Hipcamp host Stephen L.
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Flat ground sheltered by big rock, easy access from road, close to town, tall oak trees, privacy, creek with salmon , mountains, wildlife, barn owl nest box.

a designated "quiet camp"  eg. no loud music, parties, etc

please note: no charge for children 3 years of age or under

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 35ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Stephen a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 40%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

At nearby public waterways. eg. Eel river, lake mendocino, russian river, Pacific ocean at Ft Bragg

Hiking

At Little Darby nature reserve, 2 miles away. Virgin timber primeval forest with seasonal runoff creeks; never logged.

Paddling

On Tomki creek or nearby Eel river

Wind sports

At Lake Mendocino, approx. 30 mins south

Surfing

At fort bragg beaches, approx. 35 miles west

Swimming

In the creek in summer

Wildlife watching

Awesome wildlife watching opportunities; bear, deer, wild turkeys, fox, bobcat, coyote, badger, salmon in season, amazing birds!

Biking
Boating
Whitewater paddling

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Nature camp in California.

Beach

One hour drive to Pacific ocean beaches at Ft Bragg

Forest

Ancient, never logged forest preserve one mile away

Hot spring

Vichy springs is located 45 mins away in Ukiah. Orr hot springs 45 mins. SW from Ukiah

Lake

45 minute drive to Lake Mendocino; excellent fishing

Mountainous

Surrounded by mountains; may be snow at camp site in winter

Prairie, meadow, or plain

Adjacent to large open field for biking, off road vehicles

Redwoods

Tallest trees in the world within one hour drive

River, stream, or creek

Camp is adjacent to Tomki creek

Swimming hole

In Tomki creek or Eel river during Summer season

Farm

Organic vegie garden, orchard, goats, chickens. fresh farm eggs and fresh produce available for purchase

Driveway

All weather driveway accessible from road

The vibe at Nature camp

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Hipcamper Chia

Big sites, private rocky beach

Chia O.
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May 31st, 2020

The site was big and beautiful. The creek running through was amazing and you have your own private spot on the water. Stephen the host was so super nice and communicative, we felt very welcome. We had a great time with kids, wide open spaces to run, and a million rocks to skip, swimming holes and beautiful sky. We will return for sure.

Nature campLots of wide open spaceBoth sites have private beachesNature camp
Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on June 11th, 2020

Chia & her family & friends brought a breath of fresh air and astonishment to our home place Nature sanctuary. The children were so engaging, beautiful and full of wonder! It looked like they were all having the time of their lives and they are always welcome back. 100% great campers!!

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Hipcamper Stephanie

A great escape

Stephanie F.
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June 17th, 2020

Our group of 3 adults and 4 kids ages 10-13 enjoyed our 3 night stay at Lightworks. Of the three camping sites on this property, Nature Camp is the smallest but has water, power outlets and private outhouse as well as parking space for two larger vehicles and a picnic table a fire pit and shade! The other two sites (Creekside 1 and 2) are in the huge sunny meadow around the corner, share an outhouse and are within a stones throw of the creek. It’s a 5 min easy walk from Nature Camp to the creek.

Stephen was a great host with prompt and friendly communication,. He provided good driving directions and was super flexible with last min changes to reservation. We really did get the royal treatment.

Our favorite thing about Lightworks was the creek. We spent two whole days either lounging by it or walking down it. Kids had fun catching big fat tadpoles. The water is not too cold, not too deep and not too fast. Just right, especially for even younger kids.

A few notes for those not experienced with (private) camping: this outhouse is a clean and covered hole in the ground, literally. There is lots of poison oak around. And there were some piles of stuff and old vehicles on parts of property. This was no big deal for us, but useful for setting expectations. This is not a pristine wilderness retreat. It’s a small, friendly, working community.

Overall we enjoyed our stay and give big thanks to our hosts. We will go back when we can.

Two last notes... for anyone with an RV, the Safeway in Willits has a free dumping station and water that’s easy access and pull through. And there was absolutely no Verizon cell service in campsite.

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on June 17th, 2020

Stephanie was a wonderful guest and we look forward to hosting her again in the future.

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Hipcamper jenny

Creekside peaceful spot

Jenny L.
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May 12th, 2020

We parked our 21 foot RV at Site #2 at Lightworks ranch and it was perfect for us - very open meadow that we had all to our selves. We arrived and got escorted down to the spot by the caretaker and there was firewood set up for us. It's right next to a creek that we hung out and soaked in. It's pretty remote so there is not much to do except chill and camp on the lot. We also took some long walks in the countryside. It's fairly close to the cute town of Willits and about an hour drive in beautiful country to the coast. For those that work on the road like us, there is no cell service or wifi so plan accordingly. Stephen and the rest of the crew were welcoming and kind.

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on May 21st, 2020

wifi is available at the Art studio

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Hipcamper m

Hip camp super star

M M.
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July 9th, 2020

Great spot, exactly the kind of place I come to Hip Camp to find.

We had booked "Nature Camp" but ended up at another site that we liked better. I'm not sure of the name but let's call it Tire Swing Site. Nature Camp comes with amenities like an electrical outlet, private outhouse, wifi, and water spigot at the site, but we decided to forego the amenities in order to be right next to the creek and farther removed from the other structures and activity on the property.

Nature Camp is in its own area. The other area includes 2 other sites in addition to Tire Swing Site, though they are well spaced. These 3 sites share an outhouse, which is no big deal. They also share a water access area, which is not centrally located. It is nearby one of the sites and a bit of a walk from Tire Swing and the other. One other site beside Tire Swing has its own creek access too. Pretty cool that each of those 2 sites has its own little beach.

Each site comes with a fire pit and picnic table; also a large amount of level ground so that tents don't need to be crowded. (We noticed that the tent area at Nature Camp is small and would have necessitated putting our 2 tents right next to each other.)

We visited in early July and the water level in the creek was just high enough for us to enjoy. I can imagine that by mid July it might be too low. This is definitely a place to visit in early summer (or even spring) to experience it at its best.

For a few hours in the afternoon we had full sun that was pretty intense. If you have a pop up shade structure, bring it. Also, there was a period of time each day when the wind kicked up pretty strongly. This was my first time I have ever had to stake my tent. It was crucial. Definitely would have blown away!

We made some last minute changes to both our party and our site and Stephen was very accommodating.

A few suggestions for upgrades/improvements: It would be great if there were trash cans and water spigots at the sites. Also, little signs labeling the sites, even if they're just numbered, would be helpful. Maybe handing out maps of the property would be good too. We were shy about walking around because it wasn't completely clear which areas were off limits and which were ok. We didn't find the water access until Stephen came to our camp and showed us around.

fire pit zone in actioneventually added second tent; plenty of space for bothfrom other side of creek, looking back on private beachwater level at mid thigh in early July
Hipcamper Ege

Great for tent camping

Ege S.
recommends this listing.
May 25th, 2020

The site is nice and clean with a brand new bathroom. We stayed one night and it felt very safe. It is also really good that it’s only 5 minutes walking distance to creek. Stephen provides fire woods as well.

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on June 26th, 2020

Ege and friend we're very quiet and respectful. Always welcome back!

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Hipcamper Kevin

Night under the stars

Kevin L.
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May 26th, 2020

Beautiful night under the stars at the Creekside spots - can't wait to go back!

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on May 26th, 2020

It was a delight to have Kevin at our Nature sanctuary. Hope to see him again!

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Hipcamper John

Cool place

John C.
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May 27th, 2020

This was a really cool camping spot with lots of room and near a creek.

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on June 26th, 2020

John was a perfect guest. always welcome back!

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Hipcamper Steve
Steve D.
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June 20th, 2020

Friendly helpful host in a beautiful location. Site amenities were as described. RV power and water hookups worked very well. Thanks Stephen!

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on June 26th, 2020

Steve at his Group we're great guests. Hope to see them again!

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Hipcamper Gary

Off the beaten path getaway

Gary L.
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July 4th, 2020

My family enjoyed our weekend at the Nature Camp site. I was happy to find a site on Hipcamp that had electric and water hookups. The portable fireplace with chimney was a fun touch but you'll need extra long skewers to roast marshmallows! The ranch is off the beaten path (not a bad thing) and a little challenging for longer trailers. The turn past the gate was very tight for our 26' travel trailer but the campsite itself was large. There are long-term residents close by but they were quiet and kept to themselves. Be sure you have the gate combination and wifi password before you leave Willits because there's no cell service at the ranch. Stephen stopped by a couple times to be sure we were enjoying our stay and was a great host!

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Gary and his family were delightful guests. Wish we'd known they need longer skewers; we have plenty. Also, should have let them use the other gate, which would have made maneuvering their long trailer much easier! Hope to see them again in the future!

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Property
Lightworks ranch
State
California
Country
United States
$75/night
1 Site
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