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 is 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. Fires are prohibited June-September.

The vineyard walk-in tent site is for campers who want a little extra privacy and don't mind walking a couple of minutes up a hill to the bathroom and parking area. The site is a deck below the fence, with beautiful views of the surrounding BLM land and beyond to the west. The deck is 8X10 feet (about 3X3 meters), so it is not suitable for a large tent or multiple tents. Also, as it is about 300 feet from parking, down a hill, it is not suitable for campers with a lot of big, heavy items.

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 2 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
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
Fishing
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3) in California.

Mountainous
Farm
Ranch

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Hipcamper Doug
Doug C.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2021

Wow, what a beautiful view! We got there just before the sun set - we recommend getting there sooner to set up as it is quite the trek from the car to the platform and we were chasing light. It’s also quite an incline so pace yourself and limit the trips you take. We did none of this and really got a work out lol

They’re not kidding about the road - 4 wheel drive is necessary and you will feel like a shaken maraca by the end of it, even going 5 mph the whole time. Worth. It. GPS will definitely try to take you to private roads so follow the hosts written directions and you’ll be fine.

Also, don’t try cooking meat - we accidentally summoned about 20+ Bees that relentlessly devoured our breakfast. This made the tear down a little nerve wracking as we had to shield ourselves and work around them.

It should be noted that the hot water valves were taken off the sinks - none available.

The private, stunning view left us fulfilled regardless of the bumps in the road ;)

Hipcamper THOMAS
Thomas B.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2021

The walk in site Site #3 is secluded, yes, but also sunset heaven. And the facilities (common bathroom and outdoor shower) exceed expectations. Especially the Moxie wall art which truly speaks my language. An acquired taste.

Hipcamper Ella

Breathtaking views

Ella D.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2021

Geoff's site was absolutely gorgeous. We chose Site 3 (the walk in) and are very happy we did. Sunset will take your breath away. We actually had the whole place to ourselves. Happy we had all wheel drive as the previous comments about the road in ring true. Groveland is getting back on their feet in the post covid world, but we had a great dinner at Iron Door Saloon before heading up to camp and a nice cup of joe at Mountain Sage before heading into Yosemite. Would recommend and definitely stay here again! Look forward to trying the wine one day ;)

sunset from site 3Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3)Site 3 (walk-in)sunset from the top
Hipcamper Laura

Great sunset views

Laura B.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2021

Geoff’s site was just what we look for in a Hipcamp. Private, great view, and a fun off-road experience to get there! We had site 3, which is not accessible to drive into. We kept our cooking gear and stove up by the car so we didn’t have to schlep twice. It was totally fine and enjoyed the experience of having cooking nearer to the communal area and bathroom, but our site just for sleeping. If you have littles or a lot of gear, I’d suggest booking a different site than site 3 to avoid the extra walk. If you’re traveling lite, you will be rewarded with a great view!

Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3)
Hipcamper MP

Sweet spot-very private, great view

Mp R.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2021

Loved Geoff's place. We stayed in the lower site 3 3, down the hill below the vineyard. Lovely private spot with great view, amazing sunsets, and a table to sit at. Site offers a very nice shared bathroom, outdoor shower, big comfy hammock and fire pit.

Hipcamper Carl
Carl S.
recommends this listing.
June 14th, 2021

Great place. Campsite was clean and included an outdoor shower with hot water, a bathroom, and two other sinks that could be used for washing clothes and doing dishes. The campsite is a bit far (just under an hour) from the Yosemite entrance, but if you're planning a short trip and can't find camp sites inside of Yosemite, I would certainly recommend this place.

Hipcamper Ian

Awesome views, awesome dog

Ian U.
recommends this listing.
May 23rd, 2021

Had an awesome stay! The sunset view was insane. Amenities were super clean and the cold shower makes for a good story. Making all the food up near the car was easiest. I was so surprised at how quiet it was. We ended up on jackass access road and I would NOT recommend that route to get here. I got to meet Geoff and he’s a super nice guy, I developed an attachment to his dog in the short time I spent there :,( I’d love to come back here

Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3)
Hipcamper Jeff

Great views and lots of fun!

Jeff H.
recommends this listing.
April 30th, 2021

This was a unique and fun stop. As people have noted, you'll need a vehicle with decent clearance to get up the road to the site. And if you are in site 3, make sure to go all the way down to the end of the vineyard and open the gate to get to the site. This was a little tricky to find in the dark (totally our fault for not timing the drive properly), but it wasn't too bad. The site was clean and we were especially happy with the restroom facilities. Lots of fun all around!

Awesome view from the tent. Nice little tent pad (good for a 2-person tent), picnic table ... and a view!
Hipcamper Laticia
Laticia J.
recommends this listing.
April 12th, 2021

My boyfriend and I had the best time here at the Vineyard site! Beautiful views and amazing weather!

Awards

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

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