Xico, Mehmet, and the people who come here respect
Xico, Mehmet, and the people who come here respect the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
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Swing Under the Oaks is one of our favorite spots on the land. It is a raised area of an ancient river bed that looks out from a slight rise on the land in all four directions with beautiful views of the eastern sun/moonrise and amazing stargazing. And there is absolutely no light pollution.
Please note: This spot is completely exposed to sun and gets very hot (100 F) during the day in the summer and perfectly warm and toasty in the winter. It's the best spot for star gazing with zero light pollution (and we mean zero!). This site is about a 5 minute walk to the bathroom and parking. >This campsite is private with 1/4 mile river access, no nearby roads, completely dark night skies, and lots of hangout areas on and away from the river. The land has beautiful and diverse native flora and fauna including fox, mountain lion, coyote, hawks, owl, bobcat, deer and every reptile and bird species known to the area. Please at least learn one plant: the Tule Reed for which the river, the Native people, the county, the city, and my dog are named. Guided Activities
RECREATIONISTS PLEASE NOTE that we offer guided road bike and mountain bike excursions that can be catered to you! We can put you on world-class single track, technical and road bike trails! Enjoy a 40 mile round-trip road bike ride at 7,200 feet along the majestic Western Divide Highway in the Giant Sequoia National Monument and literally see the top of the mountain. The ride will take you through high Sierra meadows, Giant sequoia groves, Quaking Aspen forests, iconic granite outcroppings, all under perfect blue skies with clean air to breath (Yeah, remember that?). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.
II. Single track, technical mountain bike rides can be launched from Camp Nelson Trail in the GSNM (technical) or rides that launch right from the Land onto foothill trails that double as the route for the Fat Tire Classic occurring in October (moderate, technical). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.
III. (Winter and Spring only) Also, we offer the ultimate RECREATION EXPERIENCE by guiding you, our guests, in meaningful habitat stewardship projects either on the Land near your campsite or within the nearby Giant Sequoia National Monument. All stewardship projects are free of charge though we do invite you to become a member of WildPlaces, the non-profit arm of our Land that has been protecting and conserving wild places in the area for 20 years.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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This trip was absolutely amazing! Mehmet & Chico were perfect hosts — super accommodating and helpful not just to me, but to any of the guests staying on the property (they graciously helped cook and provide food for 2 of the campers traveling from Italy one night)!
Not only is the property breathtaking, but it sits at the base of the Sequoia National Forest giving access to pristine water holes and beautiful hikes.
I recommend setting up your tent right by the water. It's cool when things get hot, and you'll find yourself visited by Tule, their dog, for frequent cool down dips in the river. Win win!
Mehmet and Chico were gracious for allowing us to stay on their land. They made sure we were comfortable and gave us guidance on where to explore in the area. The campsite was spacious and clean and most importantly away from everybody. We felt disconnected from the outside world which is exactly what we were looking for.
Fantastic stay. thank you mehmet!
Mehmet’s property was fantastic, a private oasis for a few lucky campers away from the busy sequoia national forest. The property was immaculate, full of charm and the campsites were spread apart so you couldn’t see or hear the other guests. There was a great, communal outdoor kitchen and dishwashing area as well as a clean porta potty with hand washing sink. The best part though was Mehmet and his staff. They took amazing care of my kids and I. Would highly recommend his place to anyone looking for a quiet, convenient base of operations for visiting the Sequoia National Forest. Thank you Mehmet
Chico was a great host, and Tule the dog took care of us. Access to the river was quick and relatively easy. The property is convenient to Sequoia National Forest, Springville, and Porterville if you need to leave, but the property is so nice you will not want to leave.
Phenomenal site with awesome hosts! Mehmet and Chico are awesome, but Tule the dog was by far the best! Lots going on, but plenty of areas with privacy. Beautiful sites near the Tule - awesome place to cool off. Full outdoor kitchen with anything you need (utensil wise - bring your own food). Make sure to help around a little (some friends and I put together a fire pit) and respect the land! I'll totally be back.
We had an amazing time and the property exceeded our expectations. There are several overnight spots on the property varying in levels of glamping to full on camping, the views are amazing, and of course you can beat the heat in the river. We also enjoyed that there is a full outdoor kitchen, which is great for those who don't want to have to pack their entire kitchen on a camping trip. We can't wait to come back!
I had a wonderful time! The shower is lovely, the river is glorious, and the hosts are warm, welcoming and extremely helpful. And Tuley the Dog is the kindest, wisest, and most sweetly protective animal I have ever met. I am not a dog person, and I fell in love with him.
The campsite was perfect to either relax at the entire weekend or use as a base camp for exploring the southern Sequoia National Park and Forest. The campsites are more private than you’d get at the National Park and have extra amenities like the shower and common space (which included table, utensils, fridge, freezer, toaster oven, stove, and sink for washing dishes). The property itself is beautiful, nestled against the foothills and along a stretch of the Tule River. The (mostly) private river access is the crown jewel of this campground, I spent most afternoons cooling off at the river. Mehemet and Destiny were helpful hosts and you can tell they care deeply about the land and want others to have the opportunity to enjoy and help preserve it.