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Mendocino Magic

96%
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· Laytonville, California
600 acres
34 sites
3 Glamping
26 Vehicle/Tent
5 Tent
Mendocino Magic is one of Hipcamp's first private land properties! Be a trailblazer, and stay at this unique 600-acre space nestled an hour inland from the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy rolling hills, ponds, forests and hiking, and an amazing reservoir for swimming! Once a logging camp, then a commercial fishing facility, Mendocino Magic is now a restored natural environment for a boutique camping destination and private outdoor event destination. Mackenzie manages the campground with a team of incredible people. In a world increasingly connected in the digital sense, we invite you to come up and get back to your roots, and connect with people the old fashioned way. *COVID19 UPDATE* Mendocino Magic campground is open and operating under county and state requirements to ensure a safe campout during these needed times to get outside. Mendocino County has lifted the mandate on masks, so the campground is not requiring masks. The campground does not require proof of vaccination for camping or indoor cabin reservations but requests guests to please test after congregating in groups and to let hosts know about any positive results right away in an attempt to track and protect our community. Please respect the space of other guests on site during your stay as not all guests reflect the same views about masking and distancing.
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Laytonville, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Mackenzie O.Joined in July 2015
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 7 hours
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412 Ratings · 371 reviews
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Aman M.recommends
December 26, 2022
Cannonball Camp
Beautiful Environment and Night Sky
Cannonball camp is a great campsite. Mackenzie is a great host and made us feel welcome. I have camped here in winter and summer and enjoyed both experiences. The water and boating options are great in the warm weather. The site is also great for groups. If you're a fan of stargazing you will appreciate the night sky here. Paintball is also an option but Ive yet to try it out. There are cool sculptures at the end of some of the hiking trails that you must check out. For the EV folks, theres a charging station with all charge port styles only 10mins away. The porta potties are convenient. Check this place out!
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Mark H.recommends
December 7, 2022
Site 23 - Car Camping
Camping and Hiking
I needed a safe place for overnight car camping. The host replied to text messages promptly and was accommodating. Seemed like a good place for future camping and hiking trip.
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Karin V.recommends
December 3, 2022
Site 1 - Car Camping
I loved the campsite, so quiet and clean. We would really love to Come back.
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Juan A.recommends
December 2, 2022
Lakeside Camp
My friends and I enjoyed our time in Mendocino Magic during a cold weekend of November. Mackenzie was responsive before the trip and welcoming once we got there. We enjoyed the serene view of the lake and the surrounding hills, the clear studded skies at night, and the sounds of birds and other wildlife (coyotes, perhaps?) The weather was too cold to take a dip in the lake - keep that in mind if you plan on visiting at these times. Highly recommend!
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Mikaela L.recommends
November 28, 2022
Site 25 - Car Camping
Magic in the air <3
Seriously rad space! No joke magic is in the air <3 Wish we had more time to check it all out but the disco ball in the trees stole my heart! Good people in the staff for our small interactions! We happened upon a cold night car camping and the kitchen space in AM was a savior! Our dog very much enjoyed the space, hope to come back in warmer weather for water activities!
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Scott L.recommends
October 17, 2022
Site 20 - Car Camping
Beautiful Property and Great Hosts
Amazing time at Mendocino Magic! The hosts were super nice and accommodating. The property was beautiful and we were some of the only people around the reservoir swimming. Highly recommend!
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Marianna V.recommends
October 17, 2022
Site 20 - Car Camping
Absolute love!!
For the second time I had the best time at Mendocino Magic. The crew is amazing, the amenities are fantastic and the reservoir is just fabulous! Thank you so much for having me and Scott this past weekend. We had a blast and definitely coming back very soon :)
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Debi I.recommends
October 10, 2022
The Jennifer Cottage
We had everything we needed for a nice stay…cottage was well stocked with most essentials. Host responded well to all communication before and during our stay.
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Holly A.recommends
September 29, 2022
Cannonball Camp
We were happy to have a site right on the reservoir. There were not many people when we went, so we were able to borrow all the kayaks and paddle around until the clouds rolled in. The camping area is dusty dirt, so bring a tarp if you have one. There was a jug of water provided, which was so thoughtful. Not far to the porta pottie. We were able to transport our stuff up to the campsite and bring it back, which was really great not to carry everything in. I wish we’d come on a hotter weekend so we could actually cannonball. The dock off the campsite was nice to stand on and peek at the fish. Mackenzie and her partner were helpful and checked in to make sure we were okay. We will definitely go back.
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Holly A.recommends
September 29, 2022
The Jennifer Cottage
We had a lovely time at the cottage. The pond it overlooks is a little boggy, but what do expect in a dry area, right? It’s a nice walk to the reservoir. And there are fairy lights that lead the way if you want to go at night. It feels secluded, while still being close if we wanted to head down to the common area. Mackenzie and her partner were very friendly. Someone complained about cobwebs. Not sure why you would expect no insects in the woods. It’s a cottage, not a luxury rental. We found it to be perfect for our needs.
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Dana L.recommends
September 24, 2022
Site 11 - Car Camping
Stunning property with tons of things to do, well-marked trails and plenty of port-a-potties and outdoor showers.
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Luke B.recommends
September 13, 2022
Cannonball Camp
Great place to camp! Very responsive staff and well kept premises!
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Charlie M.recommends
September 4, 2022
Site 4 - Car Camping
We had an excellent time!
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Kelly M.recommends
September 1, 2022
Site 13 - Car Camping
SO MANY STARS. Just go camp!
So serene. Camp staff stopped on their rounds twice to see if I was good or needed anything. Twinkle lights in the trees were a bonus I didn't expect. Nice quiet night watching the stars. The outdoor shower on my way out have me just the invigorating start I needed to my day off driving.
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Minh N.recommends
August 28, 2022
Site 21 - Car Camping
Great Perseid Event
We got in late Friday night but Mackenzie and friends were still up and directed us to pick any open spot. The porta potties were clean, there was running water (non potable) and a sink, and we were at a spot away from others. The perseid event was very cute, lots of hot tea and great soup, and beautiful even with the full moon that weekend. The best part of the property was the private lake- I want to come back in a cabin with more friends and spend all day lakeside.
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Jhen C.recommends
August 22, 2022
Site 12 - Car Camping
Stargazing!
Mackenzie is genuine and considerate, and I’m glad to be writing this review. A very good hostess. The land itself is beautiful and spacious. The campsites are spread out, some near a communal area (with grills and large firepit). We brought our little dogs, who had a blast. Our purpose was stargazing. The skies were clear and our views of the Milky Way were some of the best I’ve experienced. We walked up to an observation point, laid flat on our backs, and caught the tail end of a meteor shower. The location is relatively close to the ocean, which is to say a windy 35-45 minute scenic drive. All in all, a lovely place.
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Yoichi Y.recommends
August 22, 2022
Site 10 - Car Camping
Camping with 8 year old and dog.
This was our first trip to Mendocino Magic and we had a great time! We spent hours swimming and kayaking in the reservoir and hiking around the grounds. Mackenzie was very welcoming and her husband was so kind in bringing my wife, 8 year old son and myself to the awesome paintball course on the property for target practice. We will now make this an annual stop on our camping adventures!
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David G.recommends
August 22, 2022
Site 11 - Mast Family Camp Luxe Tent Site
Great family fun
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Carson H.recommends
August 21, 2022
Cannonball Camp
Awesome Lakeside Camping
We had an awesome time camping at cannonball this past weekend. We spent the entire day in the lake floating around and jumping off the dock. At night, we just stared up at the stars for hours. I would highly recommend this place to a friend and found it to be better than described.
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Sheila V.recommends
August 21, 2022
Site 11 - Car Camping
Love the space and amenities! Can use the kitchen with our crab catch at nearby beach. Best sky gazing night sky!!!!
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Juliette S.recommends
August 15, 2022
Lakeside Camp
Gorgeous even with Bad Neighbors
Lakeside camp was an absolute dream. We spent our days swimming and kayaking on crystal clear blue waters on the reservoir and pitched our tents right on the shore of the lake. We went down to the communal camp at nights and met so many wonderful people. Makenzie and her staff were so lovely and accommodating and put on a beautiful event for the meteor shower complete with a tea station, resident astronomy photographer, and soup service (I assumed the soup would be packaged and was so excited to see it was made from scratch by an awesome chef). The land and reservoir are just incomparable. The only downside to our entire stay was the campers at the camp at the other side of the lake blasted d-list Mykonos beach party house music for 48 hours straight because it was apparently 'Caitlin's birthday' and Caitlin is more important than the sanity of everyone else at the camp. We realized when we left they had actually been asked to turn it off multiple times and just straight up ignored the staff. Caitlin, if you ever read this, I hate you and I hope you got socks for your birthday. 10/10 would camp again otherwise.
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Karthy E.recommends
August 14, 2022
Site 22 - Car Camping
Cool camp
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Luke U.recommends
August 14, 2022
Site 23 - Car Camping
We stayed here for one night as we passed through the area. The property is gorgeous but definitely a little rough around the edges. It kind of felt like we were camping at a music festival which was fine because we love music festivals. The shower was funky but the water was hot, porta potties were the only bathrooms we saw. Lots of tasty blackberries to pick!
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Scott T.recommends
August 14, 2022
Sawmill Cabin
The sawmill cabin was charming and nice. Enjoyed our stay. Mackenzie is really nice and there was lots of equipment to use both inside the cabin and on the property. They have outdoor showers close by.
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Andre R.recommends
August 3, 2022
Site 4 - Car Camping
good spot. a lot of sites
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Benji S.recommends
July 28, 2022
The Jennifer Cottage
The cottage was spacious , the kitchen fully loaded and slightly secluded by trees from the rest of the camp ground which was nice for calm and privacy…
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Payton B.
July 27, 2022
Site 12 - Car Camping
NOT MAGIC but a campground. We showed up and we’re confused on where to go. The showers were cold- also Laytonville not cute. It was definitely a nice place to stop off of the 1 but a bit out of the way.
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Samantha P.doesn't recommend
July 20, 2022
Site 23 - Car Camping
I Was Bamboozled
Just know - the quality of the website does not match the quality of the camp site. We’ve camped and backpacked before - if we were prepared this would have been fine for one night. However this is our honeymoon and we were attempting to do a little more comfortable, less stressful camping up the Pacific North Coast Highway. Don’t know why - but this place searches as having flushing toilets and electricity on Hipcamp. It does… but not like you would think. Overall, if we had stayed, it would have been a hot, dusty endeavor. Don’t be fooled this is nowhere near the town of Mendocino, let alone the coast.
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Julie F.recommends
July 14, 2022
Site 15 - Car Camping
Nice Place to stay with Reservoir!
I love their new electrical hookups for RV’s. The entire property is so well maintained and the people we me during our visit were wonderful. This is a wonderful, safe but rural environment to stay at with a great reservoir and trails to explore. Mackenzie is a wonderful host!!
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Arielle C.recommends
July 12, 2022
Cannonball Camp
Our group had a great weekend hanging out right on (and in) the water at cannonball camp! Mackenzie shuttled up all our stuff for us in her truck (we got shuttled as well!), so we didn’t have to carry anything in. The camp has a picnic table and some long tables, with a 10gal water container waiting for us. Being right on the water was awesome! At first I was worried about being able to swim because it wasn’t going to be hot out, but the reservoir was a nice temperature (warmer than the air) and we spent the whole morning in the water. There are a bunch of kayaks for use as well, and there’s a nice walk around the reservoir (look out for poison oak). Only two campsites on the lake so was very quiet at night. Loved our time here!
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