Hipcamp host NatureCamp
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A genuine Pacific NW old growth forest (our trees range from 50-200+ years old), where you can relax and connect to the earth in a quiet, peaceful environment of towering, green pines, or enjoy a serene creek. We offer private and group campsites, exclusive nature trails, wildlife viewing (the bald eagles make frequent appearences!), and a family-friendly environment. We Continue reading...
A genuine Pacific NW old growth forest (our trees range from 50-200+ years old), where you can relax and connect to the earth in a quiet, peaceful environment of towering, green pines, or enjoy a serene creek. We offer private and group campsites, exclusive nature trails, wildlife viewing (the bald eagles make frequent appearences!), and a family-friendly environment. We strive to create a place to immerse yourself in nature and enhance our campers' experience. Nature Camp is not the typical camping escape . Campers come here for quiet, meditation and reflection, to enjoy quality time with their loved ones and families, and, most of all, to disconnect from their busy lives in a world that is becoming increasingly artificial. We currently offer two campsites, one for a single tent, the other can accomodate more. We are working hard to add more campsites, with a focus on quality, and can make arrangements for your camping needs relatively quickly, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Short walk (1 - 5 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 30 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Fire ring, fire ring w/ grill
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Off leash
No showers
Bath in river or stream
Bins available
Recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
No RV hookup
No RV sanitation
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off
Hiking
Wildlife watching
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Nature Camp

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Hipcamper Trisha
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I am reluctant to write this review, because I KNOW that if you go to Nature Camp near Amboy Washington (less than an hour from Portland) you too will have an amazing time and will write a great review on hipcamp… and before you know it this place will be booked! Which is exactly what the hosts, Valisha and Michael, want! So to honor these kind, beautiful spirted people who whole heartedly want to share Nature Camp, I will set aside my selfish desires to not tell anyone about this gem of a camp ground and write an honest review.

First the facts: Nature Camp is magical! The hosts met us at as the road entrance into the camp ground, which is located next to their residence. We drove a short way through beautiful forest to a clearing for Camp #2. (Camp #2 has room for 2 or 3 tents, Camp #1 is smaller with room for only 1 tent). The camp spot is level, has a picnic table, an in-ground fire pit and an above -ground fire bowl with spark arrester. Fire wood is provided if there isn't a burn ban. The campsite is dry, but the hosts supplied us with a jug of spring water with availability to as much drinking water as we wanted. They also provided two 5 gallon buckets of water to put out the fire in the fire pit. They took us on a walking tour of the forest where they had created spaces to experience the land and the forest. The most special spot for us was the Meditation space, a small trail to a small clearing at the edge of the forest; here we did yoga, meditation, and used that as a quiet space, void of words to just listen. We also loved the Adirondack chairs perched at the edge of a babbling brook. But it was the creek that passes through the edge of the property where we spent MOST of our time. This little creek is PERFECT for kids to play in and adults to lay back and cool off. We had TWO bald eagle nests that were our entertainment, we watched them feed and listened to the eaglets call out for more food. My dog LOVED the creek. There is a very clean (and cute!) composting outhouse. But best of all: no bugs! Not one single mosquito or biting fly. We decided NOT to put up the tent and slept out under the stars.

I backpack a lot. But recently I’ve noticed that I pack in miles and miles only to be surrounded by others who are doing the same… I find it harder and harder to alone in the middle of the forest. At Nature Camp, you are alone… OK…. True, you are still near humans, can occasionally hear a car in the distance, miles and miles away, and you have cell service…. but the hosts leave you to explore and love the land as much as they do. You FEEL alone in the forest.

WHO would love Nature Camp?
1. Families with children (potty is easy to use and not a pit toilet), babbling creek to play in, camp fire, feels safe.
2. Single women who want to camp but don’t like to camp next to the weirdos at the state park.
3. Small group (2-4 tents) Retreat.
4. Folks new to camping.
I will be back, and THIS time I will make time to hang out in the hammock at Camp #2!
Thank you Valisha and Michael! You were wonderful hosts.

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Hipcamper NatureCamp
Response from NatureCamp, the Host, on July 23rd, 2018

We are grateful that you chose to stay with us and that you see the true beauty in nature as we do. We look forward to your return! Valisha and Michael @ Nature Camp

Hipcamper Kari
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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.

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Hipcamper NatureCamp
Response from NatureCamp, the Host, on August 16th, 2018

We are happy you had a great time!! We look forward to your return:)

Hipcamper Dylan
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My son and I had a fabulous time at NatureCamp campsite #2. The pristine and beautiful creek makes this a great place to camp in the hot weather. We waded up and down the creek exploring and watching the water skippers dance. It’s obvious that Valisha and Michael are passionate about this land and creating a special place for people to camp in a lovingly tended yet natural setting. The large cedar and Doug fir trees provide ample shade and peace but there is also enough open space to not feel hemmed in by the landscape. We’re looking forward to repeat visits and to the continued additions to this place.

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Hipcamper NatureCamp
Response from NatureCamp, the Host, on August 16th, 2018

Thank you for choosing us!! We really appreciated your feedback and we will continue to improve. We really enjoyed the sound of the fiddle coming up through the forest while you played!!:) we look forward to your return!:)

Hipcamper Cecilia
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Hosts were excellent-helpful, friendly, attentive. Our campsite was quiet and beautifully situated. We enjoyed walking down to the creek and listening to the gentle water flow. We would highly recommend this place as an easy camping trip, not too far from town but far enough to enjoy nature! And the cedar chip bathroom was a bonus!!!!

Hipcamper NatureCamp
Response from NatureCamp, the Host, on August 16th, 2018

We really enjoyed talking with you and your friends. We have doubled our trails since your stay!:) thank you for your feedback:) We hope to see you again soon!

Hipcamper Shawn
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Nature camp was an amazing site that was super well maintained by the hosts. It was a short drive up from Portland and felt like we were much further out of the city than we actually were. We had site 2 which was large and spacious easily could accommodate more than the 4 people we brought. Would totally recommend this place and we'll likely be back in the near future.

Hipcamper NatureCamp
Response from NatureCamp, the Host, on August 16th, 2018

We are really glad you had a great time! We look forward to your return:)

Property
Nature Camp
State
Washington
$40/night
2 Sites