With my two brothers we own a 68 acre parcel of land less than 90 minutes from home, that has over a half mile of riverfront. We have lots of friends come out there with us all the time, as well as our kids, grandkids, other family, and so one. It is a great place to set up camp for those quick getaways from town. Everyone camps in a trailer or tent. No services.
The one advantage of this is, is that we have lots of conveniences built for our own use.
We have a 20' x 32' cookhouse with lots of windows. It has a big old wood/coal cookstove that we cook on and heat with. We also have a backup propane heater that we do use in the winter. It is a great gathering place for large groups to cook and eat during inclement weather, as well as where we stay in the dead of winter.
We do have a 3,000W genset that sees some use, but not much at all. Otherwise we have no services at all, and like it that way. We could easily have power, but really don't want to pay for something we would rarely use.
We also have over 1/2 mile chain of beaver ponds on the side opposite the river. We are surrounded on 3 sides by public crown land which is a great buffer. The closest farmhouse is 1/2 mile away, with the next well over a mile. We can do as we please with nobody to complain.
We have a nice outhouse for everyone's use.
I built a setup for a tarping system that can have a 20x30 ft tarp up over the fire in 5 minutes should it start to rain or snow. Rarely used, but sure is nice when we need it. In 20 years of owning the land, and hundreds upon hundreds of nights out there, there might be a dozen nights tops when we never had a fire. Lots and lots of alcohol sipped there, and countless hours of guitars and singing, and just plain old carrying on.
Get away from the fire, lay on the grass, and stare at the star filled skies. Most nights the Milky Way is very visible.
Our main camping area is a clearing just over an acre carved out of the trees, where we all camp around the perimeter. The center area is for playing games, and generally hanging out. Makes for a great social situation.
Best of all, we also have an income of about $3,500 a year off of it for oil and pipeline rights, and hay pasture.
Our only concern is well into the future. Right now with my two brothers ownership is not a problem at all, we own a few properties together, and trust each other to the nth degree with things. In another 20 years or so we need to come up with a good strategy to transfer ownership to our kids, which will get trickier with their extended families and all. Oh well, that is a worry for the future.
While I love to travel and camp in lots of other places, this land is so great for a quick getaway, and a great place to socialize with our very close family and friends. Without it, we would not get out near as much.