This is my first post so I sincerely hope I get some decent feedback. I’ll try to make this as brief as I can.
I recently purchased land and built a home. I’m currently trying to buy additional land that is adjacent to my place. The land is a relatively narrow strip but it’s deep. The back half of the land is currently inaccessible by vehicle. Just a secluded beautiful hayfield surrounded by timber and situated between two winding creeks.
I recently had a wild idea to set up a small, secluded, private campground deep off road. I would have to build a generator house (probably 40kw), drill a well, build a bridge across the creek, and a gravel road back to the area, but the atmosphere created back there would just be incredible. You’ve never seen as many stars as you can see from this area. This wouldn’t be a lake or a beach or in the mountains, but it would be private, quiet, and natural. I could build a simple playground, perhaps a small bathhouse, firepits, and if I get crazy, some sort of small community pavilion. I could even make some hike-in tent sites that are even more private.
My wife says there is no “draw”. It’s not on a lake or in the mountains. I’m about 25 minutes south of Des Moines, IA. Not exactly a “destination”. But this is a huge camping community here. Tons of campers, tons of camper dealerships, and a couple of decent campgrounds.
So what does this community think? I believe I could get 30 - 40 sites and still keep them separated enough to make it nice. If I count of $55 to $66 per night, the economics are not terrible. In my estimation, I’d be looking at $500,000 to get it going. But is there a market in this area for a campground whose main attraction is privacy and seclusion? Seclusion unlike most that I’ve seen in my years of camping.
I would love to hear feedback and for someone to poke holes in my assumptions.
Thank you all for your time. I look forward to your responses.