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
- 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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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
At nearby public waterways. eg. Eel river, lake mendocino, russian river, Pacific ocean at Ft Bragg
At Little Darby nature reserve, 2 miles away. Virgin timber primeval forest with seasonal runoff creeks; never logged.
On Tomki creek or nearby Eel river
At Lake Mendocino, approx. 30 mins south
At fort bragg beaches, approx. 35 miles west
In the creek in summer
Awesome wildlife watching opportunities; bear, deer, wild turkeys, fox, bobcat, coyote, badger, salmon in season, amazing birds!
Natural features you'll find at Nature camp in California.
One hour drive to Pacific ocean beaches at Ft Bragg
Ancient, never logged forest preserve one mile away
Vichy springs is located 45 mins away in Ukiah. Orr hot springs 45 mins. SW from Ukiah
45 minute drive to Lake Mendocino; excellent fishing
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
Tallest trees in the world within one hour drive
River, stream, or creek
Camp is adjacent to Tomki creek
In Tomki creek or Eel river during Summer season
Organic vegie garden, orchard, goats, chickens. fresh farm eggs and fresh produce available for purchase
All weather driveway accessible from road
The vibe at Nature camp
Places to see near Lightworks ranch
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Big sites, private rocky beach
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.
A great escape
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.
Creekside peaceful spot
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.
Hip camp super star
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.
Great for tent camping
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.
Off the beaten path getaway
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!