Fantastic spot! Directions were totally accurate, host was very friendly, helpful and accommodating. This spot is about an hour from the Twin Cities, but feels completely remote. Great privacy from other campers. Plenty of room.
We stayed at Site 1, which is right by the creek. We then walked right down the creek, which is gorgeous and very shallow, all the way to the waterfall, where we took our dogs swimming.
In the morning, we explored the town of Northfield, and grabbed an amazing breakfast at Ole Store Restaurant. Highly, highly recommended.
We're already planning a return visit to this camp.
This place is magical. It has everything you need, but nothing you don't. If you need to truly unplug, I can't recommend this place enough.
The porch overlooks an idyllic pond (fantastic morning views). Hosts provide a bundle of firewood (more for purchase, or you can hunt for some on your own) and fire starters. There's a stocked kitchen (cast iron pan, enamel dishware, cutlery, propane stove, the works), and a comfy loft bed.
Nearby, there are chickens and sheep (and ducks, and dogs). Be aware if you decide to bring your own dog (the chickens are free-roaming).
I've stayed at many Hipcamps, and this was one of my favorite experiences. Can't wait to return.
Fantastic site! I highly, highly recommend. The wooden tent is essentially a small cabin - very clean and comfortable (thick pads provided), with built-in shelves for storage, ceiling vents and wired windows for great ventilation (this had been a small concern prior to our trip, since temperatures hovered around 100 °F all weekend, but it was actually cool in the cabin). Mike was a great host, and provided plenty of cold drinking water, elevated bins for trash and recycling, and maps of the surrounding trails. When we arrived at his farm house (about half an hour outside Winona), we followed Mike across a field and down a rough trail/road to the property. Driving down in a non-4x4 is not recommended, and if it had been wet I would've hiked in (cart provided). The site is magical. Huge area for our dogs to run around, natural jungle gym made out of crosshatched logs, beautiful new ten-person picnic table, and an enormous fire pit/grill (plenty of firewood, kindling and dry newspaper on-site). We've been camping for years, all over the country, and this was one of the best experiences/sites we've ever had. A barred owl even visited after sundown.
Advice: Bring a lantern - it's shady and it gets dark. And make a weekend out of it. This is really a sit that needs to be experienced. It's an adventure. The trails surrounding the site are fantastic, and we rented a canoe from Geneva's Hideaway (over in Peterson, 30 miles outside Winona) and canoed down the Root River, which was spectacular. Also, there's plenty of room for a group. The wooden tent sleeps two adults comfortably, but the site itself could accommodate plenty of other tents.