We contacted Noah not knowing exactly which site would work best for us, as we have a camper van, rather than carry in tent camping, and he recommended site #1. It turned out to be perfect, secluded, with plenty of room for our dogs to wander free without being totally “out there”. There appeared to be a good amount of hiking on-site, as long as you were ready to really bust out the machete, but we didn’t and started to look elsewhere for our hiking.
We decided to go to Pike Lake, but our first move was to stop at the Back to the Best General Store, where we met who we thought were the proprietors, but actually ended up being Noah and his wife, whose parents own the store. He suggested going to Holy Hill for the hiking, as well as the Ice Age Trail. Awesome choice!
Horseshoe Bend is truly a unique camping adventure, as the campground consists of 4 electric sites and and other land for tenters.
We booked on a weekend where we were the only ones booked, and while we tried to get a few of our camping friends to tag along, none could, so we had the entire property to ourselves and our dogs.
Upon arrival, Brady showed up to greet us and give us a brief history of the property. I won’t give it away, to steal his thunder, but it’s very interesting to hear all that has happened there over the years.
Since it was just us, the communal firewood was all ours, but there was plenty around even if there were more than just one group. Our dogs got to run free the entire time, which they totally enjoyed.
Brady did warn us about deer and turkey that might be campsite visitors, but take away a Bambi at the front gate, and a gobble gobble heard one morning, there wasn’t a single siting.
The entire campground is shaded by huge maple and oak trees, and was a welcome relief in the almost 90 degree weather.
Though there is supposed to be a creek that runs through the campground, it has since dried up and most likelihood is only active during a (very) rainy season. Two outhouses are there by the pavilion, and they were clean very usable. Brady was kind enough to give us a 30a extension cord to give us more options as to where to put our small camper.
Hiking on site is limited, as the property itself borders other private homes, but there is a county park nearby (9 miles of so) with trails and a lake for fishing, which we took advantage of.
Horseshoe Bend would be a great site for a larger group of campers, where privacy was wanted to do WHATEVER they wanted, as there really are no neighbors to speak of.
Or be like we were, a couple who got to enjoy the total solitude of a campground to ourselves, to enjoy the sounds of nature (abundantly), unencumbered by radios, traffic, and outside conversations well into the night.