About Madrone Tree Hill
Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This 50 acre family-owned property is located in the heart of Apple Hill. There are two streams that run through it, with a hill that separates them. It is a working Christmas Trees farm that was started in the 1960's and now has many trees that are too big to fit in anyone's home, but provide an unbelievable canopy for some of our camp sites. About 1/3 of it is covered in a pine forest (with secluded camp sites) with the balance being Christmas trees, manzanita brush, Madrone trees, and open areas (for larger group campers). There are trails throughout the property for visitors to enjoy. There is an Apple Farm across the street that makes the best donuts in Apple Hill! Less than a mile away is a farm brewery and there are wineries throughout the area. There is also a large lake nearby that is a favorite for local kayak and canoe enthusiasts (and some who enjoy fishing) since most non-locals don't know it exists.
Campsites are spread out so visitors can truly experience the beauty of this area. However if you are traveling in a group, we can arrange things so you all are a bit closer to one another. (We do have areas specifically for large groups. Please contact us for availability.)
NOTE: Open campfires are strictly prohibited during the summer months. Warming fires are permitted if a fully enclose fire pit (with a mesh top).
Be sure to bring flashlights and lanterns, it does get dark at night!
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 11
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 4PM
- Check out before: 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
The vibe at Madrone Tree Hill
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Madrone Tree Hill is a great place to camp. Gordon was very thoughtful and made sure I was able to make it to the property. He greeted us on time and made sure that I was aware of the property. We stayed at campsite 2 which offered great privacy as it was tucked away in the trees. The view of the night sky from the open field is spectacular! We were fortunate enough to catch the Milky Way. The property is less than one mile from Jack Russell Brewery where you can try the local beer or play games such a cornhole. The property is also fairly close to Highway 50 which makes it fairly quick and easy to get to from Sacramento if you are looking to escape to the Foothills! There are numerous recreational activities nearby and from what I understand, visiting during the apple season is a must! Thanks. Gordon!
Fire season may affect whether you can have fires or not at this site, but there's plenty of cozy spots for your hanmock, chairs and open space for star-gazing and field games and hula hoops! Jack Russell Brewery is nearby too! And the reservoir is a few miles away :) Your host, Gordon, is wonderful helpful!
Camping site was very intimate. We happened to go up there when no one else rented a campsite at Madrone Tree Hill. It was very nice during the day, as we had the whole place to ourselves, but when the sun went down, the whole place felt a little spooky. It would have been nice to have other campers around to enjoy the atmosphere. Nonetheless, Gordon was a great host and answered all our questions. Will definitely come back, with more people! Thanks Gordon for the great hospitality!
Staying at Madrone Tree Hill was wonderful! Gordon gave us great recommendations -- we ended up walking to the brewery, going to swim and explore the river, and going to the reservoir. The campsite was beautiful and quiet, and we laid out on the field to watch the stars at night. We will definitely be back!
There was only one other camper there the first night and nobody else was there the second night.
Campsites were nice. Unfortunately the toilet hadn't been emptied recently but was otherwise cleaned.
The location was super convenient to the things we wanted to do and we would use it again in similar circumstances.
Nice campsite, great location for activities in elderardo hills. Sly park lake is 15 min away and was great. Campsites are quite close together, but your are in the trees so you don't feel on top of each other. Campsite 1 is the most sechluded. Campsite 3 4 and 5 were very near to the toilet. Toilet was super clean when we arrived. Over all good camping spot and usually will be able to have campfires but it was too hot for us.
My friends and I had an absolutely wonderful time at Madrone Tree Hill. Gordon was a very thoughtful host. He was there to greet us, gave us a packet filled with information on the surrounding area. Every night he made a fire and had grills at the "White House" where you could go socialize with Gordon himself or other campers. The land was beautiful and fun to explore. I highly recommend Madrone Tree Hill to anyone.
Campsites here are absurdly close. I was hoping for more of a private camping experience but our neighbors next to us had multiple cars and 4-6 tents set-up so we were subjected to loud talking, music, a general partying atmosphere. No privacy at all. I'd say their site was about 20 feet away from ours. It was nice that they set-up a contained fire at the bottom of the property so we could grill a little though (as fires were banned due to dry conditions and the heat.) Overall, a beautiful area and close to amenities but very little privacy or sense of remoteness. If you're looking for more of an outdoor hostel vibe, this is up your alley.
Really great space! Quiet, dark, and peaceful property at night: rich stars. Eleven different sites to choose from all tucked away within the midst of Apple Hill. Were greeted by Gordon: very friendly and helpful host with really great communication. We look forward to returning!
Pros: easy spot for a night, in the heart of Apple Hill, close by, good for a group, beautiful star gazing at site 8, Picnic tables and chairs at each site.
Cons: can hear traffic all night from 50, the camp sites are mostly within sight of each other, can hear the conversation of other sites, camps are under old Christmas tree farm.
We stayed at sites 4 and 6 with our group of seven folks. We loved our stay! Those two sites were more lovely to stay in because the trees are growing more naturally instead of in strict rows.
Gordon was very generous. The sinks and water and porta potties are great. The trails are reality fun to wander. We drove up to the resesvoir and went swimming. It was super cold but very invigorating!!
Would definitely come back!!
The campground is great. Excellent location around tons of cool apple farms, but still felt secluded. The whole property is awesome - there's a big open field you can hang out in and woods to walk through. Only criticism is the campgrounds are kind of close together, but wasn't a problem for us because only one other group was there. The owner, Gordon, is really nice and said eventually they'll move the spaces further apart and make use of more of the property
Our weekend at Madrone Tree Hill was so perfect for a quick, last-minute weekend trip. We stayed at Campsite 8, which was more open and sunny than the others, and closest to the bathroom/sink. The farm is beautiful, and criss-crossed with plenty of walking trails, which our dogs loved. It's a great location as well -- walking distance to some of the best Apple Hill farms, and a quick drive to Sly Park and Fleming Meadows (great hiking!). Gordon checked in on us both mornings to see if we needed anything, and was very friendly. We loved our time there, and would definitely go back!
Everything about this place was amazing. Gordon came by in the morning to check in on us and give us some tips of trails and places to visit. The camping spot was amazing and the short walk to the Apple farm was great. I've never had that fresh apple cider before. Everyone had a blast and will definitely be here again in the future.
I booked Madrone Tree Hill because I was looking to camp near Apple Hill since I wanted to take in all that Apple Hill has to offer, but didn't want to drive 6 hours in one day. Instead we drove up Saturday afternoon, grabbed dinner at Smith Flat Hill. (Highly recommend this restaurant!)
We stayed at camp 7. The campsite was well marked and a decent way away from other campsites. You can still see other sites and hear them but they aren't right on top of you. The site itself was really nice with a picnic table, fire pit, water bucket, and flat well maintained ground. The bathroom was just a campsite over and also had a wash table with a sink.
Overall I really enjoyed this campsite. Just enough privacy where you could enjoy your own space and yet enough people around not to feel frightened since the sites are down a pretty long road. Pro tip for those traveling during the fall season: This campsite is within walking distance (10 minutes) to Rainbow Orchards where the best apple cider doughnuts and hot/cold apple cider is sold. Walk over in the morning and grab some freshly made treats.
Gordon was a great host even though we didn't get to meet and was quick to respond to messages and left a packet of Apple Hill information.
My recommendation for the camp would be some sort of grate to put over the fire to cook since that was the only thing we couldn't do. Granted we ate outside the camp, but would have liked the option. If you need to cook, just ensure it's things that you can cook on a skewer.
We had a wonderful weekend at Madrone Tree Hill. We had a big group so stayed side-by-side at sites 4 & 6 which worked out perfectly. The campsite was well-maintained, stargazing in the field was awesome, and Gordon is a thoughtful, friendly host. There are a lot of nice things to do nearby, and we lucked out being in the middle of apple season. Will definitely be back!
Gordon was a super helpful host both before we arrived and when we were camping at Madrone. We were hesitating on whether we wanted to still make the trip due to the Napa/Sonoma wildfires and poor air quality, and Gordon was responsive and considerate of our concerns. When we were at Madrone, he checked in to see if we needed anything as well. Campground #1 was more secluded than the others, which we enjoyed. Lots of great hiking, swimming and apple picking nearby as well!