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 (BYO FIREWOOD), propane bbq or bring own charcoal, please for use in our other two bbq's. 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 and Fall, we host free live music from 6:30-8 PM on Thursdays: 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: 1 night
- 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!
We came with 4 children under the age of 6. This site accommodated our family perfectly. And the kids stayed busy with activities over a long weekend. Some truly beautiful nature nooks on the property, easy to use and clean facilities, and very relaxing swimming hole to lounge in.
How refreshing to have privacy away from the crowds at the National Park campsites. Although I don't normally budget for an oven and refrigerator use when camping, I did because of the description. Unfortunately, previous campers had emptied the propane tank for the oven and the refrigerator smell was difficult to bear. At least the refrigerator worked and there were plenty of other ways to cook on site. The Turtle Flat Tent Platform was nicely secluded, the outdoor shower took some getting used to but was an incredible luxury, and the fire pit was great even on a warm summer evening. On our first morning at camp we hiked to the top of the ranch, they weren't kidding it is an "intense incline, very difficult" and well worth it. Wildlife was great, we saw mule deer, turkey, quail, jays, hummingbirds, gopher snake, and many more small bird species, ground squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, etc. The ranch's cattle and sheep were an equally pleasant site and sound to see and hear each morning and evening.
We loved staying here!
The site was very private, quiet and peaceful. At many times it felt we were the only ones there. Definitely a different camping experience. There was a fully functioning kitchen, shower and restrooms. Felt more like glamping than camping although we did set up our own tent!
Definitely recommend it for someone planning to see the Sequoia’s. They are an hour plus away so definitely account for the time spent driving there.
Our campsite was peaceful, although the cows were mooing nonstop our last night! We enjoyed getting to know the other campers at the fire pit and kitchen area. The outdoor shower was amazing. The kitchen supplies plentiful. I only wish the creek had been flowing, but the low flow of water comes with the season, we learned a few days before arriving. We drove a few miles in to the Sequoias to swim in the cold Middle Tule River, which was amazing!
Had a great time at Gary's property. We went with several families with small kids and rented out 2 tent sites and 2 cabins, Gary was accomodating to our needs. We went in August so the watering hole was dry and the vegetation was also a lot dryer than I was expecting, but the facilities were clean and great for our group. We found several sites along the Tule River that were great for the kids to get in, they were only 2 to 3 miles past the property on the 190.
My group of 4 had a great weekend at River Ridge Ranch. The Ranch had all the convenient amenities of a public campground but with the charm and thoughtful details of a private campground. Everything was well maintained. The toilet facilities were particularly nice: clean, well-lit, relatively bug free (it is out in nature, after all), stocked with TP and hand sani, and wheelchair accessible.
Turtle Flat campsite was plenty spacious although not as private as I had expected, as we could see the other campers down the pathway at the Sycamore Arch site. All the other guests at the campground were very pleasant and respectful of privacy though.
It was REALLY nice to have access to the fully outfitted camp kitchen! We had tons of cooking utensils at our fingertips, and it was great we didn't have to bring all that equipment with us. We made several fantastic meals using the BBQ and 3 burner stove. And roasting mallows over the massive fire pit was so much fun! The communal area offered lots of different places to sit, so even when several groups were there at the same time, it never felt like we were running into each other or in each other's space. Plenty of room for all.
Unfortunately, with it being so late in the summer, the swimming hole was not usable because the water had stagnated. That was definitely a bummer! Luckily, we found other amazing water features in the Sequoia National Forest. (Check out the natural water slide near Johnsondale-- it's super cool.)