Hipcamp host Michelle M.
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Park in our lush green pasture if you have solar or park under the shade of a large oak if that's what you prefer. Position yourself in the West and take in the sunset or get closer to nature in our East pasture. Either way you'll enjoy the peace and calm that comes with this location. Our property is down a dirt road that we have had RV's and trailers navigate with no pro

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Park in our lush green pasture if you have solar or park under the shade of a large oak if that's what you prefer. Position yourself in the West and take in the sunset or get closer to nature in our East pasture. Either way you'll enjoy the peace and calm that comes with this location. Our property is down a dirt road that we have had RV's and trailers navigate with no problem. When you arrive you can check out the property and choose where you want to spend the night. Located near Ocala which is the horse capital of the world, The World Equestrian Center, the Ocala National Forest, Juniper and Alexander Springs, many hiking, fishing and offroading opportunities. Less than 2 hours from Disney World and Daytona Beach.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
6 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Michelle a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Off-roading (OHV)
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Mattson Ranch aka The Hive in Florida.

Ranch

This land was once used as a horse farm we have 2 large pastures perfect for camping.

The vibe at Mattson Ranch aka The Hive

11 Reviews

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Hipcamper Jenna

Wonderful hosts & peaceful property

Jenna Z.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 4th, 2020

I loved staying here! The hosts are wonderfully sweet and interesting people whom I plan to keep in contact with for sure! The property is nice and quiet with lots of open space, such a peaceful place to be. Apparently at one time there were horses here, and there are two large, level pastures with plenty of areas to choose from to find just the right spot for you and your rig or camping setup. Just a heads up, parts of the driveway are a bit sandy but my front wheel drive kia soul did totally fine with it and any RV shouldn't have any issue either. Definitely stay here if you're considering it, you'll be glad you did. 😊

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Hipcamper Amelia

Great choice for a family trip

Amelia R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 7th, 2020

We camped as a family of seven, our kids ranging in age from 0 to 12 years old, and everyone felt welcome. The host is hospitable and a good communicator. She even offered to help teach the young ones how to get a campfire started properly, which really impressed me.
We felt comfortable being as private or communal as we wanted to be. We were welcome to hang with the other campers or the host family, but there was no pressure. It felt good to just spend time with our children.
We stayed for four or five nights, camped in our own tents in the shadier field, borrowed the camp stove for a few meals, and cooked over the campfire for a few others. Because of the current national shortage of personal toiletries we elected to bring our own TP, but really everything listed on Hipcamp was provided.
This is a clean, quiet, and safe site, with good stargazing and nocturnal wildlife listening opportunity. It isn’t hard to find a spot to pitch a tent on gentle sleeping ground (we don’t sleep on foam pads). It is possible to set camp close to the toilets, so that’s a bonus if you travel with young campers.

Hipcamper Ty
Ty T.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2020

Extremely welcoming and friendly hosts!!! The property and setting were perfect. They allowed us to pick our site, on their beautiful property. As of right now, this is a primitive site, but the hosts mentioned they were hoping to have a new bathroom/shower facility opened in the future. The only thing I would mention to future campers is, be prepared to encounter soft sand and some minor low hanging branches, upon exiting. Just keep a constant speed and you should be fine. Our 2wd Ram 1500 with street tires, pulled our 3500-4000lb travel trailer just fine. The low hanging branches were all soft and nothing too thick or major.
Can’t stress enough how peaceful the property was and how welcoming the hosts were. We will definitely be back!!!

Drone shots of our group and site, on the West pasture. Beautiful hamper oaks to provide shade.Beautiful Florida Sunset!Drone shot of the West pasture, facing East.Beautiful Florida Sunset!!!
Hipcamper Michelle
Response from Michelle, the Host, on May 26th, 2020

We enjoyed having your group here. Thank you for adding the drone photo. I love those. We had a tree guy come in and clear the branches on the way to the West pasture just after you left. Thanks for staying!

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Hipcamper Jill

Beautiful

Jill M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 20th, 2020

Beautiful and very private

Hipcamper Eric

Great time at mattson ranch

Eric A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 26th, 2020

We had a great time at Mattson Ranch. We set up camp in the West pasture, which is elevated and has beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. We had two families of four and let the kids run around and explore the large property, including the lower pasture. Michelle was very welcoming and gave us total privacy. We definitely plan to come back soon.

View of the surrounding landscape. Oak tree in the West pasture at sunrise. Corner of the West pasture.
Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 29th, 2020

Matson ranch was great. The Live Oak‘s were beautiful and our dogs loved running around the field. There were some interesting 🐮 noises at night but on the whole we loved it.

Hipcamper Eileen

Beautiful spot

Eileen G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 30th, 2020

A beautiful location with lots of Spanish moss clad trees surrounding the pastures. Plenty of camping spots to choose from, we camped in the east pasture and loved the shady oaks. Michelle was really welcoming and helpful, as were all the other campers at the site. Our kids loved the space and the canine companions! We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Jennifer

Beautiful and peaceful property

Jennifer C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 30th, 2020

Camping here exceeded our expectations! Very quiet peaceful lots of space and gorgeous trees to camp under, nice forest and field views. Lots of wildlife, we heard owls in the woods around us at night.
Hosts are very friendly, welcoming and helpful!
Overall a wonderful experience 10/10 will return for sure!!!!
Thank you Michelle!!!

Hipcamper Heather

Great place to spend so!

Heather R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 30th, 2020

We had a great time! Hosts were amazing and tje property beautiful♡

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Property
Mattson Ranch
State
Florida
Country
United States
$25/night
6 Sites

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