25 rustic campsites spread across 200 acres, in Northern California, at the heart of the Emerald Triangle. Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary has a communal kitchen, world class sauna, spa, hot tub, and saline pool. Meals and events in the main lodge at some times. The campsites are rough, basically a place in the woods to put your tent, but the communal facilities are luxurious. The road getting here is the most challenging part of the whole experience. Plenty of people live out here with Prius's but they know how to drive dirt roads. Inexperienced drivers should have a vehicle with good ground clearance, or 4wd.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
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totally worth the drive and blew away our expectations.
The hot tub was mind-blowing, overlooking the California hills.
We spent the weekend camping, had a lovely spot all to our selves and cooked out of their community kitchen, which was fully equipped and state of the art.
All the facilities were state of the art, most appeared to be brand new.
On Sunday we splurged on brunch, worth it!
The general store there has anything you might forget
and there is plenty of amazing hiking, would definitely recommend heading up to the airstrip and beyond to the 360 view!
MINDBLOWING & INCREDIBLE.
Amazing hidden gem in the mountains. You can choose a camp site anywhere in the designated camping areas. The facilities including restrooms, showers, communal kitchen, pool and hot tub are clean and well maintained. (The hot tub looks over the mountains!)
The staff are very friendly and helpful which adds to the stay, offering advice on activities and hiking routes.
There is a 3 Mile gravel road to get to the property with only a few potholes. I had a 4 door rental car which held up well, but worth considering a truck/Jeep to make the drive easier especially in winter after the rains.
Overall, one of the best camp sites I’ve been too especially because of the facilities. Highly recommended!
We camped here for only one night. The area is beautiful and the facilities were great. Love the pool! Nathan was so welcoming and accommodating. He did his best to make sure that we had the experience that we were looking for. Great guy and a great place. We will be staying longer on our next trip.
This was a beautiful site! Definitely recommend. A real gem up the hills of Garberville. Amazing starry skies at night that you can view from the hot tub. The communal kitchen and refrigerator are great to have there - so bring foods you can cook. Bring layers as it can be hot in the day and cool at night (I was there in the Summer). The dirt road at the end of the drive was a bit rough, but our Toyota Prius made it there fine. You also get to drive through beautiful redwood forests if you are taking the 101 N (we came from the Bay Area), so plan in some time to stop if you can!
This place has amazing amenities for the price!
Staff on the property are great. But it's off the beaten path, but we'll worth it. Recommend a 4wd vehicle. We made it in my minivan but we went slow!
The hot tub and view were well worth the drive. I would definitely come back for a longer visit. One night was just not enough. The camp can get busy with other campers but the overall environment was peaceful. Gorgeous showers and bathroom facilities.
awesome camp site with beautiful new restrooms (modern and very clean!), a kitchen for everybody's use and a nice terrace to eat or chill!
AND the most amazing part is for sure the spa area with a pool and a hot tub as well as a sauna. Everything is very clean and beautifully made - especially the hot tub, where you have a nice overview over the mountains.
A big plus as well: The host and the other people there were really nice and very helpful.
The only thing you have to consider is that the way to get there is quite a ride and the road partly in pretty bad condition. You drive about 45 minutes when leaving the main road on a curvy road containing many holes as well as ups and downs. You have to drive very slow and it took us lots of gas. Make sure you have enough. The last part then is a pavel road.
The Heartwood Institute is amazing. We spent two nights on a slow weekend where we were one of the few campers. The staff are great; friendly but happy to give you privacy if that's what you want. The facilities were spotless and the kitchen had everything you would need to cook your own meals. Due to the wildfires, campfires weren't allowed but between star gazing and sitting in the hot tub/sauna and watching the friendly deer, we didn't care. There is an beautiful straw bake and cob temple which is great for yoga, mediation, or quiet relaxation and a small shop to supply things you may have forgotten.
It really is a getaway though and there's no getting out there from the 101 in much less than an hour so either bring what you need or stop by the general store halfway in to pick stuff up. (Its a well outfitted shop!)
With no cell reception and limited wifi, this is the perfect place to reconnect with your partner, nature, or self. We also met some neighbors who were super friendly and generous so whether you are interested in touring some of the farms out there, or simply spending time taking walks and looking at the hillsides and wildlife, this is the place to stay.