Hipcamp host Geoff W.,
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COVID-19 NOTE: While campsites are spaced far apart, there is only one bathroom, so please practice safe hand washing/sanitizing, and please practice physical distancing.

Yosemite Garden Camp is on 10 acres of grassy meadows, pine and oak trees, and manzanita chaparral in the lower Sierra Nevada mountains, near the town of Groveland, outside Yosemite National Park.

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COVID-19 NOTE: While campsites are spaced far apart, there is only one bathroom, so please practice safe hand washing/sanitizing, and please practice physical distancing.

Yosemite Garden Camp is on 10 acres of grassy meadows, pine and oak trees, and manzanita chaparral in the lower Sierra Nevada mountains, near the town of Groveland, outside Yosemite National Park.

The property includes a large vegetable garden and a small vineyard, and borders Federal Bureau of Land Management land. Most of the property has sweeping views across the Central Valley to the Coast Ranges to the west. Sunsets are breathtaking. Yosemite National Park, with endless hiking, backpacking, climbing and swimming, is about 1 hour away by car. Even closer is the Stanislaus National Forest and the Tuolumne River. The town of Groveland has some great bars, cafes and restaurants, and a good grocery store.

There is a bathroom shack in the middle of the property with a flush toilet, a sink, and a solar shower. The water is clean and drinkable. There is also a communal fire pit and a communal picnic table.

You can pull your vehicle right up to this tent site just inside the gate of  Yosemite Garden Camp. While this site does not have as much privacy as the other tent sites, you have the advantage of proximity to your car, shade from trees, and a picnic table in the shade of an old live oak.

Note that Yosemite Garden Camp is on a very rough dirt road, which gets worse every year and looks like a dry river bed in places, with exposed rock and deep ruts. A higher clearance vehicle is necessary and 4-wheel drive is ideal. Sedans often bottom out on this road and are not recommended. Please drive no faster than 5 mph when going past neighbors' homes.

LATE SUMMER NOTE: During California's peak fire season, the electric utility company (PG&E) sometimes shuts off power to the area to prevent sparks from causing wildfires, especially when the weather is hot and windy. When PG&E shuts off power, the well pump will not run and there is no running water in camp. This only happens a few days a year. I will notify campers when PG&E notifies me, so that campers can bring water for drinking, hand washing and toilet flushing.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Geoff a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Shady Oak Car Camping (Site 4) in California.

Forest
Mountainous

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Hipcamper Alison

Lovely spot but very difficult road

Alison C.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2021

Shady Oak was a lovely oasis in the Sierra foothills about 45 minutes from the Yosemite Park entrance. We felt we were the only people for miles around. The site has many mature oaks with dry grass and a working vineyard. The bathroom was fully functional and the outdoor shower was greatly appreciated, especially on dry, hot, dusty days. We took showers in the evening and the morning, so the solar panels didn't help much, but the water from the tank wasn't cold, so it was quite refreshing.

The only downside is the road. It's about 4 miles from Hwy 120 to the campsite, on roads that grow worse the farther you go. The last 1.5 miles on a dirt road that barely qualifies as a road. It is steep, deeply rutted and potholed. We have a high-clearance AWD truck and we had to inch along at 3-4 mph. It routinely took 20 minutes to make the 4-mile trip into town.

If you don't mind the bucking bronco drive, we would highly recommend the site. But don't even think about it with a 2WD sedan.

Hipcamper Franka
Franka E.
recommends this listing.
December 9th, 2020

Nice Host and good campsite. The way getting there is an experience for itself.

Hipcamper Austin
Austin S.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2020

Going to the campsite was a little rough because of the road so you really need a 4 wheel drive, but it’s fun because we love off roading. The campsite was very secluded and it’s a really nice and quiet place.

Hipcamper Maggie

Beautiful views but cold showers

Maggie H.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 24th, 2020

The sunsets, sunrises and stars are incredible from this spot, but the site was not as well kept as we’d expected.

Geoff let us know that he hadn’t been to the site in about a month but he’d heard the hot water wasn’t working for the shower - the hot water wasn’t working, and the shower holder was broken so you had to hold the shower head to be able to shower (in cold water). Less than ideal after long days hiking :(

The shower area could also use some instructions on how to get the water working.

Being unplugged at this site was wonderful though, but I think it would have been a much nicer experience if the hot water for the shower was working and the shower was more functional.

Shady Oak Car Camping (Site 4)Shady Oak Car Camping (Site 4)
Hipcamper Allison Angela

Beautiful view, unpleasant neighbor

Allison Angela L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 15th, 2020

Definitely recommend a high-clearance vehicle to get to this site. Most of the sites at Geoff’s place are lovely and semi-secluded, with a gorgeous view. Site 4 is definitely the least desirable, being under a tree, without a view, and right by the entrance road. Still, we were able to walk around the property and enjoy the views.

The bathroom was fine; campers kept it very clean. The shower’s propane tank was not working so there was no hot water while we were there. Geoff did inform us of this before we arrived. The table at our site needed upkeep; part of it was broken and it was rickety when sat upon. I noticed a few items around the camp that also needed upkeep; it looked like it had been some time since someone had been there to check on thing.

We had a very unpleasant interaction with a neighbor on our first night as we played some music at a noise level loud enough to still be able to still talk with normal voices, and well before the quiet hour of 10pm. This neighbor used profanity and threatened to call Geoff. I informed Geoff of the situation and he stated that no one was living in the house near his property and that it was abandoned. It was clear there was someone living there in a tent, working on the house, and knew him by name (all of which I relayed to Geoff). We would have had a better experience and felt safer had Geoff reached out directly to this person but he stated that “it sounds like I’ll be hearing from them.” Because of this we will not stay here again.

Hipcamper Patricia

Those sunsets

Patricia P.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2020

Booked this site after my Yosemite camp reservations were cancelled for my dogs last birthday trip. It seemed close enough, fairly priced and didn’t take away from the camp experience.
The views at sunset and night sky are phenomenal! I was worried about the directions since we couldn’t trust the map but everything was clear in his written instructions. Prep to kick up a lot of dirt en route.
The campsite was cute had a small table with a cute solar light to hi the ambience. The bathroom was clean cute and had useful maps. The outdoor shower was my favorite part- towards the end of our trip I think someone messed up the base for the showerhead but it seems like it’s a maintained repair. There were other campers but they didn’t seem to close where them talking disturbed us, everyone was respectful.
I didn’t explore more beyond the shower/bathroom but there was a hammock and two lawn chairs in the distance seem at the end that would have been amazing to take in the sunset.

Hit a snag at the end of the trip that would not let us check out at the allotted time but Geoff was very understanding and communicative in that regard. Will recommend to others with high clearance vehicles!!

Hipcamper Amos

Fire season evac & rough roads

Amos C.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 23rd, 2020

I'd recommend copy and pasting the instructions from the raw text paragraph with the Geoff's instructions. We arrived after dark and between the map on our phone and the directions, we made it. It's hard to read the word blob that HipCamp's UI provides.

The signs he mentions can definitely use some touch-up and once the road goes from paved to dirt, you'll need to dive mindfully as the road gets rough and has small to significant little canyons. Somehow we managed to find a nail on the dirt road but luckily it was a slow leak. We were able to find a Napa Auto care garage in town to patch it up for $20.

You can tell recognize the site from the pictures, but the current state can do for some tidying up. Given the fire season, there is no bonfire and the rope swing has a sign not to use it.

The bathroom is in good condition, with running water and a shower next to it. Couldn't figure out how to get the hot water going, but it was warm enough that we could deal with the cool water.

Our visit was cut short by an evacuation due to a fire in nearby Wolf Campground so Geoff issued us a refund for the night we lost. The neighbors were nice enough to come honking, telling us a fire was on its way. We packed up quick and headed out, careful not to drive too fast on the bumpy road out, else we get a flat and stuck with the fire on its way.

We had passes to hike Half Dome the next day so weren't about to try and head home. Luckily, we found a campsite at the Sweet Water campgrounds in the Stanislaus National Forest, 45 minutes away from the entrance to Yosemite.

Shady Oak Car Camping (Site 4)
Hipcamper John
John O.
recommends this listing.
August 6th, 2020

Nice remote campsite. Very clean facilities

Shady Oak Car Camping (Site 4)
Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew H.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2020

A bit far from Yosemite valley but a solid option for a home base when exploring the area. The sites were spread out and it had a hot shower! Can’t beat that.

Awards

Best of 2018 California
Finalist
Property
Yosemite Garden Camp
State
California
Country
United States
$50/night
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