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Madrone Tree Hill

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1210 reviews
· Camino, California
50 acres
35 sites
1 Lodging
26 RV/Tent
8 Tent
Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This 50-acre family-owned property is located in the heart of Apple Hill. There are two streams that run through it, with a hill that separates them. It is a working Christmas tree farm that was started in the 1960s and now has many trees that are too big to fit in anyone's home but provide an unbelievable canopy for some of our campsites. Half the property is covered in a pine forest (with some secluded campsites) with the balance being Christmas trees, Manzanita brush, Madrone trees, and open areas (for larger group campers). There are trails throughout the property for visitors to enjoy. There is an Apple Farm across the street that makes the best donuts in Apple Hill! Less than a mile away is a farm brewery and there are wineries throughout the area. There is also a large lake nearby that is a favorite for local kayak and canoe enthusiasts (and some who enjoy fishing) since most non-locals don't know it exists.    As kids, my sister, brother and I all planted Christmas trees here. We planted and pruned trees for our father and never really appreciated the beauty of the property since all this place represented to us was work! (Unbeknownst to us, my Dad gave up the farm after a few years because he realized it took up too much family time.) Because of this attitude, I never even explored the property until about 10 years ago, 30+ years after the first Christmas tree had been planted. After doing so, I realized how diverse it was and what a gem it is since it is located right in the heart of Apple Hill with so many things to explore that are in the area. My Dad passed away in 2017 and I want to share what he started so that others can enjoy the beauty of what this area has to offer. Cheers to you Dad!
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Camino, 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 Gordon H.Joined in April 2016
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 3 hours
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1805 ratings · 1210 reviews
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Nic B.recommends
December 5, 2022
Site 21 - Tents only
Great little hidden spot!
Nice quiet place to getaway with well groomed camping spots. Gordon was a great camp host. I will definitely be back in the future.
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Olivia M.recommends
November 29, 2022
Site 25 - Tents only
Lovely campground
Madrone Tree Hill is the best place to camp near Placerville! It has great campsites, nice communal sink areas, large RV parking areas, quick access to an apple cider orchard and a brewery that is walking distance nearby. I enjoy the 4am sound track of Coyotes greatest yippies. The grounds have a lovely short nature trail run which kids or dogs can be taken around. There's good privacy from your next door neighbors. I think the grounds were super nice and improved over the last year. I can't wait to come back to stay again at Madrone Tree Hill in the near future!
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Mark B.recommends
November 27, 2022
Site 18 - RV or Tents
Great experience, Gordon was easy to work with and very polite. He was able to accommodate our group to fit all together. We will definitely be back. Thanks
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Ben T.recommends
November 27, 2022
Site 18 - RV or Tents
Nice place to camp near Placerville. Quiet and clean. No leveling needed on site 16.
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Kyle D.recommends
November 21, 2022
Site 21 - Tents only
Such a nice hidden place that felt like away from any towns but still close by in case we needed anything. Great proximity to all the Apple hill farms too.
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Jeff W.recommends
November 15, 2022
Site 10 - RV or TENTS
Love it!
The setting is spectacular. We love it there. Our favorite place to get away.
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Nicholas L.recommends
November 14, 2022
Site 8 - RV or Tents
Great place to camp
The area and site are outstanding Very clean and well maintained
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Luke M.recommends
November 13, 2022
Site 19 - Tents preferred
Always a great place to stay every year when we visit Apple Hill. Gordon is very accommodating and kind. His land is private and we feel very safe. The added trail hike around the camp was beautiful.
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Nia F.recommends
November 7, 2022
Plantation Group Site - RVs OK
Fun Getaway!
Madrone Tree Hill is a great location for a weekend getaway. We camped at Groupsite #1 (Plantation campsite) and it was perfect for our group (16 total). We had several children in our group (six months old to five years old) and the kids had a great time running around the open campsite, roasting marshmallows, and hiking the trails on the property. We plan on making this our regular campsite! We would highly recommend this site to anyone looking for a relaxing and fun camping experience. It is the perfect distance from Sacramento and close to all the wonderful Apple Hill farms. Frank, the person who works on site, was very nice and helpful during our stay. Gordon, the owner, is responsive and also very helpful. They were available when needed without being intrusive while we were there. They make a great team! Tips: - rent the individual outhouse/port-o-potty for your group - Walk the trail to Rainbow Orchards for apple cider donuts, hot cider, and mulled wine - Consider taking an RV if you plan on camping in the winter with very small children as it is a nice option to have if it gets too cold for a tent Enjoy your stay!
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Brenda R.recommends
November 6, 2022
Site 15 - tents preferred
We loved our stay at Madrone Tree Hill! The weather was chilly but we came prepared. Luckily we were able to get a fire going for cooking and during the day got to explore Apple Hill farms. The space was very well kept and will definitely be coming back !
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Erin T.recommends
November 6, 2022
Site 25 - Tents only
2nd visit and won’t be my last
It was raining most of my stay, but honestly…it didn’t bother me. I was prepared for it and had everything I needed to stay dry. I stayed at site 25 this time and it was definitely more tucked away. You do have a site across the way that is visible, but it’s not right on top of you. This site is close to the road and the gate. You will hear beeps when the gate opens and closes, and there is road noise. It wasn’t too bothersome to me, but if you can’t handle road noise, not the site for you. It is huge and truly such a beautiful spot with the tall pine trees. I hiked all the trails in the morning when there was no rain. Absolutely good workout and beautiful maintained trails and property. Cannot recommend this place enough. Thanks again for a lovely stay! Having a fire to stay warm and dry during the rain was a big plus!
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Sarah S.recommends
November 6, 2022
Site 3 - RV or Tents
Great property and location! Exactly as described. Lovely site, clean portable toilets, sink close by. Trails were well groomed. Short trip, but much fun despite the rain.
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Shannon O.recommends
November 5, 2022
Site 4 - RV or Tents
Really beautiful camp ground, lots and lots of trees. Campsites are great! Complete with pic nic table, chairs, fire pit, fire extinguisher, and bucket of water. Clean Porta potties and out door sinks. Good communication and directions from Gordon. Great location in the center of Apple Hill, where there is plenty of sight seeing and vendor shopping at the farms. We had a good meal at the Forester Pub and a great breakfast at the Sportsmans Hall. We are a Airbnb host, so we appreciated all the detail to camping needs. We look forward to camping there again and bringing family and friends.
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Tiffany S.recommends
November 1, 2022
Hilltop Group Site -Tents ONLY
Great site - lots of extra bonuses
This is our second time group camping at Madrone Hill. We had such a fun time and will definitely be back again. Love the gas firepit and grills. Also so nice to have space and not be right up against another campsite. The kids love the proximity to the apple orchard and the adults love the brewery - all just a short and beautiful walk along a trail in the campground. Extra bonus was enjoying the haunted forest they had set up this year.
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Emily H.recommends
October 30, 2022
Site 8 - RV or Tents
Great set up, breweries and apple farms in walking distance, helpful host. Great stay!
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Nicole H.recommends
October 30, 2022
Plantation Group Site - RVs OK
So fun! Thank you Gordon, we had an amazing time and plan on doing it again next year!
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Melinda B.recommends
October 30, 2022
Site 16 - RV or Tents
Perfect location! Frank, the weekend host, was super friendly. Overall, a great stay! To be honest, the only down side is that it is the most expensive campsite we've ever stayed in and there isn’t even a trash dumpster. We camp all the time and I would say, I would, at most, expect to pay $40 for the site. That said, we would stay there again, we would just really hope for a dumpster included in the expensive price.
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Leslie M.recommends
October 29, 2022
Site 13 - tents only
Unfortunately we were unable to take advantage of our reservations due to a family’s emergency but Gordon was responsive and we hope to get up there soon.
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Liz T.recommends
October 27, 2022
Site 19 - Tents preferred
Gordon was a friendly host who greeted us when we arrived and offered to help us back our camper into it's spot. He had a haunted forest event on his property and he was great about communicating with us about the event parking and entrances and exits. I loved the Halloween decorations, and the old Christmas tree forest is a little spooky, perfect for Halloween. The stars popped, and the night was dark. In fact, I recommend getting there before dark on your first night to find your campsite. I loved how we could walk to the orchard across the street!
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Angela L.recommends
October 24, 2022
Site 15 - tents preferred
Camping in a haunted forest!
Ok we loved this trip! Our host was amazing and super accommodating! We had a blast hiking through the haunted forest and spending a day hanging around apple hill! Anyway our host made camping easy and for the first time in years we were able to have campfire! ❤️
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Paulo P.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 16 - RV or Tents
Family camping with our dogs
First off, Gordon was amazing! His customer service is top notch. Very responsive and helpful. That goes a long way. Then when we arrived, the place was beautiful! Very quiet, peaceful and it is absolutely the perfect place to go star gazing! Lots of trees, great place to unwind and relax!
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Shaun Y.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 17 - Tents preferred
Camping under starry night sky
It was nice to be camping there under a clear night sky, saw lots of stars in the sky, and the temperature was just right sleeping in my tent with my sleep bag. I checked in late around 8PM on a Staturday evening, missed the host but they been super responsive when i got questions through the app. Was a great stay, the next day took a hike on the Jenkinson Lake loop trail, took me almost 4 hours (normally it's 3.5hr), was a fun hike. Over all, great experience, would love to recommend to anyone.
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Mira H.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 8 - RV or Tents
Everything about our stay was perfect. Smooth check in, amazing amenities, pleasant surprises such as a really nice haunted forest and an apple orchard right accesos the street 6 min walk. Hosts were an absolute pleasure! We will definitely be back :)
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Cassidy W.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 19 - Tents preferred
We had a wonderful time camping at Madrone Tree Hill. We specifically came there so that we could wake up and walk to get fresh apple cider donuts and hot cider. Our campsite was really nice.. we had site 19. It was nice having the propane fire pit. Toilets were clean. Highly recommend.
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Joseph M.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 13 - tents only
Great site, great hospitality. Will return
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Deb W.recommends
October 23, 2022
Site 10 - RV or TENTS
Apple Hill - best spot ever!
The most beautiful spot! The host for the weekend - Frank- was a great guy! This is our second stay there and it’s an amazing spot. We would TOTALLY recommend this camp for anyone who wanted a private spot but still wanted to enjoy everything Apple Hill has to offer! Gordon (owner) has big plans for his family property- can’t wait to come back next spring!
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Vicki M.recommends
October 21, 2022
Site 18 - RV or Tents
Great Place for Tent & RV Camping
Beautiful camping spot in the trees. Tent campers can set up inside the sites back from the road for privacy while RVers can park facing the woods. Chairs & a propane fire pit on-site were a bonus since campfires are not allowed. The portable toilets were clean and nearby (with seat covers!). The wash stations and water spigot are not close to all sites but just a short walk away. If you are going for Apple Hill fun, one farm and a brewery are within walking distance. We didn’t attend but the Haunted Forrest is another attraction to look forward to.
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Alfonso E.recommends
October 21, 2022
Site 12 - Tents only
My third stay at MTH was as delightful as ever. Looking forward to the next.
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Nicole C.recommends
October 21, 2022
Site 18 - RV or Tents
Beautiful area and very centrally located to wineries and apple farms.
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Marvic B.recommends
October 19, 2022
Site 15 - tents preferred
Camping Trip
Madrone Hill was great! Gordon was super responsive to texts and was right there when we needed to get a jump for our car. The whole campground is amazing and the sites I could see were all awesome. My only complaint would be that the porta-potties were rough. I wouldn't recommend getting a campsite near them because of the smell.
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