Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. (Motorhomes/Trailers/Truck Campers/RV's - DO NOT BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PARAGRAPH BELOW.) 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
Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. (Motorhomes/Trailers/Truck Campers/RV's - DO NOT BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PARAGRAPH BELOW.) 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.
Campsites 1 - 14 are centrally located at the top of the hill, sites 15 - 25 are more remote (& quieter) but are also farther from the bathrooms & potable water supplies. (Site 25 is in a tight forest where slender pine trees rub against each other; if there's any wind, they make sounds akin to wooden ships rubbing up against the docks in a harbor. NOTE: The site numbering has changed for 2020 as we have added 5 more sites. Therefore, a site you stayed in previously may now have a different number and past comments regarding these specific sites may no longer be accurate and could refer to a different site. Please ask me if you have any questions.) If you are traveling in a group, we suggest getting two sites next to each other rather than trying to squeeze everyone into a single site - it's actually less expensive to rent two sites with 5 people each rather than putting 10 people into a single site. Site pairs that work well together are 1&2, 4&6, 3&5 and 9&12, (We also have areas specifically for larger groups. Please see our Hipcamp group site listing.)
Motorhomes/Trailers/Truck Campers/RV's - Please note, there are currently only a few campsites that can accommodate these vehicles: sites 3, 4, 8, 10, 16, and 18. If your RV is longer than 34 feet, please let me know so that we can make sure that we can get you to fit. Please note, there are NO HOOKUPS. However, potable water is accessible when you arrive - please bring a long hose to make filling easier. (If you have a group of RV's and are looking to all camp together, please check out our Group Site listing - site #1.) Please also note that our roadway is gravel and includes a small hill you must climb. Please do NOT bring a trailer if you are towing with a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Also, if your trailer is pushing the weight limit of your tow vehicle, please have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. (If you have any questions, please message me.) NO MORE THAN ONE RV PER SITE.
Please include all individuals in your booking headcount including all children over the age of 1 year old.
CAMPFIRE NOTE: When wood-burning fires are safe (until June 30th) fire pits with a grill & mesh cover are provided at every site. All fires must be contained in the fire pit. Open (or uncovered) campfires (on the ground) are prohibited. CAMPFIRES ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN THE COVERED FIRE PITS. Please keep the fire pit covered when in use and always fully extinguish your fire when you leave the campsite. You may collect dead wood to burn from the property, but please bring a handsaw to cut up pieces so they will fit into the fire pit.
AFTER JUNE 30th, propane fire pits will be provided in each site but propane will NOT be included. You are welcome to bring your own or rent a tank from us.
Please see our 'EXTRAS' to make sure you purchase propane so you have fuel for the fire pit, or you can bring your own standard propane tank. (Propane fire pits are NOT FOR COOKING. A $50 cleaning fee will be charged if used for any kind of cooking purposes.)
LATE-NIGHT BOOKING NOTICE: If you are attempting to book for a same-day/late-night visit (anytime after 9:30), PLEASE message me first to confirm my availability to let you in. If I do not respond, please DO NOT book as you will not be able to get in.
Be sure to bring flashlights and lanterns, it does get dark at night!
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
There are many country roads that can be biked on in the Apple Hill area.
Slab Creek Reservoir is great for Canoeing & Kayaking and is 4 miles away. (Small fishing boats can also be launched, but boat...Read more
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There are several walking trails that circle and crisscrosses the property. (It is approximately 1.5 miles around the property...Read more
Slab Creek Reservoir is great for paddling and is 4 miles away. (The road to Slab Creek is not for the feint of heart.)
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Chili Bar & Coloma offer up some of the world best white water rafting! Chili Bar is 10.5 miles away.
Deer. squirrels, rabbits and birds live on the property; coyotes, foxes & a bear have also been seen, but have always run away ...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Madrone Tree Hill in California.
The property is largely covered by forest, natural pines & firs, and over-sized Christmas Trees.
River, stream, or creek
There is NO river, but a very small stream does flow along the east side of the property.
There are wetlands on the east side of the property, near the small creek.
We are an active Christmas Tree farm, albeit most of our trees are very large.
Places to see near Madrone Tree Hill
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This place was gorgeous! We got our pick of campsites since there was only one other party there. We had a hard time getting the fire started since it was so cold and damp, bring lighter fluid in the winter time. We can't wait to come back :)
Gordon’s camp sites review
Gordon’s camp sites is great. Nice and clean and peaceful setting. Gordon’s trees provide lots of wood for gathering if you wanna make a nice fire. Gordon has lots of campsites organized very professionally. Gordon’s roads were easy to navigate for a small trailer. I would highly recommend Gordon’s camping experience!
Gordon had everything we could think of to make our stay comfortable. Our campsite was very nice, and we were lucky enough to spot a deer on our walk around the property. When my car got stuck in some mud, Gordon showed up within minutes to help. We had a great time and look forward to returning. Thank you.
Campsite #19 is the best!
We had another great experience at Madrone Tree Hill! Thank you Gordon for sharing this special tranquil place. This time around we took the time to walk the scenic trails all around the property and especially enjoyed the journey through the meadow to Rainbow Orchards. Campsite #19 was perfect for our VW Vangon and entire camping set up. We look forward to returning there again in the near future.
Madrone tree hill
We had an awesome stay! The grounds are beautiful with some great walking paths. The christmas tree farm is very cute, we stayed during the winter season so the farm might look different during summer. A few larger group campsites, one with a stage and plenty of space for activities. Will 100% return during spring and summer. Thanks, Gordon!
Overnight camp site
It was a great place for an overnight stay with many great places to visit nearby. It is a perfect location to stay for a few days and really explore Apple Hill. Gordon was a fantastic host and gave our group great information during our stay.