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Camp Noyo

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34 reviews
· California
40 acres
11 sites
1 Lodging
10 Tent
Established in 2012. Camp Noyo was first developed as a logging camp for the Union Lumber Company in 1907. Originally called "Camp Four," it was the fourth camp established by the lumber company as they progressed east from Fort Bragg along the current route of the California Western Railroad. In 1933, the Union Lumber Company donated the property to the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts began using the site in the summer 1934 and continue to use the property for several weeks every summer. In 2012, Allan Hemphill, his son Brian, and a small group of family friends purchased the property from the Boy Scouts. The Hemphill family has been care taking Camp Noyo for over 60 years. We decieded to open the property to the public in 2015 for camping in the summer.
Activities
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Natural features
Redwoods
River, stream, or creek
Swimming hole
Mountainous
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California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Savanah H.Joined in June 2019
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45 ratings · 34 reviews
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Karrie D.recommends
September 5, 2022
Brubeck
Swimming hole realness!
We had a great time at camp Noyo. The other reviews that the road is very difficult I do not agree with. It is long, 30 min down to the camp from Hwy 20, but there weren't any areas that were too tough. We do have an SUV, but nothing higher than your average one. And we had no issues. I do think in wet times it might be too muddy and slippery to get through. Allen, who checked us in, is so knowledgeable about the area and was very friendly. The facilities are great. There's a sink do your dishes in! Games, kayaks, etc...We had a lovely day at the swimming hole up the railroad tracks. We moved sites since it was a quite weekend and we wanted to be in a spot further from the bridge. I would say most sites are lovely and would be happy with any of them except there is one mostly in the sun I would avoid. The hardest part is getting your stuff across the bridge to the camp site. Just prepare for it to take some time, as it is narrow and you need to do many trips to get all your gear across. Pack ALL your mosquito repellant!
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Candice L.recommends
August 29, 2022
Brubeck
We love Camp Noyo! Planning to go back again and bringing our family. Thank you Allen and family for having us at your beautiful property.
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Dennis D.recommends
August 15, 2022
Summit
We’ll be back!
Camp Noyo is a gorgeous campground that is so isolated it feels like a secret spot at the end of a treasure map. There are so many amenities for you and the hosts are so gracious. This was a wonderful getaway and we are excited to come back! The host checked us in as soon as we arrived and gave us all the good tips on nearby hikes and watering holes. Our campsite was close to everything we needed but set off to have a good amount of privacy.
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Maret S.recommends
August 14, 2022
Alpine
Great weekend - we will be back@
This was a beautiful place. We were at Alpine, and our site felt separate enough to have privacy and our own experience, but the bathroom and facilities were incredibly accessible. We took full advantage of the fully stocked kitchen tools, and made delicious meal to fuel our adventures. The owner of the camp came over to our site to introduce himself and tell the story behind the place. The family-focus nature of Camp Noyo and the spectacular surroundings made this weekend truly unforgettable. We will be back!
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M F.recommends
August 14, 2022
Grove
Comfortable camping
This is an amazing area for camping. Comfortable camping, great for long stays. The staff take care very well the location with proud and dedication. Everything at this camp works well and it is well maintained, specially the bathrooms. Very recommended!
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Armando C.recommends
July 31, 2022
Clare Mill
Great campsite for a relaxing weeke
Savanah and her family are so welcoming and accommodating. The road to get there gets a really dusty so don't wash your car before this trip, but once you get to the site you feel like you're not even in California anymore. So peaceful and secluded with nice space between the campsites. It also has great central location for the bathrooms and showers. The drinking water is also so refreshing! My advice for your trip: pack only the essentials and just enough food to feed everyone--it will make the walk to your campsite from the car a lot smoother.
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Emily B.recommends
July 26, 2022
Alpine
Such a gorgeous site. Can't wait to visit again!
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Belinda W.recommends
July 16, 2022
River View Chalet
Totally magical.
Camp Noyo is a truly magical spot. We had the River Chalet which was the perfect addition of comfort to the camping experience. The cooking area was really well kitted out and there was even a gas lamp (no need to cook with head lamps!). The river is stunning. The seasonal dam hadn't been put up by the time we arrived but the river was still high enough to enjoy a swim and kayak part way up the river. The bathrooms were clean, everything was really well maintained and the hosts were friendly and really helpful. No cell service *at all* was a lovely digital detox for everyone. Somethings to know before you book: * The drive in is *very* adventurous and you'll feel less stressed in an AWD or 4WD. The well maintained dirt road goes to up and down clay and then to a rough and ready dirt track. We had an Acura MDX 2WD and a light rain made it one of the most stressful drives of my life. The pay off is the location but be prepped for that drive in. * The wobbly wooden bridge is fun but if you bring a lot of stuff, it's hard work to get it all across. The bridge is thinner, longer and steeper than it looks. Bring less stuff. And enjoy!
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Matt A.recommends
July 14, 2022
Grove
A Camping Gem On The Noyo
I’m not sure if there’s a more perfect camping spot to enjoy the beautiful woods of Northern California. Camp Noyo truly is a hidden gem! Our hosts Brian and Allan were kind, helpful, knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. They gave us some history of the land and local swimming holes on the river. The amenities that Camp Noyo has to offer are clean, well kept and top notch. If your family or friends are looking for a place to disconnect from the crazy world for a little bit, Camp Noyo is your place. We will definitely be back and have already told several of our friends. Thank you to the Hemphill’s for sharing this beautiful little patch of land with us!
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Magda M.recommends
July 12, 2022
Clare Mill
River camping
We had such a great time at the camp! Really friendly lovely people. Kayaks were awesome. Beautiful place. Loved having the propane and running water at our site. Can’t wait to go back!
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Chelsea A.recommends
July 11, 2022
Northspur
Such a great experience camping here! It had everything we needed and the host was so sweet.
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Ryan B.recommends
August 17, 2021
Summit
Excellent experience
Really fun spot. Really great for kids. Will go back
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Abby G.recommends
July 19, 2021
Irmulco
BEST HIPCAMP EVER!
Best Hipcamp find EVER! Ideal for families. Camp Noyo is a 100+ year old logging camp, turned Boy Scout camp, turned Hipcamp. The sites are huge, very well stocked (read the list and pack light!), and absolutely stunning. The river is perfect! There are secluded swimming holes just a short walk from the tent sites, a stunning beach with paddle boards/kyaks/row boats/beach toys, and you sleep to the sound of the rapids right below the sites. The bathrooms are new and incredibly clean and well-serviced. The camp is about an hour from Willits, down a bumpy, old logging road. Bring all the food you need so you don't have to spend half a day going into Willits for supplies. I can't recommend Camp Noyo enough - we will definitely be back.
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Tracy N.recommends
June 22, 2021
Summit
Camping made easy
Our group had a great time at Camp Noyo! They make it so easy...between the campsite kitchens, great bathrooms, firewood, etc. One barely needs to bring anything! The campground is super clean. Sites offer a good amount of privacy. The campground is atmospheric, nestled within the forest, right on the river with a cool suspension bridge entrance. Lots of hiking and water sports activity options, and the camp provides a number of kayaks, canoes, SUPs amd floaties for camper use. Susannah was very responsive before and during our stay, as was her grandfather. I would definitely return!
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John C.recommends
May 17, 2021
Irmulco
This is an awesome little camping site.
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Jessica P.recommends
August 30, 2020
Irmulco
Loved it!
Really loved everything about this stay. Chief Noyo made us feel right at home. We enjoyed splitting wood, using the boats, the convenience Of the campstoves, and the luxury of hot showers - we had fun keeping a fire going for half a day to keep the tank hot. Flushing toilets exceed expectations for camping :) Truly a joy!
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Britta S.recommends
August 29, 2020
Shake-City
Doggie heaven
We had the whole area to ourselves which was a treat! Loved camping right next to the water. The landowners take a lot of pride in the land.
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Paige P.recommends
August 24, 2020
Shake-City
Awesome spot in Mendocino
We had a blast at Camp Noyo. Great swimming holes, beautiful camp ground, and awesome facilities. Our car broke down on the way to camp, and the camp hosts went out of their way to help us fix the issue. Can't wait to go back!
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Nikki N.recommends
August 14, 2020
Alpine
Coming over the hill to Camp Noyo was such a delightful escape. The atmosphere provides the perfect canvas to relax and melt your worries away. While we were kayaking on the river, I kept thinking I hadn’t been this relaxed in months. It’s really quite blissful gently floating along the river. Once we dipped down into the camp, Brian (the host) greeted us and showed us around the camp. There’s a wooden bridge you’ll need to walk over to get to the campsites. There are wagons for you to haul your belongings, which makes the trek a lot easier. At the campsite, there’s a complete kitchen set up with a camp stove plus all the pots, pans, and cooking utensils you might need, which made cooking dinner such a breeze. Outside the bathhouse is also a dishwashing area. So stoked there was a shower here! That’s definitely a win in my book at a campsite. It’s powered by a wood stove on the ladies' side, so make sure you get that fire burnin’ before you hop in! We had such a swell time here and instantly felt at home with the warm hospitality from our host. Brian’s a hoot! Definitely ask him about hiking recommendations and any other info you want to know about the area.
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Hobie C.recommends
August 5, 2020
Clare Mill
Absolute gem of a place
An absolute hidden gem. The location as you'd know is remote so it's a great place to disconnect. The host family are warm, welcoming and they try to make your stay as comfy as possible. The amenities are great and the campsites come decked out with pots, pans, plates, coffee mugs, knives, cutlery, a stove and a BBQ/Fire-pit so you don't have to haul all that gear along. The sitting areas are nice with picnic tables etc. Getting there might look a bit intimidating but there are clear signs at each turn leading you to the camp. Also, a few other campers have commented about the dirt track and the requirement for a high clearance vehicle which honestly is good to have but not necessary, we did it in a Honda Civic so any other sedan would do fine, just be careful and choose a good line at some tiny obstacles.
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Daniel M.recommends
August 3, 2020
Northspur
Peaceful, beautiful, and fun
Camping at the Noyo is a great camping experience. You have swimming, kayaking, and plenty of things to make for high jumps ( trees, rocks, & cliffs) in to river. No cell service “which I think add’s to a more relaxing time.” Nice long walks along an historical train way, finding more swim holes along the way. And the staff are a very nice and family vibe group of individuals. Pack up your gear and head to the Noyo!
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Mariah H.recommends
July 16, 2020
Northspur
Great escape
A lovely remote camping experience. It is one of a kind and we can’t wait to come back. My kids are already planning a return trip!
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Chris K.recommends
July 15, 2020
Alpine
Perfect place to disconnect!
Had a wonderful time at Camp Noyo. The site we stayed at was private and fully equipped (cooking gear, stove, fire pit, tables, water spigot). They have everything you need to have a relaxing day at camp or an adventure on the river. It was a perfect way to disconnect, and enjoy the great outdoors.
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Beth F.recommends
July 10, 2020
Northspur
Beautiful but VERY hard to get to
This camp site is as remote as it is incredible. We stayed only two nights, and really enjoyed all of the amenities, however if we return we would definitely stay longer or wait until the train is back in service to the site. The road in, and I cannot stress this enough, is treacherous and difficult driving. We were able to make it in our minivan, but the condition of the road is such that it's barely passable without a high clearance vehicle. There was on section in particular that if not driven very carefully will cause damage to your vehicle (speaking from experience). If you see cones on the road I highly recommend exiting the vehicle to inspect before passing. The journey would be worth it if for us if we could have stayed at least 4 nights. That said, once you do arrive Camp Noyo is among the prettiest places I've ever had the pleasure of staying. The sites are nestled deep in the forest and are very large and well equipped. The host provided all of the kitchen essentials, as well as plenty of firewood to get us started. There are ample flush toilets, and even a warm shower for after swimming. There are tons of canoes and kayaks available for an idyllic paddle up stream. We didn't have a chance to take any of the hikes, but heard from other campers that they are beautiful. The hosts take social distancing very seriously and provided ample cleaning and sanitation supplies to ensure safety. This trip was a welcome escape from the quarantine that our family has experienced for the past 4.5 months.
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Britney B.recommends
July 1, 2020
Summit
Great site!
Camp Noyo was truly magnificent. We stayed at Summit campground and it was very private yet accessible to all of the campsite amenities. The site came with lots of kitchen gear including pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups, and utensils. It also came with a three burner propane stove. Swimming and floating in the nearby river was also a dream. I will definitely be coming back to camp Noyo!
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Chris C.recommends
June 30, 2020
Shake-City
Hidden gem
Camp Noyo is a great spot to camp with the family. The sites are large and private and the river is just great. We had a wonderful time there with our kids and look forward to returning again.
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Siddharth S.recommends
June 26, 2020
Alpine
Oasis with well equipped campites
A bit of a trek to get to, but totally worth it. Beautiful, private campsites with lots of amenities. Wonderful beach on the river where you can swim or relax and plenty of kayaks and canoes to explore the river.
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Mairead D.recommends
June 22, 2020
Glen Blair
Let me start by saying I love this place and had an amazing weekend! The property itself is beautiful. The campsite was large, tucked away, and very well apportioned. The proximity of the river for swimming/activities was great. Bathroom/sink/shower/dishwashing station was set up nicely and functioned well. Camp host was friendly and easy going, and he kept us informed of wildlife sightings so we could be mindful. Things to keep in mind: -the mosquitos will get you, so be prepared to load up on bug spray continuously throughout your stay -these are NOT drive up sites. You have to unload your gear, haul it across a suspension bridge and then onward to your site. They have carts available to help you but be prepared to work for your setup. Pack accordingly. -the road in from Highway 20 to camp is miles of adventurous, curvy, bumpy, dirt road. You’ll be bouncing around in a dust cloud for a ways. Pick your vehicle accordingly. Even with these challenges I would come back in a heartbeat, our stay at Camp Noyo was memorable and we’re grateful for our great stay!
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Michael C.
June 20, 2020
Crowley
After a long winding drive on dirt roads we finally arrived at what we thought was Camp Noyo, but a man with a furrowed brow and a beer in hand walked into the middle of the road towards our car, so we had a panic that we made a wrong turn and we were about to accidentally have a tango with someone on their private property. After complaining about the dust our car kicked-up (we were driving slow- not much we could do), Jeff said he was the "host". His rundown of the camp was done in a somewhat patronizing tone. We continued to be friendly and he did warm up further into our camping trip. Important to note that Savanah, whom we spoke with on the phone before the trip, was very friendly and helpful, much appreciated. My wife, two teenage daughters, and I really enjoyed Camp Noyo overall. The kayaking/canoeing was really amazing and beautiful. Our hike to the train track trestles was really nice too. Spacious camp with nice amenities that we're not used to while camping (though probably not worth the significant extra price in our estimate). We had to get to Fort Bragg on our last day, and since you're completely off the grid, I asked about how long it takes. In responding, we were told we need to get to Fort Bragg by first going to Willit, which is the complete opposite direction. As soon as we got signal, we realized this and turned around (adding about 45 min to our trip, but thankfully we build a lot of cushion). This is somewhat consistent with the map provided to Camp Noyo as the mileage estimates a surprisingly off. We still made it, but it wouldn't be that hard to mark the exact mileage one of the trips into town instead of being off by a factor of 2 even in a couple cases.
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Lyla W.recommends
May 25, 2020
Irmulco
It was a magical weekend! Our site had river sounds lulling us to sleep and Savanah and her family have thought of everything we could possibly need! And everyone was so nice! Will definitely come back!
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