Hipcamp host Gary A.
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Walk in a couple of hundred feet to this site adjacent to the Tule River on a fully-protected nature preserve. There is also an 8' X 16' platform.

TURTLE FLAT has both a p


PLEASE READ THIS LISTING AND DOWNLOAD DIRECTIONS IN ADVANCE. COVID-19 NEW POLICY: Only members of the same household may stay with us right now. When you book a site, we will close all others. 

Walk in a couple of hundred feet to this site adjacent to the Tule River on a fully-protected nature preserve. There is also an 8' X 16' platform.

TURTLE FLAT has both a platform with open skies or a protected area under a live oak. It is next to Turtle Cove, our swim hole.

This site has a maximum of two tents and four people.

Kitchen access: 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. 

Please enjoy: includes use of refrigerator, microwave, cook top, sinks, dishes, glassware, utensils, pots and pans, etc. 10' diameter river rock fire pit (firewood available by donation), propane bbq. 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). 

We area bout 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 educational/demonstration site for 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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
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
  • 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


Famous climb sites up Highway 190.

Snow sports

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing up the mountain in Spring.


The Tule is great this year!

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 Turtle Flat Tent Camp in California.


We have a small, sandy beach at Turtle Cove that is sometimes submerged in early Spring!


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


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

Swimming hole

Note. As of July 11, 2018 our swimming hole is marginal, for some! Turtle Cove is right next to your camping site. It's an inti...Read more


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 Turtle Flat Tent Camp

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Hipcamper Andrea
Andrea W.
recommends this listing.
April 16th, 2018

I have already recommended this place to several people -- it is perfect! Lots of land to explore, a swimming hole, a labrynth, community kitchen with a giant firepit -- what more could you want out of a campsite? Thank you so much for your hospitality, Gary, I had so much fun!

tent forest peopleTurtle Flat is just 50 steps from the swimming holeoutdoor community kitchencooking food
Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah K.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2018

Truly lovely spot out in nature, tucked away from the road & noises. There are two sites to pick from to camp out, plenty of space. Community fire pit & kitchen are super nice.
One of my favorite things - excellent bathrooms for a camp site!

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Hipcamper Sam
Sam F.
recommends this listing.
June 18th, 2018

We came with 4 children under the age of 6. This site accommodated our family perfectly. And the kids stayed busy with activities over a long weekend. Some truly beautiful nature nooks on the property, easy to use and clean facilities, and very relaxing swimming hole to lounge in.

Hipcamper Morgan
Morgan H.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2018

This was my first Hipcamp experience, and it was great! We could hear the creek from our tent, and having a kitchen and a hot shower were great amenities.

Hipcamper Darrell
Darrell A.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2018

How refreshing to have privacy away from the crowds at the National Park campsites. Although I don't normally budget for an oven and refrigerator use when camping, I did because of the description. Unfortunately, previous campers had emptied the propane tank for the oven and the refrigerator smell was difficult to bear. At least the refrigerator worked and there were plenty of other ways to cook on site. The Turtle Flat Tent Platform was nicely secluded, the outdoor shower took some getting used to but was an incredible luxury, and the fire pit was great even on a warm summer evening. On our first morning at camp we hiked to the top of the ranch, they weren't kidding it is an "intense incline, very difficult" and well worth it. Wildlife was great, we saw mule deer, turkey, quail, jays, hummingbirds, gopher snake, and many more small bird species, ground squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, etc. The ranch's cattle and sheep were an equally pleasant site and sound to see and hear each morning and evening.

Hipcamper Dylan
Dylan N.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2018

We loved staying here!

The site was very private, quiet and peaceful. At many times it felt we were the only ones there. Definitely a different camping experience. There was a fully functioning kitchen, shower and restrooms. Felt more like glamping than camping although we did set up our own tent!

Definitely recommend it for someone planning to see the Sequoia’s. They are an hour plus away so definitely account for the time spent driving there.

Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa S.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2018

Our campsite was peaceful, although the cows were mooing nonstop our last night! We enjoyed getting to know the other campers at the fire pit and kitchen area. The outdoor shower was amazing. The kitchen supplies plentiful. I only wish the creek had been flowing, but the low flow of water comes with the season, we learned a few days before arriving. We drove a few miles in to the Sequoias to swim in the cold Middle Tule River, which was amazing!

Hipcamper Gary
Response from Gary, the Host, on July 16th, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review River Ridge Ranch, Alyssa. This is an opportunity for me to suggest that Hipcampers carefully read the Overview and Descriptions on the sites. We take pains to note that the North Fork Tule is seasonal. And, this year, we've posted an update on all our camping sites that alerted campers that the river has slowed considerably. Glad you had a good time. And, we'll have a word with those pesky cows! lol

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Rolando
Rolando B.
recommends this listing.
August 8th, 2018

Had a great time at Gary's property. We went with several families with small kids and rented out 2 tent sites and 2 cabins, Gary was accomodating to our needs. We went in August so the watering hole was dry and the vegetation was also a lot dryer than I was expecting, but the facilities were clean and great for our group. We found several sites along the Tule River that were great for the kids to get in, they were only 2 to 3 miles past the property on the 190.

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah U.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018

My group of 4 had a great weekend at River Ridge Ranch. The Ranch had all the convenient amenities of a public campground but with the charm and thoughtful details of a private campground. Everything was well maintained. The toilet facilities were particularly nice: clean, well-lit, relatively bug free (it is out in nature, after all), stocked with TP and hand sani, and wheelchair accessible.

Turtle Flat campsite was plenty spacious although not as private as I had expected, as we could see the other campers down the pathway at the Sycamore Arch site. All the other guests at the campground were very pleasant and respectful of privacy though.

It was REALLY nice to have access to the fully outfitted camp kitchen! We had tons of cooking utensils at our fingertips, and it was great we didn't have to bring all that equipment with us. We made several fantastic meals using the BBQ and 3 burner stove. And roasting mallows over the massive fire pit was so much fun! The communal area offered lots of different places to sit, so even when several groups were there at the same time, it never felt like we were running into each other or in each other's space. Plenty of room for all.

Unfortunately, with it being so late in the summer, the swimming hole was not usable because the water had stagnated. That was definitely a bummer! Luckily, we found other amazing water features in the Sequoia National Forest. (Check out the natural water slide near Johnsondale-- it's super cool.)

Labeled posts give you info about the local flora.Take a romantic stroll under the arbor!Roaming around the grounds...Hello, friend.


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