BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING. The Cottonwood Cabin is a 120 sq. ft. room with a full-size bed and is best for solos or couples. Free wifi. A/C, Heat, table and chairs, clothing hooks, mirrors, curtains, flow-through ventilation/ceiling fan. Patio in front with table and comfortable metal chairs. There is a toilet and outdoor shower 30' away. The Pavilion and Fire Pit and Kitchen a
BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING. The Cottonwood Cabin is a 120 sq. ft. room with a full-size bed and is best for solos or couples. Free wifi. A/C, Heat, table and chairs, clothing hooks, mirrors, curtains, flow-through ventilation/ceiling fan. Patio in front with table and comfortable metal chairs. There is a toilet and outdoor shower 30' away. The Pavilion and Fire Pit and Kitchen are all clustered nearby. Be sure to bring sleeping bags, pillows, towels, etc. Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you. Enjoy: The Kitchen has a range/oven, large fridge, microwave, full dishes and utensils and pots and pans with a big washing area in the back. Bring your own charcoal for use in our two bbq's or use our gas grill. There's a River Barn to use as a remote space and Turtle Cove for swimming (usually delightful until July or August). Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown at 9 AM - Noon. 10' diameter river rock fire pit (firewood provided!), bbq's (bring own charcoal, please), swimming in North Fork Tule as season allows, miles of hiking trails on ranch. River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elev. and passes from 3/4 of a mile of superb riparian corridor through Valley Oak grassland to Blue Oak Woodland and ends in Chaparral. Abundant wildlife. Next to Giant Sequoia National Monument (free). Hike right on the ranch. We are over a one hour drive to Sequoia National Park, but we're only 16 miles to groves up Hwy 190. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily driven to and some remote. Our ranch is a nature preserve, a working cattle ranch and an educational/demonstration site, teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public. Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability. Our friends at WildPlaces host all kinds of community outdoor events and are a Hipcamp site, too.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Superb mountain biking on the trails in the Giant Sequoia National Monument up the road.
Success Reservoir has houseboats for rent by the hour or day. Five miles back on Hwy 190.
Early Spring trout on the ranch. Bluegill in late Spring through Fall. Bit 'o Bass now and then. Carp in summer. Superb fishing...Read more
It's seven miles roundtrip from the camping spot to the top of Lumreau Mtn at 3,000'. It's uphill almost all the way, but even ...Read more
Guided rides are available at the Balch Park Pack Station and the Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station, both up the road from t...Read more
Whitewater paddling in the Middle Fork when safe. It's a drop pool river with a mild lower section above Success Reservoir. The...Read more
Sailboating, byo, in Success Reservoir.
Famous climb sites up Highway 190.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing up the mountain in Spring.
The Tule River on the ranch is great this year! The Middle Fork is closed at this time as a result of swift water.
Rafting trips stage out of the Kernville area- a great day trip, in season. Also, a very dangerous river when flows are high.
Birding on River Ridge is excellent with over 100 species to date. Along the river corridor or out on our pastures in the Valle...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Cottonwood Cabin in California.
We have a small, sandy beach at Turtle Cove that is sometimes submerged in early Spring!
Crystal Cave at Sequoia National Park is a favorite. 1.5 hours to entrance of Park.
Giant Sequoia National Monument entrance is 4 miles away- 323,000 acres.
California Hot Springs is a great day trip! About an hour and a half gorgeous drive to the south. Warmwater swimming pool and t...Read more
Nearby Lake Success, on the drive from Porterville/Strathmore into Springville, with a car overlook spot and boat dock access, ...Read more
While our sites are on the flat, there's a 3,000' mountain on the ranch. Over 8,000' nearby.
Prairie, meadow, or plain
We have 100 acres of prairie/pasture on the ranch.
33 Giant Sequoia Groves in the southern portion of the Giant Sequoia National Monument next door!
River, stream or creek
The North Fork of the Tule River runs through River Ridge for 3/4 of a mile. It is vegetated by Sycamore, Alder, Willow and Oak...Read more
Note. As of July 11, 2018 our swimming hole is margins, for some!
Angel Falls is up Highway 190 about 18 miles, just past the PG&E powerhouse. Fabulous swimming holes. CAUTION: Can be extremely...Read more
The vibe at Cottonwood Cabin
Places to see near River Ridge Ranch
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Awesome place! We were there for a very short time, but saw that there was a full outdoor cooking area that we would have loved to utilize. The outdoor shower was awesome to have, and it looked like there were cool areas to explore in the area. We were not prepared with insect repellant, so we were pleasantly surprised to see there was a basket with a few bottles for us to use. Also, Gary left a “manual” in the cabin with tips about where to eat in the area, hikes, and other great stuff. We’d love to go back soon!
Amazing cabin nestled on a beautiful ranch near Springville. It has everything you need and more! A great kitchen area with a fridge and a deep freeze located just outside near the oven and burners. I stayed in cottonwood cabin with my girlfriend and we were more than comfortable, with lights for night time reading, as well as a fan and ac unit ( no need as the temperature was incredible ). The ranch has multiple hiking trails and a beautiful swimmming spot ( turtle cove ) and if you want to go into the main park, it’s a scenic 50 minute drive and you are near many more trails ( I suggest going to hidden falls, amazing hiking and some beautiful pools to swim in ). All in all, the ranch is a beautiful place, and Gary is a very kind and informative host. Would love to go back at some point.
Beautiful cabin! The space is big with a large fire pit next to other cabins and campsites so you'll get the best of both world: privacy and communal, if you happen to like socializing with other campers. It was super clean when we were there especially the bathroom and kitchen and outdoor shower. It's a short drive to Sequoia as well. Overall we were pleasantly surprised and pleased. Highly recommend!
The Cottwood Cabin was a perfect little secluded space on a beautiful ranch. Having the A/C was great during the day because it was 100+ degrees outside. The communal kitchen area was great and we made some new friends and sat around the fire. I would definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for somewhere to stay.
Our stay in the cabin was amongst other campers and some other folks who had booked the airstream. The social environment was a mix of friends celebrating a birthday, people looking for a quick pit stop and families enjoying a weekend of camping. Great for all of those occasions!
We had minimal communication with the host which was fine. We had all the instructions we needed to enter the cabin and to make ourselves feel at home. It is great campsite that has plenty of amenities for the passerby's and for those looking to settle in for a long stay. Would book again!
Really enjoyed our stay! Though we were only there for one night, the cabin was perfect, and the property was beautiful. The outdoor shower was particularly wonderful after a day of hiking, and we had a great time sitting around the fire pit getting to know the other guests. Would definitely recommend it if you're in the area!