- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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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 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.
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.
This was a very nice camp site. The site and bathrooms were very clean, and the owner is very kind and willing to help (thanks for the tarps). There are also many trails to explore and firewood everywhere to use.
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.
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.
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.