Hipcamp host Gary A.
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PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING! PLEASE READ THIS LISTING AND DOWNLOAD DIRECTIONS IN ADVANCE. COVID-19 NEW POLICY: Once a guest has booked a site, we will close all others. We may be around working on the property but we will be distancing as well. 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


PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING! PLEASE READ THIS LISTING AND DOWNLOAD DIRECTIONS IN ADVANCE. COVID-19 NEW POLICY: Once a guest has booked a site, we will close all others. We may be around working on the property but we will be distancing as well. 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 cooktop, large fridge, microwave, full dishes and utensils and pots and pans with a big washing area in the back. Propane bbq.. 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 available by donation), 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 and an education 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. 

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Gary a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


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

Horseback riding

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

Wind sports

Sailboating, byo, in Success Reservoir.


Famous climb sites up Highway 190.

Snow sports

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.

Whitewater paddling

Rafting trips stage out of the Kernville area- a great day trip, in season. Also, a very dangerous river when flows are high.

Wildlife watching

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. Not bookable ATM 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.

Hot spring

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.


We have 100 acres of prairie/pasture on the ranch.

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

Swimming hole

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. Not bookable ATM

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Hipcamper Luca
Luca M.
recommends this listing.
May 13th, 2018

No words to describe how wonderful this place is. Fully equipped Kitchen, Great place for bbq or wathever you want. Gary is gentle and helpful. Perfect stay.

Hipcamper Derek
Derek R.
recommends this listing.
April 23rd, 2018

Nice place highly recommended

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah N.
recommends this listing.
May 15th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Rapa-nui
Rapa Nui G.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Vinh
Vinh T.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Sabrina
Sabrina M.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2018

Beautiful cabin and property! The outdoor shower was magical, we really enjoyed our stay. Gary was super helpful when needed and even provided us with a welcome manual of where to go/eat.

Hipcamper Amy
Amy M.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Antonio
Antonio A.
recommends this listing.
August 18th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Jordan
Jordan D.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2018

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!


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