Hipcamp host Colette S.
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We only host one group at a time! We offer tent camping from $100, RV from $125, andGuest House from $125. See rates below. Pets welcome off leash!

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 lush and varied forest, along

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We only host one group at a time!  We  offer tent camping from $100, RV from $125, and Guest House from $125. See rates below.  Pets welcome off leash!  

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 lush and varied forest, 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, 3 1/2 hours from Medford, and 4 hours from Reno.  

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.  

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 thru Veteran's Day weekend, 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.

PETS:  Dogs are welcome off leash!  They enjoy romping in our creek and lake as well as in the mowed part of the meadow and on the trails.  

Should guests want to visit sites off-property where dogs can't, such as the hot springs, Burney Falls and Lake Britton, we offer a huge (100' x 50') secure fenced pen with shade trees and a cozy shed.  Of course well-behaved dogs can also stay in the guesthouse if it has been rented.  

   

RATES   

If our rates seem high, it is because we only host one  group 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 complete bathhouse with hot shower, etc.  Campers may pitch their tent(s) anywhere on the property (160 acres), and there are 3 preferred tent areas with ample parking at both:  

The Farmstead site under huge oaks with partially shaded level space for 12 tents, 2 lava-rock campfire rings with grills & firewood, BBQs & briquettes, a small refrigerator, drinking-water hose, picnic tables, plastic chairs, splash pool, less than 3-minute walk to bath-house with hot shower, flush toilet, sinks.  There is electricity for your music, DVD player and/or fan.  Also at this site is Forest Springs RV.  Campers may use its bathroom when it's not convenient to walk to the bath-house.   

The Pine Grove site on cushy pine needles is a few paces from the bath-house.  It has partially shaded level spaces for 6 tents, 2 lava-rock campfire rings with grills & firewood, BBQs & briquettes, picnic tables, plastic chairs, splash pool.  There is electricity for your radio, DVD player, fan and/or small refrigerator. 

The Meadow View Hide-Out site is less than one minute's walk from all the amenities for the Pine Grove site (see above).  For utmost privacy from the rest of your group,  the Hide-Out site is surrounded by fluffy pines yet offers views across a meadow to the mountains, and you can hear the creek.     

Group camping for maximum 8 people unless RV and/or Guesthouse is also rented (have additional bathrooms).  Max group size can be 24 people if tent camping with use of guesthouse & RV.  See below for rates.  Celebrating?  Groups larger than 24 are also welcome but require guest's arranging for rental of porta-potty(s).

TENT CAMPING RATES (plus tax): 1 to 2 people $100; addtl person $15; dog $5

---- 2-night minimum ----  weekly rate:  pay for 6 nights & the 7th is free

**** If also renting our RV, the base rate is $140 for the first 3 people and $15 each additional person; dog $10 and limit of 1 dog in RV.  This would increase the max group size to 16 people.   See Forest Springs RV description below; must be booked on Forest Springs RV listing.

**** If also renting the guesthouse, the base rate is $195 for the first 5 people; $15 each additional person; dog $10 and limit of 1 dog in the guesthouse.  This would increase the group size to 16 people.  If RV is also rented then max group size would be 24 people.   See Guesthouse description below; must be booked on Forest Springs Guesthouse listing.

Guest's own 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, less than 3 minute walk.   Please book this here, on Forest Springs Camping listing. 

Guest's own RV RATES:   1-2 people $100; each additional person $15; each dog $5

     plus tax      ----2-night minimum---  weekly rate:  pay for 6 nights & 7th is free

Forest Springs RV (sleeps 3) (includes use of bathhouse): an older 25' long "5th wheel" with a comfortable memory-foam queen bed and a twin bed sofa is situated in a shaded private area overlooking the forest. Towels and bedding provided. The RV has flush toilet, sinks, new hot shower, and electricity.   Less than 3 minutes walk to the bathhouse for another flush toilet, sinks and hot shower.   The RV 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 are fans (no A/C) but the warmest nights usually cool down to 60 degrees.  A space heater is supplied for cooler weather.   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), 2 lava-rock fire rings with grills, table-top BBQs, firewood, briquettes, picnic tables, benches and chairs.  The site has views of the forest on one side and of a meadow and mountains on another side.  Please book this on the Forest Springs RV listing.

Forest Springs RV RATES:  1-2 people $125;  each additional person $15; dog $10

plus tax  ---- 2-night minimum ----  Please book this on Forest Springs RV listing.  

GUESTHOUSE:   (sleeps 5)  Semi-secluded between garden and forest with views of the meadows and mountains beyond, it has a splash pool, carport, chairs, lounge chairs, picnic tables, fire pit and BBQs under the oaks.  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.  ----2-night minimum----    plus tax:

Guesthouse RATES : 1 person $125;  2 people  $150; each additional person $10;  each dog $10    Please book this on the Forest Springs Guesthouse listing.

*** 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 your sacrifice!   

PLEASE NOTE:

***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 about 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, check or PayPal.  

***A refundable Cleaning / Damage Deposit of $25 or more will be required at check-in (cash. check or PayPal only).

***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; paper targets only; an additional refundable clean-up deposit required.  

If you so request, these forms may be emailed to you in advance of your arrival.

Check-in and check-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 3 children under 13 years old. From June 15 to Sept 15, the sun-warmed splash pools (24" deep) are emptied, cleaned and refilled between guests groups. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Pull-through site, max length 30ft
Electricity and water hookups
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Colette a message!
  • 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 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Our rowboat seats 4-5. You are welcome to use it at your own risk. We have 2 adult and 2 child PDFs (personal flotation devi...Read more

Fishing

Catch & release in our little lake; or fishing for dinner in public lake 5 miles away, or in other nearby lakes. Bring your ow...Read more

Hiking

Marked and maintained pristine trails thru lush & varied forest, along shady creeks on our property also lead onto surrounding ...Read more

Horseback riding

We have no horses any more. You may bring your own horses, feeders and tack; we have 2 large and shady corrals with running wa...Read more

Paddling

Bring your own kayak, canoe or other non-motorized water craft for use on our little lake or in large lake 5 miles away.

Swimming

Awesome swimming "holes" up to 2 miles away best in July, Aug, Sept as sun warms. Public lake with beach is 5 miles away; othe...Read more

Wildlife watching

Deer abound at dusk and dawn. Other animals are rare to be seen but are "out there." Lots of birds including woodpeckers larg...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Forest Springs Camping & RV in California.

Forest

Pristine trails thru lush & varied friendly forest are marked and maintained by us, not trodden by the masses. Map provided.

Hot spring

Free hot springs 2 miles away (by car) with swimming in the creek right next to the hot tubs. There's even hot water IN the cr...Read more

Lake

Our forest-ringed lake with bench, dock, ladder, catch & release trout, and a rowboat in season, home to ducks and more is only...Read more

River, stream or creek

The Pit River flows gently thru our area. Fly fishermen LOVE it. Some float down or swim in it. Lined with trees, it's l...Read more

Swimming hole

Several amazing "holes" on creek and river will cool you off on a lazy afternoon. Bring picnic, doggies, the whole gang will l...Read more

Waterfall

Besides the many little falls on the creek running thru our property, there are MAJOR waterfalls nearby like McArthru-Burney Fa...Read more

Driveway

Our gravel driveway leads through the forest from our main gate to the buildings in a meadow setting.

The vibe at Forest Springs Camping & RV

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Hipcamper Nic
Nic C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 24th, 2016

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.

Enjoying the cool breeze after the sun dips below the horizon.The local soaking tub is a good alternative to some of the other cooling-off methods found at Forest SpringsThere are number of trails that take you out into the forest into truly unspoiled land.Airing out the house with the cool early morning.
Hipcamper becki
Becki K.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2017

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.

Huron trailGreat place for the dogs to be off leash and runGreat trail system on Colette's landcherry trees
Hipcamper anna
Anna W.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 5th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Colette
Response from Colette, the Host, on July 14th, 2018

Again, I apologize for your unhappy experience with our 5-month old puppy. I did contain her in the fenced yard but she dug under the fence and got out, wanting to play with you. We have just reinforced a large pen and added electric fencing and she has not tried a 2nd time to dig under it. Problem solved. We are continuing to train our little pup and look forward to receiving even more happy guests.

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Hipcamper Justice
Justice E.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2018

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.

The meadow, viewed from the bathhouse. French toast on a cast iron skillet. Nothing better. Well maybe bacon. One of the many trailsOur RV parked next to the available RV camper.
Hipcamper Nate

Beautiful! will be back

Nate W.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2019

We just stayed here over the 4th of July weekend- the property is beautiful- there is a gated entry so safety was not a concern- also our great host Colette has a wonderful Australian Shepard, Daphne, who stood guard quietly outside our tents overnight- she offered to keep her away but the kids really enjoyed her company- the hike(s) are incredible

The meadowOn one of the trailsOn the property hikeCampsite
Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah V.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2018

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.

Big trees on our hike. The ponds water was very clear and cold but not suitable for swimming. Crossing logs on our hike through the forest. The dock and boat. We forgot to get the oars from the barn before going out to the pond.
Hipcamper Colette
Response from Colette, the Host, on December 16th, 2018

New for 2019: we have added 7 level tent sites near the bath-house. The Pine Grove sites are under pine trees, offering cushy pine needles under your tents. A few paces farther is the super-private Meadow View Hide-Out site surrounded by fluffy pines, facing a meadow and mountains.

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Hipcamper Chris M.
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June 11th, 2019
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July 5th, 2017
Property
Forest Springs
State
California
$100/night
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