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Lakeside camping in California

The Golden State shines blue at several lakes nestled in the mountains or rolling hills.

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Finnon Lake Recreation Area

39 sites · RVs, Tents140 acres · Placerville, CA
*BOOK EARLY* The campground is closed until March. Campfire Ban in effect during extreme fire contions***********NO FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED***** DINER CLOSED EFFECTIVE JULY 5TH*** **TRAILERS AND RVs MUST USE ROCK CREEK ROAD** From Sacramento on Hwy 50: : At the second stop light, Spring St./Hwy 49, turn left, heading north about 1 block to the stop sign. Turn left, staying on Hwy 49, approximately 1 mile. Turn right on Hwy 193. Travel approximately 3.1 miles to Rock Creek Road. Turn right onto Rock Creek Road and travel 8.9 miles to Finnon Lake/Frank's Diner on the Left. The campground is behind the Diner. FRANK'S DINER IS CLOSED EFFECTIVE JULY 5TH. Traveling West on 50 from Tahoe: make a right on HWY 49 traveling north. Follow the above instructions. Welcome to Finnon Lake Recreation Area! Our lovely lake offers serenity in a beautifully unique setting, nestled deep into the forest. Enjoy the scenic and exhilarating drive to our hidden gem along the South Fork of the American River- this is all for you to discover. The night skies above Finnon Lake will reveal stars unseen in most parts of California. Enjoy searching for bullfrogs, and watch the flock of Canadian Geese fly in right at sunset as the horizon blends into the watercolor sky. This private lake supports the fire protection efforts of the Mosquito Fire Protection District and the firefighters of this community. The lake is managed by volunteers of the community for the benefit of the residents The primary funding source for the Finnon Lake Restoration is the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, which was signed into law in 2004 with a mission to support “efforts that improve the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its communities and the residents of California,” according to its Website. Finnon Lake is also home to a popular 18-hole disc golf course and Mosquito’s only restaurant, Frank's Diner. Enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, paddling, hiking, or biking during your stay. Potable water, picnic tables, campfire rings, and toilets on site. The property can not accommodate horses. 2 dogs per site limit. Our property is located in Placerville, California. Placerville is a charming California gold rush town named after the placer gold deposits found in its riverbeds and hills in the late 1840s. PLEASE NOTE, there is construction on the Mosquito Bridge. Expect delays, RVS/trailers must use Rock Creek Road (even if your GPS says Mosquito Road). Please message me with any questions. Please see our website: finnonrecreationarea.com for full directions. NO FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED. Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle.
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Bridgeport Reservoir Campground

33 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre · CA
Bridgeport Reservoir is a lake at the lower end of Bridgeport Valley in Mono County, California. Its earth-filled dam was constructed in 1923 by the Walker River Irrigation District, along the East Walker River. The campground and marina was built I-don't-know-how-long ago, but it sure is nice! About Us: Welcome to Bridgeport Reservoir Marina and Campground. Join us for the classic camping and fishing experience with unique views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Within the Toiyabe National Forest, Bridgeport Reservoir Marina and Campground is conveniently located near two distinct hot spring areas. A true angler's paradise, the Reservoir has excellent trout fishing from spring through fall and is close by to multiple rivers for incredible fly fishing. A short 30-minute drive to Tioga pass will bring you straight into the heart of Yosemite National Park. Off-road enthusiasts will have a heyday will the plethora of 4x4 trails in the area as well as the famous trail that brings you right to the Bodie Ghost Town. Climate & Ecosystem: At 6,400 feet (1,950 meters), this high desert climate has little to moderate tree coverage and gets hot during the days and cool at night. The conditions are much like Joshua Tree National Park or Alabama Hills camping area. During your visit, you will notice many flying insects that resemble mosquitos. These Chironomidae are harmless and do not bite. On the contrary, the mosquito presence is very minimal. Lake Levels: Due to this devastating drought across California and the Western United States, reservoir levels are low. As of August 1st, 2022, Bridgeport Reservoir is approximately 25 feet below normal. Swimming is not advisable at this time, but fishing and boating activities are still up and running.
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The Hidden Knoll -- 360 Degree View

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Peaceful 5 acre private mountaintop above the wine country (possibly an extinct volcanic cinder cone) with 360 degree views of 4,000 to 7,000 foot Mayacamas mountains all around in every direction. Brand new panoramic view well water filled hot tub with cold plunge pool. We also recently added a Trellino composting toilet and two outdoor showers (hot propane and cold Solar) for the convenience of our guests, more chairs, tables, camp stoves, and fireplace tools. We have a dog kennel, and allow dogs to roam free on our 5 acres. Electricity, firewood and laundry are available at additional charge. We are 25 minutes to Napa Valley, 5 miles from Guenoc Valley wine country, 5 miles from Six Sigma Ranch and 6 miles from Harbin Hot Springs. You can walk (with a dog) to a nearby pristine swimming lake, go on a dog friendly kayak rental on Clearlake (with 11 free public boat launches) or a dog friendly wine tasting tour at Six Sigma Ranch. Lake County has many pet friendly patio restaurants. Explore over 40 wineries in California's "New Napa Valley -- many are organic and biodynamic. Visit a saffron farm. Spring-Fall has several local farmer's markets with live music and hand crafts. Epic, un-crowded, un-Yelped and undiscovered hiking, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and hot springs in the most active geothermal region on Earth, with the cleanest and clearest air in California for dark skies and stargazing. The Geysers of Bottle Rock are visible from our land. Our private mountain is on the edge of open space and wilderness, but in a safe, upscale residential/rural area. If you are looking for "remote" you might be disappointed -- but we attract travelers on the road, and many who use the Hidden Knoll as a rest stop on long road trips, as well as San Franciscans who arrive, weary, just to sleep and rejuvenate. We have a strong signal and wifi -- ideal for "working vacations" for remote workers. Solo Women travelers especially appreciate the safe, convenient location. Less than 2 miles from groceries, hardware store, restaurants -- yet we also have abundant wildlife, eagles, hawks, hummingbirds and native oak forest, and the sounds of rushing water, crickets, cicadas, cows, roosters and grazing goats on neighboring ranches. With some of the cleanest air in the USA and no streetlights, we have a very dark sky, bright moon and stars and on New Moon, the Milky Way galaxy visible with your bare eyes. The property is in Bortle 4, bordering Bortle 3 on the North side, but the clarity of air makes stars brighter. You can also visit an observatory in Kelseyville or Clearlake for even darker sky. Each of our 7 sites and glamping yurts are spaced far apart from each other on 5 acres, and each has a different ever-changing view, North, South, East or West, of Sunrise, Sunset and Moonrise as the seasons change and the Earth spins. Truly you feel a connection with the heavens here in this special, sacred place. EPICENTER OF CALIFORNIA'S NEW AGE According to legend, a network of seven points of spiritual power forms a ring around Harbin Hot Springs, giving people who tap into their arcane energies the power to dream, see visions, and reach “between the worlds.” This is a dormant volcanic region, and one of the most active geothermal regions on Earth. It's possible that this land is one of those points. And we invite you to decide for yourself. The red volcanic soil has an energy that feels clear yet still -- much like the power points and vortices in Sedona. Sunrise and Sunsets are spectacular, every day is a miracle of ever-changing views of mist rising over the Valley, the mountains spanning from Angwin and Napa Valley, to Mt. St. Helena, Harbin Mountain, Cobb Mountain and sometimes, snow-capped peaks. NEAR RESTAURANTS, GROCERIES Guests LOVE that they can leave in the morning and get a smoothie, juice, or breakfast (even an all you can eat buffet) or a good organic latte 1 mile away. There are Oaxaccan, Wood Fired Pizza, barbecue, classic American, Thai, Chinese and Taco restaurants nearby. Two grocery stores and an organic local farmer's market, too. We are five miles from two popular wineries -- Six Sigma and Langtry Estate., with 40 Lake County wineries to explore, many biodynamic and organic. Also five miles (13 minute drive) from Harbin Hot Springs, with hot/cold mineral plunges and sauna available for day use for $35-55. Pet owners appreciate that they can leave their dog in our Dog Kennel (up to 3 hours) while they soak. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S HEALING EPICENTER Meditation centers, yoga classes, Watsu massage, kirtan, and sound healing therapy concerts abound throughout this region, where San Franciscans have historically come to revitalize and restore their body, mind and spirit in the dry, sunny climate since the 1800s and "take the waters" of cold and hot geothermal mineral springs. Due to abundant geothermal activity and deep springs of varying temperatures and mineral content, there remain a century long history of hot spring spas and yoga/meditation retreats here. A spiritual community grew in isolation around several intentional communities -- including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement, at (now defunct) Hobergs Resort. There are still thousands of devotees here of Vipassana, Osho, and the guru Adidam's oldest Sanctuary, The Mountain Of Attention. Hare Krishna have recently restored Mandala Springs on Cobb Mountain. Further North, are clothing optional Orr Springs and Wilbur Springs (still redolent of their bohemian roots). There are also many elegant spas like Vichy Springs, (with a replica of Monet's garden), Konocti Harbor Resort, and Indian Springs in Calistoga. This area was integral to the birth of the Human Potential Movement, and the Human Awareness Institute, the invention of several styles of bodywork, including Harold Dull's underwater Watsu massage, the early roots of veganism and the "Blue Zone" diet in Angwin -- and even the early work of Dr. Timothy Leary at Harbin Hot Springs. A community of artisans, visionary painters and energy and sound healers are drawn to the silence, stillness and peacefulness of the land. VIEW CAMPSITES All campsites have a view, Oak trees, a stone fire ring or Solo type woodstove (when fires are legal in season), vintage teak or metal chairs/tables. Plus shared access to: - Rustic camp kitchen in cute farm shed stocked with everything a camper needs, plates, pots/pans, fire starting tools, kindling, barbecue tools, grill baskets, butane and propane stoves, coffee maker, spices, water, dishwashing area -- even s'mores and skewers! - Borrowed use of Solo-type stove/grill for grilling over wood. (Sorry, no propane BBQ here! We are giving you an intentional rustic experience.) - Electricity outlets to charge devices - Wifi and cell service - Tasty filtered well water - Fire chiminea - traditional terracotta wood fired pizza oven - Hanging macrame hammocks and chair/s in season (not in rainy season) - Complimentary local tea, coffee, and drinking water. - Dog run/kennel - use at your own discretion up to 3 hours while you soak in hot spring or golf. Includes dog toys, water bowl, leash and dog bed, with door into sheltered garage if it gets cold. - 30 foot protected wood pergola with tables/seating for 12, Edison lights and panoramic view - Huge outdoor flat screen TV with Bluetooth sound system on Apple and Chromecast - Shared use of our renovated indoor guest bathroom in our Zen Farmhouse with large walk in stone tile hot shower, two massage heads, flush toilet Dr. Bronner's soap, Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion by local company EO made with real essential oils. NOTE: We are building an outdoor hot on demand propane shower and Trellino composting toilet a little closer to the campsites for warmer weather. In the Winter, we GENEROUSLY allow campers to share our warm, clean guest bathroom, which is 50-250 feet away, depending upon which campsite you book. MOST campers are THRILLED. However we got some "Karens" who complained that it "wasn't private enough" and they would prefer an outhouse. NOTE: If you prefer a "private" bathroom, the Hidden Knoll is not for you. Does camping ever have a private bathroom? We've camped in hundreds of campgrounds worldwide and this bathroom is a massive upgrade over ANYTHING we have seen. - Cowboy type plunge pool and outdoor solar shower. (Good in Summer.) - 110 power and water available by additional charge (50 cents/kilowatt hour) for your RV or to charge an EV. - Most sites have a stone fire ring, grate, and kindling. We have oak firewood available for a fee and a Solo type stove campers can use, plus barbecue baskets, barbecue tools and skewers. You can also borrow a butane or propane stove. Even...complimentary s'mores! STARGAZING Some sites are very quiet, face wineries and ranches to the North, and have DARK SKY for meteor watching -- you can see the Milky Way. Some of the sites face East for Sunrise and have twinkling lights of surrounding ranches and homes, and incredible views of the Mayacamas Mountains from Angwin/Mt. St. Helena. Some are facing West and the view spans 300 degrees all the way to Mt. Harbin, Cobb Mountain and Mt. Konocti to the West There is some distant traffic noise on this side, though the view is worth it. VIEWS ALL AROUND Each campsite at the Hidden Knoll has different inspiring ever-changing views above the vines, ranches, and Native oak forests facing Mt. Saint Helena, the Mayacamas Mountains towards Calistoga and the clouds and mist of the Pacific Ocean and Sonoma Coast beyond. Our Moon Dance sites face the moon rising over a ridge. Manzanita and Stargazer are quietest with the brightest stars and darkest sky. The Oak Meadow campsites have a sunrise to sunset East to West view, filtered through a native oak forest and a big fenced space for dogs to run. Sunrise Site, our most popular Van/RV/trailer space, faces sunrise East over Angwin, Napa Valley and Mt. St. Helena Sunset Camp has the most stunning view of all--almost 300 degrees all around and you can see geysers on the mountains. DOGS (AND CATS) WELCOME Your pet can go off leash while you are here (at your own discretion) and we have an 8 x 15 foot fenced kennel with a sunny deck perch and dog bed for your pet. (3 hour maximum, not supervised, use at your own risk, bring a crate if you want your pet to stay warm in rain or snow.) Due to presence of wildlife, we recommend that pets are either crated in your tent or kept inside your camping vehicle at night. Dog friendly walking trails nearby and also in Middletown and our neighborhood. CLOSE TO HOT SPRINGS, GOLF, WINERIES Just 5 miles from Harbin Hot Springs (available by reservation on a day pass), 1 mile from golf, 5 miles from several swimmable and fishable lakes, like Lake Burgundy and Bordeaux, and long walking distance to Hidden Valley Lake. We are 5 miles from the Guenoc Valley wine appellation and Langtry Estate winery and several organic and biodynamic wineries and farm-to-table experiences to explore (usually with free tours and no reservations or hoity-toity Napa attitude.) LOTS OF NATURE TO EXPLORE Uncrowded dog-friendly walks, hiking and mountain biking all around, swimming holes, waterfalls and other un-Yelped, secret undiscovered treasures. Clearlake is 20 minutes North, with 11 free boat launches and many places to rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks. Six Sigma and Boggs Forest are popular for mountain biking and hiking. Some swimming and fishing lakes are within 1/2 mile walking distance, others just 5 mile drive. LOCAL ART SCENE Lakeport has a charming lakefront stroll with galleries, local crafts, farm to table goods, premium local cannabis boutiques, brewpubs and exciting new restaurants. Super charming creekside Kelseyville has an up and coming art, maker crafts, food, wine bar and microbrew scene. Cobb has a world-class ceramics kiln with classes and tours, as well as several public swimming pools in Summer, beautiful golf courses, and uncrowded single track mountain biking. ZEN FARMHOUSE VIBE The Hidden Knoll's structures and landscape are uncluttered and what we call "Zen Modern Farmhouse" -- the 40 year old ranch was renovated by master craftspeople in typical wine country Modern Farmhouse style -- sparse, humble, simple, practical -- using repurposed and reclaimed materials due to the lack of outside design influences here. The landscaping is sparse, and indigenous native plants -- mostly rock in order to protect the property from fire (it did not burn in the 2015 Valley Fire.) WARM DRY MICROCLIMATE Lake County has historically been a retreat from San Francisco's damp coastal fog. The mountain range and 4700 foot pass over Mt. St. Helena blocks the coastal fog and sea air, creating a dry, warm microclimate isolated from the Bay Area, geographically and culturally. We are astonished that we're usually above the frost and mist of the valley, with frequent sunny days in the 60s-70s, even in December! Sometimes this feels more like the Desert. The air is crystal clear on most days, (cleanest air in California) and due to the absence of street lights, stars are bright, guests say they see the Milky Way with their bare eyes on New Moon. EV ACCESSIBLE If you have an EV, you will appreciate that most RVs can get here from San Francisco round trip without a tedious recharge--95 miles each way. There is an EV charging station about 7 miles away at the Twin Pines Casino, as well as inexpensive gas here -- $1 a gallon less than you will find in the Bay Area. HAVE YOU DISCOVERED CALIFORNIA'S "SECRET WINE COUNTRY?" California's remote and little visited Lake County is somewhere in between the Wine Country, Sonoma County and the Mendocino Coast and only 2 hours North of the San Francisco Bay Area or West of Sacramento. The dry, sunny climate, on the 39th Parallel North, ideal for growing grapes, is similar to other beautiful grape growing climates at this latitude, like Crete, Ibiza, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Sardinia, Turkey and Mongolia. MYSTIC VOLCANIC LANDSCAPE In the Pacific Ring of Fire, the landscape often reminds me of the Big Island of Hawaii, or upland Maui. The volcanic landscape has active geothermal and hot springs, and a potent spiritual power much like Hawaii, Sedona or Mt. Shasta. The red volcanic soils create a unique fertility and character and enable a wider variety of grapes than Napa Valley. Lake County has a long wine history that dates back to the 1850s when early settlers first began planting vineyards, which flourished in Lake County’s Mediterranean microclimates and soil rich in volcanic ash. In the 1870s, acres of vines were planted by visionaries such as Serranus C. Hastings, the founder of Hastings Law School. In 1888, acclaimed British actress Lillie Langtry purchased 4,190 acres in Guenoc Valley (five miles from us) which included vineyards that had been planted in 1854. But due to the isolation of the steep mountains, Lake County has remained isolated and iconoclastic, less concerned with the outside world. Many businesses here still only take cash. Many locals are third generation farmers. The food here is amazing -- including local wine, honey, pears, grass fed beef, pastured eggs, olive oil, saffron, microbrew beer, and bread. The county has several boutique legal dispensaries with some of the finest sun grown and organic canabis and CBD on Earth. There is an Italian and Mexican heritage -- so you will find wood-fired pizza, Mexican food and markets, and locally baked sourdough bread and pastries--as well as old fashioned American wood grilled barbecue and roadside smokehouses. There are few chain stores--most businesses are small and locally owned. Many only take cash -- so carry cash. RING OF FIRE The volcanic field, part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, contains seven volcanic vents from 10,000 to 2.5 million years old. The Xa-Ben-Na-Po Band of Pomo Indians inhabited the region as many as 12,000 years ago – 4,000 years before Egyptian civilization. In 1874, steamers began ferrying locals and tourists from town to town around Clearlake. Hotels and retreats were built at a feverish pace throughout the region, prospering even though the Clear Lake Railroad never made it to Lake County, keeping the region isolated. By the 1880s, the hills were dotted with luxurious resorts built around mineral springs. Wealthy visitors and celebrities from San Francisco frequented the resorts, traveling to “take the waters” and indulge in lavish parties at establishments such as Hoberg’s Resort. It is believed that the 1906 earthquake caused many of the hot springs to stop, slow down, or go underground because most springs changed around that time and in the years that followed, fires destroyed most of the resorts that remained. We fell deeply in love with Lake County, the people and this land, and are excited to share it with you. We're just getting started. Bear with us as we learn how to host, improve the property and grow from your feedback.
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The Ranch at Cross Road

12 sites · RVs, Tents84 acres · Livermore, CA
Welcome to the ranch at cross road! We are a family owned organic farm in the heart of Livermore wine country. We have 10 camp sites spread across the property for you to choose from. The property is minutes from Lake Del Valle and some of the best wineries and breweries California has to offer. Settle in and enjoy amazing sunsets every night with us! We accommodate tents,Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars. Our guests love us too! "I had a wonderful stay at Matt’s ranch! It was easy to find even as it was starting to get dark, and the campsites were well lit and easy to find. The ranch is beautiful. It was such a treat to stay here. I would definitely stay again."
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Walden Ranch

2 sites · Tents300 acres · Linden, CA
Walden Ranch began with the purchase of a neighboring 20 acres. Couple that with the inspiration of Thoreau's lines and life at the real Walden Pond, the ranch has grown to nearly 300 acres and the small ranch pond has grown to a 5-acre lake with a 3-acre forest and home. Scouts, family and church groups use the site for gatherings. Available are canoes, bonfire, and exploring the ranch's 300-head cattle, llamas, poultry and wildlife. Pitch your tent in a forest setting alongside a lake on a working cattle ranch. Watch wildlife or hike to smaller lakes on the ranch. Other animals include dogs, llamas, geese, chickens, and  horses. The ranch is within a 20 minute drive to either Stockton or Lodi, CA and is surrounded by vineyards, orchards and pastures.  Outdoor flush toilets, sink, tables and fire ring available. Forested area is set amidst grazing lands.  This "Walden" even has willow trees slipped from Walden Pond, MA. Owner looks forward to sharing this peaceful, special spot! 
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Lakeshore Retreat

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Lake Elsinore, CA
Enjoy a private lakefront camping area on Lake Elsinore. You will never get tired of the beautiful sunsets, night sky, or all the water-sports on the lake. Historic downtown is just minutes away where you will find restaurants, and stores all within walking distance. Perfect place for a basecamp for nearby hiking, biking, off-roading. Amenities include private dock, potable water, deluxe porta-potty, fire ring, 2 picnic tables(under a 10' x 10' canopy with water mister), and some shady trees🌴
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Shangri-La

8 sites · Lodging, Tents100 acres · Upper Lake, CA
For 21 years, we have worked on keeping this property as a Sacred Space. There's a meadow with an Indian artifact and amazing views. We are a team, husband and wife, this is off-the-grid and we raise our children here. At the same time, we grow organic food and work on our crafts and spiritual practice, never using chemical fertilizers, and keeping all of the groundwater clear and clean with an abundance of spring water for drinking. This is a magical forest retreat and we love to share it with others who are like-minded. Right out of the Mendocino National Forest, 100-Acre Forest and Meadow Retreat is just minutes to the Eel River out of the small town of Potter Valley and 15 minutes to Lake Pillsbury. Private views, fresh spring water and endless possibilities. *******We also recommend that you have AWD or 4x4 vehicle, as the road is dirt coming in and the campsite are up the mountain off of a dirt road*******We have 2 campsites currently with fresh spring water, and fire pits. Private and in the woods. Lots of hiking on the land, with stunning views. Bring your own tent, hammock, food whatever you need to be a happy camper!! In the spring of 2019 we added in 2 new yurt sites, with soaking tubs, filled with hot spring water. We have 2 campsites to book for regular camping tents and we just added a community bathroom . Nestled away in the forest very private queen size bed natural spring water for soaking in the tub on your porch. In addition for comfort and convenience we have a nice bathroom with hand-washing station. Each yurt can come with propane heat in winter time you need to request it, in the Extras. making it cozy all year long. *******We also recommend that you have AWD or 4x4 vehicle, as the road is dirt coming in and the campsite are up the mountain off of a dirt road*******.
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Five Fours Camp in Three Rivers

2 sites · Tents2 acres · Three Rivers, CA
This is essentially a private campsite with a million dollar view! We are no longer opening the bunkhouse campsite; so that spot is now another area for your group to hang out! Three rivers, California is more of a small village than a town; where both the longtime and new residents are friendly and welcoming. Because 3R is the lower gateway of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks, it gets enough tourist traffic to support some unique little restaurants and shops! Our hillside property has great mountain views on 2.25 serene stepped acres. Our driveway turns directly off of Sierra drive, four miles past the town center (3R post office) and just 2 miles from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks entrance - so it's really easy to find! Five Fours Camp is up a private driveway, leaving the roadway below. You can't see it; but you can still hear the tranqual sound of the Kaweah River flowing across the street. Sorry, there is NO river access from this campsite. I know! We were heartbroken too when we found out we couldn't just cross the street and swim! You CAN go to Slick Rock and swim, boat, fish and more - about 8 miles away. My wife Elizabeth and I bought our log home in 2015 and we have been dreaming and building here ever since! Our beloved older dog Ruby was rescued shortly after we bought. Our boy Chance was rescued during the beginning of the pandemic. They chase all the fun wildlife off of their property! In addition to deer, we have seen fox, bob cats, an Ocelot, too many coyotes, wild turkeys and bear crossing an animal highway along our upper hillside property line. Hawks, hummingbirds, quail, blue birds, woodpeckers and Sime yellow bellied finches are regularly seen here all over as well. Owls have been heard; but not seen. We love our mountain views and look forward to sharing them with you!
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Arber-Moore's Ranch

6 sites · RVs, Tents22 acres · Oak View, CA
Beautiful natural campsites in the Valley of the Moon (Ojai Valley). Our sites are within an eighth of a mile of walking, running, biking, and riding trails from Ojai to the beaches of Ventura. On many days you can experience Ojai’s famous pink moments. You can hike the trails above Ojai, boat, eat, or picnic at Lake Casitas. Travel to nearby Ventura to shop, fish the pier, or take a deep sea fishing charter or Island charter to Whale watch or fish around the Channel Islands. Please note the aerial view of the camping area recently placed by Hipcamp is NOT AT ALL REPRESENTATIVE of the current camping sites and shows a photo that is many years old when the site was merely land. That photo is without any of the existing amenities or improvements. The actual sites are all Larger than Federal Park and Statepark guidelines, with averages of 20'x30' for campsites and 20'x40' for a long RVCampsite. We have planted many young trees and continue to plant trees and native shrubs around and near the sites. We have picnic tables, table coverings, fire pits, and camping rugs/footprints. There is also an outdoor shower, a shower tent with hot water, and an upgraded porta-potty with a sink. Note: During times when high heat is predicted, we strongly recommend that our Hipcampers bring pop-up shade tents or canopies for their sites. The Hipcamp is adjacent to our working ranch, and any photos of old sheds, trucks, a wood lot, or other equipment are NOT on the Hipcamp, but you will drive past that property to get to the separate Hipcamp area. Wineries, Farmer's Markets, Craft Breweries, dispensaries, and more are within 10 to 15 minutes of our site. Our location allows moments when you may see Hawks, Owls, Geese, Swallows, Robins, Bluebirds, and more. We offer both tent and RV camping. The Majority of our Guests love it here: "Vivian and Dave were exceptional hosts! Easy to contact and find our way to their property. Also gave us a plethora of places to go and things to do in the Ojai area. The area was open and spacious, and many trees and upgrades were in the works to make future stays more user-friendly. Big pluses were the shower and toilet facilities—much appreciated !!"
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Sierra Escape at Camp Schmac

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · CA
Welcome yourself to our slice of heaven in the Sierra Foothills and a perfect PIT STOP on your way to Tahoe. Camp Schmac (pronounced ssshhh, MACK.. a combination of our last names that stuck when we first got married 🤣) Pull yourself in for a night or two among the pines and oaks to admire our clear night sky paired with perfectly fresh air. We're a family operated, private campground available for guests year-round! Nestled at 3,000 ft elevation, our property sits right below the regular snow line and can have light to moderate snow during the winter, and then beautiful greenery and wildflowers springing during Feb-May months. Summer months make for a perfect time to dip into the Consumnes River or Sly Park lake. Make sure to bring shade with you! Minutes from wineries, and a hop skip and a jump to Apple Hill, our property makes the perfect place to stay for the weekend, or pit stop on your way to South Lake Tahoe. Pull-in to your graveled spot, complete with a fire pit and solar string lights that come on at dusk and enjoy relaxing in the quiet of the pine trees. We're happy to assist you as much as you need or stay out of your way as much as you desire! STRICT QUEIT HOURS: 10pm-7am please :) Although our property feels secluded, we have neighbors to respect a few acres away. Enjoy hanging around our "Stump" leaning bar, with a complete hospitality shed coming SOON! Firewood available upon request at times of the year when burning is allowed. Our first bundle is complimentary, and each bundle is $6 after that. Propane stoves OK year-round. The closest trail to hike near us is the Consumnes River Gorge, a beautiful day hike where you can watch rock climbers and high liners or jump in for a climb yourself. (Our spot is also a perfect destination for climbers to stay and pull-in for a quiet safe spot, well off the main road). Grab a BBQ dinner at our favorite local spot, The Grizzly Den, book a tasting at our favorite winery, Saluti Cellars (Only a 9 min drive from your campsite), or enjoy Sly Park Recreation Area for a day outing. Lots to enjoy in our neck of the woods! Consumnes River Gorge- 8.4 miles Sly Park Recreation Area - 18 miles Saluti Cellars - 3.4 miles Grizzly Den - 1.2 miles Gold Vine Bistro & Polynesian Girl Wine Tasting- 7 miles Apple Hill - 20 miles South Lake Tahoe - 68 miles
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DESERT DAISY - Joshua Tree rural

19 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Joshua Tree, CA
Family, group, solo and pet-friendly tent camping on your choice of platforms, ground camps, or in a tiny cabin - on 5 acres of off-grid, rural private land, at the base of Copper Mountain, under a billion stars. Enjoy camping, hiking, bouldering, stargazing, relaxing in a spacious yet private, beautiful surrounding. Contact me for pricing for all-camp booking (limit 32 people), production, photo shoots. Sorry, no drones, no loud parties or music after 11pm - my neighbors get upset. Quiet time is 11pm at camp and you can hang out up the mountain at the big firepit as long as you want. Desert Daisy is 6 miles from Joshua Tree National Park, 4 miles from Hwy 62 shops and art galleries, JT Saloon, restaurants. Less than 2 miles to Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree Lake and Campground, the Transmissions sculptures, Noah Purifoy's Museum. Mesa Market is 2 miles the other way and has firewood, ice, water, a taco truck, some of everything, and is open til 10pm. Sites inside the fenced area are Big 6, Site 2, Flower Power Platform 1 and Fencer. Mountain Majesty 7, Lazy 8 and Snowkiss Chalet are outside the fenced area and can best accommodate small RVs and larger camper vans. Windbreaks are at all sites except Fencer and Lazy 8. Parking, firepits, tables and seating, are at each site, and most have a BBQ grill too. The Community Area - shared by all campers - has shade, a windbreak, big tables with seating for 16, 2 bbq grills with coals and basic cooking supplies in the file drawers, a 2-burner propane camp stove, solar string lights, and more. Big 6 is closest to the Community Area; Fencer is farthest. Enjoy a bouldering hike to the top of the mountain behind MM7 and Lazy 8, where you'll find a huge firepit with big rocks to sit on, and incredible views. For entire Desert Daisy booking, you get the whole place minus my owners cabin, private deck and storage RV. You'll have the Community Area, and i can offer a big shade umbrella, a big 2-burner stove with 25 gallon propane tank, pots, pans, extra seating, a hammock with metal frame, games, even a huge 16x16ft glamping tent that fits on Big 6 - at extra cost. Contact me directly to discuss. The Smoking Area is at the far tip of the land inside the fence, by the Fencer site and offers casual seating, a coffee table, incredible views and a bucket for your butts. When Fencer is booked, those hipcampers have the area for their own use. Amenities include a flush toilet, porta potty, big sink with dish liquid and scrubbers, hand wash station near both toilets, water tower with hose attached to refill the dishwashing water canister or to wash your hands, a solar shower stocked with soap, shampoo, body wash. Bring your own drinking water, lights for night, warm clothes. Firewood is available for purchase from my neighbor the other side of the mountain - ask me for his address. Big 6 is a huge 20'x20' raised platform, and is also great for yoga sessions, retreats, acoustic guitar groups, chat sessions, etc. Flower Power Platform 1 has a 10'x10' platform and a big 16'x16' sandy area next to it for more tents, parking, canopy, etc. Fencer is at the far tip of my property and is a narrow 3-tent groundcamp great for car camping or tent plus car. Site 2 has a 10'x12' tent platform, parking for 2 cars or 1 car and a small tent. Snowkiss Chalet is a tiny, Disneyland food kiosk turned into an off-grid, solar-powered glamping pod with a big double-pane picture window, porch with windbreak and seating, screen door, outdoor kitchen, big picnic table, solar shower bag, parking and more tent space. Mountain Majesty 7 is behind the shipping container and is a private groupcamp site with a windbreak, 2 big picnic tables with holes in them for your own umbrella, 3 firepits, plenty of parking, and has Caboose- a unique shipping container deck and lounge area. The native plants, flowers, wildlife and kangaroo mice at night add to the charm, and there are no mosquitos! The fallen branches of the creosote bushes make perfect kindling for your firepit. Be sure to look under your vehicle so you don't drive over any local wildlife enjoying the shade. IMPORTANT: Follow my directions pin which I send the morning of your arrival, or you may end up on the other side of the mountain. Again, bring lights and drinking water and warmth for chilly desert nights. All sites are clean, well-maintained, have incredible views and star gazing and a feeling of serenity as you enjoy the beauty of nature. It is a wonderful space. Please contact me, your Host Judy, for inquiries for production, photo shoots or all-sites booking as we want to ensure that all hipcampers have a pleasant experience.
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TerraSol

2 sites · Lodging40 acres · Nevada City, CA
I’ve had the pleasure to be the “caretaker” of this special land once inhabited by the Maidu Indians for the past 43 years. This is SPECIAL ground here and I’m sure you will feel the MAGIC!!! This 40 acres sits on the Yuba River Ridgetop. At the "Platform of Pleasure" you will enjoy 100,000+ acre views of protected land looking North to the High Sierra, minutes away from downtown Nevada City and 8-10 miles from Yuba River Trailheads. Firewood bundles are $15 per bundle (2+ hours of campfire when campfires 🔥 are allowed). There is a $10.00 dog fee per dog/per stay. On our property like anywhere in the woods there are mosquitos, so you should bring bug spray. We offer a tent platform, as well as a canvas tent listing. Guests love staying here: "From the moment we arrived Chris was nothing but amazing. He helped us get settled in and even recommended some beautiful spots to hike/sight see. They are both so generous! The campsite beautiful and they did a very nice job supplying us with any materials we may need. Definitely coming back during the summer!"
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California’s beaches may first draw visitors to the state, but it’s the rest of its natural beauty that convinces them to return (or just stay). Lakes are no exception, and California has some stunners. The crown jewel, of course, is Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, an all-season destination with boating in the summer and skiing in the winter. Also in the Sierras is Mammoth Lakes, where many small lakes dot the Alpine landscape.Lake Shasta in Northern California and Big Bear Lake in Southern California also sit amid mountain environments. Alternatively, Wine Country is home to three lakes that offer vino lovers a break between wine tastings: Lake Sonoma, Lake Berryessa, and Clear Lake. Further south near Fresno, Bass Lake is a hidden gem near Yosemite National Park. All of these lakes feature campgrounds, RV parks, and cabins either on or near the water, with plenty more options in surrounding areas.

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