About Forest Camping
Pitch your tent on our private 500 acres. We have a number of primitive camping spots on our property. Each spot has a picnic table, fire pit and bathroom. The spots are spread out to insure privacy. Our property is surrounded by the forest and is loaded with deer, squirrels, turkeys and other forest animals. We have numerous walking trails, a pond for fishing and swimming.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 2
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent, Vehicles & RVs
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Forest Camping
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Wow! I can't say enough about Maple Creek Ranch. The property itself is a nearly 500 acre, working tree farm with a number of unique features that make this a wonderful place to explore and enjoy. The main attraction is probably the spring-fed pond, which is set-up as a community area to be used for swimming, fishing, cooking, or simply just relaxing. The pond has several benches, chairs, shades, an outdoor kitchen, along with a nearby bathroom/storage room complete with a flush toilet and community refrigerator.
While the pond itself is absolute wonder, the sites themselves are the icing on the cake! The campsites are about 1/4 mile removed from the pond and are near the back-end of the property. Equipped with fire-ring, picnic tables, and nearby toilets, the campsites are all private and out of eye-shot from the other sites, which is a huge plus for anyone trying to "get away"! The nearly 500 acres contains a multitude of trails and old service roads that criss-cross the property and provide great opportunities to hike, bike, or simply get lost for a bit.
It is worth noting that the camps are "dry camps" and that water will need to be accounted for. The natural spring on the property helps provide a solution for the need of water, but one should definitely bring a container (probably a few) for transporting water as needed. We stayed when there were no major fire restrictions and we were pleasantly surprised to find that firewood was readily available for us to use.
Overall, I would not hesitate to come back to Maple Creek Ranch! This place provides everything I hope to find when camping in the forest. If you are able to speak to any of the land-hosts while at Maple Creek Ranch be sure to ask about the rich history of the land as there is so much more to learn (The Ox-Road, a natural spring, arrowheads, the railroad, kiwi-farm, and the list goes on...).
We just got back from a great weekend at Maple Creek Ranch! Ron is a great host, providing fresh water & logs for our fire, as well as taking us on a tour of the beautiful & huge property!! The pond was a hit, we even took the row boat out! We were there with other campers that weekend, but felt like we had the forest all to ourselves, very quiet & peaceful! We look forward to camping here again! Thanks Ron (& tell Maggie that Lena misses her very much!!)
This campsite was awesome! Ron was a great host and provided us with fresh spring water and directions around the property as well as surrounding areas. Campsites have picnic tables and fire pits with plenty of fallen timber for firewood. I would highly recommend going. We'll be back.
We absolutely loved camping here! Ron and everyone we met were so nice and helpful. I think we found our new favorite spot! This property is amazing, and I know we only explored a fraction of it.
Hosts: The hosts are so nice, excellent hospitality. Always ready to help out with whatever you need. Our first night, the fog rolled in early and they drove by to check on us and make sure everything was alright. Really good people.
Campsites: Spread out, not too close/not too far. Just right. Picnic style table/bench, fire pit, and container of spring water provided. Perfect place to string a hammock and look at the stars.
Pond: Excellent fishing, my son caught his first fish ever within a few minutes. Lots of Bluegill. Almost caught a bass, but it got away. Next time! The beach is great to relax on, and the cold water is perfect when the day starts to heat up. There is a fire pit nearby and a barbecue grill and kitchen sink for food prep. A little further away is a flush toilet and storage area.
Forest: The forest is so quiet and peaceful at night. Lots of stars to be seen. During the day you can hear birds chirping and squawking. There are mosquitoes, so bring bug spray. My son had fun jumping off the stumps and checking out all the butterflies that flew by. We hiked to the spring, and to the smaller pond. Lots of tadpoles and frogs in the smaller pond. There are a lot more trails, next time we plan to check out Mud Creek.
We had such a great time, and are already planning our next trip back later this summer.
This place was great! Pretty much everything they advertise it to be. The host, Ron and his wife are awesome people, and very nice. The large pond area was great, our dog loved playing in the water. Oh and no need to bring fire wood, because you will find plenty near your camp site.
This is by far my favorite camping spot. The property is absolutely gorgeous with little creeks running all over and several big ponds. The largest pond is stocked with nice sized Blue Gill and large mouth Bass and you are almost guaranteed to catch something. There is plenty of room for hiking and exploring, and the campsites are separated enough to create privacy and a sense of seclusion. The owners are super nice and make sure you have everything you need.
Where do I start?! Ron and his family are GREAT hosts. Ron is great at communicating and making sure that visitors are well prepared. My party and I ran into a bit of trouble and Ron as well as his family were kind enough to help us out. Upon arriving, we were given a personal tour of the property and also had the choice to pick out our own campsite! (assuming because we were the only visitors at the time) We picked out the campsite that was the closest to the biggest pond, about 1/4 mile walk. The pond is beautiful, it comes equipped with a bbq pit, stove burner, even a sink! Fishing is a great, a bunch of bluegills and bass (catch and release). Although we didn't have cellphone reception at all, it's camping! You're supposed to be away from that :) My party and I will most definitely recommend booking at Forest Camping to anyone. Thank you Ron for being a great host! We will definitely be back.
Ok so when i first booked this place i thought the reviews were too good to be true.. but yeah this place is awesome. Extremely kind people. Ron waited for us to arrive to show us to the site and they already had the camp fire prepped and ready to be lit! The provided water and firewood was a great plus. The pond is great and my friend had a blast fishing. There is a lot of property to walk around and hike. I give this place an 11 out of 10 and i will be returning. Thanks to everyone at the ranch!
Lovely camping grounds. Very private and lots of free firewood which was an awesome bonus. I thought the cost was a little high but after spending three nights there it was totally worth it. We also took a little hike down to mud creek which was great! I will definitely camp here again!
This was one of the best campin experiences in recent memory! The campsites are spread around the property so you have a great deal of privacy, lots of shade but still plenty of sunlight. The main pond is a great communal area of the site, with some games, a grill and tables. The owners are extremely nice people, very helpful and left us with fresh water and firewood. I have already recommended this site to several coworkers and friends, and will definitely be coming back.
What a place! A small group of us camped here for Summer Solstice and it was an amazing few days. The camp sites are secluded, come equipped with fresh water and firewood, and have toilets nearby.
The owners were very hospitable and were around if needed, but gave you your space and privacy. There were many activities and we didn't even get close to doing them all. Hikes, swimming, the row boat, horseshoes, etc. Our favorite spot was the communal area down by the swimming pond where we made dinner one night and sat by the fire all night waiting for the Summer Solstice moon.
I am definitely looking forward to coming back before the summer is up, for 3-4 nights even. One thing to mention is that there is no shower, so packing a camping shower would be smart if you need that sort of thing. Maybe an outdoor shower will be installed in the communal area soon...? :)
We loved this campsite and cannot wait to return! I lounged in my hammock while my kids swam in the pond with a 15 year old catfish! We made dinner at the outdoor kitchen, danced under the string of lights, and fell asleep under the stars. The family is super friendly and helpful, and we even got to play with their dog Cinco! Bring bug spray and enjoy this special place!
We enjoyed out camping trip here and would probably go back (though perhaps not in the middle of the summer heat). The owners were friendly and accommodating. It's definitely nice to be at camp sites that are far apart, giving that peaceful feeling of privacy. We spent a lot of time at the main pond which was good for swimming and rowing. I would not recommend the walk down to the creek on their property. It's a pretty long walk for a small pay-out. There was not enough water to wade in. It was just over ankle high. There are port-a-potties stationed near the sites but I walked every time down to the nicer bathroom by the pond/common area. I can handle a rustic "pit" style toilet (which is a type you encounter often at state parks) but port-a-potties don't fly with me. Excellent star gazing. Plenty of fire wood. Great place to camp with your dog. The number of mosquitoes was close to the line of unbearable, but that's hard to avoid in the summer. Overall, a fun time.
Nice little place! The camp hosts were great, super friendly. Will try to go earlier in the summer, as it was quite warm (I come from the Central Coast of California, so anything above 75* is scalding.). I love that you can't see the other campers. Not to mention that there is a communal area next to the pond that features a toilet, BBQ pit, propane stove, and a sink/prep area. The hosts also provided water, and firewood was already at the site. We couldn't have a fire at our site due to the drought, and the amount of dead trees in the surrounding area. We were allowed to have a fire at the communal area though, so it was no big deal. The pond was a huge hit with my kids! Fishing, "boating", and swimming. We didn't explore the trails, as I mentioned it was a touch warm for us. Only down side was to me anyway it seemed like there were a bunch of mosquitoes that seemed to act as if DEET was crack and they couldn't get enough. Then again once we got home I was the only one with mosquito bites. Alas if you go outside there will be bugs so it wasn't too big of a surprise. All in all we loved it, and are planning when we will be back. Oh one final thing some people have mentioned a refrigerator. It wasn't working during our stay so be sure to check before you go to see if it has been fixed.
This place is a hidden gem. We had no idea what to expect and ended up having an amazing time here. The campsites are all very private and makes it feel like you are alone in the woods. The hosts were very friendly and even let us hold the baby chicks every morning. The pond is clean and perfect for little boat rides, swimming and fishing. It's so well stocked with fish that even my three year old caught 2 fish. It's all catch and release but such a fun first fishing experience for my family. There's an amazing train that wasn't running when we were here but still was a lot of fun for the boys to play on. Definitely planning on coming back here again soon!
Ron, Kristin, Donna and Tyler are terrific, could not be more accommodating. When we were there, we were the only guests and had the place to ourselves. Enjoyed boating and floating in the pond, listening to the bullfrogs, using the awesome outdoor kitchen, exploring the property. They even got the sweet little gorgeous train running. If you're there in mid- to late August, as we were, bring plenty of bug spray and a strip of sacrifice bacon or whatever to draw the gazillion yellow jackets away from the kitchen area. They're not really aggressive, thankfully, but super in-you-face annoying. All in all, we loved this place, and we especially loved the family who own it.
Hands down one of the best camps I've been to on hipcamp. The owner was friendly and extremely helpful. We were having car trouble and he really helped us out and we can't thank him enough! The camp is spacious, beautiful and private. The community area is also awesome. We had that area to ourselves for the weekend so we made use of the fishing and grilling. Everyone in my group including myself will not hesitate to camp at this place again.
Such a magical spot-- the pond and communal area is so well maintained and thoughtfully laid out- and Ron and his family were super generous in lending us their trailer to stay in when our camping plans inadvertently included rain. We had a wonderful time bonding as a family over board games, the pond, campfire donuts and long walks on the property. We could have stayed for a week. I highly recommend.
Awesome stay, we loved it here and will definitely come back. The ranch manager, Ken, was super awesome and helpful. Our site had lots of firewood for a fire and was a short walk to the bathroom (yay flush toilet, a must for us road tripping with two young kids). We had a lot of fun wandering around the property checking out the ponds and the creek, wish we'd had more than one night to explore cause it's huge and a gorgeous area!
The property was beautiful. On our first night, it was looking like rain so Ron offered I let us stay in the little 5th wheel down by his pond. It was perfect. The 2nd day we went up to one of the remote campsites. We rode around in atvs with Ken for a little bit and he offered some interesting history of the property. The campsites are private with a fire pit, table, and lots of fire wood. My dog didn't wear a leash the entire time and was in heaven.
I'd definitely come back to this place. Thanks!
So you've been flipping through all the various options on HIPCAMP. You've been scouring all of the local NorCal options and you've landed on Forest Camping. Now you're attempting to figure out if it's the right spot for you. Here's what I can tell you... this spot was exactly as advertised and exceeded my expectations. Whether you're looking for a weekend escape with friends, or just a few days of solitude this is a great spot. The camp sites ensure plenty of privacy, and I can't speak highly enough about the owners. Truly enjoyed everything about my stay, and I'm looking forward to a return visit in the near future!
We absolutely loved this place. We spent 3 days floating in the beautiful idyllic pond, swinging in hammocks, grilling in the huge outdoor kitchen by the pond, and singing songs around the campfire under the bright stars. Our campsites were removed from the central area enough to feel secluded at night in the trees. Our host Ron and his family/buddies were extremely accommodating and friendly, making sure we had everything we could ever want and need including fresh water, firewood, a tour of the ranch, advice on fun hikes to do, fishing poles, and more. The experience was chill, easy, and beautiful. Would recommend to anyone, especially if you have a big group who wants a fun camp-like experience in the woods!
This space is absolutely wonderful! The campsite was spacious, with a clean bathroom (port-a) conveniently placed nearby. The campsite came with firewood and drinking water. The kitchen/BBQ by the pond is as convenient as it is beautiful.
Rob and his family are wonderful hosts - would recommend this spot any day!
This was our first camping experience through Hipcamp, and it couldn't have been better. The campsite was completely private, and there was easy access to all the great amenities at the property. Everyone in the family got just what they were looking for - our kids spent hours swimming and kayaking at the large pond, our dog got to be off leash and played a bit with the dogs that live there, and I got to walk the trails and see the stars. We forgot our camp stove so made full use of the outdoor kitchen next to the big pond. Ron was a kind and thoughtful host. He stopped to chat when we had questions, but otherwise left us to enjoy the surroundings. It seems like he and his family have put a lot of work into creating a peaceful getaway.
What an amazing two days we had here. Ken was super helpful, kind and showed us around. We got a good campsite which had a fire pit and bbq mesh as well. We are definitely coming back here for more fun. Do get a bug spray as you will be welcomed with mosquitoes in the evening. Thanks to Ken and Ron for the wonderful experience.
Last weekend I hosted a Men's Retreat at Maple Ranch Creek and it was an incredibly powerful experience. You can tell there is a lot of love that gets put into making MRC a special and magical place. Kristen and Ron were amazing hosts. We were kindly greeted by Kristen and their two dogs, Penny and Maggie. Kristen gave us the rundown of the land and showed us to our campsite. There is plenty of space to set up camp anywhere and plenty of trees to hang a hammock. Our campsites both had fire pits, grills and a picnic table. Ken, their super friendly and generous groundskeeper, came by and dropped off 10 gallons of drinking water along with some bug-net-hats (basically a hat with mesh around the brim to protect you from pesty flys). There weren't many mosquitos on our visit, but a few of us got a couple bites. There aren't any hoses near the campsite. We washed dishes with the water that was given to us. There's a great 1 mile trail that circles the camp. We ran it a few times (it was dusty, bring shoes you don't mind getting dirty and expect some dust to get between your toes). The glorious pond--about an 8th of a mile from our campsite--is fed from a natural stream and it was refreshingly cold. There are a bunch of fearless fish and a few turtles to swim with. Next to the pond, there is a sink, a grill, a bunch of picnic tables, a flushing toilet (note: there is a portapottie next to the campsites), and an outdoor shower. AND horseshoes! They also provide different rafts and a row boat to float on the pond. My experience with Ron, Kristen, & Ken were nothing less than a delight. They were easy and fun to get to know. They respected our space and were available for any questions. We had a blast. I'm already planning my next Men's Retreat on this land again. And I'm already planning a family trip here.