Hipcamp host Amy G.
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The year is 1905...Take a step back to a time when the Duluth Missabe Railroad existed. When wooden cabooses still ran the tracks and people still used them for safety on the railroad.

Goldie was


COVID note:

**We are using proper cleaning products and disposable dish ware as extra precautions for COVID.  We hope this makes you feel more at ease.**

The year is 1905...Take a step back to a time when the Duluth Missabe Railroad existed. When wooden cabooses still ran the tracks and people still used them for safety on the railroad.

Goldie was born in 1905, remodeled by the DMIR (Duluth Missabe Iron Rail) in 1911, and had her last run on the tracks in 1968, but has since been brought back to life after many years of neglect. Found in Ely MN and brought to our house in 2014 for repair, she's nested in the woods on our property, just steps from an old railroad bed that was used by a lumber mill many years ago.

While staying true to what a wooden caboose should be, we've updated her just a little bit so that staying here is more comfortable than it might have been for her workers so long ago. She now has a shower with a skylight and hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, small appliances, hidden tv & DVD player (just in case, but not so obvious), hand sink, air conditioning/heat and a full sized bed. Oh yes, and for those lovely evenings, a fire pit and picnic table nested in the trees behind. Since the roof is made of metal, and if you are lucky enough to get some rain while you are here, the sound on that roof will lull you to sleep!

Our house is on the property, but Goldie is out of sight, in the woods, giving her a great deal of privacy. She's about fifty yards from the main house. There is an entrance with stairs on the front side to get in, and more stairs on the back for private access to the fire ring. Motion lights will help you navigate the stairs, but only stay on a short time. Near the fire ring behind the caboose, there is a trail that runs alongside the marsh, down the length of our wooded property and pops out by the lake. And by the lake, there are Adirondack chairs and another fire ring to enjoy, if you like (please bring your own beach towels). The sunsets are gorgeous and the sun sends dappled light to the caboose as it goes down. Birds and frogs will sing to you while you enjoy the evening air.

And if you visit during the spring or summer, the field of wildflowers outside her door are absolutely stunning!

Nearby: Biking on the paved Heartland Trail, hiking and camping on the North Country Trail (it goes from ND to NY), small town shopping in Dorset (with $2 ice cream and mini golf) is 3 miles away, more small town shopping and eating is 2 miles (as well as a small grocery and a donut shop).  Itasca State Park is where the Headwaters of the Mississippi River is and it's only a 30 minute drive.  Lots more to see within easy driving distance.  The Crowe Wing River is close by and offers the chance for day trip canoeing, overnight canoeing (with free canoe camps along it's route) and tubing!

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Amy a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Goldie the Caboose in the Woods


Firewood bundle

Start your trip off right with a bundle of firewood waiting for you at your c...Read more

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Within a half mile of the caboose, there is a paved trail that is lovely for riding bikes or taking a walk. In one direction, y...Read more


There is a public landing right around the corner from our house.


In The Land of 10,000 Lakes, you might be able to find a fish or two. Or maybe more.


The North Country Trail is a trail system that's over 4,000 miles long and extends from North Dakota all the way to New York. ...Read more

Horseback riding

There is a horse trail that parallels the paved trail that goes past our house. About 3.5 miles away, there are free outdoor h...Read more


So much water, not enough time! We love to canoe, so we can give you lots of help if you'd like to find a chain or lakes or so...Read more


The water in our lake is very clear, and as the name indicates, Shallow Lake isn't very deep. Feel free to take a dip, but don...Read more

Wildlife watching

Bring your binoculars and cameras...we have lots of birds and little critters to make memories with! Not to mention the animals...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Goldie the Caboose in the Woods in Minnesota.


A public beach is just 2 miles from the property. Easy to bike to if you bring your bikes!


Nearby are the Chippewa National Forest, Paul Bunyan Forest and Itasca State Park, home of the Headwaters of the Mississippi Ri...Read more


The caboose has access to Shallow Lake from the trail that's on our property. It's just a short walk in the woods to get there.

The vibe at Goldie the Caboose in the Woods

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Hipcamper Elizabeth

The perfect place!

Elizabeth G.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2020

I have stayed at many unique places while traveling over the years and this is my favorite hands down! Amy and Chris are wonderful hosts, making sure I had everything I needed before arriving. Check in was easy, and I loved ending every evening by the fire pit. Walking the trail to the lake each morning with coffee in hand is how I wish I could start every day! Their dogs are so precious and sweet, they make the perfect co-hosts:) The caboose is close to a couple of state parks and trails so day trips to places were easy.

I highly recommend staying here. It’s an experience you won’t regret and I can’t wait to come back!

The caboose is so cozy inside and the bed was extremely comfortable Goldie the Caboose in the WoodsGoldie the Caboose in the Woods
Hipcamper Angie

A peace of time

Angie G.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2020

This was my first stay in a caboose and it was unforgettable! The restoration of this gem was interesting to hear about and my stay was fabulously relaxing! Whether sitting by the fire and listening to the loons on the lake or sitting on the comfy bed in the caboose to read a book, it was very peaceful and quiet and full of nature! The hosts were excellent and furnished the caboose with historical pieces. They are knowledgeable about trails and parks in the area as Chris and Amy are avid outdoor people as well! I will definitely be back to stay longer than a night!

Goldie in the Woods
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