Pitch your tent smack dab in the middle of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary - some of the most beautiful acreage in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Build a fire! Cook a delicious, campfire meal over an open fire pit - kick up your heels "a bit" after a long, hard day and then - Whew! Cop a squat, sit back, exhale and prepare yourself to take it all in. Silence is golden arou
Pitch your tent smack dab in the middle of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary - some of the most beautiful acreage in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Build a fire! Cook a delicious, campfire meal over an open fire pit - kick up your heels "a bit" after a long, hard day and then - Whew! Cop a squat, sit back, exhale and prepare yourself to take it all in. Silence is golden around here and once here, you will soon come to know – that if you blend in, be quiet, listen and observe – NATURE, in all its glory, will reveal its majesty - right before your very eyes.
The 2 acre pond reflects the brilliance of “harmony” in nature. The water is pure, clean and abundant with life yet, HartSong Ranch is a pesticide free facility. Nature, taking care of itself, is truly a beautiful thing. Yellow Water Iris are in full bloom, spring through early summer. Dragonflies and butterflies sparkle in the sunshine. Frogs croak, bats dart here and there and big mouth bass become airborne in search of dinner in the early evening hours. Blue and White Heron visit the pond often – gracefully soaring over the pastures and pond in search of a safe place to land among the Iris. Watching them calculate a strategy to catch a meal, while appearing to stalk in slow motion – FASCINATING!
Upwards of 40 Canada Geese goslings are hatched yearly on the grounds of HartSong. It’s absolutely adorable to watch the little ones as they frantically paddle along behind their moms. In addition and if you’re an early riser, you will most certainly feel blessed to observe the loving, yet stern, communications between Canada Goose parents (life- long mates) as they teach their young to fly - every morning at sunrise in the spring.
Eight head of cattle (that have never known anything other than kindness), graze the pastures beyond the pond. Yes, they all have names and yes, they are all as sweet as can be. Their tranquility is contagious.
The "one and only" ALP campsite is large enough to accommodate 9+ large tents. Only one camping group occupies this campsite.
Amenities at the site include...
*Hand washing station - hand soap, hand sanitizer and hand towels provided
*3 Picnic Tables with table cloths
*Wood - Dry
*Fire Ring with Wood Rounds for Seating, Lighter, Fire Starter Sticks and Water Bucket (NO FIRES ALLOWED DURING HIGH FIRE SEASON)
*Warming propane fire box (4' long). This unit is approved to use during high fire season and provides enough of a flame to roast marshmallows, s'mores and provides incredible ambiance at the campsite during the nighttime hours.
*Propane BBQ Grill - available to use during high fire season
*VEGAN BBQ Grill - available to use during high fire season
*BBQ Utensils - Large Spatula/Turner, Large Pronged Fork, Wire Bristle Grill Cleaner/Scraper
*Shade sail - 1
*Life Jackets (2 child and 2 adult)
*Row Boat with oars
*Extra Large Dining Tent with Screened Sides for Ventilation
*Coleman Heavy Duty Water Jug (5 Gallon)
*Clean, Fresh Drinking Water from HartSong's Well
*2 Adirondack Chairs with Side Table
*Emergency First Aid Kit
*Solar in Ground Lights for easy navigation during the nighttime hours
Off the ranch adventures are also abundant in the Sierra Nevada foothills surrounding HartSong Ranch.
*The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – a 14 mile drive from your campsite, features a museum, restored historic buildings and costumed volunteers. Gold was discovered here at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush.
*The American River Confluence (North Fork and Middle Fork merge) – a 10 mile drive from your campsite. The drive down the canyon to the American River is beautifully picturesque. Over 100 miles of hiking trails, pristine swimming holes and white water opportunities are available for those of you in search of adrenaline laced activities.
*Coloma, California – world famous for its white water rafting excursions – a 14 mile drive from your campsite.
*Lotus, California - The Coloma-Lotus Valley is the major destination of the South Fork, shaped by the American River today as in 1848. Three riverfront parks provide opportunities for family picnics and wading, and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park brings California’s history to life. While in Lotus, please make a point to stop in at Sierra Rizing Bakery, Coffeehouse and Cafe – located in the beautiful Coloma & Lotus river valley just steps from the South Fork of the American River. They feature small-batch local artisan-roasted coffees, fresh bakery goods, breakfast and lunch fare, as well as specialty drinks, beer, and local wines. They also offer a beautiful outdoor patio that is dog friendly. Dogs are also welcome inside the cafe.
HartSong co-founders, Jim and Kathy Hart, are both professional musicians so there’s nothing more delightful to our ears than to hear acoustic kumbaya moments around a campfire. We do, however, most graciously request “quiet time” at the campsite after 10PM.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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The American River Confluence - where the North Fork and Middle Fork merge - is a 10 minute drive away from your campsite.
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It was lovely! Beautiful scenery and a nice quiet area! Got to take out the fun canoe and follow the canal on a walk! Lovely to see the animals! Jim and Kathy were so kind to provide a propane fire box, BBQ with tools, hammock and more!
As nice as the listing and photos show. Lots of animals all around the property, mostly in their fenced off areas, though Molly and Bear the dogs were friendly and visited the campsite. Jim was very kind and explained the ins and outs of our stay. The grounds were kept very clean. Porto-potty was clean, not smelly, plenty of soap and sanitizer. Unfortunately we werent able to even use the gas fireplace, which we thought was provided in lieu of having an open wood fire due to wild fire risk, but I guess not. So minor bummer, but we get the reason. This time of year can get decently cold at night (50s), so be sure to bring enough blankets and layers, especially if its around fire season and no fires are allowed.
Hartsong Ranch is a beautiful place to spend a weekend. We brought our 2 year old daughter and she absolutely loved interacting with all of the animals, especially Edward the chicken :). Jim was so welcoming and helpful throughout the weekend. I highly recommend spending some time here.
Loved everything about this place and the hosts! Kathy and Jim is very responsive and friendly. It was a pleasure getting to know them and their farm. It is definitely an animal lovers paradise - our dog enjoyed roaming around making friends of her kind. Though there's a lot of farm animals it doesn't have an odor. The campsite is wide, clean, and flat. Can see plenty of stars in the sky. Their description and pictures are exactly as is. The air quality during this time (early Sept) wasn't smokey at all even with the nearby forest fire.
A note to be aware - it does get loud throughout the day and night with roosters and geese calls (bring earplugs if you're bothered). There are also mosquitos. It is a tent-only campsite where you have to walk from the parking lot down to the site. We didn't know and brought our rooftop tent, but the hosts were graciously accommodating.
Magical slice of paradise
We had the most wonderful time staying there for my birthday. All of the pictures are accurate, and the sounds of the farm in the mornings and evenings are magical. My fiancé and I had so much fun, and Kathy and Jim are very kind souls. I would highly recommend.
Amazing & lovely paradise
Our entire party loved the stay and the hospitality of both Kathy & Jim. The location was very clean and amazing. Having all that space for ourselves with animals all around was very peaceful.
My daughter enjoyed interacting with every one of the animals. She loved and kept remembering all the animals by their names.
We would love to return at the first chance we get based on availability.
Lovely, relaxing campsite!
My husband and I had a magical time camping at this animal sanctuary! Kathy and Jim were both gracious hosts. Kathy greeted us upon arrival and told us about all of the animals and details about the site. Jim gave us some farm-fresh vegetables and eggs, which we thoroughly enjoyed grilling and eating. Our dog loved swimming in the creek and the pond. The blackberry-lined creek is so unique and amazing. We walked along it every morning and night. It was such a great experience to watch the animal across the pond going about their morning and nightly routines :)
What a wonderful camping retreat! We had a wonderful time at HartSong Ranch. We highly recommend it any group looking for a private getaway. We came with a group of 17 (five families), and everyone agreed it was a fantastic trip. Kathy and Jim are warm and responsive hosts.
Things we loved:
1. Natural beauty - the setting, in between the pond and the canal/creek was incredibly idyllic. Open area with shady trees on the side. No poison oak!
2. Propane "Warming Box" - it was already fire season, so no campfire, but the campground has a long rectangular propane fire pit (like you see in restaurants for ambiance). It was perfect for sitting around and roasting marshmallows. And you can't beat the convenience of turning it on and off with a switch!
3. Provided special amenities - the boat WITH life jackets, the hammock, the sun shade, the picnic table cloth, the grill with grill tools, the handwashing station at the porta-potty, the lights that illuminated with path the porta-potty. All these were so thoughtful and made for a very enjoyable camping experience
4. Meeting the animals! Seeing the ranch animals grazing about across the lake and on other parts of the ranch was special. If you take the tour, you can pet and feed the horses!
Things to be aware of:
1. The canal is wonderfully cool with clear, quick water, but it is not terribly wide for playing in with a group.
2. It won't necessarily be as grassy in the spring/summer as it is in the pictures. Still very nice, but expect some dusty patches.
3. There is only one picnic table down in the campsite. Since we had five families camping, we ended up having to do most of our (camp stove) cooking up near the parking area, where there were two additional picnic tables. It wasn't far, but it is separate from the grill and the tents.
4. If you take the tour with kids in hot weather, bring a water bottle. The history of the ranch and the story of each rescued horse is interesting and heart-warming, but the littler kids may get fidgety and thirsty.
1. There is a light in the porta-potty! It looks like an air-freshener, but it's actually a tap light!
2. Kathy and Jim can run an extension cord to the parking area, if you need to charge an electric car.
3. Verizon and AT&T had decent service, but it's kind of dead spot for T-Mobile.
My husband and I have been going there for the past 4 years for my husbands bday. We go with our adult kids. They love to go too. This year my daughter and son inlaw brought their toddler. It just so happened to be Mothers Day this year and my son and daughter in law told us that they a going to have a baby! We are super excited to bring another baby next year. The camp hosts are so accommodating. The camp site is very beautiful. We always catch fish both from the bank or boat. Gotta watch out for Edward the rooster and ? The billygoat. Remember that It is an animal rescue place and some have bad attitudes. We love this place so much!