Hipcamp host Robert V.
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Whether you're tenting it or renting the beautiful cabin on the property, you have the feeling of being in the middle of the wilderness.  The tent areas are set apart to insure lots of privacy.  All tent locations are overlooking the beautiful trout stream.  While the tent areas are primitive, all campers will have access to hot showers in really nice, easy


Whether you're tenting it or renting the beautiful cabin on the property, you have the feeling of being in the middle of the wilderness.  The tent areas are set apart to insure lots of privacy.  All tent locations are overlooking the beautiful trout stream.  While the tent areas are primitive, all campers will have access to hot showers in really nice, easy access bathrooms.  The cabin has a gorgeous English Country garden in front with stone fences and an authentic Japanese fern and moss garden behind with two Japanese bridges and ancient stone sculptures from China.  To the north of the cabin is a small fruit orchard and to the south is a beautiful little red barn with a covered porch and chicken coop attached.  The property is very unique with a very large art studio that the campers are welcome to use if they ask.  All facilities are completely off-the-grid.  100% solar run with an LP back-up generator for cloudy days.  The main house has Wi-Fi which reaches about 80 feet from the house.  In addition to camping and the cabin, there are 11 guest rooms that flank the courtyard garden that could be rented as well.  A little less privacy but very well designed with paintings and antique furniture. I grow most of my own food in the summer months in a raised-bed garden that the visitors are welcome to visit.  My 20 acres backs up to 80 acres of state land and about two miles away, visitors have access to thousands of acres of land that runs along the Muskegon river.  A lot of great hiking in the area.  One of the camp sites is large with a fire pit where several tents could be placed for a group of campers.  The other sites are more remote.  It's a magical place with lots of things to see and experience.  Hope you come, relax and enjoy! 

The prices listed are for the camping spots only. The cabin and the guest rooms will have their own posting.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers
3 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Max length 20ft
No hookups
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send robert a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 40% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Great biking on country roads as well as a lot of designated state land about 10 miles north of here with marked biking trails ...Read more


Nearby, but not on the property


Very near the Muskegon River and many small lakes. Our trout stream is too small for canoes or kayaks.


Good swimming in the Muskegon River nearby. I am constructing a natural swimming pond in the spring of 2018.

Wildlife watching

The property is in the middle of the Manistee National Forest. There's an incredible bird population here for birders. Probab...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Secluded Wildlife Paradise in Michigan.

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Hipcamper Raven
Raven C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 22nd, 2018

Such an amazing weekend. Pretty perfect actually! Robert’s area is so peaceful and beautiful! And Robert was so nice and friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this for camping and a fun weekend.

Hipcamper Rich
Rich O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 26th, 2018

Robert was a fantastic host. He pulled out all the stops to ensure we had the best possible stay. He was super friendly with all the guest whilst also leaving us to our own devices. His property and site was phenomenal and you will have to see it to believe it, pictures do not do it justice. I look forward to our next stay here!

Hipcamper Ashlie
Ashlie K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 27th, 2018

What a wonderful stay we had at this beautiful secluded eco friendly retreat in the forest. Robert was a fantastic and caring host who greatly expressed his compassion and knowledge for the art of nature and life! You can hike along the stream while frogs jump between your feet or relax in his cozy library room. There’s much to see and almost any spot is perfect to stop and meditate. His gardens are full fragrant flowers attracting hummingbirds and all kinds of butterflies. This place is truly amazing. First time hipcaming and would definitely come back. Thanks again Rob for sharing your place so everyone can experience the healing energies!

With Love and Light,
Ashlie ‭

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 3rd, 2018

GPS took us to Buchanan and 230th which wasn’t accessible to us. Took us some figuring out how to get to Hayes but when we got it figured out, everything worked out. The dirt road leading up to the retreat is very rustic but still accessible if you go slow.

The host was amazing and warm and he really made our trip so much better. Accommodated us through a stormy weekend and that really helped keep us and our stuff dry! He even welcomed us into his house to let us hang out during the rain and use the kitchen to cook. The place itself has such a positive, warm vibe with amazing art pieces to be seen in the library. Kiki the cat is also my favorite part of the experience.

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Hipcamper Kriston
Kriston L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 4th, 2018

We are incredibly grateful for our stay at this paradise! It started off rocky due to the heavy rain and thunderstorm. Our plans did not go as originally intended. My friends and I, who are all Deaf/Hard of Hearing, were very much looking forward to being outside with nature and creating our own space to “just be” so at first it was a little disapointing when the campsites were rustic and more suitable for singles and couples than for group camping . There was only one site that offered any real semblance of privacy but was not easily accessible to unload/load camping gears. The resort is designed with in mind for a more communal experience which wasn’t what we were looking for. However, Robert was kind, generous and so very welcoming that with the earlier heavy rain before we arrived and pending rainstorm he offered to put us up in one of the rooms. We insisted on camping out — that is, until our site got flooded just before dark. We ended up staying in his awesome art studio which we loved and obsessed over all weekend. At night we slep there and during the day we managed to do all the things we wanted — cooking by the campfire for meals and heading out for kayaking and lounging on the beach. At night we ate in the shared kitchen space and hung out in Robert’s gorgeous library where we met others awesome people. Robert (and Corey), truly made our stay such an amazing experience that we are definitely coming back but next time with different expectations (and intentions). Robert has truly created a piece of paradise that any artist, nature loving and spiritual social being would love.

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Hipcamper Kate
Kate M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 5th, 2018

When looking at the site's profile- you would think its a pretty area. I kid you not- the photographs doesn't do justice, it's B E A U T I F U L. I love how if we wanted privacy, we could just stay by the campsite but we also had access to the community area of where other folks were hanging out. I have met various of people over the weekend and I loved how friendly everyone was. The library was the coziest room there. Rob is seriously the sweetest host who ensure everyone's stay was comfortable. He provided what he could and share information we needed about the area. My friends and I are already planing on coming back!

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 9th, 2018

Robert was one of the most personable hosts I have ever met.Made us feel at home.The campsites and surrounding land are beautiful.

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Hipcamper Nick
Nick M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 22nd, 2019

Great host! We had 12 guys for a bachelor party and helped a big deal in the planning process making things easy. Very clean and impressive bunk houses for the guys who didn’t want to camp. Robert did nothing but make us feel welcome on his property!

Hipcamper Oscar G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 4th, 2018
Hipcamper Christie J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 8th, 2018
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