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

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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!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Moderate walk (5 - 10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 10 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water, purify from lake or pond
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, fire ring
Toilet available
Portable toilet
Pets allowed
Off leash, on leash
No showers
Bath in lake
Bins available
Recycling bin, trash bin
No picnic table
No wifi
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

There are mountain bike trails located about 2 miles from the farm, and accessed via an asphalt highway with a challenging hill...Read more

Hiking

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

Paddling

We have a nice, small pond, perfect for kayaking or small boats. You can use our v-bottom boat as available, though we recomme...Read more

Swimming

You can swim in our nice, small pond. Be aware it does have steep sides, which may be slippery at times.

Wildlife watching

Our back woodland acreage contains the primitive tent campsites, short hiking trails, and ponds. There is abundant wildlife in...Read more

Horseback riding

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at A Central Illinois Paradise in Illinois.

Forest

Our primitive tent campsites are located in the woodlands, at the bottom of steep hills and 30-50 foot ravines. It does involv...Read more

Lake

Most of our primitive tent sites are located with easy access to our pond. Please note the pond was recently dug, so there are...Read more

Prairie, meadow, or plain

If you prefer an area that is more open than the woodlands, we offer the option of camping in our main pasture. This provides ...Read more

Swimming hole
Farm
Ranch

Places to see near Red Gate Farm, LLC

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
15 miles way Explore
Sangchris Lake State Park
Sangchris Lake State Park
30 miles way Explore
Weldon Springs State Park
Weldon Springs State Park
48 miles way Explore
Beaver Dam State Park
Beaver Dam State Park
53 miles way Explore
Jubilee College State Park
Jubilee College State Park
57 miles way Explore
Siloam Springs State Park
Siloam Springs State Park
58 miles way Explore
Argyle Lake State Park
Argyle Lake State Park
60 miles way Explore
Wolf Creek State Park
Wolf Creek State Park
69 miles way Explore
Pere Marquette State Park
Pere Marquette State Park
77 miles way Explore
Cuivre River State Park
Cuivre River State Park
88 miles way Explore
Horseshoe Lake State Park
Horseshoe Lake State Park
89 miles way Explore
Wakonda State Park
Wakonda State Park
89 miles way Explore
Nauvoo State Park
Nauvoo State Park
90 miles way Explore
Gateway Arch National Park
Gateway Arch National Park
95 miles way Explore
Walnut Point State Park
Walnut Point State Park
96 miles way Explore
Fox Ridge State Park
Fox Ridge State Park
97 miles way Explore

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren J.
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July 12th, 2018

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!

tent forest lodgingHere's a boat you can rent for a small fee to enjoyPlenty of privacy down here and a pretty great swimming hole to cool off in!I visited at such a great time - there were so many butterflies around Red Gate Farm.
Hipcamper Katie
Katie H.
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(Dispersed site)
August 2nd, 2018

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!

Yum!!A Central Illinois ParadiseAmazing dinner - thanks to the camping stove and fresh food!Everything you need in a beautiful spot!
Hipcamper Sean And Danielle
Response from Sean And Danielle, the Host, on August 3rd, 2018

Thank you for the kind words, and we hope to have you visit again some day!

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Hipcamper William
William C.
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August 6th, 2018

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!

Old Calita buildimg in downtowm Springfield. Just a 30 min. drive away. View from the campsite. Really gorgeous!Hiking back to campHappy Campers!
Hipcamper Sean And Danielle
Response from Sean And Danielle, the Host, on August 7th, 2018

Thank you, and we are glad you enjoyed your stay!

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Hipcamper Mariah
Mariah C.
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August 7th, 2018

The campsite was beautiful, and Sean and Danielle were excellent hosts. Would definitely recommend this hipcamp site!

Hipcamper Sean And Danielle
Response from Sean And Danielle, the Host, on August 7th, 2018

Thank you, it was a pleasure!

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Hipcamper Alex
Alex S.
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August 18th, 2018

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!

A Central Illinois Paradise
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Response from Sean And Danielle, the Host, on August 18th, 2018

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay, and got a needed break from busy city life!

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Red Gate Farm, LLC
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