Riverfront Camping in a 100+ year old heirloom fruit orchard on 18.5 private acres!
Camp in Callahan Hotel's old fruit orchard planted in the late 1800's along the east fork of the Scott River, a gold bearing river.
Callahan, CA is located in southern Siskiyou County, just north of Trinity Lake by 30 minutes in the "State of Jefferson".
The property has a large meadow pasture, nearly 1000 feet of river frontage, and a back area that is wooded with large native trees. It is very private, quiet, and peaceful.
The water is crystal clear and usually runs year 'round.
The stars are incredible here too!
There are many outdoor activities nearby including the Pacific Crest Trail, The Salmon River for rafting and fishing, and countless lakes and trails in the Marble Mountain Wilderness and Russian Wilderness areas. Trinity Lake is near also for more recreation.
There is a historic bar and general store within walking distance of the property, and in Etna, CA (15 mins drive) there is a full grocery store, laundromat, gas station, and several restaurant options.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Riverfront Orchard Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We loved our stay here! Although it was a long drive, the scenery was beautiful and we definitely stopped to take some photos along the way. The property is right next to a ranger station making it super easy to find. You can drive straight to the camp which is located toward the back of the property along the Scott River. There's a fire pit area already set up where you can set up some camp chairs and hang out. The site is pretty private, as there is a lot of trees and brush that keep you hidden from the main road. Just behind the trees is the river, which was crystal clear! The host told us that it's plenty warm to swim in on a warm day :) A couple miles up the road is the small town Etna, which has a grocery store, a gas station, and a brewery. We had never been to this part of California before but now we can't wait to come back and spend more time here.
I was looking for a nice remote campsite on my way North from the Bay Area and wanted to try this one out. I made it there just as it was getting dark and unfortunately was raining a little. I wasn't entirely sure I'd found the right gate as there's not much sign that there's a campsite there other than the direction of 'in the back of the field just before the ranger station'.
I walked into the field first to see if it was the right spot and there are very faint tire marks in the high grass so I went for it. You drive in and to the left a bit then right and then I saw the new trees to the right and finally the campsite set-up. The grass is high but made for a decent tent bed. I pretty much just made tea and went to sleep. The whole spot is mostly open field.
I wanted to check out the river in the morning and I had gotten up and tried to find a way to the water, there wasn't a clear way through the barbed wire. I settled for a spot to the right where you could crouch low underneath but I had to dodge the spiky holly plants on the other side in addition to the rusty barbs. The river front is very pretty, a nice spot to hang out, though the river was a bit fast moving for any kind of swimming.
I made breakfast and packed up. I appreciate the place to stay and the isolation. Mostly wish it had been a bit easier to find and, of course, that the weather had held so I could enjoy the spot more.
Loved how secluded and private this site was. Was disappointed that the barbed wire fence made access to the river difficult but still enjoyed the sounds and peacefulness for our quick overnight stay in the teensy town of Callahan! A sparsely stocked general store and bar were right across the bridge but besides that the town seemed very sleepy and made for a good stopover on our way to Oregon. As a note - we pulled our car inside the gate but our low sedan wouldn't have been happy going through the tall-grassed "road" all the way up to the site. So unless you've got a truck or even SUV, that's something to keep in mind! Was only about 100 feet to carry our stuff to the riverside spot though so