Hipcamp host East Grove F.
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East Grove Farms invites you to pitch your tent in the former hazelnut thicket that our ancestors and the East Grove community safely hid freedom seekers from Missouri in the 1840's.   It is located 1/4 m north of the winery near the vineyard and tree line and you can usually drive to the camp on a grass path thru the elderberry patch.  It offers complete privacy and has a f

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East Grove Farms invites you to pitch your tent in the former hazelnut thicket that our ancestors and the East Grove community safely hid freedom seekers from Missouri in the 1840's.   It is located 1/4 m north of the winery near the vineyard and tree line and you can usually drive to the camp on a grass path thru the elderberry patch.  It offers complete privacy and has a fire ring, picnic table, a prep table, porta john, and shade.  Firewood is available if you ask.  There is no electricity or running water.  There is a pond for fishing and some trails, and of course all campers are welcome to visit our headquarters for a free tasting of our wine and mead!  Wagon rides can be arranged and on occasion there is live music at the meadery on weekends.  For those interested in the underground RR, there is an excellent museum in nearby Salem, the Lewelling Quaker Museum, a National Park Service noted site for abolitionist activity. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Swimming

Swim at your own risk. We are having issues with aquatic vegetation and are working to remove some invasive plants.

Fishing
Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Freedom Seekers Camp in Iowa.

Farm

We grow specialty crops like elderberries, aronia berrys, grapes, and heirloom apples, peaches, and plums. There is currently ...Read more

Forest
Swimming hole

The vibe at Freedom Seekers Camp

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Hipcamper Shannon
Shannon M.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2017

Whiskey Camp was great! We had a few choices of camp sites, a view of woods on one side and a charming lake on the other, and fell asleep under the stars. Our host shared his awesome fire pit and picnic table with us, and we even scored bathroom access before bedding down. All in all, it was a fine place to rest our heads,

Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 10th, 2017

We (a group of five adults and one child) camped during the Folk Music Festival and had the time of our lives. The owners/hosts were as gracious as they could be, and the camping—although not exactly shaded—suited our needs perfectly. The land is beautiful and mead plentiful. The farm has great history too; it was once a part of the underground railroad! We can't wait to visit again next year. <3

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel F.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2018

We had a great experience camping here. The property is beautiful and Kurt and his family were so warm and welcoming. We loved chatting with them while tasting their delicious meads. Be sure to pick up a bottle or two during your stay, and enjoy the stars and fireflies!

Hipcamper Kathryn
Kathryn P.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2018

Great camping spot on a small private pond. We parked our tear drop camper right near the just perfect size sand beach. We had views of the woods and the hosts vineyard. Next time, we will try the tasting room! We can't wait to go back. The host was very welcoming. Great experience all the way around.

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Hipcamper Kathryn
Kathryn P.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2019

Our second time at Whiskey Farms. We were greeted by the host and his wife. Very friendly, and welcoming. We love the fiahing, small beach and woods and vinyards. We are already planning our third stay. We have a teardrop camper and park it right up at the beach, but there was a great option at the back of the property near the woods ..which would have been great too..if we didnt plan on fishing the entire time. :)

Hipcamper Katie
Katie S.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2020

Great spot. Small beach, fishing and vinyards and woods as a view. Friendly host. 3rd time boondock camping here.

Freedom Seekers Camp
Hipcamper Hope
Hope F.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2017

This was a beautiful place to stay. The host was welcoming and responsive. The area is unique - an elderberry farm nestled within fields upon fields of corn. It was a very peaceful place to camp.

Hipcamper Steve
Steve D.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2017

No mosquitoes. Nice folks. The only thing that could have improved the experience was some signage directing late-arrivers to the campsite.

Hipcamper Kenneth

Beautiful country campsite

Kenneth B.
recommends this listing.
May 24th, 2020

It was peaceful and quiet, the campsite had been mowed before hand and a picnic table left for our use. It was a most enjoyable stay!

Property
East Grove Farms Winery and Vineyard
State
Iowa
Country
United States
$20/night
1 Site
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