Hipcamp host Woolman A.,
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Our simple, wood-heated a-frame cabins are on the edge of central campus, footsteps away from trails that snake through our 236 acres of woods and meadows. Similar to cabins you might find in Yosemite or California State Parks, our cabins are rustic and cozy. 

Each A-frame can accommodate two people in twin beds on either side of the central wood stove (we provide wood


Our simple, wood-heated a-frame cabins are on the edge of central campus, footsteps away from trails that snake through our 236 acres of woods and meadows. Similar to cabins you might find in Yosemite or California State Parks, our cabins are rustic and cozy. 

Each A-frame can accommodate two people in twin beds on either side of the central wood stove (we provide wood, kindling, and newspaper to start your fire). Each A-frame has two small desks with chairs and shelves built into the slanted walls. There is electricity in each cabin (limited wifi access on campus). Also, there is a shared bath house with toilets and showers. 

We have a self check-in table set up just inside the Office (on your right) when you arrive on campus. Please review and read your welcome packet when you arrive. It has all the information you will need during you stay. 


***At this time, the community kitchen is unavailable to guests, unless explicitly rented out. Please plan your stay accordingly.

Additionally, nearly 2/3 of this land was damaged due to the Jones Fire. There are accessible trails (with some limitations) and no swimming holes available on site at this time. 

About Woolman at Sierra Friends Center:

We operate a variety of educational programs here at Woolman as well as hosting retreats, groups, families, and solo sojourners. We are located on 236 acres of beautiful wooded trails, meadows, pastures, gardens, ponds and streams. We have a large field with playground equipment, a rope swing, volleyball net, and soccer field. We are a 15 minute drive in either direction from the historically preserved and culturally rich towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. We are located an hour from Sacramento and an hour and a half from Tahoe. Our site is within 15 minutes driving distance to the South Yuba River.

Woolman is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to steward diverse learning communities and educational programs that weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability and social action. 


Find out more on our website- woolman.org

Lodging provided
11 sites
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Woolman a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 88%

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Hipcamper Joleen
Joleen W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 17th, 2018

A night spent at the Woolman A-Frames is a step back in time. If you’ve ever experienced summer camp as a child, or even found the idea close to your heart, a trip to the Sierra Friend’s Center will let you relive your childhood memories, and create more with other fun grownups.

The center itself dates back to the 1960’s where it began as a boarding school, and then eventually continued as a summer camp until very recently.

When you first arrive, signage will point you to an administrative building. Our host Laura was there waiting for us and took us on a tour.

The grounds are dispersed. When we visited everything was covered in fresh spring grass. There are many gigantic oak trees, and we kept pointing out our new favorites.

Behind the administrative building is lots of open space, where you will eventually come upon a soccer field, volleyball net, and kids playground.

On the other side of the grounds is a dining hall, a Quaker’s meeting hall, and a kiln and ceramics studio. Laura mentioned that with enough advance notice, it would be possible to use the kiln.

Finally for the main attraction, the 12 A-frames. They’re dispersed on the far edge of the property. Each one has a bit of it’s own character reflective of their past inhabitants…nothing that would keep you from choosing one over the other, but you truly feel like you’re the next camper behind whoever doodled a pink heart by the door, or propped up a plastic bird on the front porch.

The A-Frames themselves are simple: No more than 2 twin beds on opposing sides, separated by a wood stove in between. There are shelves built into the walls and 2 desks on either sides of the front door.

Laying in my bed with the blazing fire by my side was relaxing on a chilly February night. I watched the flames peek through the vent on the stove door and dance around the ceiling as a I drifted off to sleep. Everything was completely quiet except for the roar of the fire. I could glimpse the sliver of moonlight from the 2 slender windows above the front door.

The location itself has hiking trails to explore, and Laura said you can hike to the Yuba River from camp. Our favorite part was that our dogs were welcome, on leash on campus and free to room with us in the A-frame.

There are not bathrooms in the A-frames, but there is a large bath house with flush toilets and a hot shower a short walk away.

At this time there is no kitchen. They have plans to eventually build an outdoor kitchen.

Beyond the A-frames and past staff housing is another group of eight cabins. These cabins house 6 people each and also have an outdoor bathhouse.

We enjoyed our stay at the Sierra Friend’s Center so much! If being in nature with your dogs is what you like to do, this is the place! Add a good nights sleep with a roof over your head and you have a great weekend planned!

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Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
March 26th, 2018

Beautiful little wooded area, cozy A-frame cabins and friendly atmosphere. The cabins have a wood stove for cold nights, and a campfire spot nearby, wood provided. Clean non-binary bathrooms and showers. Really close drive to Tahoe National Forest and the Yuba River. Fun weekend!

Hipcamper Mike
Mike P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
April 27th, 2018

I'll echo the other reviews here, this place is an outright gem. Truly beautiful property in the Sierra foothills with lots of animals both wild and domestic to see. The A-frames are simple but cozy, no complaints here. The bathhouse was immaculately clean. Internet in one of the A-frames closest to the bathhouse will provide the fastest connection, I was getting 3-4mbps. Also no verizon this far off the main road, so turn on call via wifi. Assuming of course you need to connect to the rest of the world for work. If not, take the time to wander around the property. The Yuba river is a short drive and definitely worth seeing. These Quakers have a good thing going on here, strongly encourage anyone to stay when rambling through the Sierras.

Hipcamper Mollie
Mollie I.
recommends this listing.
(Site 11)
August 21st, 2018

My partner and our dog had a great time staying at the A-frames during a weekend trip to the Yuba river. Appreciated being shown to our A-frame and given a mini tour by a woman who was working in the main office when we arrived. One note... it was quite hot and the A-frame held a lot of the heat, well into the night. Keep this in mind for the summer months. Nicely located between Nevada City and Grass Valley and close drive to great river spots. Looking forward to coming back in winter and having a fire in the stove :)

Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 12)
August 26th, 2018

Very secluded, beautiful location! Easy access to Grass Valley and Nevada City. The A-frame cabins are cozy, there are bathrooms and showers on the property, as well as a large common building with full kitchen and living/dining room. Would definitely stay there again!

Hipcamper Basil
Basil W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 28th, 2018

Laura was quick to respond and provided directions that were accurate so we got there without any trouble despite not having any service. Laura and staff were super friendly, bathroom facilities and shower were well kept and clean. Other guest were respectful and quiet at night, however, I would strongly suggest bringing your own stove to cook with despite the available shared kitchen. The next morning there were 3 people who seemed to have just eaten breakfast, were cleaning dishes and rather than move there already packed food in order for the counter space to be shared they chose to crowd in the kitchen talking about things they like to eat, where to buy them, etc. Only one person was washing dishes and seemed to be highly distracted by the morning chat, hence taking a very long time. They also seemed to be packing things they used for breakfast to go out for the day and had no concern that we too wanted to use the kitchen.
They did apologize when we arrived and asked we wait for them, mentioning the space was so small and was already crowded. My tiny gf did not wait to make coffee, however their unwillingness to help share the space made it difficult to prep our food. We prepped in a side room and ended up eating an hour after the coffee. This caused us to leave out to swim much later than we planned so just be prepared for people less mindful than you and hoarding the kitchen.

Hipcamper Samuel
Samuel P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
March 5th, 2018

Laura’s ad does not do the property justice! The setting is beautiful in the Sierra foothills and the cabins are perfect for two people. The wood stove provided plenty of heat for the evening (even though it snowed) and created the perfected ambiance

Hipcamper thylda
Thylda P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8)
September 3rd, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at the A-frames. The property is really quiet, easy to access and peaceful. The bathroom/ shower area extremely clean and the A-frame a cute little cabin to spend a couple nights.
We missed not being able to make a fire at night but beside that everything was great.
Also Hilary how welcomed us was the nicest.
Only 20min away from the 49 crossing bridge where you can find amazing spots on the Yuba river.

Hipcamper Rebekah
Rebekah F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
January 2nd, 2019

The A-Frames at Woolman were great! They are very simple, so I recommend bringing lots of things to help make the space cozy. We brought string lights, candles, a rug and blankets which enhanced our experience. The walking trails were great for light hiking and the bathrooms were clean! Trans & queer friendly, which is a huge plus.

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