Hipcamp host Heidi W.
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River View is a group space that can handle up to 30 people with stunning sunrises and sweeping views of the Eel river valley below.  Perfect for small, remote weddings, tiny rustic reunions or heart-felt gathering of folks who love nature unprocessed and unvarnished.  Several oak trees dot the meadow, with a sharp incline to super-secluded campspace below (for hikers with a

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River View is a group space that can handle up to 30 people with stunning sunrises and sweeping views of the Eel river valley below.  Perfect for small, remote weddings, tiny rustic reunions or heart-felt gathering of folks who love nature unprocessed and unvarnished.  Several oak trees dot the meadow, with a sharp incline to super-secluded campspace below (for hikers with amazing leg-strength, only!  The pathway to super-seclusion is INSANELY STEEP.)  

River View is 45 minutes of dirt road from 101 (30 if you drive like a bat out of hell), so be sure you want a little more solitude than normal and love a bit of adventure.   

This is wild land still!!  Some of the last wild land left in the world, unpolished and sometimes mischievous with actual bugs and burrs in summer or mud in winter.  There might even be wild bees.  Put tick preventative on your dogs and good tires on your vehicle 'cause you're going somewhere out of the ordinary.  If you want the experience of a manicured state park with paved roads and a visible camp-neighbor blasting their radio 24/7, we can suggest several that you might like.  To each their own and more power to you.  This is not that.

Also, people have asked, yes, we are LGBTQ friendly and have friend-family who live their lives very freely in ways different from our own.  We love and accept them all.  You are welcome here.  

A private road above River View leads to the Eel River for swimming and exploring.  The road is exclusive to our ranch, but every now and again, you might see other guests passing by on their way down to the river.  We suggest you wear river shoes when you go, but it's only a suggestion.  AWD and high clearances required.  We're serious about the AWD.  No, we don't need more cars stuck down by the river, although there was this one lady who got her Toyota Celica down and back up again.  We're not sure how she did it and don't recommend you try it.  If you're a marathoner accustomed to hills, then yes, feel free to walk it.  Your own mountain bikes, quads and ATVs are always welcome.

We'll be a quarter-mile above the site (out of sight and earshot) and can facilitate firewood for guests, so long as a burning-ban is not in effect.  It is potentially possible to visit a legal cannabis farm or have a heritage-breed pig roast during your stay, with prior arrangement.  Try the pig.  It's freaking delicious.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers
1 site
Up to 22 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Max length 20ft
No hookups
Amenities
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Heidi a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain bikers are welcome to mountain bike down to the river and back up on our roads. Or better yet, catch a ride back up w...Read more

Boating

Kayaks and non-motored small boats are welcome on the Eel River, but will need ported down the narrow footpath. It is possible...Read more

Paddling

Kayaks and non-motored small boats are welcome on the Eel River, but will need ported down the narrow footpath. It is possible...Read more

OHV

Your quads are welcome on the road down to the river and back. Please drive slowly and comfortably.

Swimming

If you have 4wd, AWD or quads, the North Fork of the Eel River is available for swimming and soaking up the sun. Mostly shallo...Read more

Wildlife watching

If you're lucky, you'll spot bear, fox, owls of various sorts, corvids and hawk, quail and sometimes hear coyote from your qui...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at River View in California.

Mountainous
Prairie, meadow, ...
Farm
Ranch

The vibe at River View

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Hipcamper Dan

Paradise

Dan H.
recommends this listing.
May 5th, 2019

What an stunningly beautiful spot. If you're looking for a true escape into nature and willing to forgo the spoils of the city, this is the spot for you.

Most of the property has a completely untarnished view of the Eel river valley that was down-right jaw-dropping. If you're looking for a strenuous hike: you can take the road down to the Eel (and back up ~1500-2500 ft. vertical elevation). The view down their is even more gorgeous as the waters are a bright blue/teal color (albeit chilly in the spring). If not, you can still get there in a standard 4WD/AWD vehicle.

Heidi and the others who live on the property are amazing people who are truly generous to share land this pretty and remote with those willing to make the trek.

If you're looking for privacy, this place is unmatched. Most the time you are at least a quarter-mile from other people, however, if you drive up to the yurts Heidi and the others will gladly give you a tour of the farm and let you experience a small slice of their lifestyle. (They even facilitated a pig roast for my friends and I). They will gladly interact with you and just as gladly leave you alone if that is what you wish.

My friends and I had an amazing time and will definitely look to return there next year. (Or even later this summer if we can make it work.)

Eel River with train tunnel visible.View from Campsite #5.
Hipcamper MacKenzie

Beautiful stay next to eel river

Mac Kenzie G.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2019

What an incredible property owned and run by an awesome woman! The dirt road is quite well maintained and our campsite was great with a sweeping view of the mountains and Eel River. Heidi was an accomodating host and couldnt have been more friendly. The road down to the river was a nice hike or a fun 4wd ride and the river is gorgeous.

Thanks Heidi, cant wait to be back!

Hipcamper Patrick

Amazing, absolutely stunning <3

Patrick S.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2019

Heidi was an absolute pleasure to deal with. The land that we camped on was so beautiful! Lots of wood to burn and already chopped down grass to put your tent. We camped in a group of 12 and more than enough room! Heidi was a sweetheart and we look forward to coming back here again. The ducks, dogs, cows, and chickens were an added bonus. So much love can't wait to go back here. I cant recommend this place enough!!!

River View
Hipcamper Neder
Neder G.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2019

I and my friends cannot recommend this camping site enough. It is so incredibly beautiful and isolated, and Heidi has cleared up space for tents and a fire pit beautifully. It was a holiday weekend and yet we saw absolutely no one else the whole time! Practically unheard of for a camping site that you drive right up to, as opposed to backpack to. The river is also gorgeous, isolated, and WARM. Seriously, it's a pleasure to swim in and the current is very gentle and safe. I would second Heidi's recommendation that you have an AWD car for the drive down to the river and back up. It's not an intense off-roading experience, but there are some steep climbs with looser dust and rock that non-AWD cars might have struggled with. Heidi was gracious and welcoming, and even provided us with firewood for no extra cost. And the sky at night is amazing! A truly wonderful experience.

Hipcamper Colin
Colin S.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2019

We had an amazing time at Jackrabbit Ranch. Everyone was super friendly, the river was amazing and the site was just as private as we had hoped.

Hipcamper Rebecca A.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2019
Property
Jackrabbit Ranch
State
California
$30/night
1 Site