including the famous Lincoln Presidential Museum and Lincoln's Village; Knights Action Park and Water Park, perfect for a hot summer day; and much more! About 30 minutes west of the farm is Jim Edgar Park, which has some amazing fishing ponds, hiking and horse-back riding trails, and wildlife viewing.
If you’re interested in experiencing farm life, we welcome you to join us for chore time. We offer educational tours and other options by appointment for an additional fee, or you can also schedule a "Beginner's Horse Experience," riding lesson, or even a horse-drawn wagon or carriage ride for a discounted hourly rate. In addition, we offer fresh, pastured eggs, meats, and produce for sale, all of which was grown right here on the farm. For more info on options, just ask! We are happy to send you info in advance!
Our goal is to provide you with an opportunity to experience our piece of paradise, and create memories you will always cherish!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
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Whether you're a tent camper or fully dependent on your hammock, there's a perfect amount of shady trees for whatever you prefer! A beautiful working farm full of family values and plenty of privacy in such a historic area with tons to do in and out of your camping site.
Enjoy the surrounding city or a swim at your camping site - you won't be disappointed with the amount of things to do. I had such a relaxing time hanging around in my ENO while joyfully smelling potatoes cooking over an open fire, just in time for a little lunch!
Take a tour of the farm, rent the boat, learn from the owners, and have a great time!
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect stay here at red gate farm. The family graciously greeted us upon arrival, and helped us with any questions we had throughout the stay. Our campsite was perfect, and we even enjoyed the use of the camping stove Danielle and Sean brought down for us before we arrived.
Communication was extremely easy and efficient prior to, and during, our arrival. And, my kids are still in awe at all of the chores the kids can knock out before 7:30am! They taught us so much in such a short time - we will definitely be back!
Thank you for delightful, peaceful and educational visit, Danielle and Sean!
Sean and Danielle were fantastic hosts! From the moment we arrived, they made us feel welcome. Sean helped us with our gear to and from the campsite which was a huge help. The site itself is just gorgeous! Very private and peaceful, with a firepit, a griddle for cooking and your own private swimming hole. They offered to show us around the farm and had fresh, REAL organic produce/meats to purchase when we arrived. They also pointed us in the direction of some really cool local sites which I highly recommend if you are in the area, including: Lincoln’s New Salem and Lincoln’s Presidential Library and Museum. Totally worth the trip out to both sites! I highly recommend staying on Sean and Danielle’s farm, they are really sweet people and we had an awesome experience at Red Gate Farms!
My roommate and I spent one night at Red Gate Farm and both had a blast. The farm is adorable! We were super comfortable, really enjoyed the setup of the campsite, and were impressed with the hospitality the hosts provided. It was the perfect camping getaway from the city and I wish we could have stayed longer! Although we were completely entertained at the site (rowboat!! animals!! nature!!), there are several different things to do and interesting places to see in the surrounding area. I would highly recommend this site. Thank you so much Sean and Danielle!