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 ensur
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 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 a very nice primitive camp site with several tent site choices. You should be prepared for some hiking, as the site is located roughly 1/4 mile from the main house and parking area. We are happy to provide your gear a ride in our farm golf-cart 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. 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 pond. 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 even a horse-drawn wagon or carriage ride for a discounted hourly rate. 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!
*Please note that the base price includes one car, one tent, and 2 people. There are additional fees for additional guests, tents, or cars due to limitations of our farm.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
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Beginner Horse Experience
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Additional BYO tent fee
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Sustainable Permaculture Farm Tour
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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We have limited walking trails around the farm and pond, and in the woodlands. About 2 miles down the road is Lincoln’s New Sa...Read more
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You can use our v-bottom boat as available, though we recommend you bring a life jacket for each rider.
You can swim in our nice, small pond. Be aware it does have steep sides, which may be slippery at times.
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Natural features you'll find at A Central Illinois Paradise in Illinois.
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Prairie, meadow, or plain
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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!
Sean and Danielle were incredible hosts. I stayed for 4 days and 3 nights with my 3-year old daughter. They took the time to show us around and have a beautiful piece of land. I would highly recommend a visit and we plan on going back!
Heartland camping on a private farm
We really enjoyed our camping adventure at Red Gate Farm! The hosts were so very friendly and kind, and live a very interesting, self-sufficient life on their beautiful piece of the Heartland. They have so many cool farm animals and plants to see and interact with. Be aware they are a faith and family centered farm so somewhat strict rules on what types of beverages you are supposed to bring, which we didn’t see on the rules until after we booked it! We may have missed that on the initial listing somewhere so that’s why I’m writing it here in case you are a review reader like me :) We loved the little pond to jump in (once we worked up the courage) to cool off from the heat. We cooked with the cast iron grill they provided over the fire, watched the stars, explored small town America, Abraham Lincoln historic sites, and Lake Springfield while we were there.
They also offer horse-back lessons which we would’ve done if it wasn’t a million degrees when we were there! In addition, they sell their own eggs and farm fresh foods so I would definitely hold off on bringing your own and buying from them. A great getaway from busy 9-5 life for anyone seeking to better understand small family farms and sustainable lifestyles! Or just wanting a nice private place to camp! You can’t drive your car right up to the campsite so make sure you are able-bodied enough to hike a little bit. Their sweet son helped us take our abundance of camping gear (yes we always pack too much) to the site on a golf cart. Overall, we loved it! Oh, also your dog does need to be leashed in part of the property because they have fenced in guard dogs that protect their crops and animals, but you can unleash your dog by the campsite which is further back on the farm.