Hipcamp host Gary A.,
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The site for up to 8 people is about 100' from our swim hole (Swimming in North Fork Tule as season allows) and two minutes from the kitchen and other amenities.

Kitchen access: Communal kitchen. Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food


The site for up to 8 people is about 100' from our swim hole (Swimming in North Fork Tule as season allows) and two minutes from the kitchen and other amenities.

Kitchen access: Communal kitchen. Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you. 

Use of refrigerator, microwave, 3-burner outdoor cook top, sinks, dishes, glassware, utensils, pots and pans, etc. 10' diameter river rock fire pit, propane bbq. 

River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elev. and passes from 3/4 of a mile of superb riparian corridor through Valley Oak grassland to Blue Oak Woodland and ends in Chaparral. Abundant wildlife. Next to Giant Sequoia National Monument(free). 

We are  about a 1-hour drive to Sequoia National Park, but we're only 16 miles to sequoia groves up Hwy 190. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily driven to and some remote.

Our ranch is a nature preserve and an educational/demonstration site for teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public.

Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Gary a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Superb mountain biking on the trails in the Giant Sequoia National Monument up the road.


Success Reservoir has houseboats for rent by the hour or day. Five miles back on Hwy 190.


Early Spring trout on the ranch. Bluegill in late Spring through Fall. Bit 'o Bass now and then. Carp in summer. Superb fishing...Read more


It's seven miles roundtrip from the camping spot to the top of Lumreau Mtn at 3,000'. It's uphill almost all the way, but even ...Read more

Horseback riding

Guided rides are available at the Balch Park Pack Station and the Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station, both up the road from t...Read more


Famous climb sites up Highway 190.

Snow sports

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing up the mountain in Spring.


Turtle Cove has plenty of water as of June, but will gradually slow down over the summer.

Whitewater paddling

Rafting trips stage out of the Kernville area- a great day trip, in season. Also, a very dangerous river when flows are high.

Wildlife watching

Birding on River Ridge is excellent with over 100 species to date. Along the river corridor or out on our pastures in the Valle...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Turtle Flat Tent Site in California.


We have a small, sandy beach at Turtle Cove that is sometimes submerged in early Spring!


Giant Sequoia National Monument entrance is 4 miles away- 323,000 acres.

Hot spring

California Hot Springs is a great day trip! About an hour and a half gorgeous drive to the south. Warmwater swimming pool and t...Read more


Nearby Lake Success, on the drive from Porterville/Strathmore into Springville, with a car overlook spot and boat dock access

River, stream, or creek

The North Fork of the Tule River runs through River Ridge for 3/4 of a mile. It is vegetated by Sycamore, Alder, Willow and Oak...Read more

Swimming hole

Note. As of July 11, 2018 our swimming hole is marginal, for some! Turtle Cove is right next to your camping site. It's an inti...Read more


Angel Falls is up Highway 190 about 18 miles, just past the PG&E powerhouse. Fabulous swimming holes. CAUTION: Can be extremely...Read more

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Hipcamper Isaac

A great get away nestled in foliage

Isaac M.
recommends this listing.
December 2nd, 2021

Gary the sites host at Turtle Flat Tent Site maintains it beautifully. Even though our communication had been in the form of text, he was prompt to respond and with super positive and kind attitude. I would recommend camping there.

Hipcamper carolina

Great place, super comfortable!

Carolina G.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2021

Gary was very responsive and kind. The kitchen and common areas are impeccable, i strongly suggest checking out the nearby waterfall that Gary responds here. Lovely place! Will definitely come back!

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Hipcamper Melanie

A natural homestead safe haven

Melanie R.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2021

Everything you need to comfortably camping or lodge at this beautiful sacred piece of land is provided. Utensils, dinnerware, pots/pans, etc Everything. My family and I hike and camp all over the US and pack the house so we are able to cook while traveling. It was so helpful to have a complete kitchen, fridge, freezer, grill & griddle to use. The outdoor showers get very hot! We set up a projector and hammocks in the gazebo and watched a movie under fans and it was fantastic. Gary provided details on local trails and popped in to answer questions. Excellent host. Try not to arrive during the night like us, it’s hard to find a site. This land is preserved and kept as natural as possible. Let me not leave out during the drought season, there was a wonderful water hole-with water; hidden behind one of the sites that cooled my family off very well and had several seats to relax. Just a gem of a place!

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Hipcamper Paige

Campsite that feels like home.

Paige M.
recommends this listing.
June 14th, 2021

Such a lovely location! I would absolutely come back to camp again. Just make sure you bring bug spray 🙃

Hipcamper MaBe
Ma Be C.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2020

Beautiful place, highly recommended, you can enjoy the wonders of nature and at the same time to have hot showers and full equipped kitchen 😊

Hipcamper Melanie


Melanie H.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2020

Our site was absolutely amazing and just as beautiful as the pictures we saw online. Gary came to check in the first day to make sure we were settled and then we had the place to ourselves. I loved being in nature but also having the full kitchen, fire pit and dining area that was fully stocked and very well maintained. The private pond was a very welcome reprieve from the heat (I somehow booked on the hottest day ever) and it really made the spot extra special. We are already talking about our next trip to the ranch. I highly recommend you check this spot out.

Cool hidden arch of treesOur camp setupLocal artworkPre-fire
Hipcamper Christine
Christine P.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2020

Gary was an amazing host and had fantastic recommendations for things to see and do. He clearly takes pride in his land, evidenced through education and conservation efforts throughout the property.

Hipcamper Darryl
Darryl B.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2020

Gary was a good host at a really great site. Everything was clean and in good order. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, and it was a wonderful and peaceful experience.

Hipcamper Kelly

Peaceful and recharging

Kelly L.
recommends this listing.
June 8th, 2020

What a magical place. Great Skies at night. The way the campfire is set up we got to see the moon rise the two nights we were there. The fire pit is huge and so fun! All of your cooking needs are there. The walking trail around the property is entertaining. Close to some fun drives to see nature. Nelson trail, the trail of 100 giants and many more!


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