Hipcamp host Betty W.
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We are sad about Highway 1, BUT>>>the good news is you can still get here!

Getting to Heart of the Wild is an adventure in and of itself, so be prepared...things will get dusty! Depending on weather conditions a 4wd vehicle is recommended.  Please check with us ahead of time if you're unsure.

Still accessible via Route 101! You can get here by taking the road that

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We are sad about Highway 1, BUT>>>the good news is you can still get here!

Getting to Heart of the Wild is an adventure in and of itself, so be prepared...things will get dusty! Depending on weather conditions a 4wd vehicle is recommended.  Please check with us ahead of time if you're unsure.

Still accessible via Route 101! You can get here by taking the road that goes through Fort Hunter Liggett military reservation. Getting to Heart of the Wild is an adventure in and of itself (think long windy, dusty backroads), but it's well worth it! This huge camp area is perfect for large groups (up to 15) and is at the edge of a large meadow ringed about by mountains.

It's ideal for people who want to enjoy nature and quiet time. If you are looking for a party spot to be loud and get crazy, don't come here. I'm a full time resident for over 44 years and have no interest in hosting people who aren't ready to be mellow, quiet, and respectful of the wild and of my neighbors. Quiet time at night.

There is a large fresh water pond for swimming (the only swimmable pond in the Big Sur area), and redwood groves within walking distance on a loop trail on the property. Basic cooking utensils and dishes are available, with picnic tables and prep tables. Bundled firewood is for sale. Bring drinking water. Be aware that you are required to pack your trash out with you, so leave room for that in your planning. Great mixed oak and madrone firewood is $7 a bundle.

Due to safety considerations, the rope swing is NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 12 people per site
No potable water
Fires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Showers available
Pack it out
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Betty a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Heart of the Wild Group Camp in California.

Forest
Lake

Places to see near Jewel Of The Mountains

Limekiln State Park
Limekiln State Park
8 miles way Explore
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
17 miles way Explore
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
26 miles way Explore
Andrew Molera State Park
Andrew Molera State Park
30 miles way Explore
Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park
40 miles way Explore
Fremont Peak State Park
Fremont Peak State Park
53 miles way Explore
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay State Park
55 miles way Explore
Montana De Oro State Park
Montana De Oro State Park
57 miles way Explore
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
73 miles way Explore
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
80 miles way Explore
Henry W. Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park
82 miles way Explore
Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park
93 miles way Explore
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
93 miles way Explore
Butano State Park
Butano State Park
97 miles way Explore
Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
97 miles way Explore

The vibe at Heart of the Wild Group Camp

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Julie M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
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Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.'s photo at Heart of the Wild Group Camp
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Hipcamper Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 11th, 2015

The camp is huge and amazing. Betty was very helpful. :)
The kitchen was almost fully stocked with everything we needed.
Be prepared for the 6 miles of dirt road drive (recommend a 4wd or a truck) and the flies. The flies disappear once it gets dark.

Canopy near the lakeFire ringPicnic areaThe lake
Hipcamper coulson
Coulson L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 14th, 2015

Place was exactly as advertised and what I was looking for; a private campground to host a large group of people. We were afforded privacy and all of the amenities advertised.

Hipcamper Betty
Betty W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 27th, 2015

Check to be sure you have plenty of gas in the car.

Hipcamper Cameron
Cameron B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 21st, 2015

Overall it was great, I would come back. The host is really nice and friendly, she gave us peaches and plums from her garden, it seems like a full working farm. It’s clean, with strong amenities - a full blown kitchen and working toilet. The site is in relatively close proximity to the owner’s house.

Hipcamper Rich
Rich M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 27th, 2015

Off the grid for sure. Long drive up to spot. Lots of space. Beautiful vista. Convenient to have bathroom, running, prep kitchen, etc. Bring bug repellent and a patient driver with a car that is not afraid to get dirty .

Hipcamper Pierre
Pierre A.
recommends this listing.
December 7th, 2015

Heart of the Wild is all about seclusion, privacy, silence, shooting stars, redwoods, sunsets on the ocean, and goats. A music festival that hosted up to 400 people was used to take place there for a few years. And you'll have this large meadow for yourselves, as well as the old stage, which is pretty good to pitch a tent on!
The pond is at 3 minutes walking down the hill. There is also a nice 2-hour hike through the forest that you can do from the property. Thank you, Betty, we had a blast!

Heart of the Wild Group CampPrewitt Ridge road, on the way!Breakfast timeHot!
Hipcamper Drew
Drew P.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2016

We had a really amazing long weekend at Heart of the Wild camp! Betty responded immediately after booking and met us upon arrival to her property to explain a few things. The space itself is perfect for a big group as no one else is around and you have so much room to have fun. The spring fed pond/lake was awesome and we brought plenty of floats to beat the midday heat and is a 2 min walk downhill. Other things we did were play bocce through the goat field, have some epic volleyball matches at the court down the road (bring plenty of beers in the cooler as it's a bit of a walk back to camp), set up badminton, and horseshoes in her pit. The camp kitchen has some cookware and utensils but we brought our own grill to cook breakfast and BBQ'd directly on the large fire pit both nights. Also, there is literally nothing but her house around the area so the stars on a clear night are unbelievable!

Some things to note: coming from HWY 1, the winding paved road takes 30-45mins on its own and then you drive on a rutted, dusty dirt road for another 30 minutes. We had 3 trucks and 3 cars do the trip and it was definitely not the easiest in the cars....like you might-get-stuck-up-there not easy. Additionally, this time of year the bugs were pretty awful. We had one person count 65 bug bites on her body the day after we got back and that was with plenty of bug spray, citronella, and a huge fire! Most of the property gets hit with the rising sun and has no morning shade so you will be up right at the crack of dawn, if not before by the goats that yell early. Another pain point was having to pack our own trash out for $300 per night as a group of 15 creates a lot of bulky recycling/waste.

Other than those quirks, it is an absolutely amazing place with space to breathe and fun to be had. Don't expect to the pace of life to move quickly and do not miss the stunning sunsets from in front of Betty's house! I'd definitely go again but would probably not return without a 4x4 truck or SUV.

Hipcamper Betty
Betty W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 8th, 2015

Bring layers to wear, since temperatures vary in all seasons.

The moon rising over Chalk Peak in winter.
Hipcamper Carson
Carson F.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2016

Had a blast here. Its quite a ways from Big Sur but depending on your goals for the trip the combination of kitchen, bathroom, shower and pond are totally worth it. We only decided to leave for the day one time because we had such a good time there. The views from the top of the hill cannot be beaten. Betty was very nice and helpful but left us to ourselves just the right amount. My only recommendation is to not attempt to dump trash at Mill Creek since a ranger almost gave us a hefty fine.

Property
Jewel Of The Mountains
State
California
$300/night
1 Site