Hipcamp host Kathleen G.
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In this site there are tall trees all around giving a private seclusion from the rest of the camp.  There is a special feeling to be in the deep woods and to listen quietly to what the trees have to say to you.  In this place with the over story above and the roots underneath, you are surrounded by the trees from all around.  We call this site Dragons' Lair.  

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In this site there are tall trees all around giving a private seclusion from the rest of the camp.  There is a special feeling to be in the deep woods and to listen quietly to what the trees have to say to you.  In this place with the over story above and the roots underneath, you are surrounded by the trees from all around.  We call this site Dragons' Lair.  

We are wild and woolly. We provide a place to experience nature as it simply is. We privilege pollinators above human aesthetics.  Wildflowers abound, including various dandelions, many of which are edible and healing plants.  We encourage converting from lawns to meadow lands being supportive of wild birds and insects. If you like it wild we are the place for you. This is not a resort or English style garden. Tall grass, wild flowers and trees fill the land around you to give you a feeling of full immersion in Nature.

When requesting to book please include whether you are bringing a trailer or RV and its length, how many cars, how many people, and how many dogs, so that I can better site you and your party.

Please note that check-in is from 2 pm until 8 pm. Parties arriving late will be charged a late fee of $25. for the first hour and an additional $50. for being over an hour late. We do not site campers after dark. (Our State Parks close their gates at dusk.) We also ask our campers to observe quiet time after 9 pm. It is important to be respectful of all, that includes the other campers.

So as not to disappoint the expectations of our bookings, the water features which had been previously offered are not available to our campers due to the Covid 19 scare. These include the pool, hot tub and the showers. They are closed to our guests until further notice due to the current state of affairs. We are doing our best to be in compliance with our current County mandates. 


In response to some guests complaints about the fees thinking they should be different because the water features are not being offered, when the pool and hot tub are available there are extra fees involved. They have never been included in the camping fees. The camping fees have been the same for the entire time I have been on Hipcamp which is three years now. If you feel for any reason that my fees are not in your budget we can recommend other sites.

Please let me know you've read this far by telling me how many smokers are in your group when you send your booking request.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No showers
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
Generators not allowed
Have a question? Send Kathleen a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


We are within walking distance of the Skookumchuck River. Where the private road crosses the river there is a deep hole favore...Read more

Horseback riding

Bring your horses and enjoy the vast miles of trails that lead off our property into forested lands stretching for miles.

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watching is one of our greatest assets. You are visiting the wildlife living space. Wander it quietly or just relax ...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Forest Camping at Dragons Gate in Washington.

River, stream, or creek

The Skookumchuck River is within walking distance. It has areas favored for fishing and swimming.

Swimming hole

There are swimming holes along the Skookumchuck River.


There is a lovely waterfall at the very end of our road. It is beautiful to explore and walk along.


There are many farms in the valley which lends a beautiful landscape as you drive across the Skookumchuck Valley.


The vibe at Forest Camping at Dragons Gate

Places to see near Dragons' Gate Gardens & Wilds

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Hipcamper Barrie

Nice...if you like guns.

Barrie A.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 2nd, 2019

While I so appreciated everything they did for us, I was turned off by all the rules and the chatter amongst all the hosts (a lot of people live on the property so it's a lot of..."Did you show them this or did so and so do that?"). The campsite was fine. Expect A LOT of ants and bumpy surface grounds. The toilet was definitely a sweet bonus, but my friend said the one by the pool really needed another hole dug up NOW--she practically had to stand to avoid gross backsplash :-( The hot tub was so lovely...but again, the rules made it a very annoying process and we were under the assumption that it would be a bit more private--especially for the up in price compared to using the pool...I'd say it would be so much easier if it was just a community fee so kids aren't begging parents "why can't we just go now" as we sit there telling them it's totally ok if they want to join us...but since they didn't pay yet, they felt funny doing so...it made the whole relaxing experience very eliteist and awkward and with some of the hosts sitting outside "reading" or "internetting" but maybe really keeping an eye on everyone....well, it was all just not worth the $45 (pool + hot tub) extra for 2 whole hours. I did enjoy their coffee/tea cabana, the outdoor shower was also perfect after an afternoon in the hot tub. But the real reason I would not ever come back though is because of ALL THE SHOOTING I heard throughout the weekend. I did NOT feel safe having my kid go more than a foot away from me for fear that a stray bullet would hit us. It sounded like a gun party to be honest, and it was soooo close to where we were camping. I have no idea if that party was on this hipcamp's campground or what, but if it's close enough where I could hear them for 2 straight days and nights...well, I just don't ever want to sleep in that kind of fear again. The warning of bears, fine...but dealing with a party of gun toters. Not cool at all. This hipcamp should either say that this sort of behavior is allowed on their property, or that it's their neighbors...either way, it needs to be made very apparent on their site that this happens. I would've never gone here if I had known.

Hipcamper Kendell
Kendell F.
recommends this listing.
September 1st, 2018

What an incredible camping experience! We had just finished a 37 mike hike and looking for some creature comforts while still being outdoors when we discovered the Dragons Gate Gardens. Our stay was everything we could have asked for and more! First of all, the property is stunning with campsites surrounded by 100+ acres of forests. We were able to have a warming fire with cook over the coals with the provided grill. Clean toilets and Hot showers were a welcomed amenity. Not to mention the fact you can completely unplug and be in the wilderness all while enjoying a Luxury hot spa tub surrounded by glowing crystals the bright twinkling stars and rising moon! Kathleen and Mose were beyond helpful, friendly and truly made our experience unforgettable!

Hipcamper jerry

Amazing can’t wait to come back

Jerry F.
recommends this listing.
June 16th, 2019

Dragons Gate Garden was amazing. The forest camping was exactly what we needed. Quiet now and definitely out of the way. There is no cell service which is perfect and a great way to just disconnect and rest and relax and enjoy the nature and forest Can’t wait to go back. The hosts are great and are full of information about the area and their property and the wildlife.

Moe’s meadow during during the clear evening and great moonSuper cute out house with the lights on the view look out was great to Moe’s meadow during the day
Hipcamper Stephanie

Forest lair camp

Stephanie C.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2019

We stayed at the forest lair. We arrived mid-afternoon and Kathleen and Linda greeted us right away, gave us a tour, and we were able to buy firewood and Reserve 2 hours in the hot tub which is beautiful. The campsite was a mile away from the main house, and had a picnic table and metal fire pit available. There was also an outhouse.
After using the hot tub, we had access to hot outdoor showers. They also showed us the communal indoor kitchen which we didn't use it but that was nice to know about. They offered potable water we could fill our containers with.
It was very peaceful and quiet in the forested area. This would be a good place also for people to Camp who wanted a forest experience but also the security of a host on-site. We met another couple who is camping out on the property, but we did not really hear them at all. Everything was clean and well-maintained, no complaints at all.

Hipcamper Steve

Very private, nice campsite to stay

Steve J.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2019

The campsite exceeded expectations, the Forest Camping site was very far off the beaten path. At the end of a private lane, there were other campers in the area but we could just barely tell they were there. The portable fire pit is a great idea and let’s you choose where you want to relax with the fire. Only nitpick we could possibly mention was the fees for the pool and spa, we didn’t see them mentioned in the ads anywhere.

Forest Camping at Dragons Gate
Hipcamper Barbara
Barbara M.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2019

Beautiful site that was very private. Kathleen is very good at communication. A few things I think are important to know before staying are that the outhouse is a good walk away from the site so especially with a younger child, I would not consider this site to have a bathroom. There were also a lot of biting ants. Make sure to have close toed shoes. Our small dog couldn't be on the ground because he was getting bit. Also, as mentioned before, there is a $10 per person/per day charge to use the pool.

Hipcamper Andrew

Dragons gate exceeded expectations!

Andrew H.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2019

We had an incredible and peaceful stay at the Dragons lair, Forrest camp. The hosts are simply wonderful people, and they go above and beyond to make the campers feel welcome. The site was well maintained, and the option of a hot tub, and pool, when camping is a welcome addition. We will be back as soon, and as Often as we can.

Hipcamper Julie

Lovely and secluded

Julie K.
recommends this listing.
September 2nd, 2019

Beautiful place and easy to find. Very nice and helpful host.

Hipcamper Kathleen
Response from Kathleen, the Host, on September 2nd, 2019

It was a delight to meet Julie and host her here at Dragons Gate Gardens. We would be very happy to see her here again!

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Hipcamper Mike
Mike A.
recommends this listing.
April 27th, 2020

Visited to relax after everyone freaking out from this pandemic, enjoyed anais weekend surrounded by wilderness and was able to get through a book or two, definitely would recommend, and would not mind going in the summer.


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