Hipcamp host Woolman A.
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Our simple, wood-heated a-frame cabins are on the edge of central campus, footsteps away from trails that snake through our 236 acres of woods and meadows. Similar to cabins you might find in Yosemite or California State Parks, our cabins are rustic and cozy. 

Each A-frame can accommodate two people in twin beds on either side of the central wood stove. Each A-frame ha


Our simple, wood-heated a-frame cabins are on the edge of central campus, footsteps away from trails that snake through our 236 acres of woods and meadows. Similar to cabins you might find in Yosemite or California State Parks, our cabins are rustic and cozy. 

Each A-frame can accommodate two people in twin beds on either side of the central wood stove. Each A-frame has two small desks with chairs and shelves built into the slanted walls. There is electricity in each cabin (limited wifi access on campus). Also, there is a shared bath house with toilets and showers. 

We have a self check-in table set up outside the Office when you arrive on campus. Please review and read your welcome packet when you arrive. It has all the information you will need during you stay. 


***At this time, no fires are allowed on campus, including wood stove fires, in compliance with Nevada County Fire District and CAL Fire.

***At this time, the community kitchen is unavailable to guests, unless explicitly rented out. Please plan your stay accordingly.

Additionally, we lost nearly 1/3 of our campus to the Jones Fire. At this time, there are no accessible trails or swimming holes on site. We are able to host guests again starting the weekend of August 28th, 2020. However, please be aware that you will want to plan activities off site.

About Woolman at Sierra Friends Center:

We operate a variety of educational programs here at Woolman as well as hosting retreats, groups, families, and solo sojourners. We are located on 236 acres of beautiful wooded trails, meadows, pastures, gardens, ponds and streams. We have a large field with playground equipment, a rope swing, volleyball net, and soccer field. We are a 15 minute drive in either direction from the historically preserved and culturally rich towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. We are located an hour from Sacramento and an hour and a half from Tahoe. Our site is within 15 minutes driving distance to the South Yuba River.

Woolman is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to steward diverse learning communities and educational programs that weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability and social action. 


Find out more on our website- woolman.org

Lodging provided
11 sites
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Woolman a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 60%


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Hipcamper Joleen
Joleen W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 17th, 2018

A night spent at the Woolman A-Frames is a step back in time. If you’ve ever experienced summer camp as a child, or even found the idea close to your heart, a trip to the Sierra Friend’s Center will let you relive your childhood memories, and create more with other fun grownups.

The center itself dates back to the 1960’s where it began as a boarding school, and then eventually continued as a summer camp until very recently.

When you first arrive, signage will point you to an administrative building. Our host Laura was there waiting for us and took us on a tour.

The grounds are dispersed. When we visited everything was covered in fresh spring grass. There are many gigantic oak trees, and we kept pointing out our new favorites.

Behind the administrative building is lots of open space, where you will eventually come upon a soccer field, volleyball net, and kids playground.

On the other side of the grounds is a dining hall, a Quaker’s meeting hall, and a kiln and ceramics studio. Laura mentioned that with enough advance notice, it would be possible to use the kiln.

Finally for the main attraction, the 12 A-frames. They’re dispersed on the far edge of the property. Each one has a bit of it’s own character reflective of their past inhabitants…nothing that would keep you from choosing one over the other, but you truly feel like you’re the next camper behind whoever doodled a pink heart by the door, or propped up a plastic bird on the front porch.

The A-Frames themselves are simple: No more than 2 twin beds on opposing sides, separated by a wood stove in between. There are shelves built into the walls and 2 desks on either sides of the front door.

Laying in my bed with the blazing fire by my side was relaxing on a chilly February night. I watched the flames peek through the vent on the stove door and dance around the ceiling as a I drifted off to sleep. Everything was completely quiet except for the roar of the fire. I could glimpse the sliver of moonlight from the 2 slender windows above the front door.

The location itself has hiking trails to explore, and Laura said you can hike to the Yuba River from camp. Our favorite part was that our dogs were welcome, on leash on campus and free to room with us in the A-frame.

There are not bathrooms in the A-frames, but there is a large bath house with flush toilets and a hot shower a short walk away.

At this time there is no kitchen. They have plans to eventually build an outdoor kitchen.

Beyond the A-frames and past staff housing is another group of eight cabins. These cabins house 6 people each and also have an outdoor bathhouse.

We enjoyed our stay at the Sierra Friend’s Center so much! If being in nature with your dogs is what you like to do, this is the place! Add a good nights sleep with a roof over your head and you have a great weekend planned!

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Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
March 26th, 2018

Beautiful little wooded area, cozy A-frame cabins and friendly atmosphere. The cabins have a wood stove for cold nights, and a campfire spot nearby, wood provided. Clean non-binary bathrooms and showers. Really close drive to Tahoe National Forest and the Yuba River. Fun weekend!

Hipcamper Mike
Mike P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
April 27th, 2018

I'll echo the other reviews here, this place is an outright gem. Truly beautiful property in the Sierra foothills with lots of animals both wild and domestic to see. The A-frames are simple but cozy, no complaints here. The bathhouse was immaculately clean. Internet in one of the A-frames closest to the bathhouse will provide the fastest connection, I was getting 3-4mbps. Also no verizon this far off the main road, so turn on call via wifi. Assuming of course you need to connect to the rest of the world for work. If not, take the time to wander around the property. The Yuba river is a short drive and definitely worth seeing. These Quakers have a good thing going on here, strongly encourage anyone to stay when rambling through the Sierras.

Hipcamper Mollie
Mollie I.
recommends this listing.
(Site 11)
August 21st, 2018

My partner and our dog had a great time staying at the A-frames during a weekend trip to the Yuba river. Appreciated being shown to our A-frame and given a mini tour by a woman who was working in the main office when we arrived. One note... it was quite hot and the A-frame held a lot of the heat, well into the night. Keep this in mind for the summer months. Nicely located between Nevada City and Grass Valley and close drive to great river spots. Looking forward to coming back in winter and having a fire in the stove :)

Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 12)
August 26th, 2018

Very secluded, beautiful location! Easy access to Grass Valley and Nevada City. The A-frame cabins are cozy, there are bathrooms and showers on the property, as well as a large common building with full kitchen and living/dining room. Would definitely stay there again!

Hipcamper Basil
Basil W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 28th, 2018

Laura was quick to respond and provided directions that were accurate so we got there without any trouble despite not having any service. Laura and staff were super friendly, bathroom facilities and shower were well kept and clean. Other guest were respectful and quiet at night, however, I would strongly suggest bringing your own stove to cook with despite the available shared kitchen. The next morning there were 3 people who seemed to have just eaten breakfast, were cleaning dishes and rather than move there already packed food in order for the counter space to be shared they chose to crowd in the kitchen talking about things they like to eat, where to buy them, etc. Only one person was washing dishes and seemed to be highly distracted by the morning chat, hence taking a very long time. They also seemed to be packing things they used for breakfast to go out for the day and had no concern that we too wanted to use the kitchen.
They did apologize when we arrived and asked we wait for them, mentioning the space was so small and was already crowded. My tiny gf did not wait to make coffee, however their unwillingness to help share the space made it difficult to prep our food. We prepped in a side room and ended up eating an hour after the coffee. This caused us to leave out to swim much later than we planned so just be prepared for people less mindful than you and hoarding the kitchen.

Hipcamper Samuel
Samuel P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
March 5th, 2018

Laura’s ad does not do the property justice! The setting is beautiful in the Sierra foothills and the cabins are perfect for two people. The wood stove provided plenty of heat for the evening (even though it snowed) and created the perfected ambiance

Hipcamper thylda
Thylda P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8)
September 3rd, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at the A-frames. The property is really quiet, easy to access and peaceful. The bathroom/ shower area extremely clean and the A-frame a cute little cabin to spend a couple nights.
We missed not being able to make a fire at night but beside that everything was great.
Also Hilary how welcomed us was the nicest.
Only 20min away from the 49 crossing bridge where you can find amazing spots on the Yuba river.

Hipcamper Brianna

Major disappointment

Brianna B.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 12)
August 24th, 2020

I will caveat this review with the fact that we stayed in cabin #12. Had we stayed in another one, we might have had a different experience. Due to covid, there was no host to welcome us, but we did the temperature check and health certifications as outlined. We also picked up our welcome packet, which had lots of helpful information. Upon arriving at our site, we decided to leave immediately as it was well over 100 degrees inside, and head to the Yuba river to cool off. We returned around 8:30pm and opened the door and window of the cabin to let it cool off further (in spite of concerns about bugs getting in). We finally tried to go to sleep at 10pm. But after 30 minutes, we were drenched as it was likely still 90 degrees in the cabin. We then decided to set up our tent outside as it was much cooler outside, albeit still warm. We asked a man at a house nearby if he worked there and he replied yes. We then asked if we could set up a tent outside and he said no. We then said we couldn't sleep because it was too hot outside. When he asked what cabin we were in and we said 12, he said we could set up the tent. We had called 2 numbers on the welcome brochure earlier as we had some questions about keeping food in our car vs. a cabin, but both times, no one picked up. Paying $93 to pitch a tent was a major disappointment for us both.

Hipcamper Woolman
Response from Woolman, the Host, on August 26th, 2020

Hi Brianna, Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather. It usually cools down at night. On days like these, we recommend keeping windows closed during the day (keeps the hot air out) and opening the windows in the evening while running the fan. I'm sorry you weren't able to get a hold of us. Service is spotty on campus and so we do ask that you text or leave a message so we know you called as well as what your concern is so we can best address it. Context is also important in understanding why Chris, the man you spoke to, initially said no to setting up a tent. He may have thought you had other guests joining your group. Once he understood it was due to the heat, it wasn't a problem. Not everyone is cut out for a rustic experience. We understand and don't take it personally. Nature has a lot to offer if you're willing to lean into the discomfort a bit. Best wishes on your future experiences.

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