Hipcamp host Geoff W.,
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COVID-19 NOTE: While campsites are spaced far apart, there is only one bathroom, so please practice safe hand washing/sanitizing, and please practice physical distancing.

Yosemite Garden Camp is on 10 acres of grassy meadows, pine and oak trees, and manzanita chaparral in the lower Sierra Nevada mountains, near the town of Groveland, outside Yosemite National Park.

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COVID-19 NOTE: While campsites are spaced far apart, there is only one bathroom, so please practice safe hand washing/sanitizing, and please practice physical distancing.

Yosemite Garden Camp is on 10 acres of grassy meadows, pine and oak trees, and manzanita chaparral in the lower Sierra Nevada mountains, near the town of Groveland, outside Yosemite National Park.

The property includes a large vegetable garden and a small vineyard, and borders Federal Bureau of Land Management land. Most of the property has sweeping views across the Central Valley to the Coast Ranges to the west. Sunsets are breathtaking. Yosemite National Park, with endless hiking, backpacking, climbing and swimming, is about 1 hour away by car. Even closer are the Stanislaus National Forest and the Tuolumne River. The town of Groveland has some great bars, cafes and restaurants, and a good grocery store.

There is a bathroom shack in the middle of the property with a flush toilet, a sink, and a solar shower. The water is clean and drinkable. There is also a communal fire pit and a communal picnic table.

Tent Site 2 is about 100 feet from the parking area and facilities, below the vegetable garden and above the vineyard. There are several other tent sites on the property, with varying degrees of privacy versus convenience to the bathroom, the fire pit, the communal picnic table and the parking area. Let me know what your priorities are and I can direct you to the best option.

Note that Yosemite Garden Camp is on a very rough dirt road, which gets worse every year and looks like a dry river bed in places, with exposed rock and deep ruts. A higher clearance vehicle is necessary and 4-wheel drive is ideal. Sedans often bottom out on this road and are not recommended. Please drive no faster than 5 mph when going past neighbors' homes.

LATE SUMMER NOTE: During California's peak fire season, the electric utility company (PG&E) sometimes shuts off power to the area to prevent sparks from causing wildfires, especially when the weather is hot and windy. When PG&E shuts off power, the well pump will not run and there is no running water in camp. This only happens a few days a year. I will notify campers when PG&E notifies me, so that campers can bring water for drinking, hand washing and toilet flushing.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Geoff a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Yosemite Garden Camp Tent Site 2 in California.

Forest

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Hipcamper Sean

Great stargazing

Sean S.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2021

Great location, about 30 min to Yosemite. Very peaceful area in the woods with great stargazing at night. Each site has level ground for your tent and a picnic table. There is a bathroom up top which was very clean and modern. The road getting to the site is a pretty rough dirt road. Would not recommend driving a car up it, svu or a truck recommend. Geoff is very responsive and a great host.

Hipcamper Rose and Corey
Rose And Corey B.
recommends this listing.
September 30th, 2021

Amazing view. The dirt roads are rough, but passable in a Subaru Impreza. Definitely worth the drive!

Hipcamper Jody

Beautifully bumpy

Jody M.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2021

Driving up to the site was an adventure to say the least. I was happy we had a Jeep Wrangler to navigate the very rough dirt road. Once there, we unpacked and prepared for the night. We had the entire site to ourselves. It was a gorgeous view and enjoyed watching the stars and planes. We didn't utilize the shower but the bathroom was clean and full of informational material to read while hanging out. It was so peaceful and quiet. In the morning we made our breakfast on our camping stove and took advantage of the Adirondack chairs near the vineyard. I would absolutely recommend this to adventurous folks that don't mind a little off-road experience.

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Hipcamper Kelly

Great spot close to yosemite

Kelly S.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2021

Lovely stay!!!

Pros:
-nice and private
-gorgeous sunsets
- bathroom/shower/dishwashing sink were great!
-easy drive to and from Yosemite
-tent spot was flat and comfortable
-lovely hammock and lots of picnicking tables
-camp host was helpful and responsive

Cons:
- no shade- bring a pop up shade situation if you plan to spend daylight hours at the campsite and plan to get more ice. We camped over 4th of July and didn’t spend daytime at the site but by 7am it was already hot and fully exposed to sun. Had to refill our cooler with ice each day
- the road really does suck lol. But my forester handled it just fine going at a slow speed.

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Hipcamper Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn G.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2021

I had a great time staying at the Garden Camp for 3 nights while we hiked in Yosemite and Stanislaus NF. Geoff was extremely responsive and I appreciate him answering all my questions ahead of time. There were beautiful views from the garden camp and the amenities like the shower and bathroom were clutch. I do recommend bringing a lantern or headlamp to hang on the wall to take a shower and use the bathroom after dark. We had lanterns to hang which worked fabulously. Also, we were able to make it down the road with a Subaru Forestor but I am unsure if we had brought our Subaru Impreza if it would have made it down even with AWD due to the depth of some of the ruts. I would love to come back to this campsite and would highly recommend it to anyone else willing to stay.

Peaceful few minutes spent in the hammock in the morning. Sunset view from site #2.
Hipcamper Andrew

Hopes were high - still surpassed

Andrew L.
recommends this listing.
June 13th, 2021

Shockingly beautiful, private, off the beaten trail… while still having some key creature comforts (running water with easily accessible sinks and bathroom, etc).

Highly recommend even if you’re inexperienced

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Hipcamper Russ

Great remote site. horrible road.

Russ N.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 8th, 2021

Take note of the special vehicle requirements. We rented a pickup truck based on the site owner's warnings. If we had encountered rain, only a 4WD vehicle would have been able to pass. Travel time from this site to Yosemite Village is approximately one hour.

Travel challenges aside, it is a marvelous remote site, with a beautiful view, particularly at sunset, and good amenities (flush toilet, potable running water, solar heated shower, level and smooth tent sites). There is no electricity for campers.

Tip: To get heated water for the shower, turn on the shut off valve located on the output side of the solar water heater.

Hipcamper Chelsea
Chelsea N.
recommends this listing.
June 8th, 2021

Really nice campsite with great views! Site #2 is close enough to everything but you still feel secluded and have your own space. We really enjoyed our stay!

Hipcamper Emily
Emily L.
recommends this listing.
June 8th, 2021

this space is wonderful! really enjoyed the outdoor shower and Geoff was a helpful and chill/hands off host. as folks have mentioned, its quite a bumpy terrain to get to the spot at the end, having AWD definitely felt necessary.

Awards

Best of 2018 California
Finalist
Property
Yosemite Garden Camp
State
California
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site