Experience some of what Native Americans enjoyed on 75 acres of restored prairie and timber as you camp alongside one of Iowa's most scenic rivers, the Cedar, in Eastern Iowa. Meet the wildlife of the prairie - hear the honking of pheasants, the gobble of turkeys, the grunting of bucks as they walk through the tall prairie grass or the woods. Listen to thousands of frogs serenading each other from the pond to the river and back and in the morning, watch the sun come up over the trees across the river.
Once on our property, as you drive toward the campground, you'll see a line of heart nut trees and honeyberry bushes to your left and small chestnut trees on the hillside to your right. These are just one part of the edible savanna we are building for the future. We support clean food farms and donate $1 of your stay each night to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (silt.org) to protect land like this to grow healthy food. We hope you'll check them out and support them too.
From your campsite, you'll have a river side trail to walk or walk up into the hills to find the pond, search for mushrooms or pick berries depending on the time of year. Our neighbor to the south owns 300 acres of limestone cliffs and timber and doesn't mind people walking along the trail but please stay on the trail and respect his privacy. Please DO NOT GO NORTH - to your left as you face the river - beyond our property. These neighbors have asked that you respect their boundaries.
Behind you as you face the river is a permaculture garden full of apples, cherries, pears, honeyberries and more you are welcomed to pick when ripe. Hammock camping is allowed at Site 2 in the trees. Please note separate directions to drive to that site - do NOT attempt to drive across the culvert near the river. Site 2 is a tighter space and we recommend it only for cars and small trucks. If you want total privacy, it is best to book both sites. They are only 50 yards or so from each other.
Our home is at the top of the hill. We are likely to be there if you need anything. We might come by to say hi but will otherwise stay out of your way. Iowa City is about 25 minutes away and Davenport about 35. We're only 10 minutes north of Interstate 80. The best hamburgers around are at the Tipton Family Restaurant about 15 minutes east. Both West Branch and Tipton have locally-owned grocery stores we encourage you to support.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
The vibe at Tall-Grass Prairie and River Stay
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Tons of privacy on the river!
Turn by the mailboxes (pictured), pick a campsite to stay at, and enjoy your vacation. The river is basically your back yard so you can swim and cool off at your own risk - you'll see a few boats go by. There are trails around the property and quite a bit of hiking to do.
Great for large groups with a firepit and seating provided!
This property and the sites are amazing! Right on the Cedar River. Very peaceful. If your looking for a quiet get away for primitive camping I highly recommend this location. Suzan and Paul are fantastic! They let you enjoy their property without interruption.
I would highly recommend this spot to anyone who enjoys primitive camping. My wife and I camped on the prairie next to the Cedar river. You're tucked away enough that there's very little man-made noise, other than the odd boat on the river. The hosts provided our site with plenty of firewood. There's some excellent hiking through the woods along the river, as well. We went to sleep to the sounds of owls, crickets, and the howls of coyotes. It was lovely. Hope to stay here again soon.
This was our first time using hipcamp, and we were immediately impressed. From how easy it was to find the property from the instructions provided, to the beautiful peaceful surroundings. We had a amazing river view from our campsight, a stone fire ring with plenty of wood for our use. Even faced with a incredible amount of nats brought with the heat, our host Suzan again delivered, with some nat deterant! Thanks Susan for the Absorbine Jr!!! We will be back, and hope to bring family to tent camp with us. Loved the privacy the camp provided. 5 star camping experience
The site was even more beautiful than I had imagined! Wonderfully kept and with beautiful views and trails. I can’t wait for the chance to return! Highly recommended spot. Thanks, Suzan!
Gorgeous, pristine, area! The mowed trails through the woods and prairies made for fun walks with our kid and our dogs. Our spot by the river was just right, quiet and peaceful. We awoke to the sound of many different birds. We picked wild black raspberries off the side of the trail. I would stay here again, it was heaven.