Rahmana is a super sweet host with an awesome piece of property! She took me to a secret local swimming hole, let me pick figs from the tree, and even cooked me a delicious organic breakfast! Even though this spot is her backyard, I saw more wildlife than I could have imagined! Deer roam freely, birds of all kinds, and of course her free range chickens and kitties roam the property. I set up my tent under the shade of a large walnut tree, but there are many spots to choose from. When she is home, the bathroom is free to use, and if not, there is an outhouse in the yard. I enjoyed walking around the property, picking berries, and laying in my tent listening to the wildlife. Because of all the animals, it was a lot for my dog to handle. If you're traveling with a dog that likes to chase chickens or cats, this may not be the best place for you. That being said, Rahmana is an animal lover and worked with me to let my dog roam once the chickens went to bed, which was very thoughtful.
This was a fun and unique camping experience! Upon arrival, I called Bryan and he came out to meet me right away. He showed me a couple of different areas available for camping - one down in a shaded area, closer to the river, and others along the road in the vineyard. There is a great spot for swimming in the S. Umpqua River, and he even gave me a wine tasting! There was also a little building that serves as a communal area with tables, chairs, and electrical outlets (which was so nice to charge my phone!). This was a great space to escape the hot sun and watch the wildlife enjoy the river.
Linda and Shane are awesome hosts! The windy, steep drive up to their property is an adventure in itself! It starts in fern covered redwood forest and as you climb up, turns into prairie with an amazing view of surrounding mountains and the ocean! The campsite area dips back down into shaded forest where the temperature stays nice and cool. I camped at site #1 adjacent to the pond. The site is equipped with a nice picnic table, established fire pit, and communal compost toilet just a few steps away. Make sure to hike or drive up to the top of the property for sunset...it's unreal! I felt very much in the wild here, with sites and sounds of all kinds of birds surrounding me! The beach is only 20 mins away, and the Redwood parks are maybe 30min-1 hour. This spot is very peaceful and I would definitely recommend staying a few nights!
Bowie and friends were so welcoming! I loved setting up my tent under the shade of an apple tree. I camped on a Friday, which happens to be the evening they have a weekly potluck! It was fun visiting with locals, sharing delicious food, and listening to them play music around the campfire. Take your time driving the Avenue of the Giants on the way. There is a super short walk to the river to cool down on those hot afternoons. I would highly recommend camping here and only wish I had more time to spend!
Bill and Pam were the most welcoming hosts! I love how much thought they put into the comfort of their campers. There is a nice composting toilet, a grill/fire pit, and water at each site. Just a short walk down the road leads to a sweet swimming hole in the creek. I would definitely recommend camping here!
Bonnie is a warm, welcoming host! The location is so peaceful yet minutes away from Long Beach. Her home is one of a kind with her beautiful mosaic artwork displayed everywhere! I appreciated having access to the bathroom and enjoyed hanging out and chatting with Bonnie!
Fort Liberty is a great jumping off place to explore all the awesome sites on San Juan. I loved how thoughtfully curated and private the camping sites were. When you first pull in, you'll check in by calling the number on the welcome board. The host on duty will meet you and show you to your site. There are a few 'car-camping' sites visible in the field when you pull in, but the best spots are tent sites nestled away in the woods. Each site has a bed of mulch for your tent to lay on, and an established fire ring. Fire wood can be purchased for $5/bundle. If you get too hot, the lake is a few steps away!
Linda is an awesome host with a heart of gold! Ask her about the fruit wine she makes at her winery, or better yet, go visit the tasting room just down the road! Her property is beautiful with lots of amazing trees and a creek running through. By mid July, the creek is running pretty dry, but it had enough cool water for our dogs to take a dip and for us to put our feet in. I found many turkey feathers, heard lots of beautiful bird calls, and saw an Osprey and other cool birds fly overhead. By this time of year, there was a fire ban, but that didn't damper our good time! The drive out to the property is extremely beautiful rolling farm land until you drive into this little forested canyon. I had a great time camping here! Just remember, these sites are primitive, so come prepared for anything!
Steven and Derrick are awesome hosts who provide an amazing opportunity to be at peace in nature, hangout over a campfire, learn about all their cool projects, or simply just be alone to do your own thing, it's entirely up to you! McGovern Residence is a beautiful spot. Choose from camping on The Flat, which is closest to the river, has the most space and comes with a sweet hammock! Or choose the more private and secluded Quarry site, nestled among the luscious greenery. Soon there will be a third site up on the hill to choose from too! On the weekends the bathroom will be available for camper's use as well. They also have a communal fire pit and the sink and kitchen with drinking water is available for use. Overall, I would highly recommend taking some time to visit this little gem hosted by two good people and tucked into a beautiful little valley!
Ranchito Feliz was my favorite camping spot over a week of camping in SW Utah. Upon arrival, Roy greeted us with his sweet rescue dogs, Ella, Buddha and Lozen. It is obvious that Roy takes great pride in his land and cares about the experience for his campers. Each spot is thoughtfully carved out with a nice pad for a tent, fire ring set up and ready to go with wood and kindling (and extra wood for $5), and rocks meticulously placed for surfaces to cook food. There is a compost toilet a short walk away from the campsites with a magnificent view of the valley! And also a sink for doing dishes, a trash can, water spigot, and a primitive shower. Roy even drew us a map to a few amazing local hikes. It was such a pleasant experience staying at Ranchito Feliz and I would whole heartedly recommend this gem to anyone traveling through!