Hipcamp host Ted S.
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Pitch your tent at one of our walk-in campsites on 60 acres of forest or hilltop prairie along Prairie Creek in Rice County, MN.  Explore the creeks, trails, forest, and our enormous granite "split rock."  

Our land abuts a 60 acre county park featuring a waterfall and more trails, including a single track mountain bike course.  That's 120 acres of exploring outside yo

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Pitch your tent at one of our walk-in campsites on 60 acres of forest or hilltop prairie along Prairie Creek in Rice County, MN.  Explore the creeks, trails, forest, and our enormous granite "split rock."  

Our land abuts a 60 acre county park featuring a waterfall and more trails, including a single track mountain bike course.  That's 120 acres of exploring outside your tent; this campground truly offers a large amount of remote forest for recreation right on site.  

Big Woods State Park is less than 2 miles away.  Northfield and Faribault is 7 miles and Northfield is 10 miles from our driveway; they offer dining, boutiques, and all other ammenities.  Nerstrand is 4.5 miles and has a gas station and a fantastic meat market.  Numerous Cannon River put-ins are within 10 miles.

Winter Weather Update: Currently, the main parking area by site 1 and 2 is accessible.  The road to the secondary parking area beside sites 3 and 4 is not plowed.  Individual sites and trails are not plowed, but the park trails are well established. We will keep updating the accessibility information though the winter camping season.  As always, remember to pack warm gear for this time of year!

Kids under 16 camping with their parents do not count in pricing.

Site 1 is near the creek.  Approximately 250 feet from main parking area.  Stone Fire Ring w/ Grill Grate, Picnic Table, Room for 2 Tents.

Site 2 is in the pines.  Approximately 250 feet from main parking area.  Stone Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Room for 2 Tents.  

Site 3 is near the creek, too.  Approximately 300 feet from main parking area.  Stone Fire Ring, Room for 2 Tents.

Site 4 is on the hilltop prairie.  Approximately 100 feet from the secondary parking area, this road is steep and can become difficult in rainy weather.  Steel Fire Ring w/ Grill Grate, Picnic Table, Room for up to 3 Tents.

Site 5 is on the hilltop in the trees.  Approximately 100 feet from the secondary parking area, this road is steep and can become difficult in rainy weather.  Stone Fire Ring, grill grate available, Picnic Table, Room for 2 Tents.  

Site 6 is on the hilltop in the trees, too.  Approximately 200 feet from the secondary parking area, this road is steep and can become difficult in rainy weather.  Stone Fire Ring, Room for 2 Tents.  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
6 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Ted a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Ride from camp onto the mountain biking trails in adjacent county park. There are 2 different trail loops (and they're great ...Read more

Hiking

Numerous trails meander through the park and our land. Big Woods State park is less than 2 miles away, offering more hiking an...Read more

Paddling

The Cannon River State Water Trail is located about 6 miles west. The closest launch is about a 10 minute drive. Other launch...Read more

Wildlife watching

Deer, Turkey, Owls, and more.

Horseback riding

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Prairie Creek Campground in Minnesota.

Forest

The land is mostly Hardwood Forest

River, stream, or creek

Prairie Creek runs across the property, into the adjacent park, and circles back onto the property.

Waterfall

Scenic small waterfall in adjacent county park. Walk to it from the camping area!

The vibe at Prairie Creek Campground

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Hipcamper Chris

Peaceful, primitive, and private.

Chris B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 2nd, 2019

If you want absolute primitive camping at its best, this is it. Beautiful place, remote and peaceful. Met Ted on the way in, he have us directions to the area to camp. Found a great location to set up. Just make sure prepared for no facilities.

Hipcamper George

Quiet overnighter with my tarp

George W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
March 26th, 2019

I am a solo minimal as possible camper. I packed in at the tail end of winter and tarp camped. Quiet secluded. A nice creek running through. Lots of trees. Host Ted was very quick on responding to any questions or concerns.

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Hipcamper Alexandra
Alexandra H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 18th, 2019

Beautiful piece of wooded property. We found a site right next a babbling stream that seemed too good to be true. Gorgeous place, highly highly recommend.

Hipcamper Thomas

Magical creekside secluded campsite

Thomas B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 9th, 2020

Perfect site - exactly what I was hoping to find for me and my two sons. Just a few feet away from a beautiful creek, babbling all night (better than a sound machine). Ample dry firewood everywhere. Easy access to a pretty waterfall along creek and trails for walking/hiking. Secluded, didn’t see a soul, except friendly host who brought us some good dry firewood. Great experience, wholeheartedly recommend. We’ll be back.

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Hipcamper Lara

Idyllic private campsite!

Lara F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 25th, 2020

We loved this beautiful campsite! The campsite we chose was a short walk (1 min) from the access road and was along an idyllic babbling brook. There was a nice, flat spot for our 6'x6' tent, a stone-rimmed fire pit, and a picnic table was a great bonus. Great shade too with large trees on site. Water was accessible at the main house (5mins walk) from an old-fashioned pump.

While the site has convenient access to Nerstrand State Park, there is also a nice walking trail very near to the campsite to the neighboring Caron County Park with a nice waterfalls and split rock.

Ted was a friendly host and quickly answered our pre-departure questions. We loved this site and will definitely be back again this summer!

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Hipcamper Shelayne

Beautiful, remote and refreshing!

Shelayne Z.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 6th, 2020

We especially enjoyed the river! It was clean and beautiful! The whole bottom was flat rock and was not slippery at all. Cute little falls. We sat under them. Ahh so refreshing! Beautiful trail leading to the river and a huge, very interesting rock on the way. Our site was nearly all shaded which was so nice in the 90 degree heat.

Hipcamper Tonya
Tonya R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 24th, 2020

This is a great option for those looking for safe, private camping during Covid or any other time. I was a single woman (with a dog) and felt very at ease being the only camper during off days. I also accidentally booked two sites, and when the host (Ted's son) learned of this he simply refunded the additional booking. Great spot, good people.

Hipcamper Chad
Chad J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 26th, 2020

Ted’s son, Stephan was very friendly and accommodating. He showed me to my site and told me about the near by hiking trails. The land is very private and beautiful! Can’t wait to go back😀

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Hipcamper Andrew

Awesome, close, remote

Andrew S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 10th, 2020

Fantastic spot! Directions were totally accurate, host was very friendly, helpful and accommodating. This spot is about an hour from the Twin Cities, but feels completely remote. Great privacy from other campers. Plenty of room.

We stayed at Site 1, which is right by the creek. We then walked right down the creek, which is gorgeous and very shallow, all the way to the waterfall, where we took our dogs swimming.

In the morning, we explored the town of Northfield, and grabbed an amazing breakfast at Ole Store Restaurant. Highly, highly recommended.

We're already planning a return visit to this camp.

Awards

Best in 2021 Minnesota
Finalist
Property
Prairie Creek in the Forest
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$25/night
6 Sites

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