Winter Weather Update: Currently, all sites and parking areas are accessible. If it rains sleets or snows, the parking area beside sites 3 & 4 will become in accessible since it is at the top of a hill on an unimproved road. We will keep updating the accessibility information as we move into winter camping season. As always, remember to pack warm gear for this time of yea
Winter Weather Update: Currently, all sites and parking areas are accessible. If it rains sleets or snows, the parking area beside sites 3 & 4 will become in accessible since it is at the top of a hill on an unimproved road. We will keep updating the accessibility information as we move into winter camping season. As always, remember to pack warm gear for this time of year.
Pitch your tent at one of our walk-in campsites on 60 acres of forest or hilltop prairie along Prairie Creek. 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. Plus, Big Woods State Park is less than 2 miles away. Kids under 16 camping with their parents do not count in pricing.
Site 1 is near the creek. Approximately 350 feet from main parking area. Stone Fire Ring w/ Grill Grate, Picnic Table, Room for 2 Tents.
Site 2 is in the pines. Approximately 350 feet from main parking area. Stone Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Room for 2 Tents.
Site 3 is on the hilltop. Approximately 750 feet from main parking area. There is secondary parking about 125 feet from this site, the road to it is best for AWD vehicles. Steel Fire Ring w/ Grill Grate, Picnic Table, Room for up to 3 Tents.
Site 4 is on the hilltop, too. Approximately 750 feet from main parking area. There is secondary parking about 150 feet from this site, the road to it is best for AWD vehicles. Stone Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Room for 2 Tents.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Ride from camp onto the mountain biking trails in adjacent county park. There are 2 different trail loops (and they're great ...Read more
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
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
Deer, Turkey, Owls, and more.
Natural features you'll find at Prairie Creek Forest Tent Camp in Minnesota.
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.
Scenic small waterfall in adjacent county park. Walk to it from the camping area!
The vibe at Prairie Creek Forest Tent Camp
Places to see near Prairie Creek in the Forest
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Peaceful, primitive, and private.
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.
Quiet overnighter with my tarp
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.
Magical creekside secluded campsite
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.
Idyllic private campsite!
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!
Beautiful, remote and refreshing!
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.
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.
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😀
Awesome, close, remote
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.