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Bear Creek Retreat, California
Garden Valley is a small town on the Georgetown Divide--the area of the foothills wedged between the North and South Forks of the American River. To get here, you have to go all the way down the Read more...
Garden Valley is a small town on the Georgetown Divide--the area of the foothills wedged between the North and South Forks of the American River. To get here, you have to go all the way down the American River Canyon and all the way back up--hence, we're naturally protected from any of the suburban sprawl by all that twisty-turning time-consuming driving! It's peaceful and serene here, undeveloped and very very laid back.
My property is 27 acres of mixed Doug Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Cedar, Oak, and broadleaf maple. The beautiful Bear Creek runs through the property, and there are a few trails to wander on the property. The camping spot is a small clearing that you can access by car, with a primitive tee-pee built in the style of the indigenous peoples of this area: it's about 12 feet in diameter, you can stand in the center, and it's constructed mostly of cedar bark.
Adventure and immersion into nature start with a short walk down the path on my property to Bear Creek and it's beautiful 12 foot waterfall and swimming hole. The hole is about 25 feet in diameter, about 6 feet deep, and refreshingly cold all year round. The cleanest water you could want. Again, right in my backyard.
We also have amazing access to the American River: white-water rafting just a short drive from our site--in the nearby town or Lotus, or at the Chili Bar Park location. Swimming. Miles and miles of trails at the Confluence. Let me know what you're interested in.
And the excellent hiking starts right on our road. The ridge at the top of my property is the beginning of National Forest land that goes on all the way to Lake Tahoe with trailheads scattered all around. Miles and miles and miles of multi-use trails, right in my backyard. Creeks and other waterfalls to explore. And if you're wanting different kinds of hiking, the possibilities are unlimited with just short drives.