Hipcamp host Michael A.
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Welcome to Ffynnon!

*Please note that to avoid freezing damage to our water system, potable water and showers are closed and will re-open April 15.*

Ffynnon is a forested 80-acre retreat and farm located in the Nehalem River valley just south of Vernonia, Oregon. Our unusual name, Ffynnon (Welsh, pronounced FIN-un) means 'source,' or 'spring.' It is a place for r

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Welcome to Ffynnon!

*Please note that to avoid freezing damage to our water system, potable water and showers are closed and will re-open April 15.*

Ffynnon is a forested 80-acre retreat and farm located in the Nehalem River valley just south of Vernonia, Oregon. Our unusual name, Ffynnon (Welsh, pronounced FIN-un) means 'source,' or 'spring.' It is a place for returning to harmony, a place of restoration and inspiration for our guests. Parts of what is called Ffynnon now was at one time fallow land, completely logged and in some areas, used as a dump site. Over many years, our efforts have helped restore the forest to its natural beauty.

Camping at Ffynnon is close to nature and the elements, so campers will want to bring plenty of the necessities to ensure their stay is comfortable and relaxing. Campers will enjoy getting-away-from-it-all in a private forested retreat and farm setting. We have many shrines and quiet spaces, two meadows, two large gathering circles with fire pits, and many lovely sites for camping, all connected by our several mile trail system. Ffynnon is minutes from the Banks-Vernonia trail and about halfway between Portland/Hillsboro and the coast - the perfect place to camp on your way there.

We have 10 sites available that can hold up to 3-4 tents and 8 campers at each location. Sites 1-3 are large areas in the open Main Meadow and with the most sun and share two fire pits with sites 4-6, which are on the perimeter of the main meadow just inside the shade of the tree canopy.  Sites 7-9 are walk-in sites, deeper in at the newly developed upper camp, closest to the outdoor hot showers. You can park nearby to access these sites. Site 10 is in the North Meadow - the most private site, but furthest away from the showers and porta potties, though there is one porta-pottie there. 

Our mission is to provide a private sanctuary where Art, Spirit, and Nature meet!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
10 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
RV details
Pull-in site, max length 20ft
Ask about water hookup
Ask about television hookup
Ask about generators
Surface type unknown, levelness unknown
No hookups
Have a question? Send Michael a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 50% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

We are moments away from the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. This is a fantastic biking trail and well worth the effort. Enjoy a da...Read more

Hiking

We have 3+ miles of great trails at Ffynnon. The Perimeter Trail goes around our 80 acres with over a 200’ elevation gain. The ...Read more

Wildlife watching

We are in constant amazement at the variety of animals we share Ffynnon with. Easily a hundred different species of birds live ...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Art, Spirit, & Nature - Ffynnon! in Oregon.

Forest

Ours is a mixed canopy forest. Along the ravine's waterway grow our abundant Western Red Cdars, perhaps our favorite tree. Doug...Read more

Mountainous

We’re in the Nehalem Valley of the Coastal Mountain Range. Elevations from 600 to 800 feet.

Prairie, meadow, or plain

We have two beautiful meadows at Ffynnon, perfect for outdoor activities and games, animal watching, and basking in the sun, s...Read more

River, stream or creek

A seasonal tributary of Swamp Creek runs through the center of our land. The ravine trail loops about a lovely portion of this ...Read more

Farm

Most of our farm activities happen on the south side of the property and will not impact your stay.

Ranch

The vibe at Art, Spirit, & Nature - Ffynnon!

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Hipcamper Kai
Kai D.
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(Site 9)
September 10th, 2018

My girlfriend and I have been coming to Ffynnon since the spring for various workshops, and were delighted to find out that we could also camp here anytime we want! We've always found a private tent site, there are bathrooms and hot outdoor showers nearby, and the meadow even has a large fire ring for under-the-stars s'mores roasting. We've wandered the meadows and forest trails for hours, and have seen many deer. I must add that Michael is the most congenial and helpful host one could wish for! Also, when you're here, visit nearby Vernonia, an old logging town with many shops and some pretty good food.

Hipcamper Lorene
Lorene E.
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(Site 9)
August 5th, 2018

I had a great time while camping at Ffynnon! I was on a bike adventure with friends all on bicycles! We began our journey in Portland and then took the max to Hillsboro. From there, we biked to the Banks-Vernonia trailhead and biked the trail to Vernonia where we got dinner from the food carts from the Vernonia Jamboree. From Vernonia, it was only between 3 or 4 miles to bike to Ffynnon. During my journey there, Michael and I were in communication via HipCamp messages. All the communication was very helpful! We were able to easily find the campsites.

On this particular day, we were the only campers there and they informed us that we could choose any spot to set up camp. They had port-o-potties and a hose with potable water. They are also 4 amazing outdoor hot showers! This was so nice to enjoy after all the 38 miles of biking we completed. They also set up a propane fire pit for us to cook over and enjoy which helped since there was a fire ban in the area when we camped there. He even brought us a dozen fresh farm eggs! We definitely used them for breakfast.

Overall, we had a relaxing time at Ffynnon. If I had more energy, I would have explored more of the trails on the property.

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on August 13th, 2018

Thanks for being such an amazing group. We're so glad you had such a wonderful time and you are welcome back to explore the trails any time! Each season brings something new, and fire bans are much less common in spring and fall. Hope to see you again soon!

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Hipcamper David
David R.
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(Site 4)
August 13th, 2018

We had a wonderful stay at Ffynnon. We camped here to stargaze in the meadow, and it was fantastic! The property has several individual areas to explore, and a nice walk through the nearby woods. Our host, Michael, was very friendly and accommodating. Everything was spotless and well stocked. It felt secluded, it was very quiet, and the whole place is beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on September 3rd, 2018

We are so glad you got some clear skies for stargazing! it really is wonderful, isn't it? Thanks for camping at Ffynnon and come back any time! We plan to have a camp kitchen and covered area soon, so multi-season camping will be more appealing.

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Hipcamper Elliott
Elliott O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
August 6th, 2018

Friendly Camp host. Beautiful campgrounds. No city sounds. What a great place! I’d come back, maybe with more people.

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on August 13th, 2018

We welcome you back any time. The more the merrier!

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Hipcamper Brian
Brian W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 26th, 2018

Awesome campsite! Michael was very hospitable and provided us with everything we needed

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on September 3rd, 2018

Thanks, Brian! We welcome you back any time and are so glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Hipcamper Chris
Chris M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
August 28th, 2018

We showed up pretty late, but Michael was there to greet us and show us to our site. We were the only ones there that night. The sites were very spacious and we were surrounded by trees.

The outdoor shower is amazing!!

Overall a great stay for a quick overnight. You can tell he takes pride in the property and it looks like it will only get better around there.

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on September 3rd, 2018

Thanks, Chris. We're so happy you got to enjoy the outdoor showers. Yes, we plan on adding a camp kitchen and covered area soon, to expand the camping season. Mushroom sightings and the newts are pretty fantastic in the fall and the trillium display in the spring makes us swoon every year. Come back any time!

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Hipcamper Son

Perfect stay.

Son V.
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(Site 4)
March 21st, 2019

Amazing stay, campgrounds were gorgeous, quiet, clean, and Michael went well above and beyond the call of duty. He brought us all kinds things we didn't bring and made sure we had everything we needed. Perfect stay.

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on April 1st, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed your time here. Come back anytime!

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Hipcamper Cara
Cara H.
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(Site 9)
May 26th, 2019

This was a beautiful space. The host was kind and accomadating. The trails were great. I can't wait to come back and camp in warmer weather.

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on May 31st, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed your time here. Ffynnon is different in every season, so come back many times to experience it all!

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Hipcamper Kristina

Wow!!

Kristina R.
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(Site 1)
May 27th, 2019

This was the most amazing place. Michael has done a great job transforming the space. I can’t wait to come back.

Hipcamper Michael
Response from Michael, the Host, on May 31st, 2019

Thank you so much! I can't wait to have you back!

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Property
Ffynnon Oregon
State
Oregon
$30/night
10 Sites