Absolutely beautiful spot on the river--more like a lake. Views were perfect, pristine waters and woods in every direction. The hosts are wonderful people, and after 5 minutes of talking to them felt like I had known them for years. Noise does carry across the water, so there is a little road noise and occasional sea-plane noise but most of the time it is just the soothing sounds of water lapping on the shores and the birds singing their hearts out. None of the tent sites are particularly secluded, but they are certainly private enough that you don't feel like you are on top of your neighbors. It was the best camping experience my wife and I have had (didn't hurt that we had perfect weather on our stay) and we will certainly be back. John and Pat have a great thing going on their beautiful property, and set an example of all the good that hipcamp has to offer. Loved it!
Quirky property, but wonderful sense of privacy. We were at site 3, which had a lovely view and truly secluded atmosphere, except for the frequent truck noise from a road that was encompassed by the view. Not the hosts fault, but would have liked to know the site was so close to a major thruway.
The site was spectacular, although could have used a cleaning and the fire pit needed to be dug out (6+ inches of ash), but given this is their most popular site some buildup is not surprising.
Again, the site was just lovely. Lots of space, lovely view, privacy, but be prepared for decent hike in. It is up and down and the descent into camp is fairly steep. A 3-5 minute walk each way depending on how aggressive you are feeling. I packed too much anticipating “car camping” with a short walk in.....the reality was several trips to the car navigating varying terrain that was a workout in itself. This is not a knock on the site, as it was worth the hike, but pack accordingly. Site 3 is the one to be at, but plan on hiking in your gear.
The shower and water station are quite a hike from the campsites, and filling up my standard 7 gallon water container I was glad I drove the truck by on another errand to fill up. Carrying back to camp would have been brutal. That said, the shower facilities are private and quite charming, and the water is clean and fresh. You get to converse with a variety of farm animals while filling up or showering, and the personal efforts to build the property are evident throughout.
Magic Forest Farm is without a doubt a private, beautiful, and secluded retreat. The road coming in is a little messy (I think I saw people living in a broken down school bus among other vehicles) and a vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended. All in all, I think what is most important is Joan offers her beautiful property, with many of the features of a commerical campground (showers, outhouse, water) at a very fair price, but with a remarkable secluded privacy that makes you feel like you hiked for miles to get too. I will return to site 3 for the privacy and view, but will pack much much lighter next time!