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Smith Ranch

· Bradley, San Luis Obispo, California
1100 acres hosted by Bandy And Rosalie S.
2 RV/tent sites
Primitive camping
Best for self-contained campers. There are no toilets, showers, or potable water at this Hipcamp.
Private sites
100% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Settled by Thomas James Lynch in the mid to late 1800's, the Lynch Ranch originally ran sheep along Tierra Redonda Mountain. It transitioned into a cattle ranch in the early 1900's when Archie Smith married into the Lynch family.  The Smith family continues to raise cattle on the ranch and enjoys all that the Smith Ranch has to offer.  Learn more about this land: Spend a night on a working cattle ranch with history dating back to the late 1800's. Once the original Lynch Ranch, the Smith Ranch offers a primative, dry camp with easy access down a dirt road and plenty of privacy. Tucked back in the Oak trees, you'll have views of Tierra Redonda mountain and the Coast range. (Cow camp is just over the hill from Hearst Castle but takes an hour and a half to drive to the coast and San Simeon.) The ranch also offers some of the best star gazing this side of the Sierras!
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105 ratings · 44 reviews
Natalie U.recommends
May 12, 2024
Cow Camp
Beautiful quiet property. Responsive hosts to our communications.
Gary L.recommends
November 30, 2023
Cow Camp
Very nice safe place no litter at all and that's the way I like it we went to Cow camp thank you Bandy and Rosalie!
Bradley E.recommends
October 23, 2023
Cow Camp
Fun camping with cows
The camp was exactly what I was looking for. Private. Large property. Beautiful. And cattle everywhere.
Inés G.
August 19, 2023
Deer Camp
Great secluded camping spot! Directions were easy to follow
Kyoungil J.recommends
July 16, 2023
Deer Camp
so peaceful place
Smith Ranch Deer Campground offers a picturesque landscape with a sprawling meadow and grazing cows, creating a truly serene ambiance. Amidst all this beauty, the most remarkable aspect was the exceptional kindness of the host. They warmly welcomed us and went above and beyond to ensure our comfort. We are truly grateful for their thoughtfulness. However, if there is one regret, it would be not having the opportunity to encounter deer at the campground. :-) we will definitely revisit this beautiful campground multiple times.
Chad H.recommends
July 1, 2023
Cow Camp - aeb2
Deer Camp - The Perfect Campsite
Like when you find the perfect fishing hole you don’t really want to tell others about it but Deer Camp at the Smith Ranch was just too awesome not to share our feedback. Deer Camp was everything we could have asked for: easy access, close proximity to the lake, peaceful setting and the very best hosts. We joined the Smith’s one morning for horse feeding and spent the rest of our time either enjoying the scenery or at the lake. Our 2 y/o was at home in the well maintained camp and loved looking at the resident cows and playing in the dirt. We have a 30’ travel trailer and F150 so we aren’t “small” but the ranch roads were very manageable if you take your time and the campsite was flat (only needed 1 set of leveling blocks). If you can dry camp and want to get away from the crowds we highly suggest you spend time at the Smith Ranch!
Bradley, San Luis Obispo, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Salinan First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Bandy And Rosalie S.Joined in January 2021
Response rate: 60%Response time: Within 14 hours
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