Hipcamp host Aimee G.
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Fruitdale Farm was founded in 2016.  The property consists of 15+ acres, about half which is wooded, located off a quiet country backroad in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio.  As a farmstead, we are guided by regenerative practices and our goal is to become a sustainability learning and retreat center.  We are still just getting things off the ground and we love

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Fruitdale Farm was founded in 2016.  The property consists of 15+ acres, about half which is wooded, located off a quiet country backroad in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio.  As a farmstead, we are guided by regenerative practices and our goal is to become a sustainability learning and retreat center.  We are still just getting things off the ground and we love sharing the land with others who appreciate the outdoors and all that this area has to offer.      

The property currently has 1 cabin rental (Little Fern Guest Cabin) and 4 designated campsites, and the host lives in a small cabin through the woods close by.  The site offers parking, a small picnic table, fire ring, rustic seating, and a simple composting toilet.  Take a dip in the pond on hot summer days (bring your pool floats!). Enjoy a campfire under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs and owls.

Parking is available near the road and there will be a very short walk (<1minute) to the cabin.    

FIREWOOD is available for purchase and will be waiting for you at the cabin when added onto your reservation.  Otherwise, firewood can be purchased on site (near campsite #3) for $5/bundle (exact cash only).    

The area offers great hiking, paddling, boating, mountain biking, birding and disc golf (Paint Creek State Park is only 2 miles away and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 7). And a visit to the nearby Amish markets and bakery is a must!

LITTLE FERN GUEST CABIN :

This quaint, little (8'x12') off-grid guest cabin was once a donkey shed on a farm located about 8 miles away.  Tucked into a cluster of cedar and locust trees, this simple cabin, although not far from the road, is somewhat secluded and is partly shaded in the summer.  It is well insulated and has plenty of windows. The cabin offers a full-sized comfy bed with fresh linens, a large dresser, a desk, chair, bookcase and solar electricity.  A covered porch with two comfy chairs is perfect for sitting and sipping at any point in the day.  Just a couple steps from the porch is a screened-in gazebo kitchen with a 3-burner propane stove and all of the essential cookware for preparing a full meal.  Local spring water is provided for drinking. A simple outhouse with a composting toilet is located in the trees beyond the pond (about 75m away).  A second bathroom with hot shower is available at the host residence (about 75m away).

For campfires, there is a portable fire pit at the cabin and also a communal fire ring down by the pond.  The pond has a little dock and is great for swimming on hot days (bring your pool floats!).  

If you book your stay during the cooler months, there is a small propane space heater (portable little buddy) you are welcome to use, upon request.  However, you must bring your own 1lb propane cylinders (available at most hardware and sporting goods stores).  

DISCLAIMERS:   

***** THE BED:  As stated above, the cabin has a FULL/DOUBLE bed, not a queen.  The mattress dimensions are 53"W x 75"L.  The bed is also on an elevated platform (above a chest of drawers) and requires the use of a step stool.    

***** SOLAR ELECTRICITY: There is solar power w/ a couple of backup batteries for the cabin and the outdoor kitchen, however it is limited.   It is enough to power the lights and to charge cell phones and other smaller devices.  It not set up to power larger electrical appliances, such as slow cookers, blenders, heated blankets, etc.   

***** COMPOSTING TOILETS:  both toilets available to cabin guests are composting toilets.  They are simple, primitive, dry toilets... this means there is no flushing with water, but rather using sawdust as a cover material.  

*****EXTRA GUESTS:  the cabin is quite small and only sleeps two people.   There is the option of setting up a tent outside for an additional two people.  

******NATURE TRAIL:  There is a little trail that meanders through the property that you are welcome to walk, however it is not yet marked.   

Here are some POINTS OF INTEREST in the area:  

The HIGHLANDS NATURE SANCTUARY (7 miles away), previously called "7 Caves"  is highly recommended for some beautiful hiking.  There is a small museum (The Appalachian Forest Museum) at the main trailhead by the parking area... the folks there can direct you to a couple of other great trails nearby if you're interested in further hiking.  NOTE: Most of the trails within the sanctuary are not open to dogs, however, there are a couple of dog-friendly trails (inquire at the museum).   Museum is closed for the winter (Nov-March).

AMISH BAKERY (Country Crust Bakery) & MARKET (JRs General Store) on 41 South in Bainbridge (15-20min away): The bakery is a great lunch stop for a fresh, soft Pretzel Bun sandwich (delicious) and to load up on fresh baked goods (the apple fritter is my fave!). The market, which is almost right across from the bakery, is also worth checking out... great deals on spices, cheeses, pickles, jams, bulk foods, produce, etc. Watch out for horse & buggy traffic... and bicycles! 

In the teeny town of BAINBRIDGE (10-15min away): There are some nice ANTIQUE/PRIMITIVE SHOPS... in particular, the Ancient Valley Mercantile... they have local gifts, gourmet coffees and local honey. The Paxton Restaurant has good home cooked meals and a variety of pies for dessert. Mystical Retreat cheesecake (only open on weekends) is another good spot for a sweet treat... or grab an ice cream at the Dairy Queen before strolling the primitive shops. 

PAINT CREEK STATE PARK: (2 miles away) There are some hiking trails (dog-friendly), mountain bike trails, a disc golf course, boat ramp (if you have kayaks, you can paddle around on the lake), and a camp store that has hand-dipped ice cream.  There is also a beach, which is good for picnicking and swimming, located at the southern entrance, off of SR 50.  

GREENFIELD: This town is closer (5 miles) and larger than Bainbridge. There are some restaurants, bars and supermarkets (Community Markets, at the further end of town, is recommended over the Save-a-Lot)... The Pot Belly Pig would be my restaurant of choice if you decide to eat out.

SERPENT MOUND (about 30 miles away, Peebles, OH) is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound representing a snake with a curled tail.  Nearby are three burial mounds—two created by the Adena culture (800 B.C.–A.D. 100), and one by the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1650).  A must see!

CHILLICOTHE (Ohio's first capital):  (30 minutes away) The historic downtown boasts charming architecture and is perfect for exploring on foot.  Several local shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bars.  A lovely city park with a small lake is host to a year-round population of ducks, geese and swans.  There is also a disc golf course in the city park.  There is frequent live music, gourmet cocktails and a wide variety of craft beer at Steiner's Speakeasy (an Americana-style bar).  

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Aimee a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 80%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain biking trails located 2 miles away at Paint Creek State Park.

Boating

Boating is available nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.

Fishing

The pond is not stocked, however there is fishing nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.

Hiking

There are short footpaths through the woods here. There is also great hiking nearby at Paint Creek State Park, Highlands Natur...Read more

Paddling

The pond is great for paddleboard lounging and/or yoga. It's also great for practicing rolling a kayak. Great paddling opport...Read more

Wind sports

Available at nearby Paint Creek Lake and Rocky Fork Lake.

Swimming

The pond is a great swimming hole on hot days (bring your floaties!). Swimming is also available nearby at Paint Creek and Roc...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Practice your rolls in the pond and then hit up "the chutes" on Paint Creek nearby. Kayaking the Rocky Fork Gorge is also a m...Read more

Wildlife watching

Lots of deer, birds and pond life here. Also two honeybee hives on site.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Little Fern Guest Cabin in Ohio.

Beach

There are beaches nearby on the lakes at both Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.

Cave

There are small caves and grottos at the nearby Highlands Nature Sanctuary (7 miles away).

Forest

There are woods surrounding the site and some footpaths through them.

Lake

There are two nearby at Paint Creek And Rocky Fork State Parks

Prairie, meadow, or plain

The site resembles a meadow surrounded by forest.

River, stream or creek

There is a small creek through the woods beyond the pond.

Swimming hole

The pond is a great swimming hole in hot days (bring your floaties or paddle board!). Lake swimming is also available at two n...Read more

Waterfall

There are waterfalls nearby at Highlands Nature Sanctuary.

Farm

This property is a farm (Fruitdale Farm) which is in the beginning stages.

Driveway

There is a short driveway at the road entrance.

The vibe at Little Fern Guest Cabin

Places to see near Fruitdale Farm

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Hipcamper Pamela

Affordable getaway, with comfort.

Pamela Z.
recommends this listing.
April 8th, 2019

The host was attentive to all my questions (which were a lot), She has everything you need and explains everything. My friend a I were the only guests there, so our fur babies were able to run free , and play. The additional bathroom at the host residence was perfect to wash up, and nice for extra privacy , if you need it. I will definitely book again.

Campfire by the water, Lou has his glow collar on.Lou checking out the sceneLou and his girl Roxy listening to all the sounds of nature.
Hipcamper Aimee
Response from Aimee, the Host, on April 18th, 2019

Pam and her friend were great guests! :)

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Hipcamper Sophia

Comfy & cozy lil country cabin

Sophia M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
April 25th, 2019

Quiet & tiny a bit more traffic during evening & closer to Rd than we expected but cabin was very cute & clean. Frogs & birds were our only companions. The gazebo kitchen was well stocked & had all the essentials & the lil porch area was nice to relax & enjoy a country evening. We enjoyed the sunset!

Hipcamper Megan

Cute and peaceful wooded farm

Megan M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 3rd, 2019

Fruitdale Farm is a charming place in a beautiful area of the state. Located between two state parks and near a nature preserve, you'll find tons to do when you stay in this area.

The cabin is quaint, with the basics that you need to get through a weekend. It was substantial enough that I felt safe during a night of thunderstorms. The screened-in gazebo kitchen was GREAT. I didn't need any of my camping gear- the gazebo had everything.

There are four other campsites on the property, but they are quite spread out. We could hear the family at night down by the pond (site 1), but noise was never an issue.

Things to know if you are considering your stay:

1. The bed in the cabin is a full size bed, not a queen. In my opinion, not big enough for two average-size adults. It's also elevated and you climb a step stool to get in and out. Very difficult if you have mobility issues like I do.

2. There is a crowing rooster 50 feet away from the bed. When does a rooster start crowing? While I was there, 5am to 9:45am.

3. The shower attached to the house was very dark and buggy. I opted to drive 20 minutes and shower at the state park campground both days. (Stealing, I know, but I have to shower because I can't get another tick bite.) The "toilet" in the shower area is a bench over a bucket.

All in all, I'd recommend this place if you are ok with primitive bathroom facilities (buckets) and roosters. If I return, I'll take a single-size air mattress for the floor.

It's cute! It's quiet! (mostly). It's a working farm! All in all, I enjoyed my stay.

Hipcamper Aimee
Response from Aimee, the Host, on September 6th, 2019

Thanks for the thorough review, Megan, which should be helpful for other potential guests. I'm sorry if the facilities weren't all that you might have hoped for. However, I'm sure you will agree that they are just as they were described and as they appear in the photos. In light of any misunderstanding, I will make a couple of edits to clarify (such as the step stool for the bed and the fact that there are chickens and a rooster nearby). I am always making little improvements to the property and I hope for the chance to host you again in the future! Thanks for visiting. :)

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Hipcamper Kylee

Perfect!!

Kylee Z.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2019

Aimee’s cabin was perfect! Exactly what my boyfriend and I were looking for for our weekend getaway. Perfect location for visiting the state parks in the area. We loved how sustainable and environmentally conscious the property is! Aimee was so friendly and helpful. 100% would stay again and would recommend!

Hipcamper Adam

Wonderful weekend away

Adam B.
recommends this listing.
October 29th, 2019

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Little Fern Cabin. The cabin and kitchen gazebo were extremely charming and well taken care of. The labor and love that Aimee has poured into her entire property is palatable and I'm certain that all her guests feel it. She should be very proud of what she has built there.

All the accommodations were accurate to the listing. I do suggest adding some hooks to the walls in the guest bathroom attached to Aimee's house. When showering, it would have been immensely helpful to have somewhere to hang clothes/towels, etc.

For our weekend stay, we had the whole property to ourselves so we did not experience what it would be like to share spaces with anyone else. We visited Paint Creek Lake and Highlands Nature Sanctuary which are each beautiful and around 15 minutes away.

The Little Fern Cabin proved to be a cozy, serene haven and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a weekend away.

Hipcamper Madison

Great weekend getaway!

Madison S.
recommends this listing.
December 18th, 2019

I booked this off-the-grid cabin for my fiance's birthday and we had a great time! It was the perfect place for us to read, play games, write, and relax after a busy college semester. The cabin was clean, warm, and the kitchen was all stocked. The privy was much closer than I first anticipated. When the electricity was acting up, Aimee brought over a little propane heater to keep us warm throughout the night. This is one of our new favorite Hipcamp sites! We loved learning about the history of the cabin and the kitchen, as well as talking to Aimee about her vision for the farm and her passion for permaculture and sustainable living. She is an inspiration! We would like to start our own farm similar to Fruitdale Farms one day; Aimee was a great role model and is someone we will go back to in the future. We will definitely be back to tent camp in warmer weather!

Hipcamper Kristin S.
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October 15th, 2019
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August 4th, 2019
Property
Fruitdale Farm
State
Ohio
Country
United States
$40/night
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