The Vermont camping season is short, and for a small state, there are a whole lot of beautiful places to lay your head, from state parks to national forests and private campgrounds.
Our favorite Vermont camping opportunities are off the beaten path a bit and often feature a fun cast of critters that double as camp hosts.
I’m talking about Vermont farm stays – private camping or glamping on the same Vermont farms that contribute so much to our rural landscape and way of life.
Private farm camping in Vermont allows campers to connect with the natural world in a whole new way.
Whether it’s frolicking with baby goats, harvesting your evening meal, or simply pitching a tent in a pasture, each farm camping experience in Vermont is unique (and awesome).
Why Go Farm Camping in Vermont?
Managing private campsites gives farmers an additional income stream, which can be a lifesaver during economic downturns.
As a bonus, you often have an opportunity to meet the farmers, hang out with cute farm critters, and sample some of the best food money can buy.
Farm camping is also a way to avoid some of the crowds that are flocking to our parks and natural areas. Outdoor tourism is huge right now!
We’d love to share some of our favorite Vermont farm camping experiences with you. Farmstays may just be my new favorite way to pitch a tent or embark on a glamping vacation.
Where to Book Your Vermont Farm Camping Experience
Various online platforms have jumped on the farm camping bandwagon, so if you don’t know where to start, start here:
Hipcamp aims to connect landowners with campers, and their online booking platform currently lists thousands of unique properties around the United States, from $10 patches of land to unique glamping properties that cost hundreds of dollars per night.
Properties range from totally off-grid wilderness camping to treehouses, yurts, and cabins. Many Hipcamp sites are not secluded, so be sure to read the listing carefully so you know what you’re getting.
Do your research beforehand, and try and stay in sites that have already been reviewed.
If you’re new to Hipcamp, you can use our referral code to get $10 in ‘Hipcash’ after you book your first stay.
Yes, Airbnb has options for farm camping in Vermont. You can stay in cabins, treehouses, yurts, bell tents, and more.
Booking your Vermont farm stay through Airbnb will also allow you to combine your adventure with farm-based experiences like milking cows, getting to know miniature horses, and landscape photography classes.
Because Airbnb is so well known, you will find that there are lots of reviews for most sites, making it easy to book your perfect spot.
The downside is that you will have to browse through lots of unrelated properties – city apartments, sprawling mansions, and spare bedrooms before finding your perfect Vermont farm stay.
Still, if you’ve got time to
waste spend, you’ll likely come across a hundred different places you want to check out.
Harvest Hosts is new to me, but the concept is really cool. It allows campers with self-contained RVs (with onboard toilets and kitchens) to buy an annual membership and then stay at participating farms, vineyards, and other properties for free.
Because I don’t have an RV, I can’t speak from personal experience, but I know a lot of full-time travelers who use Harvest Hosts and love it.
There are currently more than 700 participating properties across the United States, and it seems to be growing quickly. If you’ve tried Harvest Hosts, drop us a comment. I’d love to hear about your experience.
Our Favorite Farm Camping Experiences in Vermont
The following farm camping properties in Vermont are amazing! Some are totally primitive, and you will have to bring all of your own gear. Others are a little more luxurious, and allow you to just show up with your camp food and a nice bottle of wine.
We have stayed at every one of these beautiful properties and recommend them all. We’ll let you know how rustic each one is so you can choose your ideal farm camping adventure.
Pitch Your Tent in a Field of Wildflowers at Free Verse Farm in Chelsea, Vermont
Free Verse Farm grows herbs in the mountains of Central Vermont. It’s a bucolic setting and it’s up there with some of the best camping views we’ve ever experienced.
In fact, our stay at Free Verse Farm was one of Eric’s all-time favorite camping trips. He is a sucker for classic Vermont hill farms, and he loved every minute of our weekend there.
Misha and Taylor sell their herbal teas, remedies, culinary treats, and body-care products online and at local farmer’s markets. Lucky for us, they also rent pasture campsites for campers looking to get away from it all.
The private campsites are set on the side of a hill with killer views of the valley. Beef cattle roam the pastures, and wildflowers dot the landscape.
The dirt road up to the sites is suitable for most vehicles, but probably not RVs or trailers. Basic campsites include a picnic table and a fire pit, and the outhouse is a short walk from camp.
Misha and Taylor have a wide range of herbal products for sale at the farmhouse, as well as seasonal produce from their kitchen garden. Book one of their beautiful campsites on Hipcamp.
What we loved about camping at Free Verse Farm: The breathtaking view!
Something to consider: Potable water, a shower, and a sink are all available at the farmhouse, but it may be a bit of a walk from your campsite.
Stay in a Geodesic Dome in Putney, Vermont
Winter glamping in Vermont is hands-down the best way to embrace the outdoors while staying comfy!
Quarry Brook Farm raises and sells heritage pork, organic veggies, and holiday turkeys. Their beautiful geodesic dome is tucked away in the woods off a dirt road, with access to miles of hiking trails and an abandoned quarry.
The interior of the dome is the aesthetic of every glamping retreat I’ve ever fallen in love with — lots of open space, plenty of light and warmth, and a super cozy bed next to a roaring woodstove.
It’s very simple and very inviting. More importantly, it is warm, and a fantastic retreat for winter adventures.
During our visit, we meandered around the trails on the 20 acres surrounding the dome. There was lots of snow covering the ground, and we made great use of our snowshoes.
Dogs are welcome, and Flynn had a blast romping around.
What we loved about glamping at Quarry Brook: Awesome snowshoe trails.
Something to consider: There is no running water here and the host’s home is just up the hill from the dome.
Plan a Yurt-Glamping Weekend in Bristol, Vermont
The small hamlet of Bristol, Vermont is in many ways a typical mountain town. It is ideally situated at the base of the Green Mountains, and surprisingly vibrant for a village of fewer than 4,000 residents.
It’s home to one of the most awesome swimming holes in Vermont, several gorgeous waterfalls, and enough hiking trails to keep you busy all summer.
If all those outdoor adventures have you ready for a little R&R, look no further than the Song Bird Sangha yurt rental in New Haven, VT, just outside of Bristol. I should premise this by saying that this yurt is pretty luxurious, and while we call it yurt camping, it’s not rustic at all.
What makes this woodland yurt feel more like a camping destination is the location – it is nestled in the woods on a 23-acre horse farm.
The outdoor seating area and fire pit allow you to relax after a day of hiking or exploring. While you have ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors during your visit, you can cook your meals and sleep in comfort.
A small herd of horses live on the farm and are used for therapy and life coaching as part of Kindred Horse Life Coaching, which the host, Ellen, facilitates to help others practice non-verbal communication, find balance, and embrace personal growth.
You can book your stay, as well as a session with Ellen and the horses, through Airbnb.
What we loved about this farm glamping in Vermont: Close proximity to Bristol.
Something to consider: While the yurt feels incredibly private, it’s very close to the main house.
Stay in a Meadow Cabin or a Vacation Home at Stony Pond Farm, Fairfield, Vermont
Vermont glamping at its best, at Stony Pond Farm, you can choose to stay in the Pond House, which is open year-round and includes a wood-burning stove and a full kitchen and bathroom.
If you don’t mind roughing it a bit, then book the rustic meadow cottage, which includes a loft bedroom, a composting toilet, and a small kitchenette. It’s perfect for two people.
Stony Pond Farm is an organic dairy farm in Fairfield, Vermont — not far from St. Albans and the shores of Lake Champlain. It’s a bustling working farm, but both rentals feel secluded and private.
While this is an awesome spot to unplug and relax, we’d also recommend exploring St. Albans and checking out the nearby Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. You can book your stay at Stony Pond Farm through Airbnb.
Our favorite thing about the cottage at Stony Pond Farm: Hanging out with the cows and the farm pups. Oh, and the steaks were divine.
Pitch Your Tent at Fledgling Farm in Tunbridge, Vermont
Just a few miles south of Free Verse Farm (mentioned above) is the perfect spot for a mountain getaway.
Fledgling Farmstead is a 200-acre farm specializing in grass-fed meat, eggs, veggies, and herbs. Expansive pastures are surrounded by wild forests, and the views from the hilltop camping area are spectacular.
A common area with a huge fire pit and a picnic area is perched on the top of the hill, and four private campsites are dispersed along the edge of the forest.
Hiking trails crisscross the land, taking you through fields and forest, downhill, and back up again.
If you call ahead, Evan will be happy to thaw out some ground sausage for your camp meal, and eggs and/or veggies are available to purchase.
You can book a night or a week at Fledgling Farmstead (Mountain Home Tent Sites) on Hipcamp.
What we loved about Mountain Home Farm: Total privacy. And the butter.
Something to consider: The road to camp is suitable for 4X4 vehicles only, but you can park at the bottom and walk up, or hitch a ride with your gear in Evan’s truck. Also, there is no potable water at camp, so be sure to pack it in.
Stay in an Open-Air Cabin on Tanglebloom Flower Farm in Brookline, Vermont
If ever there was an idyllic setting for a romantic retreat, Tanglebloom Flower Farm has got to be it!
A variety of flowers are cultivated on a sunny acre surrounded by trees in southern Vermont, not far from the bustling town of Brattleboro. Just paces from the rows of colorful blooms is a secret path that meanders into the woods.
The rustic, open-air sleeping cabin is just big enough for a bed, a small table, and a chair, yet it is airy and open to the sights, sounds, and smells of the surrounding forest.
The Tanglebloom cabin features an outdoor fire pit, table, and kitchen area, plus a private outhouse.
Since our last visit, they’ve also added an outdoor hot tub and shower!
Relax near a crackling fire, take in the peekaboo view, or meander through the woods as the sun sinks behind the trees. A night at Tanglebloom is truly good for the soul.
What we loved about this farm camping in Vermont: Flowers everywhere!
Something to consider: There’s an awesome swimming hole under the West Dummerston Covered Bridge, about 6 miles south of the cabin.
Rent a Camping Cabin at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert, Vermont
Welcome to Merck Forest & Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont! This awesome nonprofit maintains eight beautiful Vermont cabin rentals on more than 3,000 acres of wilderness. They also maintain 30 miles of hiking trails, a huge maple sugaring operation, and a working farm with a variety of pastured farm animals—draft horses, chickens, sheep, and pigs.
Each camping cabin is unique and lovely in its own way, nestled in its own little bit of paradise. Cabins sleep between two and fifteen people, and chopped and split firewood will be waiting for you when you get to your cabin.
Some of the cabins are easy to get to, requiring just a quick walk from the visitor center with your gear, while others involve a bit of trekking, skiing, or snowshoeing to find your retreat.
Our favorite part about these rustic cabins in Vermont? All of them are dog-friendly, and they are completely secluded from the rest of the world. We have yet to see another person while staying here. It’s pure bliss!
Vermont camping cabins can be reserved on the Merck Forest & Farmland Center website.
What we loved about this farm camping in Vermont: It’s very private!
Something to consider: This is rustic cabin camping, and you do have to hike a ways to get to your spot.
Private farm camping opportunities are a great alternative to busy campgrounds — offering plenty of seclusions, along with gorgeous scenery, unique accommodations, and oftentimes fabulous food and farm products.
If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, I highly recommend these beautiful and unique Vermont campsites, cabins, and glamping properties.
Support the local farm economy and try farm camping in Vermont. I promise you won’t regret it!
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Tara Schatz is a freelance writer, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Vermont Explored and Back Road Ramblers, an American road trip blog. She is also the co-author of the 3rd edition of AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont, which was released in May 2023.