This location is perfect for a night or two, as it is directly on what seems to be a semi-secluded beach in a very small town. The site is more parking lot than campsite, but has easy access to the beach and it was wonderful to wake up to the sound of the waves and we played for hours on the beach. The manager, Jaenette, also runs the little store in North Cove and she was very nice and accommodating. I did find it disconcerting to walk back up to my vehicle the first day and find 2 other vehicles parked there, where a man approached me and asked what I think of the site. He then stated he is the property owner, which is not apparent in the listing and caused me some alarm that I was maybe illegally camping. I would recommend the listing makes it clear that you will most likely be dealing with a property manager and the owners live nearby and are prone to showing up, as they also stated their son owns the property next door. All that being said, we stayed for 2 nights and if all the improvements happen that were being talked about, this will be a little gem. Thanks to Jaenette, who was also very kind in helping me out of a jam as we were leaving.
This is a good jumping-off point for exploring the area, as it is a short walk into the town and a short driving distance to the state parks. I camped in the larger of the fields, both of which are mowed grass areas next to the house. This is a basic site, where you will be required to bring all your own amenities, or be prepared to go into town to eat and use a bathroom. The host, Diane, is very friendly and was great at communicating with me over the phone/text.
Dave ensured that his wife, Jen, was available to give me the site map and directions. The site itself is set up on a hill overlooking their house and barn, and is essentially a bare spot in the trees, with a fire ring. My dog loved the opportunity to roam the trails on the hill, as well as the open field in between the campsite and the horse pasture. The next morning, I went down to watch them care for their goats, which is always fun. I would be more likely to stay again if the price reflected the fact that it is a very primitive site. Otherwise, good experience!
Mark was an excellent communicator, and was on-site to ensure I knew where to park for the campsite. He showed me around the site and gave me the welcome kit, which was a bag of s'mores ingredients. What a great touch! The site was very private and is one of the best set ups I have yet experienced. Thank you Mark and Laurie, I will be back!
This is the best Hipcamp site I've yet encountered! The communication from time of reservation was excellent, the directions were clear and the actual site exceeded my expectations! The hosts met us to guide is down to the parking area for our site and showed us the newly constructed composting latrine, helped me schlep my stuff down to the campsite and then gave us a brief summary of interesting locations on the property. They even lent us a citronella candle and bottle of bug spray! There is a little road noise (at least from Site #1) but nothing too noticeable, and the other campers in Site #2 were only seen when they walked by on the trail to the swimming spot/creek. This is a wonderful respite from hectic city life and the owners are doing their best to make it a welcoming space. 10/10 would recommend.
The communication with the host was great, directions to the property were clear and it is a good location. It is on a working farm, so we were able to see the butchering process for a pig, while also watching the live pigs and chickens in the pasture. The hosts and their kids were great, very pleasant to talk to. The camp space itself is simply a grass pasture with mowed areas as campsites next to their living space. We chose the semi-private location between some cottonwood trees. This is a great jumping off spot to explore the area, we recommend the Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge!
This is a great location for exploring all that the Mt St Helens area has to offer! We enjoyed the opportunity to relax in one of two hammocks by the creek, have a campfire and visit with the owners, their kids and animals.
We arrived on a rainy and soggy afternoon (i.e. typical PNW day), to find Christie out gathering chicken eggs. She gave us a quick tour of the farm and pointed out the guest bathroom, as well as where we could plug in for electricity. The farm just added a yurt and latrine, so we took a peek and marveled at the vista. The farm is a farm, so keep in mind there will be animal-related sounds, smells and sights (like two adult pigs roaming around after escaping their enclosure). They are docile and were more interested in finding an extra dinner than in bothering us, thankfully. For the proximity to Portland, this is a wonderful retreat and I could see going back to enjoy the yurt once it is available!