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Closed for Winter - Opening again April 2019

Our first few months this fall with Hipcamp was very enjoyable and rewarding for us and for out guests as well. We are closed for the winter but plan on opening up again mid-April 2019. Here is some info about us for you.

Bending Oak is located on the outskirts of Youngstown, OH. It isan educational landing site for Midwest

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Closed for Winter - Opening again April 2019

Our first few months this fall with Hipcamp was very enjoyable and rewarding for us and for out guests as well. We are closed for the winter but plan on opening up again mid-April 2019. Here is some info about us for you. 

Bending Oak is located on the outskirts of Youngstown, OH.  It is an educational landing site for Midwest Permaculture (business office in Stelle, IL). 

Hipcampers can keep to themselves and enjoy a quiet and private stay at this beautiful location, or are welcome to interact with me, Jim Penrod, your host and the site manager at Bending Oak.  If I'm doing chores (we have a few chickens and ducks) or working on a project you are welcome to tag along or even help.

We've got three wonderful camping areas, each with a composting toilet. There are a few tent platforms in place and we plan on building a few more for 2019. Each area is farily private as they are surrounded by trees but they are just a few hundred feet from the common area and barn. Take a look the property map in the picture section.

Besides the campsite areas we have constructed a wonderful barn made from shipping containers. This is where the rainwater harvesting system is located so you will have access to some great drinking and showering water. T

here are solar panels and batteries so we have full 110AC for charging computers, phones, etc.  Campers are welcome to congregate in this area, enjoy a campfire, make a meal, find a comfy corner to read, check on your email or just get out of the weather. There is a cell-phone tower within view so most cell phones have great reception.

As a permaculture site you will be immediately exposed to what it means to care for the natural environment while also accommodating humans. You'll be able to see a fruit and nut orchard where we are building topsoil 100 times faster than nature can. The idea is to create a place that is actually in better condition because humans were involved. I'm happy to explain how we are going about this if you are interested.

Over the 25-acre site you will find 2 miles of trails taking you through established woods, young successional woodlands, open areas, wetlands. and to two ponds. The ponds are young so we can’t say much for the fishing yet but they are beautiful and good for swimming, light bathing or just for observing nature.

We constructed a rocket-stove hot-water heater so our campers are be able to build a fire (for cooking or just to enjoy) and in the process, heat up enough water for a few warm showers. Niiiice.

Should you have one or more folks in your group who are not big campers, being right next to Youngstown they will still have access to anything a small city has to offer (restaurants, movies, golf, hardware stores, etc.) but all will awaken in the morning to the sounds of geese flying by, song birds, chickens and ducks. 

About me:

I have trained with Midwest Permaculture and had been involved in two of their other project sites for the past few years. Recently they invited me to take the lead at Bending Oak. I love the work that Bill and Becky are doing at Midwest Permaculture and am delighted and honored to be involved now at Bending Oak.

Come on through for a day or more. I'd enjoy meeting you... Jim

 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
3 bookable sites
Access
Short walk (1 - 5 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 12 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
Fires allowed
Fire ring
Toilet available
Pets allowed
On leash
No showers
Bath in lake
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Jim a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 15 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

No ideal biking area but enthusiasts can easily get to some good areas.

Wildlife watching

For still being in the youngstown area, we are remote. deer everywhere in the evenings.

Hiking
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Bending Oak in Ohio.

Lake

We designed in and built two ponds. one is 1/2 acre and the other maybe 1/10 acre. beautiful spots, clean water, fairly secluded.

Farm

We have taken a neglected 25 acres and are regenerating it into a permaculture paradise. there are about 10 acres in woods, 10 ...Read more

Ranch

We have taken a neglected 25 acres and are regenerating it into a permaculture paradise. there are about 10 acres in woods, 10 ...Read more

Forest
Wetlands

Places to see near Bending Oak

Mosquito Lake State Park
Mosquito Lake State Park
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Pymatuning State Park
Pymatuning State Park
25 miles way Explore
West Branch State Park
West Branch State Park
25 miles way Explore
Guilford Lake State Park
Guilford Lake State Park
27 miles way Explore
Pymatuning State Park OH
Pymatuning State Park OH
27 miles way Explore
Beaver Creek State Park
Beaver Creek State Park
28 miles way Explore
Moraine State Park
Moraine State Park
32 miles way Explore
Punderson State Park
Punderson State Park
36 miles way Explore
Tomlinson Run State Park
Tomlinson Run State Park
42 miles way Explore
Raccoon Creek State Park
Raccoon Creek State Park
45 miles way Explore
First Ladies National Historic Site
First Ladies National Historic Site
46 miles way Explore
Jefferson Lake State Park
Jefferson Lake State Park
47 miles way Explore
Portage Lakes State Park
Portage Lakes State Park
48 miles way Explore
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
49 miles way Explore
David Berger National Memorial
David Berger National Memorial
50 miles way Explore
James A Garfield National Historic Site
James A Garfield National Historic Site
51 miles way Explore
Geneva State Park
Geneva State Park
51 miles way Explore
Cook Forest State Park
Cook Forest State Park
74 miles way Explore
Barkcamp State Park
Barkcamp State Park
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Clear Creek State Park
Clear Creek State Park
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Findley State Park
Findley State Park
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Keystone State Park
Keystone State Park
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Salt Fork State Park
Salt Fork State Park
85 miles way Explore
Allegheny National Forest
Allegheny National Forest
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Chapman State Park
Chapman State Park
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Ryerson Station State Park
Ryerson Station State Park
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Mohican State Park
Mohican State Park
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Yellow Creek State Park
Yellow Creek State Park
93 miles way Explore
Malabar Farm State Park
Malabar Farm State Park
99 miles way Explore

The vibe at Bending Oak

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Hipcamper Jon
Jon M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 20th, 2018

I spent a beautiful July night on the Permaculture farm and had an amazing time. The property is beautifully kept and Jim is a fantastic host - taking the time to educate on the way the farm works and ensuring his guests are content. Will definitely return the next time I'm passing through - can't wait to see the new additions. The rocket-shower was impressive!

Hipcamper Mark
Mark G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 28th, 2018

A powerful example of love of place. Bending Oak is a remarkable spot, that is reclaiming l a part of eastern Ohio that has seen neglect and hard use of the land.
We enjoyed our peaceful and secluded campsite, watching birds at sunset and serenaded by frogs during the night.
We were inspired by host Jim Penrod's commitment to the Permaculture

Bending Oak
Hipcamper Josh
Josh F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 2nd, 2018

Friendly family atmosphere. Plenty of fun animals, walking paths, and host will to answer and share information and life stories.

Hipcamper Juli P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 28th, 2018
Hipcamper Jim M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 24th, 2018
Property
Bending Oak
State
Ohio
$25/night
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