Have you ever wanted to have your own private waterfall? Or ever dreamt of sleeping in a redwood lined wall tent? Well, this is your chance! At Upper Falls, you literally have your own private oasis—complete with the gorgeous falls, as well as a deep swimming hole lined with rock walls.
Upper Falls has one campsite (or ahem....glampsite). Which is an awesome redwood lined doorless wall tent. The tent features 4 comfortable canvas cots. Top this off with a flush toilet(bring TP!) and you really can't go wrong (just make sure to bring your own water or a filter).
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Upper Falls
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
The road is long and windy, and just when you feel like you're getting lost, you arrive at the most amazing little campsite ever. Just a short walk and a perfect little swimming hole complete with waterfall awaits. I'll be back soon.
The campsite is amazing! It seems like the property owner is still making improvements that aren't listed in the amenities. There's a picnic table as well as a folding table (that we used for cooking). The tent has 4 cots, we moved two of them together to make somewhat of a 'queen' sized bed. The bathroom is to die for, it is spotlessly clean and has a flushing toilet, sink, and mirror.... and smells like fresh wood! There's also a large basin sink outside of it for doing your dishes. I noticed a large boxed up propane cooking stove on the side of the tent, so maybe the owner is building a kitchen area? FIVE STAR CAMPSITE FOR SURE!
Freakin' amazing! Loved everything about this site - the canvas tent with cots, the deck, supplied propane grill and extra tanks, flush toilet plus an extra sink outside the bathroom to wash dishes (and far enough away from the camp to keep the critters away). And it's hard to say enough about the creek and waterfalls. We were there on 100* days and the short walk (30 seconds) to dip into the cool creek waters was spectacular. Slippery and rocky around the creek so water shoes encouraged. But it is absolute paradise. Met the owner Chris and manager Robin and they were great. Couldn't be nicer guys. You're way out there so nice to know somebody is around. Speaking of, the gravel road to get to the camp takes a good 30 minutes of slow driving
Oh yeah -- I had read Ben's comment about the long windy road, so we clocked the milage from the property gate to the site and it's about 5 miles, so although you definitely feel like you're getting lost or will never arrive, eventually you do! If you keep an eye on your odometer you can know when to start getting really excited :)
Upper Falls is a very remote, off the grid campsite on a beautiful ranch, full of trees, meadows, and a stream that runs throughout the property. We fell asleep to the sound of our own private waterfall. It was a very relaxing, peaceful experience. We also enjoyed checking out the historical sites as we passed through French Gulch.
This site was awesome! So close to the falls and we brought our floaties (careful walking on the big rocks, very slippery). Mosquitoes are no joke, def bring the bug spray. We drove our 4x4 jeep and were happy to have four wheel drive, would've been tough otherwise. If you wanna get away from it all, this is the spot! Also be sure to bring bedding.
Where do I start.... this is a long review but if you have little kids and want to know how nice Chris and Terri are, please read on!
First, the road was scary but fun! If you don’t have an all wheel drive, might be a huge challenge since the last mile to the upper falls area was very steep. I drive an AWD Toyota Sienna and it didn’t have any issues going up. I have a hitch installled so it made my clearance lower and kept hitting the ground. But, it also saved my rear bumper.
Second, if you have little kids and it’s your first time to camp, I wouldn’t recommend the upper falls tent. Call Terri and ask for one of the cabins. The cabin reservation on hip camp site have all the dates blocked out for some reason. I met Chris, Terri’s husband and mentioned that I couldn’t get the cabins reserved. He mentioned that there’s supposedly something wrong with the site and that to call his wife Terri next time that we need the cabin.
Third, here’s the interesting part. I booked the tent up in the upper falls. I have three daughters 18, 11 and 8. I have never taken them out camping so I thought this might be a good experience for my family. Took the death defying road challenge but when we got to the site, we realized that my kids cannot access the bottom of the waterfall. It only had a trail to the top side. But adults shouldn’t have any issues climbing down. That was our full intent of this trip. To go camping and play in the river.
We gathered around and had a little impromptu meeting. Everyone voted to just move out and camp by the Whiskeytown Lake. By now, we’ve been on the road for almost 24 hours to get where we were at. That’s not all driving though. We had a lot of stops on our way. No harm no foul. We read the reviews on hip camp and took the risk. When we got there the risk outweighed the benefit so that was all on us.
As we crossed the bridge by the middle cabin. Chris was there and we stopped. Didn’t realize he was the owner at first. Thought he was just renting the cabin. . We had a little chat. We spoke about how nice the the place is but the kids just won’t able to enjoy it as much as we expected. That it wasn’t a big deal for us to just leave. Next thing you know, he said he was the owner and offered the middle cabin to us since there wasn’t anyone occupying it for two nights. We were like whaaatttt? Even one of my daughters mentioned she hasn’t met a person that generous ever! Other than me of course! We took Chris’ offer, enjoyed the cabin, had fun in the river and really appreciated that Chris and Terri share their little paradise. My wife enjoyed how peaceful the place is. My kids Loved the river and the butterflies. I enjoyed the isolation of the place. My family really had a great time! Hope yours will too!