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Wild Oak Goat Ranch

· Placerville, California
34 acres
2 sites
2 RV/Tent
Come try our farm fresh goat milk! Our family operated goat ranch is located five minutes from the South Fork of the American River and Gold Discovery State Park. Our property is nestled in the Sierra foothills in the middle of Kelsey, the first gold rush town established. There is a beautiful seasonal creek bordered by a gold rush wagon trail complete with hand-built rock walls and tailings piles. You can also hike to the year round spring, through a mature pine forest, and through our oak chaparral silvopasture. We practice regenerative agriculture and enjoy showing folks our permaculture orchard and garden as well. We are located right next to many local outdoor activities. White water rafting, horse back riding, hiking, and wine tasting are all within minutes of our property.
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Placerville, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Dan H.Joined in October 2022
3 ratings · 3 reviews
Brian W.recommends
December 1, 2022
Site 1 - Oak Forest at Goat Ranch
This is a great little campsite, quiet and secluded, hosts are very friendly, we really enjoyed our stay. Upon arriving we were met by the hosts and they gave us a pint of their goat milk to try and a map of the property with hiking trails and points of interest highlighted. We stayed two nights, a few stayed in the trailer, a few tent camped and one car camped. Not a lot of level ground for tent camping, lots of the ground has recently been excavated to create the campsites, so much of the grounds can be choppy and rooty. There's a nice compost toilet, a cold water shower, trash cans and a propane fire pit. Campsites #1 and #2 are right next to each other. We had our trailer (21ft bumper to tongue) being pulled with an expedition (2wd) and in my opinion I don't think a larger trailer would fit as the trees going into and coming out of the campsite are tight in sections. It took some slow maneuvering to get out, but was not a problem. The road from the property to the campsite was a couple hundred yards, newly cut and a little bumpy but no problem, I would not attempt in my 2wd SUV pulling a trailer after a rain though. The road getting to the property coming from Hwy 49/Coloma area is super sketchy and legitimately 1 lane wide, with a cliff on one side for most of the trip. If pulling a trailer or in an RV I would recommend coming from Hwy 193/Kelsey side at all costs, if you were to come across someone going the other way with a trailer or RV it would be a real problem.
Christine D.recommends
December 1, 2022
Site 1 - Oak Forest at Goat Ranch
Safe and Solo Woman braving it
As a solo woman camper, I chose Oak Forest at Goat ranch because of the security it offered. No generators, or people asking me why I was camping alone. Only wild animal I saw, was a young buck walking through my camp at night, and as a cougar myself I was quite entertained.😀 Only 2 spots to choose from, although #1 site is the only one already established with a nice homemade picnic table at the perfect height. The fire “pit” was set up for me when I arrived, which was a welcoming touch. Hardly any bugs! Very dark and quiet at night. At times I could hear all the dogs communicating throughout the holler, goats during the day and birds, and one lone roaster at 3 am. It felt secluded but it was comforting to know people where just up the hill, if needed. Lots to see near by, like historical Marshall Gold Discovery park, and I took a drive down to Placerville via 193, which is quite a windy scary cliff although a good adventure, just don’t take your eyes off the road. I was welcomed by Dan and his adorable daughter, a grey kitty, chickens and two family dogs. I eventually saw the large white goat protector dog who was doing his job well by watching my every move in a suspicious but non aggressive way. All n all I loved being there and will return.
Stefany H.recommends
November 5, 2022
Site 1 - Oak Forest at Goat Ranch
Hidden Gem
An ideal spot with lots to do! I could tell the hosts were genuinely passionate about their way of life and the property they take care of. They even let me sample some of their homemade products. The animals (goats, chickens, dogs, and a cat!) were sweet and fun to pet. I also went on a short hike around the property, a great feature of the location is that they have a large variety of trees and plants. The sunset was stunning! The site itself was very peaceful. I love how the owners incorporated local wood into the aesthetic of the structures, from the tables to the outdoor shower. The restroom didn't have any bad smells and was comfortable and easy to use. I would be careful on the one-way road and give yourself time to take it slow, and only book if you have 4-wheel drive or an SUV, although the host appears to be working on a more accessible road. I would highly recommend checking this spot out!
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