About Camping On the Farm
Pitch your tent under a majestic 200yr old Blue Oak next to our peacefully stirring Owens Creek. While at our farm you will enjoy the cacophony of birds all day long, thousands of frogs chirping from the creek, dragonflies galore, chickens being chickens, neighbor cows "mooing", and more. To say that our farm is paradise is not "farm" from the truth. Lol. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, and eggs are available for purchase...just ask us what is available!
CampsIte 1: Closest to the sink and firepit (about 20 ft away, best for 2 people and a small medium tent 9'x9')
Campsite 2: The smallest site. Second closest to the sink and firepit (about 40 feet away, best for 1-2 people 8'x8')
Campsite 3: The largest site, which can fit several tents (recommended for large groups 3+)
Keep in mind we keep our fees low because we are rustic and small! :) Thank You an we look forward to meeting you.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 3
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 1PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 4 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Camping On the Farm
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
This campsite is a hidden gem in the beautiful countryside that is Cathey's Valley. It's only a short drive away from the Bay Area, but it will feel like a different country! The rolling hills are greener than ever and covered with cows. The host, Andrew, is incredibly welcoming, and it shows through the setup he's done for the site. Set up your tent on a soft patch of grass, under oak trees and right beside the flowing creek. The outdoor kitchen with the stove (bring propane!) and sink is convenient and fun. Enjoy your meals on tree stumps beside the fire you make with some of the provided wood and fire pit. The sun sets over the farm's planted rows, greenhouses, and chickens. It's really a neat experience!
The outhouse, made out of adobe, is right by the site and has a toilet overlooking the creek and surrounding farmland. The shower has hot and cold water and is just a walk up a hill from the site.
Be sure to drive just 20 minutes away from the site to the cute town of Mariposa. Or even better, drive an just an hour to Yosemite. And talk to Andrew, he can give a great recommendation of where to watch the sunset!
We decided to go visit Yosemite last minute, and Root Down Farm was a wonderful place to rest our heads. Cats, chickens, flowers galore, and in the morning we picked fresh and sweet strawberries for $2/pint. Andrew was a super friendly, welcoming host, and gave us a little bit of background about the area (and a recommendation for a swimming hole nearby).
We weren't sure what to expect, but here's the details you can pitch your tent in one of three spots alongside a creek on one side of the property. The three spots are close together, and all share the same kitchen/fire area, so if you're looking for your own personal campground spot, this isn't the place for you. But if you have a big group and want to book all three spots or don't mind sharing with the other campsites, it's an amazing deal.
Andrew and his family's farm was absolutely delightful. What a beautiful place and a beautiful family . If we had more time, we would have hung around and enjoyed the land more. Next time! Grab you some veggies before you head to Yosemite!
We had such a wonderful time camping at Raw Roots Farm! Andrew was a welcoming host, and we also got to hang out with a friendly farm cat and chill dog who came to visit us at our camping spot.
This is a perfect spot for exploring Yosemite – the drive takes a little over an hour, and it also takes you through the cute little town of Mariposa, which is the perfect spot to stop for supplies or a treat after a day in the park. After seeing the crowded conditions at the campgrounds in Yosemite proper, we were thrilled to head back to the peace and quiet of the farm.
A couple notes: due to the dry conditions now that the hot weather is back, the fire department has shut down any open fires on the site. Site 1 is closest to the bathroom and the outdoor kitchen area and offers good shade in the afternoon. Site 3 is closest to the parking area and has the most room, but no shade.
We would definitely stay here again!
Andrew was very easy to communicate with and we loved saying hi to the friendly farm cat each morning.
Just a few things to note for future visitors-
1) we had 4 people and so did the second group who was there. The sites are all located on the same narrow path and only one of them is suited for that many people. It made it a bit difficult for them to get past us to go to the bathroom. If you have more than 2 people or a larger tent, then this might not be the best place for you.
2) Perhaps we're ignorant city folk, but the composting toilet seemed to require some basic instructions for its proper use and it was too high off the ground for the shorter people in our group. We didn't end up using the shower due to our short stay.
3) The parking area is not right next to the tent sites. Be prepared to carry what you need back and forth.
Lovely camping! We really enjoyed our stay here. The owner is very friendly and easy going. It's pretty close to Yosemite NP and afterwards you can wind down in this nice and quiet place with very clear skies (lots of stars to see at night!). The shower and toilet are primitive but work just fine, it's camping after all, we found the shower to be much better than you'd find in most hotels. There are quite a few animals on the farm - the cats will definitely visit you at your tent (they are friendly!). And when you ask you can even buy some fruits and veggies at the farm to cook with, all organic. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves staying in nature and doesn't expect luxurious facilities (although I find the ability to get organic produce at the camping pretty luxurious!).
I got there late at night because of tech problems using Google, although I only stayed briefly I really appreciated having a spot to stay at on my way up North. I was super grateful for the nice shower and the company of the animals on the property.
We were very happy Camping on the Farm and had everything we needed. Host was very responsive and professional. When trying to have a sense of where each campsite is and the distance, beware not to use the aerial photo view as a reference for scale. Sites are very close to one another, but host was so accommodating, if you have concerns about this I'd recommend reaching out to him perhaps he can come up with some sort of solution. We were the only campers at the time.