Located right off the 199 Redwood Highway, we welcome you to choose from 100 acres of forested camping located right on the Illinois river with a short walk down to our own private riverside beach and refreshing swimming hole. This listing means that you provide your own tent, van or RV. You can also sleep right out under the stars if you wish! The camp is also just a shor
Located right off the 199 Redwood Highway, we welcome you to choose from 100 acres of forested camping located right on the Illinois river with a short walk down to our own private riverside beach and refreshing swimming hole. This listing means that you provide your own tent, van or RV. You can also sleep right out under the stars if you wish! The camp is also just a short walk to the shared commercial kitchen, bathroom, shower house, sauna & tea house. We have sites located right on the river but you cannot drive down and need to cart your goods. Hipcamp gives a "site number" but there are no designated camping spots. Just lots of open beautiful forest that you can choose from to camp. We only ask that you leave the lower meadow open which is directly to the left of visitors parking. Please make sure you add in the correct number of people in your party when booking. Children under 5 are free. For more images and info visit our Instagram @cedarbloomfarm
Cedar Bloom has available power and cell phone service. Cell phone service works great if you have AT&T or Verizon. Internet is limited but is available. We have several giant meadows with thousands of trees surrounding. We are right on the Illinois River with a mile of river frontage and 3 incredible swim spots. It's a great place to come and recharge and renew.
We see lots of wildlife, we have foxes, a bald eagle, deer, ... we see vultures and blue heron and osprey who fly overhead when they catch a salmon.
We are surrounded by an incredible forest with Doug Fir, Madrone, Cedar, Oak, the Pine species and Manzanita.
We are surrounded by beautiful scenery in all directions! We are close to the Redwoods, The Oregon Caves and so much more. We are close to major cities such as Grants Pass, Medford, Crescent City and Ashland.
MORE ABOUT CEDAR BLOOM...
Cedar Bloom was purchased in the spring of 2017 by Spirit Weavers Gathering as a place of peace and healing, for all walks of life. Spirit Weavers is an annual womens gathering which happens once a year each June. We host over 1,200 women in just two weeks on the land. We are located on the Illinois River just outside Cave Junction, Oregon. The town is just a 5 minute drive from camp so everything is very accessible.
Our Main House was built in 1962 and retains the flavor of the 60’s with a beautiful Mid Century Modern feel. It currently houses Agustin and Mea and their nine year old daughter Naia.
FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE OF THE ILLINOIS VALLEY
For thousands of years, the Takelma people lived in the Illinois and Rogue River valleys, what is now known as Josephine County. They lived in small bands close to the land. Interior southwest Oregon has pronounced seasons and the ancient Takelma adapted to these seasons by spending spring, summer and early fall months collecting and storing food for the winter season.
Salmon was central to their food source and way of life. The salmon diet was supplemented by game, such as deer, elk, beaver, bear, antelope and bighorn sheep. Smaller mammals, such as squirrels, rabbits and gophers, might have been snared by both men and women. They gathered the root of the Camas plant, part of the asparagus family, as well as acorns from the two native species of Oaks, the Oregon white oak and California black oak. Other vegetation included manzanita berries, pine nuts, tarweed seeds, wild plums and sunflowers. The Takelma are also known to have cultivated a native tobacco plant, but otherwise relied on the fruits of the wilderness for their survival. The main utensils included horn, bone and wood-made implements and a great variety of baskets constructed generally by twining on a hazel warp. Stone was used in the making of arrowheads and pestles. The clothing and personal adornment of the Takelma was similar to the tribes of northern California. Notable characteristics include facial painting, red-headed woodpecker scalps for men and basket caps for women. The women also tattooed the skin in three stripes and men tattooed the left arm.
European Settlement of the Illinois Valley began by the 1830’s, as the gold and logging industries developed. By the end of 1856, the traditional residents of the Rogue and Illinois River valleys were forcibly removed and relocated to the Siletz Reservation on the central Oregon coast. The Takelma were joined on the reservations by their neighbors, the Athapaskans and the Shasta, as well as tribes from even farther away, such as the Coos and Tillamook. It is reported that by 1906 less than ten Takelma were alive and able to speak their native language.In 1994, for the first time in over 140 years, an ancient ceremony took place to welcome home and give thanks for the returning salmon, on the Kanaka Flats of the Applegate River. People of all heritages were welcomed at the annual Salmon Gathering on the Applegate River until 2006. In 2007, the ceremony was moved to the place where it was held for thousands of years: the Tilomikh (Powerhouse Falls), on the Rogue River near Gold Hill, Oregon. Since then, the ceremony has taken place annually in its traditional location, demonstrating that the Takelma culture is alive and will continue into the future.
Today, Takelma descendents continue to reside on or near the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations. The Pilgrims brought back the Salmon Ceremony to Southern Oregon. Due to the Pilgrim’s contribution in returning the Salmon Ceremony to Jackson County, Agnis Baker-Pilgrim is known to some locals as the ‘Keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony. Agnes, one of the oldest grandmothers of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, has returned to the Rogue Valley and today her voice can be heard strong and clear, proving that the spirit and blood of her people are still with us.
PLANT & ANIMAL RELATIONS
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a widely diverse population of flora and fauna. As caretakers of this sacred land, we feel a strong responsibility to honor our plant and animal allies by not only protecting them and their habitat, but also to help educate others about what lives and grows here by providing people with opportunities to experience the beauty of these plants and animals for themselves. For this reason, We are honored to host the many different groups who will gather here on this land for learning and communing with the nature that flourishes here. We feel very fortunate to be involved in this process of helping promote a sustainable and abundant future for all living things on this planet by sharing knowledge and skills from the human past that can make a sustainable lifestyle a reality for everyone everywhere.
The animals here include, but are not limited to deer, foxes, coyote, raccoon, skunks, and sometimes black bear though we havent seen any yet! The birds that surround us are migratory geese, quail, wild turkeys, hawks, ospreys and eagles. The fish that call the Illinois River their home are the Salmon People, Steelhead & Trout along with their friends the otter and ducks. The Land is a no-hunting zone so the animals here are abudant and safe.
The plant life here is incredibly diverse. This land is home to many native grasses, ferns, and berries, wild flowers, as well as many other edible and medicinal plants and fungi such as mugwort, self-heal, soap root, and a variety of mushrooms. The tree population is a blend of hardwoods like Manzanita, Madrone, and several kinds of Oaks along with mature Fir, Pine, Cedar trees, Alder, Maple and Apples. With special attention to management of non-native and invasive plants, Spirit Weavers is committed to maintaining a well balanced forest ecosystem with high biodiversity.
TIMES Please clean up and check out of your site by 12:pm on the day of your departure. You can check in by 2:pm on the day of your arrival.
CLIMATE & THE ILLINOIS VALLEY Cedar Bloom holds the heart during the summer. Temps can range from 75-95 during the day and generally cools down to the 70's during the evenings. Swimming in the summer months is delicious. We have mostly pebbly beaches and a jagged rock and sand beach right where the Swimming hole is. The river is chilly until late June and it cools down again in late September.
NEIGHBORS There is another campground right next door but since we have 100 acres, you never really see a soul besides us! Please use our pathways to travel property next to us, and respect the privacy and tranquility of our neighbors by not keeping late hours or playing loud music.
BOOKING Please make sure you add in the correct number of people in your party when booking. If you add in people over time, please message me and let me know.
EMERGENCIES If someone needs to reach you in an emergency, Cell phones work great on the land. If you don't get service and need to contact someone our land phones are available.
SHOWER HOUSE & SAUNA We have twelve showers total. The first shower house is open showering with 4 showers and the 2nd shower house has 8 stalls. You are also welcome to use the sauna throughout your stay.
COMPOST TOILETS We have 10 amazing clean Eco Zoic Composting Toilets. Please remember to put the seat down on the lid after each use to prevents flies from getting in. One fly in the toilet can destroy the whole eco system we are creating.
FOOD & WATER Please bring your own food to camp. Town is close so if you need to run errands to grab food its a short drive away. All of our water is on a well and is super clean and ran through a UV light. Please keep food and garbage out of the reach and smell of animals so we don’t have animal visitors at night.
GARBAGE If you pack it in, please pack it out when you leave.
FIRES Depending on the time of year, cooking fires are permissible. June-Sept there is a fire ban in the county so expect not to have a fire during this time. Instead you can bring a cookstove or use our kitchen. Please be EXTRA careful with any sort of fire use on the land including cigarette butts which is the leading cause of fires in the states.
PETS If you must bring your pet, please message us before hand. Dogs musty be on a leash at all times.
THE RIVER & SWIMMING HOLES We have a mile of river frontage and there is tons of space for all. Keiki Beach located down the trail from the sauna is the more shallow and flatter part of the river. This is a great spot for families! Mermaid Rock which is located down the trail to your left of the main house is our large swimming hole with deeper waters. This part of the river is clothing optional. Please be aware of the rocks down at Mermaid Rock & Dock. The rocks are tricky to walk on for both adults and especially children. Please keep your eyes on your children at all times while at the river. Feel free to bring rafts to play on.
GRATITUDE We feel honored to be stewards of this land. One of our main visions for this land is to protect its cultural and environmental heritage. We are excited to share about the native food forest we will be cultivating for the local community and beyond. We will also be placing the land into a conservation trust so no logging or future development can occur. For the many years to come, we will explore the ways can live in harmony with the natural world for the greater good of people and the plants and animals we depend on. We welcome you to Cedar Bloom!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAND AND EVENTS HERE, PLEASE VISIT CEDAR BLOOM FARM & THE SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING WEBSITE OR ON INSTAGRAM @cedarbloomfarm
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
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Had a great experience here camping under the stars. A much needed time to unwind and appreciate the quiet of being out on the river. This was a perfect spot for privacy, solitude and a little of the comforts of home. The clean and efficient covered kitchen, bathroom, drinking water were a nice bonus as well. The small family is a very sweet, hard working and welcoming group. Lots of wildlife and even a couple of kittens. The river was absolute tranquility. I recommend sleeping out on the shore, it was lovely. Overall, my favorite camping spot this summer.
I had a wonderful stay at cedar bloom! The directions were excellent and the host was very accommodating upon arrival. I was able to camp on the river and the host was kind enough to provide me with a wagon to carry my camp items down to the river. So much solitude at the river listening to the birds and river. The swimming hole is also excellent! Literally have nothing but good things to say about this place, I can’t wait to be back ❤️
Cedar Bloom was beyond our wildest expectations!!! We loved the wide open shady space and being able to choose our own site. We didn’t utilize the communal kitchen, the showers, or the sauna, but it’s amazing that there are so many amenities at this beautiful spot. We loved being able to take a swim before we departed.
We will definitely be back when we have more time to stay and enjoy Cedar Bloom. Thank you so much for sharing your slice of heaven with us!!
Friendly and creative spaces
Wow! What an incredible place. We came here for a night and wish we stayed the whole week.
We loved the swimming area and sauna. All the establishments were well kept and an impressive addition for a campground!
Waking up early and spending time in the tea room was excellent.
Everyone - campers and hosts - were incredibly friendly and kind. We felt comfortable, safe, and inspired by all the creative spaces and people!
Can’t wait to visit again.
Special, beautiful, memorable
What a hidden gem! The camping was spacious with grassy meadows and tall oak trees. The special touches like the epic group shower overlooking the river and all the little hang out/ceremony spaces were so thoughtfully created. The vibe was very peaceful. The river was the icing on the cake- clean, varying depths for different swimming moods/needs, perfect temperature water. It was magical for my family and we truly hope to return. The composting toilets were clean and eco-friendly. Can’t say enough good things about cedar bloom. Thanks!!!
I was happily surprised when I arrived at the camp. It had so many wonderful amenities that I've never seen at other campsites. It felt welcoming, clean, the people were kind and considerate of each other, and the sites were spacious. The river was a dream come true with such clear and deep swimming holes. I will definitely be coming back here, it is by far one of my favorite camping sites!
The property here is beautiful. All of the trees, the privacy, and the river were a welcome retreat! So lovely and peaceful. Mea was a wonderful host. She was excellent at prompt communication and has an easy-going nature. I can't wait to come back!
Tent-camped here with my two young kids (8 & 5). It was like camping in a park-like setting, with incredibly gracious hosts. The owners’ 7-yr old daughter ended up playing with my kids a lot over the 2 days, which was an added bonus. Very un-crowded, very laid-back. We’re already figuring a time to go back.
The stay my fiancé and two pups had at Illinois River campsite was absolutely amazing! We are hoping to make this one of our annual spots; if life goes as planned ;)
We were able to camp right on the river which was ablsoutly amazing, (it was kinda a hike down there, but we’re also two out of shape city folk, and luckily for us, Mea let us use her wagons/carts!
The only thing I regret is not texting Mea earlier to say goodbye in person, we assumed not to bother her cause we left the property pretty early (for us anyways), but when I texted after we left I realized she would have probably came out on our departure for goodbyes 💛)
Overall it was an amazing experience (especially for our first time to Oregon) and we definitely would (will) go back!! Thank you Mea for everything
Good vibes your way!!