About Sherwood Camp
CAMPFIRES WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED LAKESIDE IN THE 2 COMMUNAL FIRE PITS FROM JULY 15TH TO THE FIRST RAIN IN OCTOBER!!!! Cookstoves are permitted in all campsites...
We have room for 9 campsites on the property, so you have many choices: Camp in The Redwood Grove, or by the lake, or in the deep woods, perhaps near Scorpion Rock. Views and privacy await you with hiking trails and fishing in Sherwood Forest Lake, a 1 acre lake with canoe available. Standard toilet is next to the lake. Potable water available as well as a sink for washing. Camps 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 are 4wd or we will help transport your gear if necessary. We are musicians so we may drop by for a few tunes around the campfire. We provide firewood for campfires and cooking. If you prefer charcoal you must bring it.
Special Note: We have a Petanque/Boules Court at the lake! Leisure Boules are available for play if you don't have your own. There are also Horsehoe Pits and Horseshoes. Oh, and Croquet......
1. THE TWO BIG FIRS: This popular campsite can accommodate several tents, and is very near the lake and facilities. Shadey. (4wd not needed)
2. LAKESIDE: Closest site to the lake and facilities. Most convenient and very popular. Most public. This spot can accommodate several tents. Great view. (4wd not needed) Sun and shade.
3. THE REDWOOD GROVE: Deep woods, shady and quiet: This favorite campsite is nestled next to the redwoods that Dad planted 50 years ago. This location can accommodate several tents. 4wd is needed, or we will transport.
4. ARROWHEAD: Deep woods, 4wd needed or we will transport. Room for 2 tents. Auxiliary camp nearby can accommodate 2 more tents.
5. SCORPION ROCK: Sun and shade, 4wd needed or we will transport. Views through the trees. 2, maybe 3 tents possible.
6. BIG LEAF MAPLE: Deep woods, 4wd needed, or we will transport. Sun and Shade.
7. FRENCH CAMP: This very popular campsite can accommodate 2 tents comfortably. Located at the northwest end of the lake, within a stones throw of the water, 3 minute walk to facilities. Sun and shade. Great view of the lake. (4wd not needed)
8. THE GROTTO: Deep woods, nestled next to a massive rock formation. 4wd needed or we will transport. Shady.
9. Bennett Camp: Close to the southern border of Sherwood Camp in the shade with an open feel. Near camp 1 and the lake and facilities. Easy access by car. A Quiet Camp..Please keep noise down after 10:00pm due to neighbors
10. Manzanita Camp. Same as Camp Bennett....A Quiet Camp, especially after 10:pm...due to neighbors....
Camp 6 is the farthest from the facilities. It is about a 10 minute walk. All other sites are 5 minutes or less away from the Sherwood Forest Lake.....
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 10
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Sherwood Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We had the best week-end we could have possibly wished. Down into the most peaceful part of the woods, we have a complete nature immersion at John's camp. This camp is charming, quiet, and has a lot of fun amenities to provide, pond with canoe, kitchen, grill, restrooms, fire-pit and most of all an official Pétanque field!
I can't leave a review without telling how great the hosts are. John will welcome you in the warmest way and will make sure your stay is wonderful!
We had a great time here with a group of 10 people (booked 2 sites). John was a wonderful host and joined us by the campfire for some songs on his guitar. Great parts about the property include beautiful views of the valley, new long redwood table for large groups, grill available, bathroom, sink for washing dishes, place to charge cell phones, lake for swimming/fishing/canoeing, close access to town/Safeway. I recommend sites 1 and 2 which are closest to the lake. Some of the other sites are tucked away in the woods but there's a lot of poison oak. They very kindly let us switch sites. John started hosting people a few months ago and is constantly improving the property - so very possible the poison oak will be gone from these sites in the future. Property is about an hour drive from Mendocino. Definitely recommend! John made us feel right at home.
We loved our stay at Sherwood Camp! John and Anita are great hosts - from calling the day before check-in with helpful instructions, to carting our supplies down to our site in their 4WD vehicle. Not to mention entertaining us around the campfire at night!! We stayed in site #3 - it is down a fairly steep hill (about a 5 min walk from the lake and community area) but provided us with total privacy. There's a good vibe at Sherwood, we hope to go back.
We enjoyed our time at Sherwood Camp. Even though it was Memorial Weekend and the campsite was full, our location at campsite #1 gave us a view of the communal area, pond, and mountains while still affording us privacy and it did not feel crowded at all. It had plenty of shade, some direct light in the morning and you could go to communal areas for more direct sun. The communal areas (pelonque, horseshoes, swings, fire pits) were great.
The hosts were very friendly and helpful. They are even gave an impromptu concert one evening.
Bring bug spray - price you pay for being close to a beautiful pond.
Highly recommend! We would book again. Great for groups (book multiple sites)
The hosts were excellent! They took us in a fun ride around the property in the jeep and came to sang us songs around the fire. The location of this campsite isn't that close to any epic hikes so we ended up driving 50 minutes to get some hikes in on the coast. Really family-friendly site, though!
This was a spur of the moment, last minute July 4th weekend trip. I'm so grateful that this host had a site available. The property is beautiful. My husband and I had a site that was large and private (site 5/Scorpion Rock) It was sunny and had beautiful views of the hills around us. John was a fantastic host. He loaded our gear up and trekked it down the hill to our site. We had a fun day hanging around the lake. In the evening, we gathered with a group playing petanque and my husband joined in to learn. Our dog had a blast running around with the host's dogs and cooling off in the lake too! Just a great trip and we will be back!
Loved Sherwood! They have a lovely swimming pond, beautiful campsites, and John is a great host. This place is great for dogs and kids both.
An easy drive from SF to "visit summer", have a campfire singalong, and play petanque.
Pro tips -
Bring something to cook you food with like a camp stove, bug repellant, and floaties
Ask for French Camp! It is the best spot
Great fun to have a 4WD vehicle, but fine without one
The location was perfect and the woods were beautiful! John was a great host, and very fun to talk to. He was very responsive and did a great job making sure we all felt at home. My only two concerns were that the pond was a little smaller than i was expecting, and 2 of the 4 of us ended up with ticks.
Loved our time at Sherwood Camp. The hosts were incredible friendly and made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. We stayed at site #7 which was next to the pond, close to the common area but far enough away that we couldn't hear the other groups. I'd definitely love to go back and explore a different site. The Redwood Grove looked beautiful.
John and Anita were amazing. They helped us bring our (mass amounts) of bags down to our campsite, sang songs for us around the campfire, and have built a beautiful camping facility. They have thought of practically everything to make your camping trip perfect. Camping, cooking (with an outdoor kitchen AND a fride!!), swimming, and soaking up the general love that surrounds the area made for an incredible weekend. Thank you both for sharing it with us!!
The camping is nice but, as is written in the info, most of the camp sites are not accessible with small cars. The owner helps to bring the things if your car cant access until the camp site. If you think that you will arrive at night, you better check with the owner if he will wait for you to help to bring your stuffs.
Spend just one night on John's beautiful property nestled among the redwoods. We were originally in campsite 1 - moved to campsite 3 b/c an event was happening on the property, and glad we did. 3 is down in the woods, where it's cool and shady, and you literally feel like you have the whole place to yourself. There's a picnic table, a small fire ring, and you're just a few minutes walk from a (very nice, clean) bathroom. And, John meets you to drive you down so you don't have to lug your stuff. Bonus: the event was a little tribute concert on the afternoon of our departure day, which John invited us to join, so we wrapped up our stay with a dip in the pond and some live music in the sunshine. Awesome time!
Sherwood Camp is a gem. John and his partner were excellent and accommodating hosts. Just follow the directions and you'll find it, which makes this little spot adventurous. As you pull past the main house after checking in, you're greeted by a whole other world you aren't expecting. Down a dirt road you find a small and charming lake with a canoe and a boat dock. Wow! The campground is well appointed, with firewood and pit, plenty of rustic seating and tables, shade and a great outhouse and woodsy kitchen. We chose to pitch our tent near the pond, which was perfect and convenient, but you might like something more private or further in. We were told to be aware of poison oak, but did not suffer any issues later. Our dog Benny ran free and thoroughly enjoyed himself as much and we did. Our eleven year old fished and spend several hours floating around in the canoe, while we relaxed and took in the beautiful surroundings.
Wonderful experience, our host John was very friendly and helpful. His extended family were visiting for their annual Labor Day weekend get together and they welcomed my son and me into their group and made it a truly memorable weekend. Campsite was charming and the lake was great for swimming and canoeing.
My group had a fantastic stay at Sherwood Camp. In the middle of October, we were the only ones in the campground and had the run of the place. We got to hike through the forest, roast s'mores over the campfire, and take the canoe out on the pond (eventually falling in!).
John and Anita were fantastic hosts. They provided us with all the firewood we needed, played music for us and sang around the campfire, and even helped fish out the glasses one of our campers lost in the pond!
With great amenities such as a full bathroom, cookware, and sinks, this place was everything we could have hoped for. Not to mention the dogs who came to play! I would certainly recommend Sherwood Camp.