WOW. Hands down one of the best glamping experiences! Everything exceeded our expectations and we were blown away by the generosity and kindness of the hosts. We felt honored to stay on such an amazing property and to have access to the loveliest lake. Nestled among the trees, the space felt super private and secluded. The views of the lake were stunning (the color of the lake was so beautiful!) and besides a few kayakers/fishermen, it stayed relatively quiet.
We felt well taken care of during our stay- the kitchen was well stocked and everything felt very clean. The tent was beautiful and spacious inside (there were just 2 of us but the tent could have easily accommodated 4 people). It had two doors that fully opened, so while we lounged inside we still got to enjoy views of the trees and lake. The bed was super comfy and we had enough blankets to keep us warm at night. We enjoyed using their kayaks and paddleboards and relaxed in the hammocks. It was the perfect weekend getaway, especially after being sheltered-in-place for the past couple of months. If you have the chance to stay on this property, do it! Mariela is the best host and the experience is magical.
We enjoyed staying at Camp Parker! Sandy met us on arrival and showed us around the campsite. She lives about 15 minutes from the campsite so it felt very secluded and private. You can tell she's put a lot of work into the space: there's a clean, composting toilet, a solar shower, an area for cooking, as well as a picnic table. There are even solar lights in the ground that come on at night. The campsite is well maintained and clean and we loved having the platforms available for our tent. We pitched our tent on the closest platform but ended up deciding to set up our air mattress and sleeping bags on the platform with less tree coverage so we could gaze up at the stars. And It was such a treat to sleep under the stars! We loved having such a large private space in nature all to ourselves, though we also thought it would be a perfect spot for a bigger group camping experience. FYI: The drive out to Camp Parker is quite the adventure! It's about a 30-minute drive on an unmaintained dirt road. We ended up renting a truck and we were so glad we did. I'm not sure we could have made the drive in my sedan.
We loved staying here! Carol the host was super responsive and friendly and met us upon arrival. She let us use her golf cart to transport our stuff to the campsite which was super helpful. Her property is so beautiful and we loved getting to explore and hang out with all of her farm animals. We spent a lot of time watching the baby goats play and hanging out with her two friendly pups. The campsite had everything that we needed: table, chairs, BBQ, firepit, super nice "outhouse," and a really beautiful tipi to sleep in. This is a really great place to get away from city living and enjoy a bit of the farm life. Carol even has fresh farm eggs for sale if you want to take some of the farm home with you. I would definitely recommend staying here (just remember your earplugs if you are a light sleeper since sleeping on a farm can be noisy).
Wow, this place is a gem. My friends and I had the most incredible time here. Jason was amazing and showed us around the campsite when we arrived. And it was beyond any of our expectations. The site is huge, private, and right next to the Deer Creek (so you get to fall asleep to the sound of the river). Even though it is a campsite, it felt luxurious and had everything we needed. There were so many thoughtful details (beautiful rugs, bath towels, lanterns in each tent, comfortable bedding, solar-powered lights that went on at night, etc) and it is obvious how much they care about the campers' experience. I loved the private bath area (with a shower and a tub!) and the toilet with a view. This campsite is perfect for larger groups. There are lots of activities and so many different spaces for relaxing. It's also a 5-minute walk to a bridge and swimming hole, as well as a 20-minute drive to some of my favorite Yuba River swimming holes. I will most definitely be coming back!
It was a delight to stay in the West Wind Trailer. Trent was very communicative and friendly and gave us very detailed directions as well as a long list of recommendations for Mariposa (the nearby town). We enjoyed exploring the property and there were some cute goats close to the trailer. The trailer is a short walk from the main house, but there is a tent cabin nearby, so even though it feels secluded, it's not super private. The bed in the trailer was comfortable but small, so be ready to snuggle with your travel buddy! The stove in the trailer wasn't working while we were there, which wasn't a problem since there is a communal kitchen area back at the house. The communal indoor space also has air conditioning which was nice since it was 100 degrees while we were there. It was great to be close to Yosemite and we would love to come back to explore more of the area. Thanks Trent!
Our stay at the Lower Yuba River was really lovely. We met Roy, the owner, and he gave us a tour of his property. He was super friendly and knowledgeable about the area. He took us down to the river and allowed us to explore and pitch our tent anywhere along the water. There are multiple houses on his property but being down by the river still felt private and quiet. We choose to pitch our tent on a beachy spot close to the river. It was perfect and we got to fall asleep to the sound of the rushing river. There was also a community firepit near the river and plenty of wood to use on the property. A couple of the locals came down after sunset and we all sat around the fire and enjoyed drinks and conversation. We also loved all the animals on the property. There were horses, pigs, some super cute piglets, and a sweet, friendly dog. Roy's property is peaceful and a perfect spot to camp along the Yuba. We would definitely come back.
Rough and Ready was a lovely property tucked away down an unpaved dirt road. We got a little lost, but once you cross a small wooden bridge it is the next property on the left. The house on the property is really awesome. Some of the walls are big windows that are kept open (at least while we were there) and there are lots of trees and plants that make the space feel like it is actually outside. The owners are super friendly and generous and allow you to use their bathroom and living space. There is a huge grassy area outside of the house where we pitched our tent and it felt pretty secluded and private. They also have a really big firepit and lots of wood to use. Our tent was near a bunch of enclosed chickens and turkeys so we were a bit worried they would wake us up in the morning, but we didn't hear them at all. Instead we got to listen to the sound of the little river on the property. We had a really wonderful stay and were only 30 minutes away from one of my favorite yuba river swimming holes. We would definitely come back.