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Hurkey Creek Park

20 Reviews



Beautiful Hurkey Creek Park, located off of Hwy 74 in the San Jacinto Mountains just 4 miles southeast of Mountain Center, is the perfect locale for reconnecting with nature and our local mountain ecology. This idyllic getaway boasts a seasonal creek, majestic pine trees, awe-inspiring mountain views, and all the charms and tranquility of a classic woodland recreation area.

The park’s rustic but well maintained campground offers 130 individual campsites for overnight or extended stays of up to 14 days, as well as large group camping areas in 5 separate loops that can accommodate 80-100 campers each. Popular activities for both campers and day-use guests include picnicking, BBQ, hiking, biking and bird-watching. The meadow offers a large area for outdoor games or group gatherings. For the younger set, there is a fun modern playground.

Fee Info

$30-35 per night (includes 6 people, 2 vehicles)

$6 additional vehicle fee

Current license, registration, and insurance is required when camping. For more information, please contact Guest Services. Observed park holidays can be found here.

Group Camping:

$280 per night (Minimum of 40 guests, paid in advance)

$7 each additional guest

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  • ADA Access
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  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
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20 Reviews

Betty G.
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2023

Relaxed and Friendly

We arrived to be greeted by friendly staff. She acted like she had been waiting for us. . 😊. Staff all through the park were knowledgeable and eager to help with any questions we had   The grounds are well maintained. Not perfect but pretty close. There is a playground for kids. Showers, flushing toilets even have 2 ply toilet paper. 

Be prepared to pay if you are visiting for the day. It’s a small $6 fee per adult and half that for kids. $2 for pets. With BBQ pits and plenty of picnic tables with shade, it’s well worth it.

Bill Y.
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2023

Nice camp

Beautiful area with nice creek running by. Lots of trails nearby and close to Idyllwild CA. Free entry into a few other attractions with camping, Idyllwild Nature Center is one.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Hurkey Creek Park by Bill Y., April 8, 2023
  • Review photo of Hurkey Creek Park by Bill Y., April 8, 2023
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Jessie W.
Reviewed May. 8, 2022

Tranquil forest campground

We stayed here Wednesday - Saturday. During the weekday, we had the campground pretty much to ourselves. It's a lovely campground, and our spot wasn't too far away from the restrooms or the creek. Once Friday afternoon hit though, it did fill up to what felt like near full capacity. 

At night you can hear the creek animals croaking and chirping, and a great view of the stars. The weather was also great, didn't get too cold for us. The creek was a short walk away, the doggo loved the little adventure.

The restrooms are clean enough, I've seen much worse state park restrooms and this one were always fairly clean.

Our spot was surrounded by trees, which gave a lovely atmosphere, but wouldn't recommend it if you're trying to run off solar. It was a nice spot to be kinda distant from neighbors as well, compared to other spots in the area.

The nearest major grocery store is half an hour away, and feels kinda long with the windy road, but there are some smaller local markets within 10 minutes of the campsite. Definitely more expensive, but maybe easier on the gas. 

Our T-Mobile phones had no service at all in the whole campground, and we only seemed to get service at the nearest town or Lake Hemet. But our Verizon hotspot provided pretty consistent internet the whole trip, not the fastest but surprisingly not slow enough to interrupt streaming. 

All in all we enjoyed this campground and plan on returning one day.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Hurkey Creek Park by Jessie W., May 8, 2022
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Hurkey Creek Park is located in California

Detail location of campground


From LA/Riverside: Take I-10 East to Banning. Exit to 8th Street (Highway 243). Turn right on 8th Street, left on Lincoln, and right on San Gorgonio. Follow the Highway 243 signs past the town of Idyllwild to Highway 74. Turn left on Highway 74 and go 4 miles to the park entrance, which is on the left.


56375 Hwy 74
Mountain Center, CA 92561


33.67639262548702 N
116.6824948747383 W

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