We only host one group at a time! We offer tent camping and RV from $115, Guest House from $150. See rates below.
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.
The 2 splash pools are filled from June 15 to Sept 15 and are drained, cleaned and refilled between guests. They are sun-warmed and a great spot to relax in the afternoon with views across the meadows to the mountains beyond.
PETS: Dogs are welcome off leash! They have their own doggie pool and also enjoy romping in our creek and lake as well as in the mowed part of the meadow.
Awesome, shady trails through our lush forest lead along creeks and into the surrounding National Forest. Our little Discovery Lake sports a dock with bench and a rowboat (in season). Fishing for the trout is catch & release.
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 (see below for info on the 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' and the temp cooler than in the valley.
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 15 people unless guesthouse is also rented (has additional bathroom).
**** RATES: 1 to 4 people $115; each additional person $15; plus tax
---- 2-night minimum ---- dog fee if applicable: $5 per dog per night; plus tax
---- If also renting the guesthouse, the base rate is $200 for the first 5 people; $15 each additional camper; $10 per dog in the guesthouse; max 3 dogs in guesthouse.
---- HOLIDAY WEEKENDS need a minimum of 10 tent campers. If you have fewer people, consider renting the guesthouse; see Guesthouse, below.
Guest's SELF-CONTAINED RV: you may need 4 WD 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, a 2-minute walk.
**** RATES: 1-4 persons $90; each additional person $10; 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 temperpedic 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, sinks and hot shower; toilet and hot showers also 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 splash pool (in season), lava-rock fire ring with grill, firewood, briquettes, picnic table, table-top BBQ, benches, chairs and views of the forest.
**** RATES: 1-3 people $125; plus tax
---- 2-night minimum ----- dog fee if applicable: $10 per dog per night, plus tax; (limit 1 dog or 2 very small dogs)
GUESTHOUSE: The quiet garden, semi-secluded near meadows and forest, has a carport, chairs, lounge chairs, picnic table, fire pit and BBQ under the oaks; splash pool with mountain views. Its rustic siding belies the modern interior; affordably simple, clean and comfortable 3 spacious rooms (1 twin, 2 queen beds) plus bathroom. The airy bedroom has a queen canopy bed and twin bed, both with premium mattress sets. The living room has a queen sofa bed, DVD player and movies for all ages (no tv), air cooler or gas furnace in season. The kitchen has a large refrigerator/freezer, stove-top, microwave, small oven (fits 12" pizza), coffee-maker, toaster, cookware, dishes, utensils, and a dinette set seating 6. We supply paper towels, napkins, salt, pepper, sugars, dish washing stuff, ice cubes and garbage bags. The stove-top uses gas. We request that the appliances and dishes be left clean like you found them.
Guesthouse RATES per night: 1-2 people $150; each additional person $20; each dog $10; plus tax. 2-night minimum. Limit 3 dogs any size.
*** Military Discounts for guesthouse (please show us your military ID): 20% to active U.S. military and Purple Heart veterans; 15% to U.S. veterans. Thank you so much for serving our great nation. This is definitely the home of the free because of the brave.
***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 with cash or check.
***We require all adults to read and sign a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. Leaders of large groups (3 or more family units) are also asked to read and sign the Group Camping Addendum. Guests wishing to target practice will be required to read and sign a special Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk for this purpose.
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).
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 pools (24" deep) are 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 Forest Springs Camping, Guest House
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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.
Beware of dog!! The property was beautiful and very remote but the guest experience did not meet expectations. The host had an untrained puppy who was encouraged to run loose on the property and caused a nuisance for our group. The dog was aggressive with our child and when we asked the host to keep the dog on a leash or behind the gate to her home, she refused. The property listing did not mention that there would be an unleashed dog in the campsite area, otherwise we would not have chosen to book. We ended up leaving after one night (after driving 5+ hours to the property) because the host was unwilling to keep her dog in more contained quarters. Colette kindly refunded half of the fee we paid but that still did not feel adequate given the poor experience.
Colette was a gracious and amazing host.
I took my family of 7 (5 kids between 13 years and 4 months) with a rented RV (28ft class C).
It’s a partial hookup. Clean, cold spring water. Partial electricity, but we ended up not using it. No dump. All of this was communicated prior, so no surprises here. Parking was somewhat level, but not a paved site. Totally fine for boondocking.
We also set up a tent campsite near the provided fire rings. Firewood was plenty.
Just a few steps away was the splash pool. Tons of fun for the kids. Trails were marked and the provided map was clear and to the point. Views were amazing especially at dawn and dusk.
Deer and other wildlife was spotted. Very private.
Property is big enough for a larger group. Bathhouse is a bit of a walk away, but not much to complain about.
Overall, my family loved it. I’d definitely come back again.
Collette was a good host. I emailed her numerous times before we arrived with lots of questions and she always responded quickly with answers. Upon arrival we had some forms that needed signing. After that she took us on a tour and showed us the splash pools bathroom and 2 campsites. The campsite with the bathroom didn’t have level spots for putting a tent. The other campsite has many level spots for tents. We had 4 tents and had plenty of level spots to put them on. The downside of the second campsite is that it is a good walk from the bathroom. She had just gotten a second splash pool so there is one at both campsites. We enjoyed both. We had a pickup camper and we were able to hook up to water and electricity so that was very nice. The 2 mike drive up the hill on a rocky, rutted driveway made for slow going with our camper but we made it.
Overall we had a lot of fun with a group of about 20 people. It was July and pretty hot but there were hoses and the splash pools to help cool us down.