Hipcamp host Tom R.
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This campsite is in the middle of Earth First Farms, an established certified organic apple orchard in SW Michigan. The farm is 49 acres, with the campsite being in a soft hollow about 200 feet wide separating 2 blocks of trees. Very quiet at night. In the day, depending on the season, there are farm activities taking place. Firewood is provided and fresh organic produce

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This campsite is in the middle of Earth First Farms, an established certified organic apple orchard in SW Michigan. The farm is 49 acres, with the campsite being in a soft hollow about 200 feet wide separating 2 blocks of trees. Very quiet at night. In the day, depending on the season, there are farm activities taking place. Firewood is provided and fresh organic produce is available in season.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Tom a message!
  • 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.

Biking
Wildlife watching

The vibe at Organic Apple Orchard and Farm

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Hipcamper Barbara
Barbara T.
recommends this listing.
April 29th, 2017

I stayed here with one of my girlfriends and we just LOVED it! You camp in a valley surrounded by beautiful apple orchard. We were so thankful the blooms were in full swing during our visit! But would love to come back in the fall and maybe pick some apples. Really a wonderful site! Gonzales the farm manager greeted us upon arrival and was very nice and accommodating during our stay.

It's a peaceful setting! We loved walking along the orchard rows and going over and checking out the chicken coop. Gonzalez even gave us some farm fresh eggs! Nearby theres a nice trail called love creek. We'd love to come back with our husbands and bring some lawn games since there's tons of space! Really a cool spot for a weekend away!

You really couldn't ask for a more picturesque and private campsite!Such a beautiful farm!We LOVED our spring camping trip on the orchard!Looking down in the hollow!
Hipcamper Eric
Eric H.
recommends this listing.
July 17th, 2017

Camping on this farm was a wonderful experience. Arranging everything with Tom ahead of time was easy due to Tom's professionalism, responsiveness, and willingness to go the extra mile to make your stay great. Once we were there, Gonsalo was great, greeting us, letting us know he could help us with anything we needed, and even going so far as to give us a basket of kale and cucumbers freshly picked that day. The grove in which the site is located is a beautiful, large, and secluded area with some wildflowers, tall trees for shade, two picnic tables, and a firepit for cooking/bonfires. You'll need to bring your own grill and unless you have AWD, you'll want to carry your stuff down the short hill to the site (very short walk, don't worry). There's an open barn a ways off with running water and a toilet that you can use, and despite feeling totally private, you're only 10-20min from the closest town, so you can stock up on supplies for extended stays. When we were here, we grilled over the open fire every night and morning, kayaked from Do Wah Jack's (about 30min away), hiked in the Dowagiac woods, and star gazed every night. We'll certainly be back to pick apples come fall, and hope to stay here again in the future. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Jessica

Hidden gem

Jessica S.
recommends this listing.
May 19th, 2019

This was our second time camping at the orchard and we loved it! The first time we went in October and the orchard was full of yummy apples (a perk of staying at the site!). Our second stay was in May, and the trees were starting to bloom gorgeous blossoms. This time we got to pick asparagus, who knew they grow randomly at the base of the trees?!? Both visits we’re amazing and full of surprises.

We especially love that the campsite is only rented out to one group at a time. This allows for complete privacy and the ability to hear nothing but the sounds of nature.

This place is a hidden gem and absolutely worth trying!

The orchard is full of gorgeous wildflowers.Gorgeous full moon.Asparagus we picked on our morning walk!The campsite is stunning.
Hipcamper omar
Omar B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 17th, 2018

Compared to the photos I previously saw on the website, I felt the actual facility had aged and was not kept as tidy as a rented-out-to-guests facility should be. That being said, I felt Gonsalo was friendly, although he seemed a bit too busy at first for a formal welcome - more of a “here’s the washroom, it’s all yours” type of welcome. As a working farm, that is to be expected, and totally understandable. Just not as welcoming as the experiences of those who commented before me.

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew P.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 30th, 2018

My friends and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time on Tom's farm. The tranquility and serenity is hard to beat. After staying at state and private campgrounds all my life I'm not sure I can go back. Proximity to 'The Wine Trail' and St. Joseph/Benton Harbour was great. -- The site could use some upkeep and based on photos has aged. There is currently only one picnic table now, and it's missing a chunk from its top reducing useable space; thankfully we brought folding tables. A fresh mow or lower cut in the camping area would also go a long way. A fire ring of sorts would also be well placed and appreciated. We bought some wood in town to get fires going as the provided wood was large limbs/trunks and needed some help lighting. Tom was very communicative and the produce he gifted to use was delicious. Bathroom in the pole barn lacked toilet paper the first evening but was well stocked the rest of the weekend.

If we had any artistic photography skills i'm sure we could have whipped up a 'Food & Wine Farm to Table' shot. Organic Apple Orchard and FarmNot a bad view to have. Out of this world at night. #Morningsun
Hipcamper Charles

Super chill vibes in michigan. ✌🏻👍🏻

Charles A.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2019

Camping on Tom’s Apple orchard and farm is fantastic. The directions were super easy via Google Maps and his added directions made it comfortable knowing we’re pulling into the right spot.

There’s a new and improved picnic table at the camp site, just as an update to previous comments.

And Gonzalo is super friendly. Gave us a fantastic box of Blueberries (totally unnecessary but such a lovely gesture). We gobbled them up of course.

We came out in mid-July so it was intensely hot. Hottest day of the year. So that was tough but would have been tough anywhere.

Oh. The goats. Super cute and friendly.

And lastly - the night sky was BRILLIANT. FIREFLIES were magical, and the stars were out in full force. So lovely.

We’ll certainly be back, though in the Fall. 😂😀🏕

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Hipcamper Heather
Heather B.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2017

Tom's farm was the perfect peaceful retreat and exactly what we were looking for in a quick escape from Chicago. There was a picnic table and firewood left for us to use under a lovely old tulip tree. Thank you Tom!

a sunny summer evening at the farm dinner prep with some groceries bought at a local farmers markettulip tree bloom
Hipcamper John
John B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 25th, 2017

Nice area. Really secluded but the water wasn't working.

Hipcamper Mark
Mark A.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2017

This is by far the best camp site I've been to yet!!!! From Tom being so accommodating to Gonsalo being an awesome host! The campsite was perfectly isolated from everything. You are all by yourself which is what I was looking for. No other campers next to you. All in all, the perfect getaway from the busy day to day hustle! Thanks for an awesome experience! Will definitely be back!

Property
Organic Apple Orchard and Farm
State
Michigan
$50/night
1 Site
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