Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nature education center and overnight lodging facility that serves as a gateway to Jug Handle State Reserve and the world’s largest intact Pygmy Forest Ecological Staircase. Our 39 acres include a native plant nursery, community gardens, forests, meadows, and nature trails.
Pitch your tent in our private, spacious campground of meadows and forest. We are a 5 minute walk to Jug Handle Beach and access the Jug Handle...
Our 1870's Victorian Farmhouse offers comfortable accommodations with 7 private bedrooms upstairs. Guests share the use of the main floor,...
The campground was very easy to find coming off the highway. When we arrived, the office was closed (even though it was after 3:00 pm-the check in time). There was a note on the door saying to fill out the self-registration form in the box to the right, but there were only brochures in the box...We had made a reservation, so we just drove up to the left where the camp sites were located. We had to unlock a little chain gate to get through, but it wasn't difficult! Our camp site (No. 5) was the last one on the road and it was so cute and snug back in the Northern Ca woods. Definitely would go back again.
Probably one of my favourite farms to camp at so far, JHCF had everything I needed. A nice campsite, trails to explore and the ocean only a short hike away. The staff was very friendly and helpful during my stay. Not only is the farm beautiful itself but where it's located is plenty enough inviting if you're looking for a getaway. The ocean is across the street and Fort Bragg is less than 10 minutes by car. I highly recommend staying here.
The campgrounds were lovely, and right across the street from a gorgeous beach. The Ecological Staircase trail provides a great hike from the campground, and there are many other hikes nearby. All of the campsites can support many people, so it's a great campground if you plan on having a large group!
This is a wonderful place to camp! It is so close to the beach and other trails to hike on. It is absolutely beautiful and the farm house also was a great place to stay. We had a large group of people in several sites (3 and 4) and it worked out great. Great fire pits and sink for cooking.
We spent three nights camping at Jug Handle Creek Farm and absolutely loved it. There was no-one else staying so we had the place to ourselves, but it's so big and the sites so spread out that you would hardly notice other campers anyway. We loved the communal cooking area - so useful to have a sink! We have two young boys who enjoyed running wild in the big field, and there are three great walking trails which lead directly out from the campsite. One of them is an easy 10 min walk to a pristine secluded beach which we visited every day. The site is also midway between Mendocino and Fort Bragg, both within very easy reach and worth exploring. The coastline in this area is stunning! Don't expect luxury camping - there are basic long-drop type toilets and no showers, but if you enjoy plenty of space and seclusion and being close to nature then this is your spot. Highly recommended.
Jug Handle Creek Farm is an absolute DREAM!! I camped solo with my pup, and had the most amazing time. The garden was beautiful, the hikes were incredible, and the cove is absolutely perfect. Town isn't too far so if you need to restock marshmallows (like I did), its quick and easy! Thanks for a wonderful stay. I will be back!
Our stay in the cabins was amazing! Three friends and I rented two of the three cabins on the property for a night, and had a great time. We lucked out on weather, but the property is incredible no matter the weather (in fact, I imagine it would be beautiful on a foggy day.) Quaint cabins, access to a beautiful farmhouse with a communal kitchen, and plenty of trails to explore — what more could you want?
There was a trail leading to the beach, just a ten minute walk away, with unbelievable views. I highly recommend a walk to the bluffs above the beach during sunset. Our host suggested this, and we are so lucky she did! There was another trail leading to a pygmy forest. The hike was roughly 5 miles out and back, with well-maintained stairs leading to the main trail, and a boardwalk through the forest. Our host kindly provided us with a map with information on the plants and history of the pygmy forest.
The cabins themselves were so great. We stayed in the Eucalyptus Cabin and the Orchard Cabin, both with adorable lofts. There was a third cabin on the property as well. No need to bring your own bedding — this is provided for you! The cabins had wood stoves and the hosts left us with firewood for our stay.
Beautiful views, welcoming hosts, great trails to explore, and the perfect cabins made our weekend amazing. I'd come back in a heartbeat!
This was an amazing spot. Although there are 7 campsites on the property, they're spaced out a little bit so you don't get bothered by the others if you're looking for privacy. if you're lucky, you might also find some great camping neighbors like my group. When my friends and I were booking this campsite we thought the trail to the beach and forest would require us to cross the freeway, but this is not true after all. The trail to the beach is pretty nice undercutting a bridge with great scenic views. This is great if you're looking to spend quality time with a group of friends and have access not just to a low traffic beach, scenic forest, but Fort Bragg is a quick 15 minute drive away where you can find some great food, bars, and even the famous glass beach. Highly recommended.
Nice Eco-Friendly campground. Just make sure to pack your trash accordingly, there's no dumpster or trash bins nearby, so you're going to have to take it with you (watch out for leaks in your bag).
There is a presence of wildlife in the area, so just be mindful and scan the environment, don't want to end up being mountain lion dinner.
We had an absolutely wonderful time here. Never actually met the hosts but loved the space, the shared campfire and the accessibility of the beach. Great for camping with kids and definitely a place we will return to. The beach is a short half mile walk through a beautiful woods and also a great beach for families. Thanks so much!
We loved our stay at Jug Handle Creek Farm. The Campsite was beautiful - we stayed in Campsite 1 right next to the outdoor cooking area and campsite 2 - and definitely recommend it for a group. The other campsites may be more suitable for one or two people. We also got massages from Warren, which we amazing! We will definitely be back again!
We had a total blast at Jug Handle Creek Farm!
Despite the weather the campground and services were top notch. Warren the host was lovely and went above and beyond by helping us out with our dead car battery (thanks Warren!)
The trails were immaculate and the beach was absolutely breathtaking.
Can't wait to come back in the Summer!
We stayed at the campground which was pretty nice spread out area, about 500 feet behind that farmhouse on a dirt road. the camp sites are nice and flat, mostly grass and dirt. it was pretty amazing to hear the ocean crashing at night. met one of the hosts who was very nice, found out they do yoga/massage sessions during the day if you want to book. one thing to know is that because it's so close to the ocean, expect the ground/air to be very WET, which means starting a fire can be challenging without a starter kit. happy camping!
I wish we'd had more time! We arrived at night in the rain, so our campsite was a bit hard to find, but the map was helpful. It was amazing to see the place in daylight for the first time when we unzipped our tent in the morning- so beautiful! We met the camp host Warren as he hiked past our campsite on a mushroom walk. He was extremely kind and welcoming, and even brought us some mushrooms on his way back. We enjoyed exploring the grounds, but unfortunately only really had that morning to experience the place. We look forward to returning to see the rest!
We had a great weekend up at Jug Handle! Due to the winter time, our group was the only ones up there, but no rain which was nice. There are hiking trails near by and they have a nice outdoor community kitchen. The hosts are welcoming and will answer any questions you may have. I would definitely recommend staying here, and we will be back when it's warmer!
Jug Handle Creek Farm was a beautiful place to spend a weekend. With plenty of space between campsites and a 5-minute walk one way to beaches and cliffs, and 5 minutes the other way to dense forests, it was everything we hoped for. I would love to come back in the summer. 10/10
Mendocino County is one of my favorite places to soak in nature's beauty. Jug Handle Creek Farm is super easy to find - it's right off Highway 1 - your eye catches sight of the cute red farmhouse on the hillside. At night you are rocked to sleep by the sound of waves from the ocean, which is on the other side of the highway (you don't really hear any road noise). The campsites are spacious so there's plenty of privacy. The check in process was a breeze.
We spent two very nice, serene nights at Jug Handle Creek Farm. The campgrounds are spacious and quiet with plenty of space between sites--although I can imagine when it's at capacity it might get a bit louder. They do have quiet hours though. The kitchen area with running water and dish washing necessities was a great plus. There are a couple nice nature walks accessible directly from the camp ground including a pathway to the stunning beach that runs under the road, however there isn't much to do within walking distance. If you want to be able to walk to longer hikes/activities from the camp ground this isn't the spot for you.
What a wonderful weekend spent at Jug Handle Creek Farm! We stayed at Site 3 -- plenty of privacy, a picnic table, and within sight of the awesome composting toilet and community cooking station with drinking water. The site was easy to find (even in the dark), and our hosts were lovely and very helpful. Be sure to grab a map at the office on your way in -- the headlands and beach are both short hikes from the campsites, and the "ecological staircase" is so neat! Will definitely be going back :)