We are a 20 acre off-grid homestead/farm specializing in raising cashmere goats with a couple of dairy goats, too. We have chickens, including 2 roosters that start crowing very early in the morning. The campsite is a ways from them, so it won't be quite as loud as being right there. There are two Livestock Guardian dogs that do bark when there is something to bark at. They are kept up with the goats, so they won't be coming down and bothering you. We are an hour and a half drive away from Glacier National Park, and about an hour away from Flathead Lake. There are numerous lakes within an hour drive that provide great fishing and paddling adventures. We are 21 miles southwest of Kalispell, the hub of the Flathead Valley. This site has room for up to 5 tents, depending on size. It's a former round pen back when I had horses. Now a grass meadow area. We do have a couple of neighbors, but they are out of sight. Occasional barking of the dogs is the main noise factor. Otherwise it's a quiet forest experience with lots of song birds, deer and rabbits strolling by. If you'd like hands on experience with the goats, that's welcome, or you can just use this as a home base for exploring all that the area has to offer. There is a primitive trail up to a rock outcropping behind and above our place that gives a good view of the surrounding area and mountains. It's a game trail that I have flagged so you can find your way up to the " rocks" and back.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
The vibe at Pine Needle Farm Cashmeres
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If the summer crowds at mainstream campgrounds aren't really your thing, I would definitely recommend checking out Pine Needle Farm! Up into the woods you go, away from it all, to a nice private space to call your own. The host, Ann, has thoughtfully set up a clearing on her property for campers to relax. Complete with a composting toilet, a roofed structure with TONS of firewood, a hammock, fire ring and even a makeshift outdoor shower, this spot could be your home for one night or longer! Upon arriving to the farm, you will drive up to the host's home (which she and her husband made themselves with hay!) and will be greeted by three livestock guardian dogs, plenty of chickens, and the cutest array of cashmere goats! Meeting the goats and learning about collecting their cashmere is definitely a unique perk of this place. After getting friendly with the animals, Ann will take you down one of the many trails on the property to your campsite. It's awesome that there is a road leading to the spot as well, so you can drive right up to the site. If you wanted to explore the area, Ann's property sits right next to National Forest Land, which is a short hike away. Also, Glacier National Park is a mere one hour away, so this could possibly serve as a sweet little oasis away from the crowds, but close enough to explore! One note, since you are basically up in the wilderness with wild animals, there are a few things to consider: no dogs are allowed at the Farm because the livestock guardian dogs on the property take their jobs very seriously! The hosts feel it's best not to test how their dogs would react to other dogs. Also, this is wild Montana! Bears, mountain lions, deer, and other wildlife are abundant in these mountains, so make sure to follow proper camping procedures by keeping food and other attractants in your vehicle or tied up in a tree a safe distance away from your tent! Overall, we had a great time playing with baby goats and camping at Pine Needle Farm Cashmeres and would go back again!
I can't say enough good things about Pine Needle Farm! First off, Ann was an amazing host and made me feel very welcome on the farm. The facilities are super, with a composting toilet outhouse, a solar shower, fire ring, picnic table, potable water up by the house, and an unmatched view of the stars at night!
The guard dogs that protect the goats take their job very seriously so be prepared for some barking when you first arrive, but after they met me I came and went and cooked my food without any noise. You may want to bring some earplugs for at night as they might smell or see critters and make a short ruckus, but I felt safer just knowing they were on top of their game.
Over all I would say this spot was ideal. I could leave my tent and gear safely behind when I left to adventure for the day, there was no noise or bother from other campers like in the state parks, and it was very relaxing to come "home" to at the end of each day.
I strongly recommend Pine Needle Farm to anyone exploring the area!
We loved our stay at Pine Needle Farm. Ann was wonderful. She helped us set up our tent and get settled in.
The farm has many animals - chickens, goats and dogs.
The campsite on the farm but a very private section. The site was spacish and It had an bathroom (compose) with a solar powered light. It was an outdoor shower (man made). Ann provides us with water and storage bag for the shower. My friend tried it and loved it. A picnic bench is on site.
The directions are very clear on how to get to the farm. Do not speed, dusty will get everywhere.
Wish we could have stayed to explore the trail near the site. We will be back.
Thank you Ann for everything
Great hosts, beautiful location *really* far from civilization. If you are looking to get away from it all and don’t mind driving up some dusty rugged roads to get to it, this is just about perfect. Camp site #1 is what we used (there is a second one) and it is just a nice clearing on the 20 wooded acres that Ann and husband own. Everything in the listing is accurate and directions that she provides are spot on. We loved our time there and would definitely recommend it and go again.
We stayed here as a stop off before heading into glacier in the morning. In retrospect we probably should have stayed closer to the park as this site was pretty out of the way up a rural road about 1.5 hours from glacier. Site itself was rustic with composting toilet (bucket), no running water. Nice fire ring with plenty of firewood. No electricity but she graciously charged our camera battery inside. Unfortunately it was yellow jacket season (obviously outside her control), but it would have been nice if there was a yellow jacket catcher. We couldn’t cook or eat outside because bees were swarming. Overall nice host but we would not go again.
Ann is a lovely host. The site is quite private and rustic. There is a composting toilet (spotless), covered picnic table and a fire ring and wood provided. The farm is off the beaten track and while we found it after dark with Ann's excellent instructions, I recommend that you arrive during daylight. You are way up in the forest, but the dogs offer significant peace of mind about any unwanted wildlife encounters. My girls enjoyed the morning with the goats, dogs, chickens etc. and I liked the mug of coffee.