Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. (RV's/trailers - see below.) 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 1 - 10 are centrally located at the top of the hill, sites 11 - 15 are more remote (& quieter) but are also farther from the bathrooms. (Site 14 is in a tight forest where trees rub against each other if there's any wind, akin to wooden ships rubbing up against the docks in a harbor.) Visitors are welcome to wonder the trails so as to truly experience the beauty of this area. (If you are traveling in a group, we can arrange things so you all are next to one another. We also have areas specifically for larger groups. Please contact us for availability.)
RV's & Trailers - Please note, there are currently only two campsites that can accommodate these - sites 4 and site 11. Please let me know how large an RV/trailer you have so that we can make sure that we can get you to fit. (These are "dry sites" as there are NO HOOKUPS. However, potable water is accessible when you arrive - please bring a long hose to make filling easier.)
NOTE: Open campfires are strictly prohibited during the summer months. Warming fires are permitted if a fully enclose fire pit, which is provided at each site.
Be sure to bring flashlights and lanterns, it does get dark at night!
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 4 months out
The vibe at Madrone Tree Hill
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!