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Animal Lovers Paradise

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· Greenwood, El Dorado, California
30 acres hosted by Kathy & Jim H.
1 tent site
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Pitch your tent smack dab in the middle of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary - some of the most beautiful acreage in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Cook a delicious, campfire meal - kick up your heels "a bit" after a long, hard day and then - Whew!  Cop a squat, sit back, exhale and prepare yourself to take it all in.  Silence is golden around here and once here, you will soon come to know – that if you blend in, be quiet, listen and observe – NATURE, in all its glory, will reveal its majesty - right before your very eyes. The 2 acre pond reflects the brilliance of “harmony” in nature.  The water is pure, clean and abundant with life yet, HartSong Ranch is a pesticide free facility.  Nature, taking care of itself, is truly a beautiful thing.  Yellow Water Iris are in full bloom, spring through early summer.  Dragonflies and butterflies sparkle in the sunshine.  Frogs croak, bats dart here and there and big mouth bass become airborne in search of dinner in the early evening hours.  Blue and White Heron visit the pond often – gracefully soaring over the pastures and pond in search of a safe place to land among the Iris.  Watching them calculate a strategy to catch a meal, while appearing to stalk in slow motion – FASCINATING! Upwards of 40 Canada Geese goslings are hatched yearly on the grounds of HartSong.  It’s absolutely adorable to watch the little ones as they frantically paddle along behind their moms.  In addition and if you’re an early riser, you will most certainly feel blessed to observe the loving, yet stern, communications between Canada Goose parents (life- long mates) as they teach their young to fly - every morning at sunrise in the spring. Fire head of cattle (that have never known anything other than kindness), graze the pastures beyond the pond.  Yes, they all have names and yes, they are all as sweet as can be.  Their tranquility is contagious. The "one and only" ALP campsite is large enough to accommodate 9+ large tents.  Only one camping group occupies this campsite. Amenities at the site include... *Porta Potty/Outhouse *Hand washing station - hand soap, hand sanitizer and hand towels provided *3 Picnic Tables with table cloths *Extra Large Dining Tent with Screened Sides for Ventilation *Wood Rounds for Seating, Lighter, Fire Starter Sticks and filled Water Buckets *Warming propane fire box (4' long).  This unit is approved to use during high fire season and provides enough of a flame to roast marshmallows, make s'mores and provides incredible ambiance at the campsite during the nighttime hours.   *Propane BBQ Grill - available to use during high fire season *BBQ Utensils - Large Spatula/Turner, Large Pronged Fork, Wire Bristle Grill Cleaner/Scraper *Shade sail - 1  *Life Jackets (2 child) *Row Boat with oars *Coleman Heavy Duty Water Jug (5 Gallon) *Clean, Fresh Drinking Water from HartSong's Well *4 Adirondack Chairs with Side Table *Hammock *Swing *Emergency First Aid Kit *Fire Extinguisher *Solar in Ground Lights for easy navigation during the nighttime hours There is an old gold mine on the back side of the property as well as a 30' waterfall. The canal (said to have been built by the Chinese workers during the Gold Rush) winds through the entire property. HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary, a 30-acre facility, is a 100% volunteer, 501(c)(3) non- profit organization and home to 60+ rescue animals. Some are blind - others have physical challenges - most are trauma survivors. Our mission is to provide a landscape of quiet and tranquility for the animals that live within our gates – a sanctuary where they can enjoy nature, peace of mind and suffer no more. There is an old gold mine on the back side of the property as well as a 30' waterfall. Off the ranch adventures are also abundant in the Sierra Nevada foothills surrounding HartSong Ranch. *The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – a 14 mile drive from your campsite, features a museum, restored historic buildings and costumed volunteers.  Gold was discovered here at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush. *The American River Confluence (North Fork and Middle Fork merge) – a 10 mile drive from your campsite.  The drive down the canyon to the American River is beautifully picturesque.  Over 100 miles of hiking trails, pristine swimming holes and white water opportunities are available for those of you in search of adrenaline laced activities. *Coloma, California – world famous for its white water rafting excursions – a 14 mile drive from your campsite. *Lotus, California - The Coloma-Lotus Valley is the major destination of the South Fork, shaped by the American River today as in 1848. Three riverfront parks provide opportunities for family picnics and wading, and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park brings California’s history to life.  While in Lotus, please make a point to stop in at Sierra Rizing Bakery, Coffeehouse and Cafe – located in the beautiful Coloma & Lotus river valley just steps from the South Fork of the American River. They feature small-batch local artisan-roasted coffees, fresh bakery goods, breakfast and lunch fare, as well as specialty drinks, beer, and local wines.  They also offer a beautiful outdoor patio that is dog friendly.  Dogs are also welcome inside the cafe. For those interested to tour the sanctuary grounds, meet many of the rescue animals living within our gates and, take a short hike to the secret, glorious waterfall, please be certain to book a tour (see EXTRAS to book a private tour). HartSong co-founders, Jim and Kathy Hart, are both former professional musicians so there’s nothing more delightful to our ears than to hear acoustic kumbaya moments around a campfire.  We do, however, most graciously request “quiet time” at the campsite after 10PM.Pitch your tent smack dab in the middle of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary - some of the most beautiful acreage in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Cook a delicious, campfire meal - kick up your heels "a bit" after a long, hard day and then - Whew!  Cop a squat, sit back, exhale and prepare yourself to take it all in.  Silence is golden around here and once here, you will soon come to know – that if you blend in, be quiet, listen and observe – NATURE, in all its glory, will reveal its majesty - right before your very eyes. The 2-acre pond reflects the brilliance of “harmony” in nature.  The water is pure, clean and abundant with life yet, HartSong Ranch is a pesticide free facility.  Nature, taking care of itself, is truly a beautiful thing.  Yellow Water Iris are in full bloom, spring through early summer.  Dragonflies and butterflies sparkle in the sunshine.  Frogs croak, bats dart here and there, and big mouth bass become airborne in search of dinner in the early evening hours.  Blue and White Heron visit the pond often – gracefully soaring over the pastures and pond in search of a safe place to land among the Iris.  Watching them calculate a strategy to catch a meal, while appearing to stalk in slow motion – FASCINATING! Upwards of 40 Canada Geese goslings are hatched yearly on the grounds of HartSong.  It’s absolutely adorable to watch the little ones as they frantically paddle along behind their moms.  In addition, and if you’re an early riser, you will most certainly feel blessed to observe the loving, yet stern, communications between Canada Goose parents (life- long mates) as they teach their young to fly - every morning at sunrise in the spring. Five head of cattle (that have never known anything other than kindness), graze the pastures beyond the pond.  Yes, they all have names and yes, they are all as sweet as can be.  Their tranquility is contagious. The "one and only" ALP campsite is large enough to accommodate 6 large tents/9 pup tents.  Only one camping group occupies this campsite. Amenities at the site include... *Porta Potty/Outhouse with TP, urinal, toilet seat protectors, light *Hand Washing Station - hand soap, hand sanitizer and hand towels provided *3 Picnic Tables with tablecloths *2 Water-filled buckets (fire safety) *Warming propane fire box (4' long).  This unit is approved to use during high fire season and provides enough of a flame to roast marshmallows, s'mores and provides incredible ambiance at the campsite during the nighttime hours.   *Propane BBQ Grill with Propane provided plus cook station table *BBQ Utensils - Large Spatula/Turner, Large Pronged Fork, Tongs, Wire Bristle Grill Cleaner/Scraper *Shade Sail - 1  *Life Jackets (3) *Rowboat with oars *Large Dining Tent with Screened Sides for Ventilation *Coleman Heavy Duty Water Jug (5 Gallon) *Clean, Fresh Drinking Water from HartSong's Well *5 Adirondack Chairs with Side Table *Hammock *Swing for the little ones *Emergency First Aid Kit *Fire Extinguisher *Solar in Ground Lights for easy navigation during the nighttime hours Off the ranch adventures are also abundant in the Sierra Nevada foothills surrounding HartSong Ranch. *The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – a 14-mile drive from your campsite, features a museum, restored historic buildings and costumed volunteers.  Gold was discovered here at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush. *The American River Confluence (North Fork and Middle Fork merge) – a 10-mile drive from your campsite.  The drive down the canyon to the American River is beautifully picturesque.  Over 100 miles of hiking trails, pristine swimming holes and white-water opportunities are available for those of you in search of adrenaline laced activities. *Coloma, California – world famous for its white-water rafting excursions – a 14-mile drive from your campsite. *Lotus, California - The Coloma-Lotus Valley is the major destination of the South Fork, shaped by the American River today as in 1848. Three riverfront parks provide opportunities for family picnics and wading, and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park brings California’s history to life.  While in Lotus, please make a point to stop in at Sierra Rizing Bakery, Coffeehouse and Cafe – located in the beautiful Coloma Lotus River valley just steps from the South Fork of the American River. They feature small-batch local artisan-roasted coffees, fresh bakery goods, breakfast and lunch fare, as well as specialty drinks, beer, and local wines.  They also offer a beautiful outdoor patio that is dog friendly.  Dogs are also welcome inside the cafe.                *Animal Lovers Paradise is NOT a commercial campground* For those interested to tour the sanctuary grounds, meet many of the rescue animals living within our gates and take a short hike to the secret, glorious waterfall, please be certain to book a tour (see EXTRAS to book a private tour). HartSong co-founders, Jim and Kathy Hart, are both professional musicians so there’s nothing more delightful to our ears than to hear acoustic kumbaya moments around a campfire.  We do, however, most graciously request “quiet time” at the campsite after 10PM.
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Lisa T.recommends
June 23, 2024
Animal Lovers Paradise
Serenity place filled with love!
This place will grab your heart and you’ll fall in love with the animals, the owners, and a slice of serenity. Kathy and Jim have done an outstanding job of creating a peaceful environment that you have all to yourself. No other campers to compete with. They’ve thoughtfully have setup all the major things you need. This is our first time camping without our boat, first time camping with our 9 month old goldendoodle puppy, and brought some cousins for their first time camping too. I don’t know who had more fun the kids, the cousins, the dog, or us. The kids spent 50% of their time in the row boat, 20% up and down the trail playing in the river, 20% visiting all the animals, 10% eating, sleeping, and swinging. They were ready to move in and be ranch hands. It was a hot weekend, and Jim was so thoughtful to bring down an extra pop up shade and to put over the river so we could hang out in the chairs and inner tube on the water with a popsicle too in the shade. We all got an inside view of the daily life on an animal sanctuary. The kids all helped one morning take care and feed each of the animals as they learned the history of how they came to Hartsong. I can’t begin to describe what a special place this is. Everyone needs to go here. It’s an experience unlike any other and we plan to go back in August. It’s the first time since having kids that my husband and I actually got to sit down relax and take in the scenery while the kids could were free to play and explore.
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Susan C.recommends
May 27, 2024
Animal Lovers Paradise
Kathy and Jim’s sanctuary truly is a sanctuary. All of the animals are so well cared for and happy. You can tell Kathy and Jim care about each and every one. If your kids love animals you need to bring them here asap! Jim could not have been more friendly and welcoming. The campground is perfect- they have thought of everything to make your car camping experience a perfect trip. I never sleep well during camping trips and I slept like a dream! I recommend pitching your tent near the canal so you can hear it at night. And do yourself a favor and bring a beach chair and put it in the canal and read a book- the water was so refreshing when it got hot! Don’t hesitate- book now!
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Clarice R.recommends
May 20, 2024
Animal Lovers Paradise
Kathy and Jim have built a truly lovely sanctuary for the animals and campground for the people. We loved our stay and were impressed by the amenities such as the shade structure, grill, propane fire box, and rowboat for the lake. We also enjoyed the tour with Kathy. It was great to meet the animals and learn their stories. Thank you for having us and we hope to return again!
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Emma K.recommends
April 29, 2024
Animal Lovers Paradise
We loved camping here. Very well maintained campsite with amenities like fresh water spigot, port-a-pottie, warming pit, bbq, chairs, rowboat, and picnic tables under canopies. Our dog loved being able to run around off leash. It was a great place to take her for her first camping trip. Lots of adorable horses and farm animals, too. And a surprising (to us) lack of mosquitos considering the huge pond! Kathy and Jim were very welcoming and kind.
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Berta H.recommends
October 30, 2023
Animal Lovers Paradise
Beautiful camping area with beautiful animals and gracious hosts. We loved our trip here!
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Zarina F.recommends
October 23, 2023
Animal Lovers Paradise
An ethereal escape from the city!
What a dream, Kathy and Jim’s place was literally paradise for its animals and any visitors who come. My husband, dog and I had an amazing weekend! Watching the animals naturally do their thing, was incredible to witness. We were greeted by Kathy upon check in, she explained the amenities provided (all the amenities are listed in their listing) and gave us a welcome tour of the very spacious camp spot. Kathy and Jim were very respectful of our space and time, very hard working and passionate people towards the work they do! The ranch tour gave us an insight of that life and their care with the animals- biggest recommendation! We will definitely be back!!!
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Greenwood, El Dorado, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla and Nisenan First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Kathy & Jim H.Joined in March 2018
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