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Bright Bear Camp in Tahoe NF

· Nevada City, Nevada, California
2 acres hosted by Kelley A.
1 lodging site · 1 RV/tent site · 1 tent site
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is romantic.
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Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
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95% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
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Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Bright Bear Camp is a private two-acre property bordering Tahoe National Forest. We are located at 4300' elevation down a mostly dirt road along the beautiful Bear River and Bear Valley. This is a very peaceful spot among the trees with a small meadow and creek on the property. As our name suggests, bears are occasionally in the area so keep an eye out. You may also see the spotted owls that live nearby - listen closely for their calls (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Spotted_Owl/overview). There is much to explore in the area and more with only a short drive to the South Yuba River, Emerald Pools, Lake Spaulding, Donner Pass, Donner Lake, and Truckee.
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45 ratings · 39 reviews
Maureen W.recommends
June 30, 2024
Campsite 3 - Under the Trees
Kelley is an incredible host and the site is high quality and immaculate. I loved the serenity and seclusion and overall beauty of the location.
Rose H.recommends
June 25, 2024
Campsite 2 - Across the Meadow
Easy to find, great host. Helped with all my questions and was very friendly. Felt extremely safe. I absolutely love this spot. Definitely would come here again.
Erika W.recommends
June 24, 2024
Campsite 2 - Across the Meadow
Quiet and peaceful
We had a great stay. Kelley is very welcoming. I loved having a kitchen area for washing dishes and potable water in the bathroom sink for brushing my teeth. We knew that camping in the mountains in June means that you should come prepared with mosquito repellent. We also tried out a thermacell repeller and it worked great. Thanks for a great stay!
Jen C.recommends
June 23, 2024
Pearl the Airstream
Beautiful Spot
Kelly was awesome/very friendly and super responsive. The site was beautiful and relaxing ❤️ Definitely recommend
Carrie G.doesn't recommend
June 18, 2024
Campsite 2 - Across the Meadow
If it's warm weather I would suggest asking about the mosquito situation if you plan to do any hanging out outside your tent, in early June it was unmanageable. The host and the bathroom/shower were great and the site felt safe and private.
Curtis Y.
June 11, 2024
Campsite 2 - Across the Meadow
I would love to give this location a great review, and as far as the host, Kelly, and the amenities go, it was wonderful. The spot is secluded and quiet, and a quick walk to a beautiful creek with a nice waterfall. Included with your stay is access to a kitchen sink with potable water, a heated shower and an enclosed bathroom. The only problem with the spot were all the mosquitoes. They were aggressive and unrelenting. Kelly lent us her Thermacell to help ward off some of the mosquitoes, which did work as long as you're right next to it, but the moment you move you were getting bit. We were both covered in mosquito bites, but otherwise we had a fantastic time, and the bites just make for a good story. I just figured for the sake of reviewing, I should provide all pertinent information for you to make your decision.
Nevada City, Nevada, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Wašišiw Ɂítdeʔ (Washoe), 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 Kelley A.Joined in June 2018
Response rate: 100%
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