Our Creekside Camp offers secluded tranquility on the banks of Salmon Creek, home of collaborative efforts to restore native Coho Salmon. Up to 4 campers are included in the base price and sites can accommodate a few additional people, some more than others. If your group is larger than 4, please utilize the additional person feature for those over the age of 7. Early check in and late check out are sometimes possible—but check with us first. Well-behaved dogs are most welcome, despite what it might say during the booking procedure.
During most months of the year, this private camp (REACHED BY VEHICLE VIA SALMON CREEK ROAD, NOT OUR MAIN RANCH ENTRANCE ON BAY HILL ROAD) offers access to the many miles of hiking trails on the ranch via a convenient log bridge over the creek. After crossing the creek by foot and heading uphill through the redwood, fir and bay laurel forest to the open uplands, you will be able to view the hundreds of acres of natural pasture lands of the ranch (with our ducks, goats and Scottish Highland cattle).
This listing currently offers four sites, each with a picnic table, a fire pit and a nearby port-a-potty, all easily accessible by car via Salmon Creek Rd (a very seldom traveled 1.5 lane country road). Creekside #1 is right inside the gate and most accessible from the road. Creekside #2 sits amid a stand of redwoods and can accommodate 8-10 campers and several tents. Creekside #3 sits on a knoll above the creek with a private path down to the pools and a tent deck. This site can accommodate 10-15 campers in its several forest "rooms". Creekside #4 is across the creek and can be accessed either via Salmon Creek Rd by hiking in across the creek (during summer conditions), or via Bay Hill Rd for vehicles with good ground clearance. It can accommodate 8-10 campers and sits on a knoll along the banks of the creek and along the edge of a huge, flat meadow, great for playing games.
In very wet winter conditions Creekside 1, 2 and 3 may be temporarily closed due to the creek crossing being impassable -- check the booking calendar, which is adjusted according to weather forecasts a month ahead of time in the winter).
Bring your own firewood and potable water, and be prepared to take away your trash, although recycling bins are provided for aluminum cans and plastics. Four wheel drive tours of the ranch and forest are available by arrangement, enabling you to visit some of the more remote, scenic and steep areas of the property in comfort.
If you want a creek side camp that is a hundred times more quiet and secluded than any public or Forest Service campground, check us out!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Creekside Camp
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This was a great getaway from the city! We really enjoyed the ranch and our campsite. The owners are great and were more than happy to show us around. We were even able to buy some fresh Top Sirloin from the cattle on their ranch, along with some duck eggs, both of which we cooked on the campfire for Dinner and breakfast
We had an amazing time at Creekside Camp. Our group was about 18 people and we had sites #1 and #2. The campsites have a good amount of space and there are some shaded areas for setting up tents. Each comes a picnic table and a fire pit. They are also a short walk to the creek where we had a wonderful time with our dogs and they were able to swim. We crossed the creek and walked along trail which gave a nice tour of the surrounding forest.
If you have a group of more than 6 people, I would recommend getting sites #1 and #2. They are very close to each other; only about 20-yards apart. Site #3 is much nicer for a couple or small group. It's about 75-yards from the other sites, near the water and very secluded. There's even an observation deck for your tent and chairs that overlooks the creek.
The road is right next to the campsites. It's not that big of a deal since the the road is so inactive, but you will definitely hear every vehicle that goes by. There's only about 15-20 feet between your tent and the pavement. If you're extra curious, you can look up the sites on Google street view.
Overall, I highly recommend this campsites and we'll definitely be returning.
super sweet and helpful. they made sure we had all the fire wood we needed as well as a map of some hiking to do on their property. it was lovely. they sent us a lot of information and directions before arriving so we found the place no problem and were excited to hear about fresh farm eggs we could get for breakfast. be sure to bring rain boots for creek crossing if you have them!
A large spot with loads of space. The firepit is set low which was really nice for a lot of heat. Walking through the forest was a serious dream, was in awe of it! The owners really make this place, they're awesome. Definitely take the tour of the ranch and meet the animals!
What a wonderful space! Quiet site by the creek. Such great hosts, took us around for a tour in his range rover when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. With 400 acres to explore there's not much need to leave the property! Will definitely return.
Creekside 4 seems to be a mystery, as no one else has mentioned it in other reviews, however, we had a wonderful time. Big meadow for our dog to run, big tree to pitch the tent under. Yes, there is a short walk from your car but no big deal, you can see your car from site. Can't wait to go back!
We stayed at Creekside Site 2 for two nights and it was great. Very close to the road, as others have mentioned, but hard to remember it's a road as there are only a few cars a day and it's a tiny and inconspicuous road. Fantastic grounds for hiking (and dogs can hike too unlike so many other parks/sites!), very quiet, beautiful stream. Amazing farm eggs, etc. available at the Mercantile. All of the campsites are fairly large, but I'd recommend sites 2 and 3 at Creekside as they are more private (or check out the other camps also within Salmon Ranch for even bigger / more private spaces). Sites 1 and 2 are very close together and in site of one another - great for groups. What an amazing space!! Huge thank you to the hosts for making this available.