Adventure into the beautiful driftless bluffs of Aefintyr campground for a backpacking like experience. The perfect blend of rugged, remote and luxury for a revitalizing getaway (1460ft hike, 230ft elev gain). Enjoy the great outdoors, get a good night's sleep and no equipment required! We take care of all the essentials including linens (sheets, blanket, and towels), pillows, a solar lantern and firewood. Hike up to your site and it will be ready for you!
Hike-in blufftop camp featuring an outfitted outdoor King size bed with a clear roof, screens and rain fly. Enjoy the great outdoors, get a good night's sleep and no equipment required! Nestled along the edge of the bluff offering north facing 180 degree valley view. Great for a romantic getaway! Beautiful fire pit and seating area with table and chairs. There is space to put up to 1 tent if there are additional people in your party (up to 4 guests total at this site). Linens for bed, 2 sleeping bags, 2 pillows and towels for 2 guests included. Firewood included. "Closet" tent to keep your gear out of the elements. This site is 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.
Distance to closest toilet: 400', shared outhouse with composting toilet
Distance to Showers: 1460'
Distance to potable water: 1460'
Bathhouse with individual rooms, with a hot shower, vanity and composting toilet
Outhouse with composting toilet on top of the bluff within 400 feet of each campsite
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.
Parking & facilities
Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Pets not allowed, Smoking not allowed, Unsuitable for elderly or infirm . Wheelchair inaccessible
Bathroom & laundry
Bed linen, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set . Washbasin
Kitchen & dining
Credit cards accepted
Pets not allowed
Smoking not allowed
Unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Check in: 04:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
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.