About Columbia Flat
Come camp under the Oaks. Located 5 miles from where gold was discovered. Rise and shine with the crow of the roosters and know that farm fresh eggs are available for sale. We also have organic produce from the garden. There is an outdoor shower for you to enjoy a short walk down the hill.
We are more of a boutique campsite. We keep the number of sites low and the number of people low. We do not allow open flame at the camp sites, but do offer a wonderful party pavilion where you can cook, meet other guests, hang out and enjoy human interaction. Cell phones don't work well up here! We are looking to bring people back to a sense of community, not the insulated, everyday life of most cell phone watchers!
We only have 2 large group sites, camp #1 & camp #7. Otherwise it is one car per site. We ask that you respect that for the other campers that are around you.
Enjoy whitewater rafting, some great restaurants, live music or pan for gold in the nearby town of Coloma. Also there are 90 wineries in the area, or stay on the property enjoying the peace and quiet of our 100 acre farm. Great place to make home base if you want to take a day trip to Lake Tahoe also.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 7
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Columbia Flat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Angela and Jeff's property is truly a hidden gem! It’s tucked away in the mountains but with so much to do in the area. Hiking, kayaking, tubing, biking, wine tasting, farm trails, etc. There is a lot of history to the property and area that Jeff was kind enough to lend me a book about during my stay. The tent sites are a just a walk up the hill and has a stunning panoramic view of the property and the rest of the hills. The property extends quite a bit and there are trails all over to explore. The site is well kept and has a lot of trees to set up under on the hot summer days. There is also access to water as well. I’d highly recommend staying here!
Angela and Jeff were incredible hosts! They greeted us upon arrival and offered to guide us directly to our site, but it was super easy to find. They came up the next morning to say hi, gave us tips on where to go swimming, and even gifted us some tomatoes from their garden.
We were in site 4, which might be the most private spot (and has a lovely view). They provide water, but we ended up buying our own for drinking and cooking. One of our favorite things about staying on their land was meeting their dog, Fred, a super sweet and friendly black lab.
We will definitely be back!!!
Great place to stay!
Beautiful area and great hosts. I plan on returning. Don't let the fact that campfires are not currently permitted at your site stop you from staying here. There is a communal fire pit area very close to the sites that is really nice.
Hidden gem! Very good for last minute camping plans.
We stayed for one night and Angela was extremely nice and accommodating. The site itself was quiet and spacious for 5 people, with a picnic table that came in very handy.
A bit closer to the house there is an outdoor roofed bar/grill/dining table. This was definitely a cool and unique offering of the camp site. I think the hosts should showcase better pictures of that feature. Had a blast playing card games and telling stories!
Our hosts were friendly and thoughtful - it was a cold night when we visited, so they had set aside some firewood for us next to the fire ring (which our dog happily interpreted as a pile of sticks to pilfer). Andrea even brought us farm-fresh eggs in the morning. The property has a good amount of space to roam. The campsites are fairly close together on a hill overlooking the hosts' home, but we were the only campers when we visited, so we felt like we had plenty of privacy.
The house is easy to find right off the road and the 4 campsites sit on the top of a grassy hill down a well marked path. Angela came up to meet us and was incredibly friendly and welcoming. It is relatively quiet and easy to find solitude or socialize with some of the other campers at the communal fire pit. There's a portable bathroom just a short walk from the campsites and a water spigot close by. We had a wonderful time and would suggest this to anyone passing through the area.
Angela and Jeff are great hosts! We had a great time camping at Columbia Flat over Memorial Day Weekend. Highlights: swimming in nearby Stumpy Meadows Lake, sitting by the communal fire pit with other lovely visitors, and enjoying a quiet weekend away from the city.
We had a WONDERFUL weekend at Columbia Flat! We stayed in site #3 and loved it. There was plenty of room to spread out and it was conveniently located near the water, port-a-potty and community camp fire. All of the campsites near us (1, 2 and 4) were equally nice.
Jeff and Angela were warm and gracious hosts. We were greeted upon arrival and invited to roam and explore their property. Our favorite feature was the camp fire. Jeff and Angela have a fun, chic outdoor oasis. The camp fire was outstanding and it drew campers in from all of the other sites. The shared campfire fostered an extra friendly, community feel. We shared s'mores with other campers and Jeff and Angela treated their guests to pizza cooked from their outdoor oven. We would gladly visit Columbia Flat again!
Columbia Flat was great. The hosts were so welcoming and made some delicious food on the BBQ and in the wood fire pizza oven on the first night. They also gave us great recommendations on what to do and where to visit during our stay. We loved the communal pavilion with the BBQ, fire pit and big table, it was great to chat with the other campers. The property is beautiful, mostly rolling hills of oaks and grasses, with pigs, chickens and gardens close to the host house. We stayed at site 4 and would recommend it. Sites 1-4 are pretty close together but 3 and 4 seem to be the most private of the bunch. If we were to come back with a bigger group, I'd definitely researve both 3 and 4 together to create a nice big mostly private camp. Our tent in site 4 stayed in the shade of a giant oak all day which was great because it was so hot. Site 3 is the most tucked away of the four, has a great view but maybe slightly less shade. Site 2 is closest to the water spigot and has great shade but doesn't have much privacy. Site 1 is closest to the portopotty but is also less private for that reason. We didn't have a chance to visit sites 5-7 which were on a different hill and slightly farther from the communal area. The only drawback of the property is that the car noise from the road is audible in the quiet hours of night and early morning. It is not enough to be loud, annoying or disruptive at all, it's just not the silent country feel that you might anticipate on 110 acres. This was a GREAT place to camp with my five month old and we will definitely be back.
I have a huge girl crush on this place. GO THERE!
In no particular order:
1. Each Camp site under beautiful oak. (I was in #2) looking out to the hills.
2. Clean porta-potty and water near sites and great outdoor shower.
3. Fred (black lab) and Alexander (golden visiting for the month).
4. Extra points for Jeannie, Mom of Alexander (the dog) and Jeff (the host).
5. The ticket is the hangout area: pizza oven and Saturday pizzas, fire pit, two gas grills, bar area, crystal chandelier. Quiet day escape or night chill with other campers. Every night is a surprise. We had a huge red full moon. Cocktails, share food, s'mores, kids, dogs, occasional chicken or wild turkeys or walk to visit the pigs.
6. It's perfectly eclectic and a little bit “Green Acres”.
7. Ride off 50 to the house and you are definitely away.
8. Night walk adventure with flashlights to the mine or a lesson panning for gold in the creek.
My first HipCamp. I want an Angela and Jeff at every single spot I ever go to. Hard working to make the stay effortless, funny and yeah, hip.
My problem was going on a 105 degree weekend. But they had misters in the hangout area, a shady American river spot at Lotus, down the hill the burger & homemade ice cream, shady park with a creek. I am looking forward to a spring visit.
Our stay at Comumbia Flat was great and even better than we anticipated. The hosts reached out before our arrival with addl. details and tips, even allowing us to arrive a little earlier than the standard check-in.
The site (#1) was nicely spaced from the others, yet close enough to the communal area that we could walk down and hang out with the group around the pizza oven & bar/seating area. We played games later into the night with the hosts and they even took us for a tour through an abandoned old gold mine just down the street. A great experience and we'll definitely be back again for a longer stay!
This was our first time booking through Hipcamp and it was a great experience! My love and I had such a wonderful weekend here and were even able to bring our pups with us, which was perfect since we love bringing them along on our adventures. Camp #7, where we stayed, was the furthest up the hill and there was a porta potty just a short walk down the hill, campsites 5 & 6 were close by, but there were no other campers so we had plenty of privacy. It was so peaceful and had amazing views from our site and nice trails leading around the property. Angela, Jeff, (and Fred) were awesome hosts, they were very kind to us and even gifted us with a few artichokes! Columbia Flat felt like a hidden gem and is definitely worth the visit!
Definitely stay here! We loved our weekend at Columbia Flat, it was the perfect mix of seclusion where you pitch your tent and socializing around the communal BBQ area. Angela & Jeff are amazing hosts. It was an extremely hot weekend so we spent time at Stumpy Meadows which serves as a great day trip to the lake and checked out the wineries in Placerville on the way home.
We absolute loved our stay at this campsite. The communal area with a fire pit and dining area is where other campers can gather to enjoy vino and good stories. Angela and Jeff, the hosts are as lovable and caring as you can imagine and go the extra mile to make your stay memorible. Their dog Fred loves good company and might come for some morning snuggles or a game of fetch to the campsite.
My first hipcamp experience and it was so great! I was not expecting such hospitality - it was more like a b&b than a campsite.
It was also a great place to stay while exploring the area. The Gold Discovery State Park was just down the road, where we panned for gold and learned about California's gold rush. We did a short drive and hike 9 miles around Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park - it was mostly shaded and we ended with a swim in the lake, perfect for a 95 degree day.
Absolutely the best camping experience! Columbia flat campsite gets you away from the city brings you into a magic of California: onsite creeks and trails for exploring, old oaks, wild turkeys, deer, as well as osprey and eagle sitings. There are seven total campsites, each with its own picnic table and small hand-broom. Despite the vast property, Angela, Jeff and their dog Fred, keep it small with reasonably well-space pitches so it doesn't get too crowded around the BBQ and firepit in the evenings. It's a welcoming space that the hosts have created where you can meet other campers and where food, drinks, laughter, and fun are had by all!
Sites 5-7 are a little further from the central dining, bbq grill and fire pit area. The is one outdoor shower with hot water and one port-a-potty between campsites 1-4 and 5-7. As of 6/7/17 the maps on Hipcamp are a little off! Campsite 6, which is THE BEST, is certainly not on the other other side of the road!
Its location is steeped in history of the gold rush. With abandoned mines and ghost towns of prospectors past, Coloma, Greenwood, and Placerville are nearby towns to soothe your newly incited gold fever. It's also a perfect home base for fishing Lake Folsom and white water rafting on the American River.
We'll definitely be back!
Angela and Jeff was such a great host! They went out of their way to make sure that we had a great stay. Their hospitality made the trip more fun. We even had live music from the neighbors who came in to play in the common area. We all hung out by that area every night. Jeff and Angela shared their homemade pizza with us! My friends and I would definitely go back.
Needed a last minute camping spot for just one night, and this looked enticing. Was not disappointed. Angela made us feel very much at home. We got together with the other group Saturday evening, made desserts around the campfire and dinner on the grill.
We couldn't have a campfire at the site due to the possibility of fire, but it didn't matter, because we had one at their house. There's a ton to do in the area, the campsite made for a great base of operations. Centrally located, yet far enough away to be able to hear the wind whistling through the trees at night, and got a great view of the stars. Camp sites are very clean and spaced well.
It was pretty dusty due to the very dry and HOT weather, but would come back in a heartbeat. Have some more fishing, rafting, and gold panning to do.
As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by the wagging tail of a sweet black lab. I knew right away this would be an awesome place to camp. The property is gorgeous and each camp site had a bit of shade. We enjoyed watching the birds, walking around the property, Saturday night pizza, and of course, the infamous mine tour. 10/10 would stay again. Thanks, Jeff and Angela!
Columbia Flats is everything and more. The hosts were so kind and welcoming and helpful. Has anyone mentioned the midnight mine tour? Let me tell you, for those of us in the know, Jeff will take you on the coolest of adventures. I camped at #7 and it was quiet, with a beautiful view. It was the perfect weekend away from the city. Where the site is located in Garden Valley is a perfect launching pad for El Dorado adventures. Hikes, waterfalls, the American river, lakes, gold(if you try hard enough) all of the goods. I cannot speak highly enough about Columbia flats, their lovely common area, gardens, hospitality and Fred. I'm already looking forward to the next time I can go back!
Columbia Flat was true to the photos and the campsites were very spacious. The shared campfire and patio was great because there was lots of seating and places to eat. The pizza oven was amazing and we cooked kabobs, potatoes, pita bread and pizza inside.
We had site #2 that was under a large tree which was great for shade. I would recommend bringing your own canopy because it gets pretty hot around midday.
The host was really nice and helpful as well! He brought us on a mine tour & made the best pizzas.
This was our first Hipcamp experience and we loved it! Our group was 4 adults and two toddlers and Jeff & Angela's place was just awesome. We loved hanging out at the pizza oven and Jeff and Angela could not have been more helpful - such lovely hosts. The campsites were spread out enough that it was private and quiet which was great for getting little ones to bed.
It was perfect ! Angela and Jeff are so friendly and welcoming , they recommended we go to Loon Lake and try out the Rubicon trail . It was an epic weekend . The site was secluded and the common area was so cute with the firepit and gas grill and burner to cook your food .
My boyfriend and I had a great time camping here! The campsites are nicely spaced out and having water, a toilet and the common area nearby really made for a comfortable stay! The property is tucked into the mountains which is nice but still close enough to the highway that you're not too far from the main town area. You can hear some cars on the highway at night, but it wasn't too disruptive. Lots of great hikes nearby and just 20 minutes to the American river! Also loved the friendly little (big) pigs and Fred the dog!
Angela, Jeff and Fred were womderful hosts and I would highly recommend visiting them on their farm! The campsite was gorgeous and very secluded. The social pavilion was full of live music thanks to the neighbor, laughter, and we were even given a tour of a nearby underground mine! Definitely a one of a kind experience and I plan to return!
Such a beautiful place and Jeff and Angela are wonderful hosts. We stayed at #7 - very private with a lovely view. We were there during the hottest weekend of the year (110F high!! ) but hung out at the American River which was amazing COOL - literally. So much to do around the area, def. will come back when the weather is cooler.
We had a really special experience at Columbia Flat. The campground was really well equipped with a spigot and a port-a-potty. The outdoor shower was incredible and the various farm animals were fun to have around. We all had a great time - Jeff and Angela were great hosts! We spent an evening gathered around the communal fire and listened to banjo music, went on a mine tour, made smores, and ended the night listening to Native American spirits roam the campgrounds.
Jeff and Angela were the absolute best! We would come back even if it was just to hang out when them at the fire pit and pizza oven.
I was unsure about booking this place due to there being no campfires allowed. Don't let that deter you from staying here. The best part is enjoying the communal area which includes a campfire.
We had a great time at Columbia Flat! Jeff, Angela, and Fred (their dog) were great hosts. We stayed at campsite #4 and had the whole hill to ourselves for the weekend. There were other campers at site #5, which is pretty far from #1-4. Don't let the fact that you aren't allowed to have campfires at the sites deter you from going here. Angela and Jeff have a great outdoor kitchen set up with a large fire pit that campers are allowed to use. Jeff fired up the pizza oven for us and the other campers on Saturday night - the pizza was amazing! They also have an awesome grill that we used to cook breakfast and dinner.
The weather was hot during the day, so we took a short drive over to Stumpy Meadows lake to hang out and swim. I would highly recommend doing this. If you don't feel like paying to park there are plenty of places to pull over and hike down to the lake (which is what we did).
We will definitely be back with friends! I would highly recommend bringing a big group and booking campsites #1-4 to hangout for the weekend.