"Quiet, Rejuvenating, Cute, Delicious, Gorgeous."
-Hip Camper Mika-
Here at Raw Roots Farm we offer campers a true small family farm experience. Our tent sites are perfectly nestled in along Owens Creek and adjacent to our pumpkin rows and Intern Cob House . Each site also has 50 to 200 year old oak trees towering over them, tons of flowers, frogs, bunch grasses, miwok pounding rocks, and more. You also get the experience of camping amongst our 4-acre no-till, non-sprayed, yummy bountiful produce farm!
While at our farm you will enjoy the cacophony of birds all day long, thousands of frogs chirping from the creek, dragonflies galore, and chickens being chickens.
We love and take great pride in our rustic campground. Because we only offer three sites you will find that you are able to truly relax and get away from that busy campground vibe.
Our outdoor kitchen is also rustic, but still provides you with enough flat space to cook a good meal. There is an outdoor sink that you can use to wash your dishes. We have a few seats available, but it is best to bring your own camping chair if you want a guaranteed spot to sit down. There is a flat table to use for preparing your dinner. This is a communal space that is shared by all three campsites and our farm intern when they are there. We ask for individuals to clean up after themselves after they are done using the kitchen. You can also use your platform (sites 1 and 2) to set up your camping stove to cook upon as it is elevated off the ground. We do not provide any kitchen stoves or appliances for campers. There are a few items in the communal kitchen area that are used by our intern. If you need to borrow a camping stove, please ask.
Farm fresh veggies, fruit, and eggs are available for purchase upon request...just ask!
Creek Perch (site 1): Great for one tent that can fit on an elevated, flat platform (8'x8') looking down on Owen's Creek and adjacent to the communal kitchen area. To find the Creekside Perch Follow the path and signs from the parking area and you will see it on your right on the hill looking down on Owens Creek. (1-minute walk) We do not recommend booking this site for more than one tent.
Miwok Village (site 2): Great for one tent that can fit on an elevated, flat platform (10x10') and is on a slightly more moderate slope surrounded by grass, wild flowers, and miwok pounding rocks. This site is closest to the hot shower. To find the Miwok Village, follow the path and signs from the parking area and you will see it on your right on the hill looking down on Owens Creek. (1-minute walk) We do not recommend booking this site for more than one tent.
Willow Creek (Site 3 (group site)) : This site is by far our largest and on flat ground. A group can easily fit 3 or more tents here. Willow Creek is literally on the creek ledge looking down on the bubbling Owens Creek. You can drive up to this site but must return your car to the parking area as we do not want to ruin the views of the other camping platforms.
All sites have access to the creek which is a short 1-minute walk. Search for gold, dragonfly larva, and cool igneous or metamorphic washed rocks. We also have a 200 acre oak woodland across the creek that is perfect for a solitary sunset stroll.
There is a Rustic Redwood hot shower in our small 6 tree redwood grove, a communal fire pit with free fire wood (during safe fire burning season), and farm tours upon request (donations welcome!)
Finally, we are located only 2 miles off Hwy 140, so no need to go winding through mountain roads to find us. There is also a YARTS bus station about 1.5 miles from the farm if you wanted to take public transportation into Yosemite for the day. Check-in is between 1pm and 10pm. We look forward to meeting you!!!
Keep in mind we keep our fees low because we are rustic and small! :) If you are interested in camping in a "KOA" style campground, then this isn't the place for you as we are a truly rustic, yet beautiful setting. If we were fancy, then our price would be a whole lot more. Thank You. Be well.
Andrew & Lauren
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Peaceful Creekside Farm Camping
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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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!).
Conditions this weekend weren't the greatest cause of the heat, but Andrew made us feel very welcome. The cats are very friendly, they followed us around the farm and kept us company while we ate, cooked, and even showered.
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.