We took the old gates on the land, hung them horizontally from trees, threw on some cushions and called them swinging beds under the oaks...my grandson adds sails and calls it his pirate ship. This site has two such platform beds, each sleeping one person comfortably or two very closely...purrrr. We can provide five gallons of water, a table, and simple cushions if you request it upon arrival. You provide everything else.
This campsite is private with 1/4 mile river access, no nearby roads, completely dark night skies, and lots of hangout areas on and away from the river. The land has beautiful and diverse native flora and fauna including fox, mountain lion, coyote, hawks, owl, bobcat, deer and every reptile and bird species known to the area. Please at least learn one plant: the Tule Reed for which the river, the Native people, the county, the city, and my dog are named.
We'll provide composting toilets, and outdoor kitchen. The toilets and kitchen are located near the house which is a 3-5 minute walk from the site. You provide tents, tent footprint (tarp), lights, sleeping bags, drinking water, food, and firewood (Spring and winter). Showers are the river (NO SOAP of ANY KIND IN THE RIVER. CARRY WATER 5 FEET AWAY FROM THE WATER, LATHER UP AND RINSE ON THE SHORE).
FIRES ONLY PERMITTED IN WINTER AND SPRING after fire restrictions have been lifted. Bring your own wood.
NO CHARMINE FLOWERS! Peeing is fine away from trails and tent sites. Ladies, do not leave your TP behind, buried or otherwise. We will mail it back to you. NO DEFECATION EXCEPT at the Latrines.
___________ Habitat Restoration is Recreation
All of our campsite guests are invited to help out in some way on the land and surrounding public lands. The local environmental organization WildPlaces has many land and river restoration projects availabe to help empower you to be change agents. Projects include tree plantings, trail building, invasive species removal, trash and gang tagging removal, meadow restoration, seed collection, water quality monitoring, public outreach, and more.)
Our interest in the protection and restoration of the land is strong and goes beyond even our love of having guests. So your service to the lands and waters is part of the "new recreation" that must adapt to increased human impact on...well, everything. In other words, outdoors recreation now requires that we not only manage our own impact but must also take a bite out of someone else.
Answer these questions to yourself to help determine which restoration project suits your interest and abilities:
1. What is your level of physical ability? low, medium, high
2. Would you assist on a restoration site in the Giant Sequoia National Monument if the restoration site was near or on your planned route?
3. How much time can you help? One, two, three hours
4. Hand tool experience? Very, moderate, not at all
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Swinging Beds under the Oaks
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This trip was absolutely amazing! Mehmet & Chico were perfect hosts — super accommodating and helpful not just to me, but to any of the guests staying on the property (they graciously helped cook and provide food for 2 of the campers traveling from Italy one night)!
Not only is the property breathtaking, but it sits at the base of the Sequoia National Forest giving access to pristine water holes and beautiful hikes.
I recommend setting up your tent right by the water. It's cool when things get hot, and you'll find yourself visited by Tule, their dog, for frequent cool down dips in the river. Win win!
Chico was a great host, and Tule the dog took care of us. Access to the river was quick and relatively easy. The property is convenient to Sequoia National Forest, Springville, and Porterville if you need to leave, but the property is so nice you will not want to leave.