Hipcamp host Sue L.,
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Mother Lode Farm is a working organic farm. You enter the farm through a private locked gate (Hip Campers will be given the combo) and enter into a long meadow, bordered on one whole side by a rushing year round creek. The campsite is level, grassy, and partially shaded throughout the day by a huge heritage oak. There is a large rock on the creek by the campsite, with sev


Mother Lode Farm is a working organic farm. You enter the farm through a private locked gate (Hip Campers will be given the combo) and enter into a long meadow, bordered on one whole side by a rushing year round creek. The campsite is level, grassy, and partially shaded throughout the day by a huge heritage oak. There is a large rock on the creek by the campsite, with several Native American mortar cups where the original inhabitants ground acorns for meal. It is perfect for creekside lounging with a good book. We have also dammed up a small wading area, where campers can perch beach chairs, sit in the creek, and enjoy the cold waters during the heat of the summer. The creekside campsite also overlooks the gardens, where campers can help themselves to seasonal, organically grown produce, for a donation. Firewood is available for $15.00 a night. Please order a bundle for each night you plan on having a campfire.  You can use what you like, but please keep your fires small due to fire danger. 

  Up the hill is the old farmhouse and looking down the meadow is an old barn and several campsites in development. We have a flock of chickens, fed on organic feed, whom produce lovely eggs, also available. The farm is the oldest homestead in Smartsville, which in its prime, was a booming gold rush town. The farmhouse is an old Victorian, circa 1850's, which is in the process of restoration and is rumored to have been at one time, the local brothel. If you like to swim, there are numerous swimming holes nearby.Collins Lake, Bridgeport, Edward's Crossing, Washington, CA, and Fairy Falls, all provide wonderful swimming holes. Access to the Yuba River is about two miles away, hiking trails abound, and the lovely towns of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Penn Valley are all close by.  Mountain bikers and hikers will enjoy the numerous area trails, and history buffs can explore Empire Mine State Park, Timbuctoo, and numerous other historical sites. Gold panning on the creek or the Yuba River is also something folks enjoy in the area. Lake Tahoe is a little over an hour away. This is a working farm, and the animals and farm staff wake up early. We try to be very respectful of those wishing to sleep-in, but Ozzy our very noisy rooster has no such regards. The creek is roaring, year-round as well. Our resident farm dog, Great Dane and Catahoula Leopard dog mix, is called Patch, and he has never met a soul who was not instantly his best friend. Sometimes, annoyingly so. Mountain Lions, Coyotes, Skunks, Deer, Bear, Rattlesnakes, etc. are also a reality in this area and regular seen. The creek is deep and therefore small children are not allowed.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical connection
No water connection
No sewage dump point
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 25ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Sue a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off

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Hipcamper Cate

Great night and hosts

Cate L.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

The large space was lovely. It’s was in the sun at mid day. Very comfortable and quiet.

Hipcamper Audrey

Great place to stay!

Audrey K.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2021

We had a great time staying here for a long weekend in early October. Campsite #1 is huge and has both shade and sun. We loved being right near the creek. Sue is an awesome host. Some of the tree branches were scraping the top of our class B RV on the dirt road leading to the campsite, and Sue arranged to have them trimmed the following morning. This beautiful farm makes for an idyllic getaway.

Hipcamper Emmy

Burbling brook blissful camping

Emmy G.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2021

Shady Creekside Camping was absolutely adorable and so peaceful. The camp sites are set up right next to the creek and lull you into some of the best sleep you'll ever have. Sue is so accommodating and has adorable touches around the farm. Her composting toilet is inside this super cute outhouse that makes you feel extra cozy. Her pup on the farm is super friendly. She has wonderful little touches like picnic tables, a table cloth, lantern, a fire pit and androck chairs around the fire pits. She even had a charcoal barbecue set up! Now, I cannot forget to mention the adorable hammock she has set up for those who want to play on the rocks and splash in the river. I could easily have stayed here a few more nights and gotten lost in the beautiful wilderness. She is right off a highway so you'll hear some cars but the sound of the creek drowns out most of it. The stars at night are also worth noting. You're out away from the city enough to actually see some wonderful stars through the trees. I highly recommend this adorable stay

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Hipcamper Gypsy

Fun, relaxing and refreshing

Gypsy R.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2021

Shady creek camping was amazing. We had such a fantastic time there. Where do I start ? Well, to begin with Sue is so welcoming , kind and generous. She made us feel right at home on her beautiful farm. We loved her dog , her chickens and her pig and we really loved the campsite. There is a peaceful and beautifully sounding creek running through camp that is so refreshing to dip off in and a hammock to relax in. There was also a big fire pit with 4 comfortable chairs that we enjoyed every night. It was fun to be in the country yet only 20 minutes from grass valley where we went to the co-op to shop and Yuba river to swim in. Shady creek camping is in a great location. We look forward to camping there again 😊

Hipcamper Sue
Response from Sue, the Host, on September 24th, 2021

Gypsy and her family were so much fun and a delight to host. You are so welcome anytime, and Dougie and Kiwi too!

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Hipcamper Tracie

Cozy creekside camping

Tracie L.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2021

Great little get away camping spot. The site was roomy, shady, and very peaceful. River access close by and lots of places to explore. We really enjoyed our stay. The host was very helpful and the site is a gem.

Hipcamper Sue
Response from Sue, the Host, on September 15th, 2021

Thank you Tracie for coming to visit Mother Lode Farm. You are most welcome anytime!

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Hipcamper Mariana

Wonderful place!

Mariana C.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Wonderful place! We loved the setting and environment, and Sue is a generous and kind host.! Took my family and we had an amazing time. We are already planning to come back again Thank you so much Sue!

Hipcamper Tyler


Tyler V.
recommends this listing.
August 10th, 2021

Wonderful host and property! The fresh eggs were amazing!

Hipcamper Sue
Response from Sue, the Host, on August 18th, 2021

Tyler is an awesome camper. Such an interesting young man and a delight to meet! Please come back Tyler and hopefully we can have more time for a chat!

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Hipcamper Brinley
Brinley O.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2021

My group of friends and I had a wonderful time staying at Sue’s campsite on The Motherlode Farm. All the amenities were included and the creek that runs through the property provided some a much needed cool down space over the warm weekend. Sue was an awesome host and even left us with some parting gifts from the garden when we were leaving. I would definitely visit again!

Hipcamper Sue
Response from Sue, the Host, on August 4th, 2021

Brinley and his awesome group of human and dog friends were absolutely lovely. They were such fun to host and I am thankful to have had some time with Brinley and Co. and get to know them a bit. You are most welcome anytime!

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Hipcamper Kate
Kate S.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2021

Very nice campsite w beautiful creek. Sue was a very kind host.

Hipcamper Sue
Response from Sue, the Host, on August 4th, 2021

Such a lovely camper, thank you Kate and please come back!

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Mother Lode Farm
United States
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