This 40 acre parcel has been in my family since the 1950s. My grandparents originally designated it as a tree farm and planted and harvested lumber from it. As a boy scout leader, my Read more...
This 40 acre parcel has been in my family since the 1950s. My grandparents originally designated it as a tree farm and planted and harvested lumber from it. As a boy scout leader, my grandfather hosted many boys scout troops at camp and even hosted a boy scout Jamboree in the 1970s. Back then it was referred to as the "Tree Farm", but after my husband John and I inherited it in 2014 we started calling it Camp 437. Before we inherited the property we spent time camping there and building trail. One of the trails we built we named the "Burns Trail" in honor of my grandparents. Since we acquired the property we have added a one mile loop that circles the perimeter of the property.
Beth let us know right away that her signs weren't out yet and gave great directions. It was spring, and things were very wet; we almost got our car stuck going in as the ground was so soft. A big RV or large camp trailer probably wouldn't have made it. I'm sure during a drier time of year it's fine. There are nice mowed roads all through the property to walk. It was peaceful; lots of frogs and birds. A couple of trains, but far off in the distance. We built our fire in the road to stay away from the tall, dead grass. We did not see any fire rings. This is a beautiful property and would definitely stay there again, just not so early in the year when the ground is so soft and muddy.
Rainy weather changed our plans and we knew we’d be arriving a day earlier than we had booked, so we called Barry and asked if we could stay Sunday night instead of Monday. He was very accommodating and had no problem with that. We found the area easily with the directions given but did not see any signs, so we called to verify were were in right place. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and had the entire camp area to ourselves. Barry even brought us some dry firewood! If we come through this area again we will definitely book another night here.
We used Google maps to get here and it worked perfectly, the only problem we had was not knowing for sure if we were in the right place because there was no number on the mailbox. We pulled into the driveway to look for a number on the house but couldn’t find one there either. We didn’t see a sign or any mowed areas to camp so we weren’t sure we were in the right place. It wasn’t too long though before Rachael came out to greet us and let us know we were in the right place. If it had not been raining we would’ve planned to have a campfire, but we didn’t see any place to do that. (no fire pits or signs of previous fires) We met Joshua in the morning when they both came out to say hi before leaving for church. They were really nice and very thankful for their land in the country. They have just a little more than an acre, but it’s surrounded by farm land and is very quiet. We pulled our car and trailer into their driveway and slept very well. If you’re looking for a place to just pull in and sleep, this is good for the price. We were their first campers and are sure that they’ll make improvements as they get established; they seem excited to share their space!