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Yosemite Garden Camp

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· Groveland, Tuolumne, California
10 acres hosted by Geoff W.
3 tent sites
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Amazing views
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Near Yosemite National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the Big Oak Flat Entrance.
I found Yosemite Garden Camp when I was working as a backpacking guide in Yosemite and wanted a local base of operations. In the 8 years since I bought it, the place has gradually grown to include a large vegetable garden and a small vineyard. I have put into place basic comforts like power and indoor plumbing, but for the most part have left it undeveloped.  Amazing western sunset views, huge, starry night skies, and access to the funky Gold Rush-era town of Groveland make it perfect for a weekend of camping with friends. It's proximity to Yosemite makes it a great base for exploring the National Park.  Yosemite Garden Camp is on 10 acres of grassy meadows, pine and oak trees, and manzanita chaparral in the lower Sierra Nevada mountains, near the town of Groveland, outside Yosemite National Park. The property includes a large vegetable garden and a small vineyard, and borders Federal Bureau of Land Management land. Most of the property has sweeping views across the Central Valley to the Coast Ranges to the west. Sunsets are breathtaking. Yosemite National Park, with endless hiking, backpacking, climbing and swimming, is about 1 hour away by car. Even closer are the Stanislaus National Forest and the Tuolumne River. The town of Groveland has some great bars, cafes and restaurants, and a good grocery store. There is a bathroom shack in the middle of the property with a flush toilet, a sink, and a solar shower. The water is clean and drinkable. There is also a communal fire pit and a communal picnic table. Note that Yosemite Garden Camp is on a very rough dirt road, which gets worse every year and looks like a dry river bed in places, with exposed rock and deep ruts. A higher clearance vehicle is necessary and 4-wheel drive is ideal. Sedans often bottom out on this road and are not recommended. Please drive no faster than 5 mph when going past neighbors' homes.
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Hannah C.recommends
April 21, 2024
Yosemite Garden Camp Tent Site 2
a must-stay!
incredible views, gorgeous sunrise and sunset. the trees are suitable for hammocks, there are Adirondack chairs, tree stumps, generally plenty of seating and surfaces. there are great facilities — toilet, sinks, spigot, running water, etc. the communal fire pit is well-maintained with plenty of wood and kindling to get started, we recommend bringing wood if staying multiple nights. it is a safe property, feels remote but still in close proximity to other houses, a few businesses including gas station, Groveland. it is a super convenient drive to Yosemite National Park. the last mile of road is VERY rough — a high clearance vehicle is necessary and all-wheel drive is highly recommended even without snow, but the site is well worth the effort huge thanks to Geoff for his amazing property and a wonderful stay!
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Pacheena S.recommends
August 21, 2023
Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3)
Gorgeous place! Needs better signs
Can’t beat this spectacular view! Loved camping at this property and would love to come again. Site 3 was hard to locate at sun down (no signs) and we didn’t know we would need to carry our things up and down a big hill, but everything was wonderful once we were set up. Definitely make sure you have a high clearance vehicle for getting to this property!
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Jose F.recommends
August 14, 2023
Yosemite Garden Camp Tent Site 2
Camping at Geoff’s land was amazing! The views from campsite 2 were jaw dropping throughout the day. There is no hot water for the showers so be prepared. The only drawback would be the entrance to the land. The dirt road has huge ruts so I would highly recommend something that’s AWD and has a decent amount of ground clearance.
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Kris A.recommends
July 17, 2023
Yosemite Garden Camp Tent Site 2
Secret garden
My stay on Geoff's property was probably one of the most magical experiences I've ever had camping. My party was at Site 2, probably the best site at the camp, which overlooks the vineyard and has amazing views of the hills in the distance. Sunset was spectacular. No one else was camping during our overnight on the property so we had the whole place to ourselves, and we had a great time strolling around the vineyard and relaxing in the hammock. The toilet and shower were clean and functional, and any amenity you can think of is provided, including a sink to clean dishes after cooking. The dirt road to the property is a bit rough, but anyone with a 4WD should find it easy enough to navigate. I have little to no experience off-roading and handled the drive well, but definitely read the directions provided since Google Maps can trick you if you're not careful where you turn off of Highway 120. Thanks Geoff for opening up your amazing property to campers like myself!
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Zoe H.recommends
July 4, 2023
Yosemite Garden Camp Tent Site 2
Lovely spot
Lovely spot to camp and watch the sunset. Access to Yosemite was super convenient and although it recommends a 4x4 for access we were fine in a normal car (just take it super slow).
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Victoria A.recommends
July 2, 2023
Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3)
Beautiful Vineyard Camping with Dog
I loved tent camping at this serene campsite! I would recommend this site to anyone coming through the area or trying to head through to Yosemite. The facility is extremely clean, well kept, and has a stunning view. There’s running water, beautiful night lighting, and a flushing toilet! Though it is beautiful, be mindful that there are a TON of mosquitos from dusk to dawn and if you have dogs, the fields are full of foxtails that can be extremely harmful to your animals. Also, I’d recommend a car that isn’t too low to the ground due to the bumpy dirt entrance for about half a mile. Other than that, it’s beautiful.
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Groveland, Tuolumne, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Miwok and Me-Wuk (Central Sierra Miwok) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Geoff W.Joined in October 2017
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