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Smith River Retreat

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96 reviews
· Gasquet, California
1 acre
1 site
1 RV/Tent
This beautiful spot on the Smith River was once an old mining claim. The property boundaries actually go half way out into the river. The present house was built in 1957 and has been remodeled a few times since. The host retired from teaching 7 years ago and spends much of her time improving the landscaping and gardening, while playing with her giant Shiloh Shepherd.
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Gasquet, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Carole M.Joined in May 2019
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within an hour
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113 ratings · 96 reviews
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Nancy S.recommends
September 21, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
A visit to Carole's Smith River Retreat is a Hip Camp dream come true. This was my third visit and I'm booking next year now! The site couldn't be more beautiful with her lovely pollinator gardens, riverfront location, phenomenal views, and YES! we saw the otters.
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Heidi L.recommends
September 20, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Great spot over the Smith River!
Lovely host and beautiful spot. We really enjoyed Carole herself, a gracious host with a wealth of local knowledge from her time and love of the land here. Her dog was a gentle giant who behaved very well throughout our stay. The spot is a wood-chip tent pad on the corner of her lot, overlooking the river, with an incredible swimming hole on the jade-clear Smith River down a short concrete path, which we were so pleased to have to ourselves. She has a sink and toilet on her porch for visitors to wash camp dishes etc, and a lovely fire pit and grill for campers. Lots of seating and a hammock to enjoy, as well as her bountiful gardens (which even include some of the local carnivorous darlingtonia species). Relaxing and beautiful experience—try her kombucha, too!
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Holly H.recommends
September 19, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Camping on Smith River
Peaceful garden camping overlooking pristine Smith River. Thoughtful Hipcamp host and campsite, not far from redwoods and coast.
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Elisabeth Z.recommends
September 11, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Lovely views of canyon and river and gardens. Very helpful host. Terrain to river requires good balance. Once there, platform is great for relaxing just above river. No beach, so enter river by ladder or diving/jumping in. Mild current. Very swimmable for swimmers.
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Melissa M.recommends
September 6, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Great place and amazing swimming!
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Laurel V.recommends
September 4, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Magical from morning to evening! Carole is so kind to share her oasis with others. 🌺
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Gwen S.recommends
August 15, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Park like setting
Beautiful, quiet, serene. Just a Wonderful experience. Carole is the Perfect host! We swam, kayaked, hiked to Stoney creek, and sunned. My 10 year old nephew cried when we left.
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Gwen S.recommends
August 14, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Like having your own Park right on the river! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. We swam and jumped off the rocks, did the Stoney creek hike, and saw shooting stars. The entire experience was just Amazing.
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Robert L.recommends
August 10, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Magical swimming hole and Garden ca
What a delightful camping spot. The swimming hole on the Smith River is magical. What a beautiful place - gardens for days. A perfect respite stopover from our drive up the coast from California to Seattle.
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Anna M.recommends
August 3, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Carole's land was perfectly wonderful - the flowers and the trees were amazing and of course the river, Wow! She was very helpful and an excellent host. Grateful to have found this gem!
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Nancy S.recommends
July 28, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
This is my second trip and I've reserved for a third. The site is amidst a lush botanical garden overlooking one of the cleanest rivers in the world. Diving into the crystal cool water before breakfast, after dinner, and anytime in between was so refreshing as inland Oregon struggled with triple-digit temps. All possible amenities were included, including an informative and generous host.
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Erin M.recommends
July 26, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
What an absolutely breathtaking spot, with a warm and welcoming host! The tent area has been thoughtfully designed with so many special touches to make for a comfortable stay. The view is incredible, as are the gardens and the RIVER! Such a glorious swimming spot! To top it off, the world's sweetest doggie will greet you when you arrive. Carole has gone all-out to make a comfortable retreat in this incredibly beautiful place. We can't wait to return!
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Brooke B.recommends
July 5, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Carole’s property is beautiful & she was a great host. The river access was incredible & water was so clear you could see right to the bottom. I did not have any cell reception so make sure to plan ahead!
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David R.recommends
July 4, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Fourth time back on the Smith River at Carole’s awesome retreat!
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Jordana J.recommends
June 28, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Just lovely!
Carole’s property is so beautiful!!! Just so sweet. And quiet. And lovely. And she’s a wonderful host.
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Heather B.recommends
June 23, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Loved the beautiful site on the Smith River - we had hot weather so the swimming was great. Carole is a great host and so knowledgeable about the area.
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Neil T.recommends
June 23, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Scenic and serene place to camp
Carole's property was stunningly beautiful, scenic, and relaxing. The sounds of the river are perfect for a good night's sleep. She was a friendly and attentive host, sharing recommendations, showing me around the property, and even sharing some baked goods (although I think that was lucky timing on my part). Would definitely stay again next time I pass through. Thank you, Carole!!
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Adrienne R.recommends
June 17, 2022
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Nothing better than camping next to the Smith River! Pretty unbeatable scenery. We took a few very brisk dips. Carole's garden is beautiful. She was around in case we needed anything.
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Michael H.recommends
September 20, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Beautiful homesite & river setting
It was so enjoyable meeting Carole, our host. Friendly, congenial, accommodating and pleasantly conversational while also giving us plenty of time to ourselves. Her homesite is a work of art, surrounded by lovely flower gardens and greenery, and many examples of her beautiful rock painting, situated on a small bluff overlooking the Smith River. The water is crystal clear, with rock coloration in the riverbed that gives off a blue-green tint in the sunlight. She has built a stone path and steps down to a ledge at the river to allow swimming or relaxing in chairs. It's a wonderful, restful, quiet place. We look forward to a return visit. Highly recommended.
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Alex M.recommends
September 18, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Beautiful quiet garden setting
My second stay here and its just as beautiful a spot! I will return next year too! Cant wait! Thank you carole for sharing your piece of paradise!!
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Jennifer H.recommends
September 16, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
This was my second visit to this lovely oasis. As always, Carole was very kind, helpful and quick to respond to correspondence. I look forward to visiting again in he future.
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Katrina M.recommends
September 6, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
My family of 4 had a wonderful time enjoying the smith river and Caroles beautiful property. The smith river is so pristine and the landscaping at Caroles house will leave you feeling inspired. Would highly recommend for a relaxing getaway in nature.
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Miles P.recommends
September 4, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Delightful River Relaxation
Friendly host, excellent camping spot with a beautiful view, and a fantastic swimming hole. We absolutely loved our stay and want to come back!
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Krista B.
September 1, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
This was our first time using Hipcamp. The Scenic Smith River Retreat was a fine place. We used this place as a base camp in order to explore other areas. I felt this is particular site could very easily be a destination place (and maybe that is the whole idea of Hipcamp and we were unaware of such idea... ). The host was kind, caring and helpful.
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Alex M.recommends
August 31, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Restful, beautiful spot overlooking
Thank you Carole for sharing such a beautiful spot on the river! And your gorgeous garden with us. It was wonderfully restful, quiet, and serene…. Just what we were looking for! We will be back! Thank you!
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Timothy J.recommends
August 20, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Exceptional Camping Location
Great place and host.
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Joanna T.recommends
August 18, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Carole was great and we loved camping at this spot! She gave us great tips for local redwoods spots to find. Loved the cold plunge in the river too!
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Louise P.
August 12, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Fabulous stay
This place is a gift from the heart! Carol gives her campers an amazing tent spot by the Smith River, a beautiful stone patio upon which to sit around the fire, floaters first the River, bug spray made from plant essential Al’s if you need it, a glorious card and filled with spectacular blooming flowers, a place to do your dishes and a private bathroom...the list goes on. Did I mention the stunning Smith River to swim in? This place/Carole is the best!
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Katharine D.recommends
August 10, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Gorgeous riverfront, garden settin
Spending two nights in this beautiful garden setting along the pristine Smith River was a perfect respite from inland heat and smoke. Navigating the steep steps down to the private riverfront deck offers is rewarded by a dip in the cleanest river in the US. The host takes great care to make your stay comfortable.
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David R.recommends
August 8, 2021
Scenic Smith River Retreat
Perfect camping and swimming
Our 3rd stay at Carole’s lovely Smith River Retreat! Perfect camping and swimming as ever.
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