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COLD SEASON -  The 4WD access, is walk in only, with snow on the ground or in the forecast.

ROCK BOTTOM CABIN is a sleeper cabin in a secluded hardwood forest setting. Our Rock Bottom Cabin shares the sa


COVID 19 - when you make a REQUEST TO BOOK, we will message you with the precautions we have implemented for you to consider before accepting the request.

COLD SEASON -  The 4WD access, is walk in only, with snow on the ground or in the forecast.

ROCK BOTTOM CABIN is a sleeper cabin in a secluded hardwood forest setting. Our Rock Bottom Cabin shares the same woodland and trails as our Wooden Tent site, yet set apart with a low wooded hill in between. 

The Rock Bottom Cabin is 10 ft. wide by 20 ft. long and sleeps four comfortably on either a full size futon provided, or an extra length full size bed, that can be split into two extra length single beds.  There is room at the site for extra tents ( please inquire ). The cabin consists of two small semi private rooms with partial wall and curtain dividers on each end, and a small entry area that contains a wood stove, for winter heating, in the middle, .  The cabin is fully insulated and well ventilated. It has two large windows with insulated curtains in the sleeping rooms, as well as screened side and eve vents. Attached to the front of the cabin is an 8 ft. by 20 ft. deck with access ramps down to the picnic table area, and to the out house -  set off to one side. A large fireplace sits down and in front of the cabin with dry firewood provided in a shelter close by. There is plenty of room to set up your lawn chairs near the fireplace for a relaxing evening in front of the fire, or stay on the deck and look out at a beautiful woodland setting.

 Your adventure starts with a 450-foot elevation drop from ridge top to valley campsite. Easy walk in/ drive in (4 wheel drive ) trail access, plus five miles of woodland hiking trails on our property, maps provided. The Rock Bottom Cabin campsite is accessible by four wheel drive vehicle - minimum clearance 6 inches,   if the soils are not saturated, or snow covered. If guests do not arrive in a four wheel drive vehicle we are able to help transport people and / or gear to the site with a tractor and trailer,  or small truck. Let us know your needs when you book with us and we will do our best to help you with getting to the site. There is space at campsite for additional tents as well, ( please inquire ). 

This campsite, though close to highway access is very quiet and secluded. We apologize if you are able to get cell phone service or wifi. We can't afford the jamming equipment. The only artificial lights visible from the campsite are the occasional airplane and your own flashlights or lanterns ( strongly recommended because it is very dark in our woods at night). When the sky is clear, the  stars are fabulous.  

Our rock Bottom Cabin campsite is ideal for those looking for a quiet woodland setting, with a few comforts - a nice fireplace (with firewood), picnic table, outhouse, and solid shelter. We also provide the mattresses, sheets, and pillows, but please bring your own sleeping bags or blankets to suit your needs. We also provide fresh drinking water in Thermos jugs. Please bring good flashlights with you for night time excursions to the outhouse, or walking around the campsite, or an adventurous  hike on the trails at night.

There are plenty of woodland birds, deer, turkeys, raccoons and squirrels sharing the woods with you. At night it is common for owls to visit the campsite area to say hello, and coyotes talking in the distance. The winding trails through 100 acres of woodland offer a variety of woodland habitats, from old growth Maple, to mixed hardwood, to dense brush, to the edges of open pastureland. The over five miles of trails are also suitable for mountain or fat biking.

For winter users there is a mix of easy, moderate, and challenging winter cross country skiing,  or snowshoeing / hiking on the property. Then return to a cozy cabin to relax and / or read a book.

This property is part of a working pasture-based dairy farm and guided tours of the dairy and cattle are available when scheduling allows.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

Bring your own horse, prior approval from host required

Wildlife watching

Deer , turkey, raccoons (nightly visitors - coon box provided), coyotes (nightly vocal ), birds (songbirds, eagles, owls, vul...Read more

Snow sports


Natural features you'll find at ROCK BOTTOM CABIN in Minnesota.



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Hipcamper Ralph
Ralph S.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2018

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our camping experience at the Rock Bottom cabin site , the only regret would be that I didn't book it for two nights . The cabin which was very nicely built by Mike is tucked into the hill side with southern exposure which makes it very enjoyable especially this time of the year , to have the sun shining into the camp from sunrise to sun set and also taking in the near full moon while at the campfire with the sound of owls in the back ground . The cabin was very clean and cozy with the help of the wood stove which was much appreciated do to the fact it was 26 degrees over night , Gilles's have plenty of fire wood available for all your needs . The trail system is well maintained and mapped and a must do .Driving into the property ( which is truly a working family dairy farm ) is very picturesque with acres of pasture being grazed by their dairy cows , a sight in which is harder to come across every year , the lay of the land and views are beautiful . I will be a returning guest and would highly recommend staying at either of their camp site's available . The Gilles's are very hospitable and caring people . ( 10-21-18)

Hipcamper Helen
Helen S.
recommends this listing.
January 6th, 2019

This cabin was everything I wanted and more. It was secluded and beautiful and Mike and Joan were friendly and very accommodating.
There were tons of trails to hike and explore and the views looking out over the valley were breathtaking. I was able to take my dog Walter with me and do some exploring and some much needed outdoor recharge.
I highly recommend this cabin!

one of the sleeping areas in the cabinThis cabin was perfect for the winter months, very warm and cozyROCK BOTTOM CABINThe Wooden Tent site near by
Hipcamper Jake

Private bliss

Jake P.
recommends this listing.
March 11th, 2019

Great little secluded piece of heaven. There are an abudance of trails to explore. Always something to keep your attention. The cabin is nice and cozy. Highly recommend!

Mije was a wonderful host and made sure we were well informed on the ins and out of their property. He even let us pet their new calfs.

A must visit any time of year!!!!

Hipcamper Malia

A great group-camping site

Malia B.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2019

I thought the hosts were responsive, thorough, and helpful in answering our questions, friendly and welcoming. I know they made extra efforts for our (thought-to-be-bigger) group, with leveling more tent-sites and seeding with grass a few weeks before our arrival, bringing down a big barrel of water for washing, and last-minute-converting a cow-trailer into a people-hauler with carpet and couches lashed to the sides, so our gear wouldn't get wet in our pouring-rain exit. The site itself was beautiful and big enough for both many tent-sites and private space between them. The Outhouses redefined what outhouses can be.... smell-free, clean, well-lit, and even spacious with a full-length mirror (good for tick-checks). The cabin was clean, well-designed, and thoughtfully provisioned with led-lanterns, blankets, clean fitted sheet, pillows, and even a couple toys for the kids to play with. A clothesline with clothespins is near the wood-burning stove, for drying out clothes and wet gear. Next time I go camping with kids, I want to book the "Wooden Tent" site, which has a huge stack of huge logs for climbing and balancing and pretending. The forest was healthy and vibrant.... we saw a scarlet tanager on our tractor-ride down to the site. Woodland flowers and wildlife were abundant! Even though it is an area surrounded by farmland, the forest itself seemed to be a world away. A very special spot.

Hipcamper Robert

Rock bottom!

Robert Y.
recommends this listing.
June 12th, 2019

My wife and I had a beautiful couple nights at the cabin. Mike was very responsive to all questions and it's great to see a farm with happy cows! It is a bit of a challenging ride down and up, so that is a consideration at wet times I'm sure, but once down at “rock bottom” the privacy is unmatched! The Gilles are very involved with taking local school kids on hikes and has put much effort into making quite an elaborate trail system in the heavily wooded valley. This was our first Hipcamp experience and it was great!

Rock Bottom CabinScreen tent we brought came in handy- it was gnat season- veiw from cabin deckNice pathsYou are here
Hipcamper Emily

One of the best camping experiences

Emily L.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2019

This was such a great trip for my husband and me with our dog, Jax! Mike and Joan were so welcoming and nice. They definitely made sure our experience was great by going over any question we may have while camping and providing a map of trails to follow. The trails were well marked and everything was so quiet and private. There is plenty of firewood to keep a fire going and one of the most well maintained outhouses that I’ve seen. Mike and Joan provided plenty of water for us to use and we felt so comfortable and at ease here. I would recommend this site to anyone looking for a quiet, private camping experience or anyone that just wants to get away for a little while!

ROCK BOTTOM CABINEnjoying a rainy day Fire pit Well maintained trails
Hipcamper Vikram
Vikram J.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2019

Very beautiful and friendly staff

Hipcamper Pooja

Beautiful place! must see!

Pooja C.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2019

We absolutely loved our stay at Mike and Joan’s cabin. Mike was really helpful. The cabin was secluded from the highway and it was really peaceful and beautiful place. We were a large party so we put tents around the cabin and it worked out great.
Mike even gave us some actual rugs to put underneath the tent for extra comfort.
I would absolutely recommend this place. Next time we will try the wooden tent.

Hipcamper Mary
Mary C.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2019

Mike and Joan were great hosts! The Rock Bottom Cabin was an adventure down into the woods. They ferried us down and up and we also hiked out to dinner at The Shed in town. The cabin was very cozy and comfortable. Thanks for having us to your farm.
Tom and Mary.



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