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Rockin’ Z Ranch

5 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Redmond, WA
At the mouth of the Snoqualmie Valley you’ll find the Rockin’ Z Ranch! Camp among the trees and watch horses gallop past on this tranquil equestrian property. Enter through a separate gate into our spacious and well appointed camp-out corner; a great place to relax or use as a base camp for surrounding activities. Just a short walk away, at the end of our private road, is the trailhead to Soaring Eagle Regional Park. This 750 acre park has endless trails for biking and hiking. Head east to Fall City or beyond to the Cascades. The Rockin’ Z Ranch invites you!
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Pleasant Hill Private Park

6 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Carnation, WA
Home for over 30 years, homemade trails and camping on our 8 acres, RV's welcome. We have an RV electric hookup on one spot. Tents and Trailers welcome! Campers and Car Campers welcome. You will drive thru a country dirt road neighborhood to get here, surrounded by horses and trees…… Speed Limit is 10 miles an hour on our dirt road……long driveway and gate access. Welcome to the heart of the Snoqualmie Valley, Located across from the gorgeous Snoqualmie River, our property borders the Snoqualmie Valley Trail that Runs from Duvall to North Bend for Bikers, Runners, Horse Travel, Walking, Hiking and no motorized vehicles allowed. Thirty Nine (39) minutes to Snoqualmie Pass Ski Lodge, Alpental and Hyak, Fifteen (15) minutes to Mt. Si Hiking trails, and beautiful Duvall with Muddy Boots Farm including the Corn Maze! Ten (10) minutes to Historic Snoqualmie Falls, Carnation Farms, Misty Valley Farms, Jubilee Farms, and Oxbow Farms. Four (4) minutes to Fall City and Fall City Floating Company, Multiple Golf Courses, Raging River Restaurant, Aroma Coffee Shop, Frontier Saloon, Downtown Carnation, Timberfest, Tolt McDonald Park, Snoqualmie and Raging River for Boating, Kayaking, Fishing and Swimming. Also Tolt Laundromat, voted best in the Nation with RV dump site, Ixtapa, Carnation Cafe, Blake’s Pizza, and the most exciting Remlinger Farms Brewery, Fun Park, Arcade, Restaurant, serving many flavors of soft serve ice cream, coffee shop, live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights plus a Complete Country Marketplace, open YEAR ROUND! Two (2) minutes to Snoqualmie and Raging River for fishing, boating and swimming and Last, 1 minute to the cascade foothills and the trails leading you to nature, beautiful Orenda Winery next door, and our Home of the Fabulous Orchids, where music is priority one and guitar circles break out of nowhere. We welcome you to Pleasant Hill, a country neighborhood nestled up to the cascade forest foothills in the heart of the Snoqualmie Valley where adventures are waiting!
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The Happy Horse Farm

5 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Lakewood, WA
Property is a 5-acre gated horse farm surrounded by wooded military property on 3 sides. Conveniently located 15-20 minutes from Tacoma and Olympia. Just 5 mins to Starbucks/coffee and grocery stores but far enough away from the city so it feels more secluded. American Lake and Spanaway Lake (and their parks with playgrounds) for swimming and paddle boarding are both just 5 mins away! The owner lives on site, as well as several horses, chickens, and a dog. Large stone fire pit with chairs near house is available for camper use. Pending: Paddle board rental and bicycles for use on property or trails! Set-up your tent anywhere within the horse paddocks - there are no specific sites, although there is a small fire pit and rustic bench seating at far back corner of property. Tents can be outside of horse areas as well, if preferred. RV dry camping anywhere within or outside horse areas. For RVs needing dedicated electrical/water hookup, there are specific sites closer to the house. ***If you are travelling with more than one vehicle, please purchase an car extra parking spot.*** Only four 30amp RV spots are available and are most easily accessible for Rvs under 30'. Standard 110volt outlets can also be available for RV use. Woodbrook Hunt Club, the oldest fox hunting club west of the Mississippi, is a neighbor so lots of horseback riding goes on in the neighborhood. (Dragged scent only, no live foxes are harmed.) Private horseback riding lessons or guided trail rides available by reservation only, subject to weather and owner availability. Use of military trails adjacent to property for hiking and bike riding subject to open land usage and permitting by military base. Happy HipCamping! 😊
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Cedar+Fern

4 sites · RVs, Tents13 acres · Quilcene, WA
This beautiful 13acre slice of heaven sits along the Little Quilcene River. Cedar+Fern hosts multiple campsites in a park-like setting amongst PNW's forest giants, Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Big Leaf Maple, etc. During your stay, explore the walking trails throughout the towering forest to find private spots along the river to take a dip. Check out all the new growth on the young fruit orchard and large food garden. Walk through the alder grove and discover both the pond as well as the new farm extension! While on the land, let the sounds of the river wash away life's stress and enjoy a bit of the slow life.
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Forested with River Access/Firepit

1 site · RV, Tent12 acres · North Bend, WA
This camp site is very private and peaceful! We will be open from May 1st through September 30th, 2024. The site can accommodate up to two RVs or 3-4 tents depending on the distance apart. We allow up to 6 people per booking. The firepit and the Snoqualmie River are about 150' away from your tent or RV. We have a porta-potti at the camp site. Near North Bend there are several hiking/biking trails including the trail up Mt. Si., Si View Park, and the Rattlesnake Ridge trail system. For shoppers, we have shops in town and the Factory Outlet Mall. For dining, there are several restaurants in North Bend. PLEASE NOTE: CHECK IN TIME: 2:00-5:00 P.M. Our rate is $70 per night. We ask all drivers (cars, RVs, trailers, etc.) to back into the campsite. This will make for an easy exit. Thanks!! Please send us a text message when you arrive at the campsite. Thanks!
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GardenerofEdenFarms.com

3 sites · Lodging1 acre · WA
Rural camping with a glam twist. Fresh chicken eggs from our chickens for you to gather in the morning. Hike down to the stream or relax in the hammock. The fire pit will be a great place to roast some marshmallows and look at the stars. Large RV with 2 recliners and a view of the valley. Sleeps 6 with a kitchen and bedroom as well as a full bathroom. Gas and charcoal barbecue on site, table for 6 outdoors, lots of plants and berries for the picking. Hiking down to the stream in our trails leads to the green belt that stretches for miles! Kayak, boat, & dirt bike rentals available as well as extras tents, coolers, & specialty items. Breakfast served daily on request. Come stay with us. You won’t be disappointed
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Sanctuary

2 sites · Tents5 acres · Gig Harbor, WA
I've always wanted to look out my window and see my horses peacefully grazing while listening to frogs at night and birds in the morning. I made my dream came true and I am excited to share it with you! This site is perfect for those that are looking for a peaceful rest stop before moving on to another adventure, want to try camping with littles before getting too far from civilization, explore Gig Harbor or just need a night away from city sounds and bustle. As the world gets back to its busy, hectic pace, come stay and find your peace and feel rejuvenated. Namaste Learn more about this land: Level, grassy/dirt area, fire pit, table. Pitch your tent, or rent ours, relax, enjoy. Private yet near anything you need- close to town, we look forward to meeting you!
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The River

2 sites · Tents15 acres · Snohomish, WA
The prLearn more about this land:The area has River and Mountain View’s. Located on an old dairy farm, with some of the old structures intact and farm animals. It has limited access to the river.
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The Forest Farmstead

5 sites · Lodging2 acres · Poulsbo, WA
We are slowly converting our beloved multi-generational family home into a sustainable organic permaculture farm with an edible food forest.  We are replenishing the forest with wild edible native plant and herbs, planting hugelkultur organic permaculture gardens and preparing the land for future farm animals. Your stay with us is helping us nurture the land and nourish our family & community!
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Rutabaga Ridge

1 site · RV, Tent18 acres · Quilcene, WA
Private camp on 18 acres, ideal for small groups, families and couples. There is one main camp with a fire pit, one picnic shelter, and a tiny building that can be a slept in easily. Guests love it here: "This campsite is pure magic and the host was wonderful, hospitable, kind and accommodating. Highly recommended for anyone needing time to center themselves, and or have a great time with friends and family."
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Rustic Heart Ranch & Adventure Base

2 sites · RVs5 acres · South Creek, WA
Escape to adventure at Rustic Heart Ranch! Our premiere 5-acre equestrian facility is the perfect destination for your next getaway. Nestled on private property, we offer two full-service RV spaces with 20/30/50 amp electrical hookups, water, and septic dump, ensuring a comfortable stay with all the amenities you need. Dogs on leashes welcome! If you're traveling with horses, look no further! Inquire about our overnighting and short-term boarding options, specially designed to accommodate your equine companions. Joint Base Lewis McChord is conveniently located within walking distance, making it a haven for walking and horseback riding enthusiasts. Explore the vast prairies, moss-covered forests, historic homesteads, meandering streams, and picturesque lakes, all while enjoying breathtaking vistas of majestic Mt. Rainier. Our location also offers easy access to Mount Rainier and an array of exciting activities in western Washington. Whether you're seeking thrilling hikes, awe-inspiring landscapes, or engaging outdoor experiences, our exclusive bookings will ensure you have a memorable and fulfilling adventure. At Rustic Heart Ranch, hospitality, kindness, and excitement await you. Let us position you for your next exciting journey. Book your stay now and start creating unforgettable memories!
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Cowboy Camp, Sat Dinner, Sun Break

10 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Port Townsend, WA
WHAT WE OFFER SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER and SUNDAY BREAKFAST New this year, we have added our full Chuckwagon dinner served around the campfire at Cowboy Camp on Saturday night ( $30 per person) , see full menu below, and have also added Cowboy breakfast on Sunday mornings when campers are present, consisting of scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese served with grilled whole wheat toast, choice of bacon or sausage patty, glass of orange juice and bottomless cup of coffee, ($10 per person). Allowances are made for food allergies, preferences and requests. Breakfast can be ordered the night before. Why cook and wash dishes when you don't have to? Just relax and enjoy the camping experience. CAMPSITES Here on our property, you can choose from simple walk in campsites with no special amenities, to a full campsite with picnic table, fire ring, and space for tent or trailer, up to a full size camper trailer parking area. We provide 5 gallon containers of natural snowfall derived city water at your site. Electricity is available at the Yurt and Karma's Kabin. A portapotty is located next to the barn, a short walk from the campsites. Also, a portable toilet unit with handwashing station is set up in the field, centrally located to most campsites. Coming soon we are hoping to get our propane shower and shower room up and running. ACTIVITIES Other activities include local trails for hiking and biking, close proximity to Port Townsend and a short drive to the Olympic National forest. FOOD This year, due to positive feedback, we are increasing our offering of a full course Chuckwagon dinner, two person minimum, paid for when you book your campsite. You can select from smoked pulled pork, BBQ chicken, Smoked ribs or the vegetarian selection, baked spaghetti squash stuffed with a blend of marinara, roasted zucchini, yellow squash and bell peppers, topped with parmesan cheese. Sides served with the dinner include roasted corn on the cob ( in season), potato salad, homemade Horseshoe beans, corn bread and either blackberry cobbler or pineapple upside down cake. You provide the beverage. Guests meander over to the cook tent at about 6 pm and enjoy dinner seated around tables and chairs complete with table cloth, silverware and glassware positioned around our campfire. Dinner is served by reservation only on Saturday nights. Dinner is $30.00 per person. 24 hour advance notice required so your food is always fresh. Breakfast ( describes in intro above, is $8 per person) THE PROPERTY Just what is Cowboy Camp, you might ask. The traditional definition refers to sleeping outside under the stars with only a bedroll, a fire and the night sky for companions. But if you are a fan of the western genre and lifestyle, you might also know it as a place to go to hang out with like minded folks and experience the Cowboy lifestyle. This includes all people, men and women alike, as the term "Cowboy" is largely generic and not gender oriented. A taste of that lifestyle is what we are offering here at our Cowboy Camp. HORSES It wouldn't be Cowboy Camp without horses and they are definitely present. They can be heard whinnying at mealtimes and throughout the day as they keep in touch with each other. They are generally quiet at night. Horses are not allowed in camping areas when campers are present. No farm would be complete without chickens and ours is no exception. A few hens can generally be seen wandering around the barn searching for bugs, We do not have a rooster, so guests can sleep peacefully. We are offering camping sites ranging from simple tent sites with fire ring, picnic table and soft sandy tent sites to small cabin type tents with bed and electricity, up to our newly constructed Cowboy yurt with wool felt siding and floor on raised wooden platform, twin sleeping cots, electricity and wood stove. As part of your cowboy camp experience you can sign up for a horsemanship lesson involving handling and grooming horses and time spent working with the horse in the round pen. (There is no actual riding such as a trail ride offered at this time, we are working on that). You can also sign up for a roping lesson. Learn to throw a loop and catch "Little blue", our roping dummy steer head. HIKES AND BIKES We also have games of horseshoes ( with real horseshoes) and corn hole boards. You can take a hike around the property on our trail through mature Douglas fir and majestic Western cedar forest. A 1/4 mile walk down our quiet country gravel road will take you to the 80 acre Jefferson County Land trust forest with several beautiful trails meandering through mature uncut forest. These trails are suitable for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. That forest further connects to the Cappy's trail system, a network of several miles of trails that will wind around and eventually lead into Port Townsend itself if you choose to venture into town. Or you can choose to travel via mountain bike or foot approximately one mile down the road to the DNR forest property that will lead you through more gorgeous wooded and open areas to access the Larry Scott trail, a 7.3 mile out and back firm surface multi-use trail that leads either out of town through the woods or to the north directly into Port Townsend along the scenic waterfront. Our beautiful piece of property is comprised of almost 11 acres situated on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula just outside the quaint Victorian seaport town of Port Townsend. It lies approximately 4 miles from downtown with its many art galleries, restaurants, shops, boat harbor, farmer's market and the historic Rose theater. The farm itself is located within a section of old growth forest comprised of 100 year old Doug Firs, cedar trees and alder groves. There is an open pasture area in the center of the property, which is ringed completely by thick stands of forest, so it feels completely private. You have to look closely to see the neighboring two houses through the forest. The horses are excluded from camping areas during your visit, and will most likely be housed on neighboring property while guests are present. No need to worry about curious horses coming into your campsite to say hello. It is a wildlife paradise with frequent visits from local deer, bald eagles, ducks on the pond, owls nesting in the trees, and coyotes travelling through. The frog pond is alive all night with singing. If you are a light sleeper you might consider earplugs. We have created a walking trail through the forest around the land that is full of the sounds of life and birds. A pileated woodpecker makes its home in the back corner and two pairs of barred owls also inhabit the nearby Douglas firs. They can be heard at night calling out as they settle in for the evening. An important note for the walking explorer, please be aware that many areas of the farm are in their natural state. This means you might encounter prickly plants such as star thistle, nettles and tansy ragwort. We are happy to identify these for you if you are unfamiliar with them. Please be aware and dress in long pants and long sleeves while hiking. There are no poisonous snakes present in this region. We train horses here so there is a full size riding arena and training round pen. On any given day, you might see horses being trained and ridden. MORE ABOUT THE FOOD At the end of your day of adventures, you can opt to sign up ( when your site is booked) for a delicious feast at Cowboy Camp. Using old time traditional Dutch oven cooking techniques and slow smoking methods, meals are comprised of such items as slow cooked smoked pork shoulder or ribs, Dutch oven baked "Horseshoe Beans" ( a crowd favorite), fire roasted corn on the cob (in season) , homemade potato salad, green spinach salad, and of course dessert such as homemade blackberry cobbler or pineapple upside down cake. Vegetarian selections are also available upon request. ADVENTURES CLOSE BY Venturing out from the farm you can sign up to go on a whale watching excursion with Puget Sound Express out of Port Townsend. Seeing a whale is guaranteed or you get a free return trip. Also, the Olympic National Park is only a short one hour drive to the west and the view from Hurricane Ridge is not to be missed. Your Hosts: Property owners Karma and Rick come with a long extensive history of experience in the horse industry and western culture. Together they share over 100 years of experience with horses, both having ridden since young children. Karma loves sharing her knowledge of horses and horsemanship with others and has been a certified riding instructor for many years. Rick grew up with a horse and cattle background from a young age. As a young man he competed in the rodeo sports of bareback broncs, calf roping, bull riding and team roping. He then worked as a professional farrier, horse trainer and ranch employee in Texas. He learned the art of Texas BBQ cooking while living and working on Texas ranches. He loves to cook for others and enjoys sharing tales of the ranch life. You can choose to be as involved as you like during your visit. You can sit quietly in the forest and just enjoy peace and quiet if you so desire. We will not bother you. Our goal is simply to provide you with a beautiful place to relax, play, and enjoy during your visit. So come on out, set a spell, and enjoy a wonderful day, weekend, or week here at Cowboy Camp. Side note : Due to the presence of horses, chickens and various wildlife on the property, in addition to outdoor cooking activities, we do not allow outside dogs at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
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