Hipcamp host Valerie D.
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Up for an adventure?  This is our second year hosting for HipCamp and we are eager to meet you and hear what you think of our acres.  The gorgeous sunsets over Lake Ontario are world renowned, and our rural camp sites are just one half mile from the lake.  The terrain is hilly, elevation ranges from 320' - 380'.  Due to the location on the hill, great views of the spectacula

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Up for an adventure?  This is our second year hosting for HipCamp and we are eager to meet you and hear what you think of our acres.  The gorgeous sunsets over Lake Ontario are world renowned, and our rural camp sites are just one half mile from the lake.  The terrain is hilly, elevation ranges from 320' - 380'.  Due to the location on the hill, great views of the spectacular sunrise can also be seen (from the ground). Excellent opportunities for bird watching, we have seen everything from goldfinches to bald eagles, with sightings of indigo buntings, sparrowhawks, snow and Canada geese, according to season. Wildflowers, berries and herbs are in abundance, when in season. Being right near the fourth largest Great Lake it is a great spot for cloud watching, kite sailing and star viewing - there is no light pollution.  Fresh water divers?  There are dozens of sunken shipwrecks in Lake Ontario along with world class fishing.

Co-owner, Valerie, is a permaculturist and welcomes conversation about anything environmental.  The flattest part of the hill was once under cultivation but since 2010 has been allowed to revert to woodlands.  Fruit and nut trees have been planted, as well as some berries.  Seasoned firewood is plentiful from the prunings as well as from deadfall and extra can be purchased at the farm - $5. per bundle.  (Per New York State DEC regulation, untreated firewood may not be moved over 50 miles.)  There is a working rocket mass heater in the barn and it will be fired up and roaring between October and April.  Knitting and crocheting lessons are yours for the asking - inquire about availability.  Co-owner, William, may also be persuaded to show you some guitar licks.

 At the edges of the property you can see neighbors' houses but campsites are secluded. Sterling Nature Center (Great Blue Heron rookery) and Sterling Renaissance Festival are each 4 miles away.  Gas station and farm store (great home-baked pies there!) are each 3 miles away. Sterling Creek Canoe & Kayak Launch - 3.5 miles.  Fair Haven Beach State Park and Little Sodus Bay - 7.5 miles.  City of Oswego and NY State University - 6 miles. And, if you are of that persuasion, the nearest McDonald's and Subway are 7 miles and Walmart is 10 miles away.

Because I could be anywhere on the property and I would like to be available when you arrive, please advise me if you know you will be arriving after 5 PM.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
5 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 32ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Valerie a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Small boats, canoes and kayaks can access the lake and nearby streams.

Fishing

Fishing in lake and streams requires NYS fishing license.

Hiking

Sterling Nature Center has many marked trails.

Wind sports

Lake Ontario is great for wind surfing, the shore is one half mile from the site.

Snow sports

Snowshoeing and cross country skiing is available on property and at Sterling Nature Center.

Swimming

Lake Ontario shoreline is one half mile from site. There is a small public area next to private camps.

Biking
Paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Thorndon Meadows in New York.

Prairie, meadow, or plain

Thorndon Field is a part of a former large farm. It has been unfarmed since 2007 and is slowly reverting to woodlands.

The vibe at Thorndon Meadows

Places to see near Thorndon Acres

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Hipcamper Brian
Brian S.
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(Site 3)
August 23rd, 2019

Valerie was hospitable as could be. She greeted us on the property and gave us the lay of the land. She had a compost toilet set near the site, even had a tarp tied up to a tree for privacy. She also had gallons of water for drinking or showering. We went out for breakfast and came back to see she'd left us a bag of homegrown produce. The site had beautiful views on all sides, seemed like we could see every star in the universe, and crickets sang us to sleep. The property is a 2 minute drive to Lake Ontario, and there are plenty of good food options nearby. We fully recommend Rudy's Lakeside Drive-in for lunch or dinner and Ontario Orchards for breakfast.

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Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on August 25th, 2019

Thanks so much, Brian and Jill and doggies! I am glad you enjoyed yourselves! We would gladly host you again anytime.

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Hipcamper Sjoert
Sjoert V.
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(Site 3)
July 6th, 2020

We had a very good time at this site. Enjoyed picking berries and exploring this wild garden. Our host Valerie was very helpful. The sun shower, compost toilet, and water supply all worked well. It can be challenging to reach some parts of the garden where the weeds grow high, but that's part of the adventure. The lake is around the corner wonderful for swimming (eg, try Whistlewood Park for a private beach experience).

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Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on August 9th, 2020

Thanks for the kind review, Sjoert! What a great family you have! Hope you had a wonderful trip! Here is the Whistlewood Park page -- https://trailworks.org/whistlewood/ It is 23 miles from Thorndon Meadows.

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Hipcamper Virginia
Virginia D.
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(Site 1)
July 14th, 2020

We had a lovely time camping at Thorndon Acres. Valerie met us and helped us get settled, with firewood, water, and instructions on the composting toilet. The site is private, up on a hill, with trees and a view, Adirondack chairs to sit by the fire, and a picnic table. A neighbor left us some zucchini and beans from his garden. Our 2 kids loved camping & the spot. Our 6 year old asked if we could come back every weekend. Our 9 year old was very happy there was a toilet. A small beach is nearby: we had fun playing in the waves. A perfect camping experience.

Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on July 26th, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind review. It was certainly a pleasure to host such a lovely family. You left the site so neat!

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Hipcamper Amry
Amry L.
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(Site 3)
July 17th, 2020

We had the best time at this campsite! The proximity to Lake Ontario, Oswego and lots of hiking trails in the area! The sky was brilliant at night! There is no light pollution so you can see the Milky Way! We will be returning to camp here again!

Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on July 26th, 2020

Thanks, Amry, for your kind review! I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Looking forward to seeing you again!

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Hipcamper Will
Will H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 1st, 2020

Valerie was a great host. She was very friendly and welcoming. She met us at the barn and gave us a tour of the property and gave us recommendations on where to set up camp and delivered the wood and kindling to our campsite for us. The property was just as advertised. We only camped for one night so we didn’t get to explore too much, but we camped at the “fire grounds” and had plenty of space and a nice view of the stars.

Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on August 7th, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Will! I am glad that site worked out for you, it is the best one for star watching for sure. Come back anytime!

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Hipcamper Ashley

Cute camp, great location, noisy

Ashley Y.
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(Site 3)
August 2nd, 2020

This site is in a lovely location, right near Lake Ontario! Upon arrival, Valerie met us and gave us about a 30 minute rundown of the site. It is very well kept with many convenient accommodations (picnic table, fire pit, chairs, compostable toilet.) The site is very close to her neighbors, which didn’t bother us until they were blasting loud music and shooting off fire works until 1:30 am. This was our least favorite part, as it didn’t feel like we were enjoying time in isolation with nature. However, she did mention there was another site on her property that may be more peaceful, it was just not the site she had showed us that was set up upon arrival. I would highly recommend asking for directions to this other site. The property is beautiful though, many diverse trees, we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset, and breathtaking view of the stars! The proximity to Lake Ontario was also fantastic, we spent most of our day hammocking by the lake, which was absolutely wonderful!

Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on August 9th, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. I apologize for the noisy neighbors. Next time I will show you to the site further up the hill and more secluded.

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Hipcamper Jack

Solid very private no frills site

Jack B.
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(Site 1)
August 15th, 2020

Valerie was very helpful and cheerful. Her place is a basic being 3'ish sites very private from each other, and any other people in nearby property. It is a brush field meadow which has some mowed paths. The car path from the road and the property in general is rough, but even small sedans and economy cars can make a go of it, but it's not gentle and paths are tight. My 1 Ton Camping Van fit the roads and paths but also trimmed back the hedges and low branches a bit. The composting toilet is very clean and is as shown and advertised. The campsite served as a fantastic private alternative to the very heavily populated state park down the road which is a short drive and for $8 gets you a sandy beach on the lake, hot showers, and proper flush toilets for the day! but lets you come back to a site that is VERY private and has great nighttime views. There is a gravel beach that is a short hike from the property as well. Its not fancy but it is a solid site with a very sweet host.

Camping Van at location at end of meadow
Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on August 18th, 2020

Thank you so much for that wonderful review, Jack! Glad you enjoyed your visit. You are most certainly welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Lilly
Lilly G.
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(Site 3)
August 18th, 2020

This was such a beautiful campsite. The sunsets were lovely, Valerie dropped off firewood for us, the site itself was really well-kept and I loved the shady clearing for the tent.

Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on August 20th, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Lilly! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come again!

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Hipcamper Ryley
Ryley G.
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(Site 1)
August 23rd, 2020

We had a lovely quick stay at Thorndon Acres! The drive in was absolutely stunning and the site was a very short journey to the lake. Valerie greeted us upon arrival and equipped us with clean water adn firewood. The sites are easily accessible yet secluded, and the property is stunning. Thank you Valerie for an excellent stay!

Hipcamper Valerie
Response from Valerie, the Host, on August 30th, 2020

You are welcome, Ryley, and thank you for the kind review! Glad you enjoyed your stay! Please come again anytime!

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Property
Thorndon Acres
State
New York
Country
United States
$22/night
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