Hike-in Blufftop Campsite (bring own gear) - Carya

  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bathrooms

Adventure into the beautiful driftless bluffs of Aefintyr campground for a backpacking like experience. (1460ft hike, 230ft elev gain). Hike-in blufftop campsite nestled in the woodlands along the edge of the bluff offering a north facing 180 degree valley view. Up to 6 people, room for 3 average size tents. Fire pit with a log bench and seating area with table and 4 chairs. Firewood included. Great for people who like to get some exercise and want to immerse themselves in a woodland setting. 

IMPORTANT - This site requires a 1460 ft hike with a 230 ft elevation gain. The hike to the campsite is uphill along the bluff and requires a significant amount of physical effort, the campsites are designed to provide a backpacking experience, please pack light, carts do not work with the gravel and rocks on the path, everything must be carried to the site. Please consider your physical abilities and your willingness to pack light when you decide to book! Your host is happy to answer any questions and help with planning your trip.

Shaded: Fully 

Distance to closest toilet: 400', shared outhouse with composting toilet

Distance to Showers: 1460'

Distance to potable water: 1460'

Shared amenities:

Bathhouse with individual rooms, with a hot shower, vanity and composting toilet

Outhouse with composting toilet

Fire pit with Cooking Grill and several chairs (in the community area on the blufftop)

Propane Gas Grill (in the community area on the blufftop)

Propane Gas Grill (at base of the hill by the bathhouse)

10' x 20' gathering tent with comfy outdoor furniture

10' x 20' tent with 3 wooden tables (4' x 4') and wicker bar

Stargazing area with reclining chairs 

Cell service: varies depending on carrier, AT&T typically works well, Verizon works intermittently, and T-mobile doesn't have a good signal.

Wi-fi: Available at the bathhouse

Parking: Parking lot near entrance to the campground, 2 vehicle limit per site, no vehicles larger than a full size truck, no trailers

Host accessibility: Available 24/7/365 via phone and email/messaging, frequently on site

Security: campground is under video surveillance. 

Visitors: No visitors without prior approval, additional fees may apply. All people coming must be included in a reservation. No pets at this site.

Within 2 miles of Whitewater State Park, the Elba Fire Tower, Whitewater State Wildlife Management Area (hunting, trout fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing) and the Whitewater River State Water Trail (canoe/kayak/tube). There is a gas station (bait and fishing supplies, convenience store items), 2 bars and a restaurant within a mile in the town of Elba.


Home highlights


Pets welcome

Wireless Internet


Table and chairs facing the rest of the campsite

Campsite facing east

Table and chairs facing north toward the bluff edge


Entrance facing east

One of many views from the top of the bluff


Parking & facilities

Parking lot


Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Pets welcome, Smoking not allowed, Unsuitable for elderly or infirm . Wheelchair inaccessible

Bathroom & laundry

Essentials, Shower . Washbasin

Internet & office

Wireless Internet

Kitchen & dining


House Rules

  • Credit cards accepted

  • Children welcome

  • Pets welcome

  • Smoking not allowed

  • Unsuitable for elderly or infirm

  • Wheelchair inaccessible

Check in: 02:00 PM

Check out: 11:00 AM


1155 W Center St , Elba, United States

From Elba (Hwy 74, AKA Main Street) - turn onto West Center Street, which heads up hill. There is an autobody shop on your right soon after your turn, then the St. Aloyisious cemetery also on the right, Aefintry is next on your left. Watch for the sign.

Coming from the East (heading west) on Winona Country Hwy 26 (AKA Co Hwy 25 in Olmsted County) you will pass several farms/homesteads, watch for the Aefintyr sign on your right after you begin to drop into the valley.


Policy and notes


September 2023


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Chelsi Low

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