Hipcamp host Nancy L.
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A wonderful rustic, private, off-grid get-away, perfect for couples, families, and pups who enjoy camping (log cabin with wood furniture available, you may pitch your tent anywhere on the property - leave no trace). 

It is a quiet, rural, farming area. Once at the cabin there are only two to three houses within a half mile (through the woods), so you will have a privat


A wonderful rustic, private, off-grid get-away, perfect for couples, families, and pups who enjoy camping (log cabin with wood furniture available, you may pitch your tent anywhere on the property - leave no trace). 

It is a quiet, rural, farming area. Once at the cabin there are only two to three houses within a half mile (through the woods), so you will have a private space all your own.

Onsite: water pump, 2-seat outhouse, wood stove, campfire ring, wood, & propane grill. Exclusive access for nature hikes, streams, forest, pond, swimming, bird watching, star gazing, etc.

A wheelchair that can navigate grass can enter the cabin, but not the outhouse, and the sleeping loft is up stairs (there is room for a cot or mattress on the first floor); the porch is accessible through the cabin.

When you book, you are confirming your understanding of the following: there is no electricity, running water, or std. bed/mattresses. You bring own air mattress, bedding, and gear you will need. All-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

We welcome special events, family reunions, or weddings, if your plans do not require utilities (you may bring a generator or other battery operated items, as needed).

Note for winter guests:

We do not plow the driveway in winter, you need to be ready to shovel an off-road parking spot, and transport gear to cabin (e.g. by sled, snowshoes)

Here's a brief list of the basics to bring: Light source: Lantern propane or battery. Air mattress or cot and whatever bedding you need. Paper products (cups, plates, utensils, toilet paper, etc.) Matches/fire starter (there is wood on-site, and a propane grill for cooking that has a self-starter). Bug spray. Cooler and ice. Lawn chairs. 

There are a few tables, several chairs and benches. There are 2 picnic tables (one outside and one inside). The benches can be moved outside if you'd like, just move them back inside before you leave. The propane grill should only be used outside.

There is a hand axe in the cabin to shave kindling, and the wood is already split to be the length for the wood stove, as needed.

Gas: 5 miles away. If you plan to grocery shop when you get to the area, the closest store is at East Hill Plaza in Ithaca, about 9 miles past where the cabin is (I can give you all that info if you like). There is lots to explore/see/do in the Ithaca area if you decide to come down off the hill one of the days. I'll have some brochures and things in the cabin, and can answer questions (aka where is the best ice cream, dinner, etc.).

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Nancy a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 15 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 97%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


There is a spring fed rock-bottom pond a mile up the seasonal road for canoes and kayaks. Cayuga Lake is approx. 15 miles away ...Read more


The retreat is surrounded by 1900 acres of Robinson Hollow State Forest. The Finger Lakes Trail is about 500 yards from the top...Read more

Horseback riding

If you bring your own horse, AND pack out the manure!


The pond in the state forest is the best for paddling, the small pond is also possible. There are rental areas for paddle board...Read more

Wind sports

Not on site, but on nearby Cayuga Lake.

Off-roading (OHV)

Available along field lanes. We ask you not to ride through the high grass fields due to ground nesting birds, and baby wildlife.


There is a small pond just across the hedgerow from the cabin. A beautiful spring fed pond is a mile up the seasonal road. Cayu...Read more

Wildlife watching

This is the best aspect of Round Top, the bird watching, deer, and other wildlife.

Snow sports


Natural features you'll find at Round Top Retreat, rustic cabin in New York.


The property is surrounded by 1900 acres of the Robinson Hollow State Forest. Many beautiful ancient trees, trails that follow ...Read more


Cayuga Lake - the longest Finger Lake - is about 15 miles away. So many water activities available, see visitithaca.com.


75 acres of fields of all shapes and sizes are just up the hill from the retreat cabin. Beautiful vistas from the top of the hi...Read more

River, stream, or creek

There are creeks and streams everywhere in the area. Our retreat property has a stream along the seasonal road to explore.

Swimming hole

There are creeks and swimming holes everywhere in the region. I can provide ideas for where to look.


The Finger Lakes is known for beautiful water falls throughout the region; along roadsides as well as at the many NY State Park...Read more


The 1100' driveway, up a gradual incline, is dirt with ditches along the edges. All Wheel Drive or 4x4 is recommended. We do no...Read more


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Hipcamper Mary
Mary P.
recommends this listing.
September 30th, 2018

Peaceful, simple surroundings. We loved our time in this beautiful space.

Hipcamper Andrea
Andrea W.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2018

Beautiful location, clean cabin. We will back!

Hipcamper david
David Z.
recommends this listing.
January 4th, 2020

This is a simple great little cabin, on a whole lot of land. If your looking for rustic, this is it. The wood stove is great, but it will still get real chilly at night. It was an amazing adventure, there is some double track to follow around land prefect for dog walks (you will have some muddy dogs when you get back). Super happy will return to explore the surrounding area more, one day is not enough.

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Hipcamper Joseph
Joseph J.
recommends this listing.
March 23rd, 2020

The cabin was spacious and clean, with big windows that brought the light and the outside in. The gas grill made cooking easy and we loved walking the huge property and having it all to ourselves. Nancy was very responsive and helpful!

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle S.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2020

We had a great time. The cabin is nice and secluded. It was nice to disconnect and recharge. We will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Joselyn

Loved this cabin!! :)

Joselyn P.
recommends this listing.
August 18th, 2020

Will definitely book this cabin again! :) the area was beautiful and clean and there was trails nearby to walk through and explore. My family and I went hiking and visited the lake with our dogs, this was a great getaway from the city. It was super peaceful and the neighbor was very kind. The host answered my texts asap when i had a question :) we brought a privacy tent for the shower to set up a shower so we wouldnt have to shower completely outdoors. Loved this cabin and cant wait to come back!

Round Top Retreat, rustic cabinBeautiful cabin and landWent for some walks to a pond.Thunderstorms came so we spent the night in the cabin. Still amazing experience:)
Hipcamper Nancy
Response from Nancy, the Host, on August 21st, 2020

Thanks Joselyn! So glad you had a great visit, we look forward to hosting you again. I am glad to hear that you really got out to explore the state forest, one time we were on a walk, we found several old home foundations and even an old mailbox from before the State bought the lands during the Depression!

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Hipcamper Tamara
Tamara B.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2020

Wonderful place to stay if you want to disconnect from the world and connect with nature. Beautiful night sky views, lots of land to explore and close to many hikes, waterfalls and swimming holes. Nancy was the perfect host and was quick to respond to any questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will definitely be coming back one day.

Beautiful views on top of the hillCascadilla Gorge Trail in Ithaca. Only a short drive from the cabin
Hipcamper Travis
Travis N.
recommends this listing.
September 20th, 2020

Great Quiet little cabin in the woods with lots to see within 20-30 minutes of site.

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Hipcamper Sarah

Didn't want to leave!

Sarah G.
recommends this listing.
October 26th, 2020

Had a great time! We got there when it was dark and rainy so we drove back and forth a little bit to find the entrance/gate. Once we found it, it was smooth sailing from there. It rained on the wood so it took us some time to get it burning. **Lighter fluid is a must!**
The propane grill worked great and we spent both mornings eating on the porch. So much wildlife to watch. As always, check for ticks when walking the trails!
Despite the freezing overnight temps, the cabin stayed warm and we slept great.
Make sure to bring plenty of flashlights/ lamps, it's entirely dark there. We could see sooo many stars at night.
Two nights wasn't long enough, I wish we could've stayed longer.
We'll be back for sure!

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Round Top Retreat
New York
United States
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