Loved staying here. I have a small RV and all I really need is water and electric hookups, both were provided. Rebecca and Rico were really great about the directions and communication, even stopped by to say Hi. The spot is gorgeous and there's a picnic table and grassy field to enjoy. Hope to come stay again!
Bear Branch Farm was there when we needed it after a crazy day on the road on our way to Portland. We met some friends in Salem at a local brewery (complete with food truck), then made the 25 minute drive to the campsite.
Janis had very accurate directions and we were able to find the property without a problem. She also messaged us right away with her contact info and welcomed us. Once you pass the white fence, you turn immediately left and there's a path/driveway cut into a field. We arrived at night so it was difficult to see the lay of the land but we discovered quickly that the ground was very uneven and the SUV with an attached trailer had a little trouble since the tall grass made it difficult to maneuver around dips and stumps and large branches in the grass. Beware if your vehicle has low clearance!
We only went in about a hundred feet and decided we'd just stop and camp there. There are small groves of trees along the path and they make for great tent camping. We had one tent for two of us while the other three shared the trailer.
It was quiet when we got there but around 2:30am a rooster woke most of us. Around 8 am some machinery (maybe chainsaw) started up at the house across the field. We hadn't noticed the house at night but its pretty obvious and relatively close during the day. As we were packing, an older Pyrenees dog wandered by and sniffed our stuff. He wasn't aggressive but he wasn't friendly either....he looked wary for us so we didn't bother him.
We packed up in the morning and enjoyed the Queen Ann's Lace and other wild flowers. We had a bit of trouble getting the SUV and trailer out. There were more holes and stumps than we realized so maneuvering was difficult. We managed it eventually but maybe some leveling of the main path and the turn-around at the end would really help travelers especially if catering to RVs, vans and trailers. Also there were a few wasp nests in the ground and a few of our party got stung as they directed the driver. Nothing serious, thankfully.
We really appreciated the place to stay and it was a very pretty location. I loved the tree groves and the combination of places to put vehicles and tents. There's also lots of space for multiple groups. The noise in the AM and the path/driveway condition could use some improvement for this be a repeatable stay or recommendation for us.
I was looking for a nice remote campsite on my way North from the Bay Area and wanted to try this one out. I made it there just as it was getting dark and unfortunately was raining a little. I wasn't entirely sure I'd found the right gate as there's not much sign that there's a campsite there other than the direction of 'in the back of the field just before the ranger station'.
I walked into the field first to see if it was the right spot and there are very faint tire marks in the high grass so I went for it. You drive in and to the left a bit then right and then I saw the new trees to the right and finally the campsite set-up. The grass is high but made for a decent tent bed. I pretty much just made tea and went to sleep. The whole spot is mostly open field.
I wanted to check out the river in the morning and I had gotten up and tried to find a way to the water, there wasn't a clear way through the barbed wire. I settled for a spot to the right where you could crouch low underneath but I had to dodge the spiky holly plants on the other side in addition to the rusty barbs. The river front is very pretty, a nice spot to hang out, though the river was a bit fast moving for any kind of swimming.
I made breakfast and packed up. I appreciate the place to stay and the isolation. Mostly wish it had been a bit easier to find and, of course, that the weather had held so I could enjoy the spot more.