Camp at the beautiful certified organic, Bear Branch Farms, in Stayton, OR. Tree lined dry camping for shade. Great access to hunting, fishing, swimming holes, hiking waterfalls and so much more. Only an hour to Portland. Camping toilet required. All trash must be cleaned up before leaving. This is family friendly camping atmosphere so we expect respectful behavior from our guests. Dogs are welcome leashed and behaved :)
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out Weeknight discount: 5% off
The vibe at Tent/RV on Certified Organic Farm
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Bear Branch Farm was there when we needed it after a crazy day on the road on our way to Portland. We met some friends in Salem at a local brewery (complete with food truck), then made the 25 minute drive to the campsite.
Janis had very accurate directions and we were able to find the property without a problem. She also messaged us right away with her contact info and welcomed us. Once you pass the white fence, you turn immediately left and there's a path/driveway cut into a field. We arrived at night so it was difficult to see the lay of the land but we discovered quickly that the ground was very uneven and the SUV with an attached trailer had a little trouble since the tall grass made it difficult to maneuver around dips and stumps and large branches in the grass. Beware if your vehicle has low clearance!
We only went in about a hundred feet and decided we'd just stop and camp there. There are small groves of trees along the path and they make for great tent camping. We had one tent for two of us while the other three shared the trailer.
It was quiet when we got there but around 2:30am a rooster woke most of us. Around 8 am some machinery (maybe chainsaw) started up at the house across the field. We hadn't noticed the house at night but its pretty obvious and relatively close during the day. As we were packing, an older Pyrenees dog wandered by and sniffed our stuff. He wasn't aggressive but he wasn't friendly either....he looked wary for us so we didn't bother him.
We packed up in the morning and enjoyed the Queen Ann's Lace and other wild flowers. We had a bit of trouble getting the SUV and trailer out. There were more holes and stumps than we realized so maneuvering was difficult. We managed it eventually but maybe some leveling of the main path and the turn-around at the end would really help travelers especially if catering to RVs, vans and trailers. Also there were a few wasp nests in the ground and a few of our party got stung as they directed the driver. Nothing serious, thankfully.
We really appreciated the place to stay and it was a very pretty location. I loved the tree groves and the combination of places to put vehicles and tents. There's also lots of space for multiple groups. The noise in the AM and the path/driveway condition could use some improvement for this be a repeatable stay or recommendation for us.
Thank you Janis!