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Avian Acres

· Grass Valley, Nevada, California
8 acres hosted by Isaac R.
1 lodging site · 1 tent site
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96% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
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Enjoy the comforts of home—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Avian Acres has been our home for the past 11 years. We have given birth to our children here and are extremely lucky to call this land home. Our land is 8 acres with a significant buffer wild forest buffer on all sides giving it sense of privacy and wildness, yet just 10 minutes from town. We have a year round spring-fed creek running through the property, an abundance of flora and fauna, along with our own significant organic veggie garden and greenhouse. Historically this property was situated along the Narrow Gauge railroad track that ran from Nevada City to Colfax and there is still evidence of the raised berm that the track was on which is located at the bottom border of our property. Our property is located just 10 minutes to Bear River, 15 minutes to Rollins Lake, 10 minutes to Historic Downtown Grass Valley, 12 minutes to Historic Downtown Nevada City, and 25 minutes to the incredibly majestic Yuba River. We are also just 15 minutes off Hwy 80 from Colfax, enroute to Truckee and lake Tahoe. Learn more about this land: Our 16' diameter round level raised tent platform is just a few feet away from a burbling brook. Next to the tent platform is a shaded lounge area for relaxing to the sound of the water and numerous birds who call this spot home. The campsite is totally private, both visibly and audibly removed from our home and from neighboring properties.  Our Organic garden, seasonally stocked full of ripe veggies, is located just 60' feet away down a path through the forest where you are welcome to graze and munch upon checking in with us first to see what is available and ripe for the picking.  Next to the garden is a large propane barbque, sink (cold water), and table available for prepping meals.  The parking for this site is just 50' from the campsite, and we are happy to help get you settled in if you need assistance carrying your things.  Our property is located just 10 minutes to Bear River, 15 minutes to Rollins Lake, 10 minutes to Historic Downtown Grass Valley, 12 minutes to Historic Downtown Nevada City, and 25 minutes to the incredibly majestic Yuba River. We are also just 15 minutes off Hwy 80 from Colfax, enroute to Truckee and lake Tahoe.
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27 ratings · 23 reviews
Lesha P.recommends
June 23, 2024
Plum Grotto Tent Platform
Would definitely return
The space at plum grotto was beautiful, an amazing fire pit spot for making s’mores, a table for sitting under the shaded trees and even a cooking space complete with a gas grill. The stream running through the spot was serene we would definitely return, our host Izaac was kind enough to leave us citronella candles to help fight the mosquito population which by far was the only troublesome part. But with bug spray that can be managed .
Jenny W.recommends
June 23, 2024
Plum Grotto Tent Platform
Pictures do not do the site justice. Especially with the camp lights on, the site looks beautiful. It's a very spacious, private, tucked away site that's well kept and maintained. I'm talking even the glass table that was provided as a dining table was spotless! The bathroom with hot shower was super clean. Just be sure to bring your kitchenware-stove, utensils, pots and pans. Site only provides a BBQ (that doesn't have a powerful flame) and sink (which was a nice touch to have it right at the site). Repellant is a must-the mosquitos were relentless and aggressive. Location is pretty central-we went to Empire Mine, Scott's Flat and the South Yuba Independence Trail during our long weekend there. We'd recommend!
Max N.recommends
June 21, 2024
Plum Grotto Tent Platform
Isaac and Jessica were wonderful hosts. The camp site was very private and hidden from view from the main residence. There were power outlets, hanging lights, gas grill, a small sink and small table to stage food, plenty of spaces for three 6 person tent. We absolutely loved their smokeless fire pit. The raised platform was a nice touch. Flushable toilet and shower was just a short walk away. This site will be high on our list of places to revisit. Thank you Isaac and Jennifer.
Tyler G.recommends
June 22, 2023
Plum Grotto Tent Platform
Peaceful seclusion
Plum grotto. Our hosts provided brave perfect combination of beauty, seclusion ,and hospitality. From the beautifully designed gardens to the sounds of the babbling brook right in the campsite . The if any you so very much for the care and warmth that you put into the land .
Kimberly H.recommends
June 21, 2023
Plum Grotto Tent Platform
Camping at the Plum Grotto Tent on Isaac's land was so peaceful! If you are looking to camp in the vicinity I highly recommend. My boyfriend and I wanted to camp somewhere private, and this fit the bill. The hosts are super friendly, and the location of the camping area is secluded from the main house down a little walking path on far side of property. There is a sweet fire pit, and a table with lighting as well, plus little protected stand/counter area to store food. It's certainly nice to be able to access a separate bathroom (short walk to main house) with hot shower. Location is convenient for explorations of the Grass Valley/Nevada City/ Colfax area. We brought our kayaks and enjoyed Bullards Bar and Scott's Flat Reservoir, along with a fun evening out in Nevada City. The Plum Grotto made a great home base.
Rachel A.recommends
June 19, 2023
Plum Grotto Tent Platform
Relaxing stay!
This was my first Hipcamp experience, and it was great! The Plum Grotto camp space matched the description perfectly, and having the tent platform, BBQ, and prep sink with potable water was great. Isaac was a friendly host, and was very accessible and provided some great local recommendations. I would stay here again. Thank you for the wonderful trip!
Grass Valley, Nevada, 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

Hosted by Isaac R.

Joined in July 2019
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