Hipcamp host Chad R.
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Welcome friends! Stone Mountain Retreat is on 200 rugged acres nestled into California’s Central Coast Mountains. It has long been a best kept secret of the central coast and was recently purchased from an amazing family who loved and stewarded the land for over 100 years. It is our intention to provide our guests with the best environment to embrace their imagination, expe
Welcome friends! Stone Mountain Retreat is on 200 rugged acres nestled into California’s Central Coast Mountains. It has long been a best kept secret of the central coast and was recently purchased from an amazing family who loved and stewarded the land for over 100 years. It is our intention to provide our guests with the best environment to embrace their imagination, experience freedom, and create a destination for you to build fond memories. “Once we hit the dirt road the landscape drastically changed and it was as if we were transported into a forest fairy tale. The first animal we saw was a small fox then a family of deer. Our son was stoked! Stone Mountain Retreat is truly one of the most incredible places we have ever visited.“ This is your home. We want all of our guests to know that when you arrive to Stone Mountain Retreat within the mountains of the central coast, you immediately feel as if you've come to the right place. The energy is sacred, and we aim to provide a sanctuary where you can be your authentic you. You deserve the best – and deserve to be a part of something that matches what you are worth, and the unique gifts this life has to offer you along your journey. Immerse yourself in the experience. We recommend radio off, sun roof open, and windows rolled down! As you make your way to the property, you’ll start your journey up a private 3-mile all-weather graded access road that takes you into a natural reserve bordered within state parks territory. Truly known for its own ecosystem, this land is built for nature to thrive at its finest—sun peaking through the canopy of oak, maple and laurel trees covering the open road, stream trickling alongside your car, fresh mountain air... Stone Mountain Retreat is the central coast’s Secret Garden, and is well-known for breathing life into all that come and visit. Although minutes away from local attractions and adventures of the beach and city, guests will have the unique experience of true seclusion as they approach the property. Our retreat property provides privacy to be free, awake the adventurous heart, and remind us all that it is okay to be a kid again. ABOUT OUR SECOND SITE: Named BODHI TREE, this special site is definitely one of our favorites and offers you an opportunity to awaken perspective and enjoy the connection in community. At the center of the site, BODHI TREE has a 100 year old majestic oak tree in which all other oaks in the immediate area seem to be reaching for in growth. It holds a commanding presence and has perfect balance. BODHI TREE’s many dream catchers embrace your dreams, and gives you INSPIRATION to do greater things that you were called to do in life. The days are beautiful, nights romantic. The sun shines down shades of light all throughout the site’s floor which embodies an art piece all its own. Because we love the idea of Buddha’s period of enlightenment as he sat under the tree, we started to decorate this magnificent specimen. The stacked stones represent strength, balance and creativity. The ribbons wrapped around the tree represent offerings to the path of enlightenment, a call upon the power of nature to protect loved ones, and to embrace peace and happiness on one’s journey. BODHI TREE offers groups a 1/4 acre which can accommodate 10-15 tents comfortably while still having plenty of space, a 20 person dinner table, extra seating, a kitchen cooking bench, a resting hammock, a porta-potty, trash bins, and a must-do hiking adventure to the top of the property with stunning 300 degree views of the entire central coast. We call it our meditation spot, or SOARING EAGLE. The sunsets are EPIC—a moment to breathe and be grateful for a unique connection with the universe, God and appreciate all we’ve been given. We often find ourselves and guests using the panoramic mountain top for yoga, meditation, and/or reading in one of the provided hammocks. Look up. As night falls, you’ll find yourself relaxing, leaning back and watching the stars. There are various battery operated and solar night lighting features we have included to increase lighting throughout the grounds. Bring some extra AAA and AA batteries for backup to ensure you maintain a steady flow of light into the night. Wildlife is calling you. As a guest, you’ll get to experience many of the friendly animals on the property - deer, foxes, wild turkey, lizards, and bird watching – we see many hawks, blue jays, hummingbirds, swallows, woodpeckers, robins, finches, and owls. Exploration and visitation. If you wish to explore the town - We’re close to local favorite destinations within San Luis Obispo County - Here are a few of the local favorites we love right next to us: See Canyon Fruit Ranch (3 mi), Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards – Live Music/Events on Weekends (3.4 mi), Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (5.7 mi), Avila Valley Barn (6.1 mi), Avila Hot Springs (6.4 mi), Ontario Ridge Hiking Trail (6.4 mi), Bob Jones Hiking Trail (5.5 mi), and Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa, Avila Beach Resort – Golf, Concerts & Festivals (7.4 mi), and Downtown SLO Farmers Market on Thursday’s (13 mi). Connect with your environment. As a retreat property it is not uncommon that you may find others enjoying themselves as you venture throughout the grounds. Feel free to introduce yourself and make a new friend. We vacation rent our main lodge, and often host a variety of day retreats on the weekends that are offered to the community. We love the idea of connecting with nature, self-rejuvenation, and community. The property offers you every opportunity to connect with loved ones, friends, but more importantly—yourself. “The most important and fulfilling work we as humans can do on this planet at this time is to reconnect to ourselves, to one another, and to the natural world.” All of the best stories of reconnection start in the same place; a state of total despair. The journey begins before you’re totally aware of it. The call to return to nature - your true nature - comes from deep inside and often manifests as chaos in life before you really begin to pay attention. If you slow down and take a moment to listen, you might hear the call before it intensifies. This is the way of forest bathing. We welcome you to come to Stone Mountain Retreat and make it your own. Respect the land and all things within it. Leave your mark by building stone stacks. Experience life. Embrace freedom. You deserve it. Unplug & Reset.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 25 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 24ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Chad a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching
Fall Fun


Natural features you'll find at Avila’s BEST Kept 200 Acre SECRET in California.


The vibe at Avila’s BEST Kept 200 Acre SECRET

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Hipcamper Liam

Great camping and great hosts

Liam B.
recommends this listing.
November 19th, 2019

Amazing to find a private campsite near Avila Beach. There is a long private road where you have to drive at 5mph. The site that we stayed on could have housed a lot more folk with a fire pit and dining area. Up the hill from the site is Soaring Eagle - basically a peak up above the property with hammocks and amazing view. We had a lovely time up there. I will definitely return with more people and I think my daughter plans to return with her friends also.

Hipcamper Adam

A peaceful escape yet close to town

Adam G.
recommends this listing.
December 2nd, 2019

This is such a great location. It feels quiet, peaceful and remote yet is still so close to town. The trees are beautiful and there is plenty of space to explore. I definitely recommend booking a stay here if you''re in the area.

Stone Mountain Retreat
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