Walk in a couple of hundred feet to this site adjacent to the Tule River on a fully-protected working cattle ranch and nature preserve. We just added an 8' X 16' platform.
TURTLE FLAT has both a platform with open skies or a protected area under a live oak. It is next to Turtle Cove, our swim hole.
This site has a maximum of two tents and four people. It is very close to our River Barn with tables and chairs under the roof of a 900 sq. ft. rustic structure.
Kitchen access: Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you.
Please enjoy: includes use of refrigerator, microwave, oven, cook top, sinks, dishes, glassware, utensils, etc. 10' diameter river rock fire pit, reasonable quantities of firewood provided, bbq's (bring own charcoal, please), swimming in North Fork Tule as season allows, miles of hiking trails on ranch.
River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elev. and passes from 3/4 of a mile of superb riparian corridor through Valley Oak grassland to Blue Oak Woodland and ends in Chaparral. Abundant wildlife. Next to Giant Sequoia National Monument(free).
We area bout a one hour drive to Sequoia National Park, but we're only 16 miles to groves up Hwy 190. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily driven to and some remote.
Our ranch is a nature preserve, a working cattle ranch and an educational/demonstration site, teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public. During the Spring, early Summer and then in the Fall, JAM Wednesday runs from 6-9 PM: BYO dinner and bevs and hang out in the 2,000 sq. ft. Pavilion while locals take turns at the mic. Or, bring it on! Always looking for stand up comics.... :)
Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability.
Our friendsat WildPlaces host all kinds of community outdoor events and are a Hipcampsite, too.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
The vibe at Turtle Flat Tent Platform
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
I have already recommended this place to several people -- it is perfect! Lots of land to explore, a swimming hole, a labrynth, community kitchen with a giant firepit -- what more could you want out of a campsite? Thank you so much for your hospitality, Gary, I had so much fun!
Truly lovely spot out in nature, tucked away from the road & noises. There are two sites to pick from to camp out, plenty of space. Community fire pit & kitchen are super nice.
One of my favorite things - excellent bathrooms for a camp site!