Greenville Ca. – It is hard not to think of total destruction when you speak of Greenville Ca. A victim of the Dixie fire of 2021, Greenville, California, was devastated, and the historic structure of this quiet and scenic location in the Indian Valley was gutted by fire. However, not everything in Greenville was taken from the local families. The strength of their people and the courage to rebuild is prevalent when you drive through town today.
On a recent visit to this section of HWY 89, I was astonished at what was saved and unscared in the region. The Indian Valley and all its lush meadow landscapes are vibrant against the rising mountains. And about 1 mile outside of town towards Lake Almanor, the forest looks like it has never seen fire. This little section of preserved nature is where you just might find your next perfect vacation get-a-way! Let me introduce to you the Wild Plumas Glamping experience.
The Wild Plumas Story
Josie and Dan Litchfield, the current owners of Wild Plumas purchased the 50 acres on Wolf Creek just outside of Greenville, a couple years ago from Dan’s father, who owned and lived on site until 2021. Living in a Tiny home built on the site, the family learned to take care of the land and live a simpler life. With knowledge of fire protection of property from his time in the forestry services, Dan started preparing the property for fire danger many years ago—back burning brush and clearing dead trees on the property with his family’s help. You can’t help but wonder if their preparation helped save this parcel from the Dixie.
They had often discussed with Dan’s father the opportunity for a glamping experience near the creek for visitors to the region. A couple of kids later and the passing of Dan’s father and the couple has transformed this beautiful creek-filled property into a peaceful and unique Glamping experience.
With secluded sites and safari-style tents, you can rest, renew, and reconnect. Each site sits on a 3-acre parcel near Wolf Creek. It gives guests the ultimate in camping privacy.
Speaking with Josie on a quick call recently, she shared that their family has worked extensively with the land to create harmony for their guests. Local Beavers in the area have added plenty of unique features in the creeks, providing an excellent habitat for all kinds of birds and wildlife and adding to the swimming holes activities on the property.
If you are unfamiliar with this region, Wild Plumas is located near Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park (1-hour drive). And Lake Almanor or a drive to the Bucks Lake Wilderness for hiking, swimming, boating, or a lovely place to picnic are all within driving distance for a day trip from the camp.
The Glamping Options
Wild Plumas offers five glamping sites for your choice of adventure. You also have the option to book the entire 50-acre property for your group! The camps are private (each one has 3+ acres) and offer a large canvas tent, comfortable bed/bedding, outdoor kitchen area, hot showers, and more (check the listings for details). Each site is only minutes from swimming holes, lakes, and a million acres of National Forest- or simply stay at the property and enjoy the on-site hiking trails, free loaner bikes, treehouse, zip line, and kid’s ninja warrior course. Pets and children are welcome.
Each site accommodates between two-four people and additional adults are $10/night. There is no charge for children.
Site #1, The Wild Rose Bell Tent.
This is our most popular site. The wild Rose Bell tent includes a queen-size bed and bedding inside our 20′ diameter glamping tent (plenty of room for extra tents outside). Outdoors is a large covered kitchen area and picnic table, BBQ, propane firepit (propane provided), and an on-demand hot water shower, treehouse, and zip line. This site is easy to get to and is the best for larger groups, and it offers wonderful views of the property meadows and Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s a five-minute walk to the creek and private swimming hole.
Site #2: This Wolf Creek Adventure Site.
The Wolf Creek site overlooks the creek and offers a tall wall tent (with a queen-size bed and bedding), picnic table, BBQ, propane firepit (propane provided), and beach. If you are traveling with very small children, or adults with physical limitations, we recommend Site #1 (Wild Rose Bell Tent) over the Wolf Creek Creek Camp, as the creek camp is more difficult to access (up a flight of stairs). This site has incredible views of the creek and Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Site #3: The Sugar Pine Bluff:
The most private camp we offer. This site consists of an 18″ glamping tent with spectacular views of the mountains and creek. Inside is a queen and double bed, outside is a picnic table, propane fire pit (five pounds of propane is provided (i.e. about five hours of fire time, with more propane available for purchase with the camp hosts), BBQ, and porta potty (potties are cleaned between guests but only completely emptied on Tuesdays. If you would like a brand new toilet we can arrange that for an additional fee- please note that the walk to the porta-potty at this site is a 5-minute walk and down a steep staircase). A short walk away (at the owner’s cabin) is an on-demand (hot) outdoor shower that you are welcome to use. It is a 30-second walk to the creek and your private swimming hole. NOTE: This site is up on a bluff and requires a short walk up steep stairs from the car. There is also a large dropoff to the creek, so not recommended for families with toddlers.
Site #4: The Lost Sierra Camp
The largest and most accessible camp. This is a very large flat site similar to the Wild Rose, with big trees and soft grassy areas, plus a fantastic view of the mountains. This site offers a queen-sized bed, picnic table, propane firepit, private hot outdoor shower, and plenty of room for bigger tents. Easy pull-right-up parking.
Site #5: The Cottonwood Grove,
The Cottonwood grove offers a large, flat, and with pull-right-up access. This site very large & flat site similar to the Wild Rose and Lost Sierra, with big trees and soft grassy areas, plus a fantastic view of the mountains. This site offers a queen-sized bed, picnic table, propane firepit, private hot outdoor shower (a 5-min walk away), and plenty of room for bigger tents.
All sites have unlimited drinking water (the Wild Rose and the Lost Sierra Camp have their own spigot, and the Creek and Bluff camps have water delivered), and none of the sites have electricity, wifi, or hook-ups (cell phone coverage is good). All sites are extremely private.
Greenville Pop-up Community
As for the community of Greenville, local business owners continue to rebuild, creating a pop-up shop community within walking distance of the camp. Guests can find food and supplies in town for their stay, or within a quick drive to Chester, ca, or additional community service and restaurants in Taylorsville, a short drive across the meadow in Indian Valley.
Despite the fire, Greenville is still the largest community in the Indian Valley. Dotted with ranches, old barns and grazing cattle, the valley has quiet, scenic roads and beautiful vistas. Indian Valley is one of the best spots in Plumas County for a scenic drive—the verdant greens of the valley floor against the snow capped mountains in the spring and the vibrant fall colors are truly magical. Be sure to check out the barn quilts displayed on buildings throughout the valley on your drive.
Travel and Recreation tips for the Indian Valley
Visit and Enjoy a Picnic at Indian falls – Located just a few miles south of Greenville Indian Falls features a sandy beach front area next to the Indian Creek and is a great place to take pictures
Visit Taylorsville and follow the Quilt Barn tour in Plumas County -Following the Barn Quilt Trail will reveal the history and beauty that 1850’s settlers found during those crazy gold rush days. It will enrich your sense of wonder at their courage. It will also bring you unexpected delight as you travel throughout the county, taking in meadows filled with wildflowers
Fish, hike or Kayak Round Valley Reservoir – Round Valley Reservoir is a quiet mountain lake setting located three miles above Greenville, making it very easy to get to. The reservoir is also known as Bidwell Lake.
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