FOREST SPRINGS: 55 scenic miles northeast of Redding, we are 160 acres in far northern California, surrounded by Shasta National Forest, near lakes and hot springs, with many shady hiking trails in the varied forest on our property, along our creek and to our small lake.
We are about 4 hours from Sacramento, 4 1/2 hours from Berkeley, 5 hours from San Francisco or Santa Rosa.
In season, we have a splash pool where guests like to relax in the afternoon. It is cleaned and refilled between guests. Dogs are welcome off leash! They also enjoy our creek and lake. Some of our trails lead into the surrounding National Forest.
Off the property but nearby are hot springs, swimming holes, 2 larger public lakes for boating and fishing, and impressive waterfalls. We are 1 1/2 hours by car from Mt. Shasta or Mt. Lassen National Park.
Open April 1 to Nov, we offer tent camping, RV camping, and a complete Guesthouse.
From the pavement, we are at the end of a 1 1/2 mile decent gravel road, no 4-wheel drive needed unless towing RV or horse trailer. With mostly gently rolling or flat terrain and 2 mild hills, our elevation is about 2500'.
CALENDAR: please EMAIL US to be sure the calendar here has been updated.
If our rates seem high, it is because we only host one (or rarely 2) groups at a time, for your peace and privacy. Besides the natural beauty, everyone notices the QUIET. But you can bring your rock band (ask ahead). Amazing stars, too!
TENT CAMPING (includes use of bathhouse with hot shower): campers may pitch their tent(s) anywhere on the property (160 acres), including in the meadow within walking distance of the bathhouse and close to the picnic table(s) under the trees. In inclement weather, campers have chosen to pitch tents on the hay floor in our historic barn (no smoking or candles in the barn). In fire season, campfires may be made near a water source in the lava-rock fire-rings or by the picnic tables with a table-top BBQ. Group camping for maximum 20 people unless guesthouse is also rented (has additional bathroom).
**** RATES: 1 to 2 people $85; each additional person $15; plus tax
---- 2-night minimum ---- dog fee if applicable: $5 per dog per night; plus tax
---- HOLIDAY WEEKENDS are for GROUP camping, with a minimum of 6 tent campers & 2-night minimum. If you have fewer people, consider renting the guesthouse; see Guesthouse, Forest Springs.
Guest's SELF-CONTAINED RV: 4 WD required for RV for short hill onto property. Your RV may be parked anywhere you'd like on the property roads, or at our RV Site which is secluded near our historic barn under huge oak trees with views of forest and meadow where there are water hook-up and limited electricity; sorry, no wifi and no dump. Hot showers and flush toilet at the bath house.
**** RATES: 1-4 persons $90; each additional person $5; plus tax
---- 2-night minimum---- dog fee if applicable: $5 per dog per night, plus tax
Forest Springs RV (sleeps 3) (includes use of bathhouse): an older 25' long "5th wheel" with a comfortable queen bed and a twin bed sofa is situated in a shaded private area overlooking the forest. Towels and bedding provided. The RV has lights, flush toilet, running cold water in sinks; hot showers at the bath house. The kitchenette has a microwave, 2-burner electric hot plate, cookware and dishes, etc. for 4 people. The small refrigerator is outside by the picnic table, under the roof-over. There is a fan (no A/C) but summer nights usually cool down to 60 degrees. The RV and its car park is located in a private area near the historic barn (no animals) under huge oak trees. It has a lava-rock fire ring with grill, firewood, briquettes, picnic table, table-top BBQ, benches, chairs and views of the forest.
**** RATES: 1 person $85; each additional person $15; plus tax
---- 2-night minimum ----- dog fee if applicable: $10 per dog per night, plus tax; (limit 1 dog or 2 very small dogs)
***At check-in, we will collect the Shasta County T. O. Tax of 10% on the nightly rate. This may be paid in cash or check; sorry, no credit cards accepted. ATM is 1 hour away, or we accept Paypal (additional charge). Last-minute added guests and / or pets may be paid for at check-in.
***We require all adults to read and sign a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. Large groups (3 or more family units) are also asked to read and sign the Group Camping Addendum.
If you so request, these forms may be emailed to you in advance of your arrival.
***A refundable Cleaning / Damage Deposit of $25 or more will be required at check-in (cash or check only).
*** Discounts to U.S. military with ID: 20% discount to veterans; 30% discount to active military and Purple Heart veterans. Thank you so much for helping to keep us free; we know that this is the home of the free because of the brave.
Check-in and -out times are flexible according to availability if pre-arranged, else check-in is 3:00-8:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am. Rates may change without prior notice.
*** This is a private establishment and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. *** Because of our remote location and the inherent dangers of the forest and bodies of water, we require one competent adult per 2 children under 13 years old. From June 15 to Sept 15, the sun-warmed splash pool (24" deep) is cleaned and refilled between guests groups.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Camping, Forest Springs
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Forest Springs tent camping is a great place to get some of the creature comforts of home while still getting the full outdoors experience. The large property is intended to be explored as there are a series of trails that cover the majority of the property. Colette provided us with a map that is very detailed and pairs well with the marked trails. There are open meadows, thick forest, mountain ponds, and natural springs all at Forest Springs. The natural spring not only provides life to wild residents (flora and fauna alike) its power is also converted to provide electricity for this off-the-grid establishment. The property is well cared for and it is apparent that Colette has a deep love and respect for the land.
The camping area is near large trees, close to the bathroom/showerhouse, and provides a sweeping view of the front meadow. Depending on the size of the group and the other guests for the weekend, camping location may vary, but either area is very nice. The area to pitch a tent is on grass, which is always a preferred surface for me. I also liked the small, dug-in fire-pits that were close to the sites. The pits also came with a metal grill that can be placed over the lava rock firepit.
The highlight of the day was getting to soak in the large soaking tub that is filled with natural spring water. A small walk removed from any building or campsite, the tub gives a great view of the back meadow and forest beyond. I don't have any complaints about the property, as the off-the-beaten-path feel, the sites, and the environment are all top-notch. I definitely see myself coming back for a few nights so I can properly explore the property and the local area.
Colette was extremely thorough. Great directions to find her oasis in the countryside. Super map of trail system. Huron path was our favorite and our dogs. The bathhouse was immaculate and great refresher after day of hiking. We parked our conversion van by the barn. She has hookups of water and electric if u need it. We chose not to use it. Morning sunrise and sunsets were so peaceful. And her gardens and orchards were a joy to walk through. Even saw some deer in the pasture. Can't say enough about how wonderful Colette was. And the military appreciation and discount was very thoughtful.