Hipcamp host Joan F.
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We are a grass-fed beef operation, Health Hero Farm, on the island of South Hero.  Our farm is on the bike route around the islands, with access to many other vacation activities.  Pitch your tent in the farm stead or in half of our empty equipment shed 30' x 60'.  In the shed, which is open on the north side, you have shelter from the rain, sun and wind.  We have two campsi

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We are a grass-fed beef operation, Health Hero Farm, on the island of South Hero.  Our farm is on the bike route around the islands, with access to many other vacation activities.  Pitch your tent in the farm stead or in half of our empty equipment shed 30' x 60'.  In the shed, which is open on the north side, you have shelter from the rain, sun and wind.  We have two campsites that can share a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker in the barn.   Lots of storage under roof for bikes and luggage.  Our composting toilet (from Natures Head Composting Toilet) is a unique amenity -- installed in a retired ice-fishing shack (on skis).  We have a farm stand where you can buy beef, a few veggies, eggs, cheese and the world's best caramels.  We are 2 miles from a convenience store that packs an amazing array of products into a small space.  We are close to a gem of a public beach, a winery (Snow Farm Vineyard), apple orchards, a public school playground, a small petting zoo, as well as kayak and bicycle rentals.  Local farmers markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays offer some of the best produce from these agricultural islands.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Joan a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Islands Base Camp in Vermont.

Beach
Lake
Prairie, meadow, ...
Farm
Ranch

The vibe at Islands Base Camp

Places to see near Islands Base Camp

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Hipcamper Jim
Jim M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 14th, 2018

Awesome experience!! This farm is right on the Lake Champlain Bikeway, so it is perfect for bikers! Great ride up the causeway from Burlington, a small bike ferry brought me to the south end of the island, 2 miles from the place.
Joan is an awesome host, really thoughtful about how the place is set up. They have a huge three sided barn structure you can camp in, or pitch a tent out in the field. The barn could easily hole a large group of campers, no problem. There is a grill you can use and two picnic tables. I had the farm to myself. It was nice to have my gear under cover and set up a bivvy in the breeze.
There is also a farm stand. I was beat from a long day of riding, so grabbed a bag of tomatoes and peppers, a block of raw milk cheddar and a bag of awesome caramels (best ever!). Walked across the street to Lake Champlain and had a great picnic watching the sunset. In the morning it was a beautiful ride to the ferry to Plattsburgh and the next leg of my journey.

I cannot wait to bring my biking friends here and spend more time on the island!!

Thanks, Joan!

Hipcamper Joan
Response from Joan, the Host, on September 2nd, 2018

Jim, we enjoyed your energy and enthusiasm for biking. We hope to host small groups on cycling trips around the lake, in the future.

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Hipcamper Emile
Emile G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 17th, 2018

The campsite/area is well thought out. We enjoyed the open scenery and having access to a large open barn is great shelter from the wind and stormy weather.

Great for an overnight while biking the Burlington area and Islands.

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Hipcamper Rebecca
Rebecca A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 1st, 2018

Loved this spot! Joan was a great host, had a nice little setup and got us acquainted with the spot in no time at all! The area is nice and quiet, we thoroughly enjoyed the farm cat and rooster! Great place to stay when visiting Burlington but don't want to stay in the city! Thanks again!

Hipcamper Jen

Idyllic farm on grand isle

Jen D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 9th, 2019

It was a lovely farm with attentive and friendly hosts. Idyllic setting too!

Hipcamper JB

Family joy in august

Jb M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 11th, 2019

We have been visiting all over New England and only intended to stay one night. Joan was so friendly and accommodating and we had some of her grass fed beef and we knew we had to stay longer.
To say that the area is picturesque is an understatement! The weather was beautiful and we slept so well since we were the only ones at the farm.
At first we were all reluctant about the compostable toilet but it is really no big deal. As my ten year old daughter and I approached the shed (it is an old ice fishing hut) she asked what a composing toilet was and for the rest of the trip we all felt like we should create some songs in there.
Wildfire the cat was a fantastic groundskeeper and stopped to visit us long enough for some good petting sessions.
Joan recommended White’s Beach down the road and we took a picnic and played in the lake until it was dark. Our family all feel asleep listening to the crickets and said how glad we were to stay an extra day.

Their beef is unbelievable.
We brought our own grill but they have some here as well.
The “composing” toilet From the north White’s Beach 
Stunning at sunset.
Hipcamper Andrew

Short stay but perfect for us

Andrew R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 30th, 2019

We camped in the 3-sided equipment building, held chickens (new for us!), and couldn’t resist their farmers market. If there is a concert, you have to go to Snow Farm winery and join the crowd they get!

Hipcamper Joan
Response from Joan, the Host, on September 5th, 2019

Andrew, I think the chickens felt your calm and enjoyed the experience. It is worth adding that Thursday evenings during the summer is when the free concert is offered. It's very popular, with hundreds of attendees and dozens of dancing visitors;-)

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Hipcamper Katy

Highly recommended!

Katy O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 4th, 2019

This place is awesome!!!! Joan is a wonderful host - we arrived late around 8:30PM and she was there to greet us and give us a thorough tour of the space. The farm is beautiful, quiet, and located in a great spot. Feeding the chickens, petting the cat, and seeing the cows in the distance was super fun. You can set up your tent on the grass near the silos or under the pole barn, which would be a nice feature if it were to rain. There is a fridge, coffee maker, picnic bench, and AMAZING CHEESE AND CARAMELS!!!!

Hipcamper Joan
Response from Joan, the Host, on September 5th, 2019

Katy, I enjoyed your visit. I hope your travels went smoothly. Thanks for the great review, and maybe next time you'll be able to enjoy our sandy town beach. It's a gem!

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Hipcamper Michael

Vermont at its best

Michael M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 15th, 2019

This was the quintessential Vermont stay. We stayed near the chickens and cattle on this beautiful farm. Joan was the best host ever. South Hero is a jewel with so much to offer.

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Hipcamper Mark D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 31st, 2019
Hipcamper Daniel B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 8th, 2019
Property
Islands Base Camp
State
Vermont
$40/night
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