Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Memorial Park -- a scenic and remote campground tucked away in the Santa Lucia Mountains. A beautiful trout stream surrounded by spectacular rock formations and sprawling oaks are just a few of the of the attributes of this unspoiled family-friendly campground.
Memorial Park Campground has trailheads located right in the campground and is just a short drive to multiple other trails just waiting for backpacking, hiking, biking and horseback riding. These trails offer a variety of experiences for the outdoor enthusiast. Sandstone landscapes, wildflowers and wildlife are part of the experience in this pristine part of the forest.
Open daily and year-round, there are eight campsites each with a picnic table and fire ring. Two vault toilets are located near the campsites. You should plan to be completely self-sustainable for the duration of your trip. There is no potable water (drinking water) onsite. There is no dump station.
Along with breathtaking view, Memorial Park's landscape includes ponderosa pine, oak madrone and sycamore trees just to name a few. A thriving trout stream runs along the campground as well as unique rock formations meant for exploring.
Hiking trails, biking, fishing, and horseback riding trails are within minutes of the campground. The San Antonio Mission, one of the oldest of the California Missions, is within a 15-minute drive.
ADA Access: N
- A primitive campground that has about 8 campsites. Some campsites are pretty big and have privacy. Some are closer together than others. We stayed at site 8 and it was really nice. Tucked in the back with lots of privacy and space.
- First-come, first-serve walk-in campground ($20/day) but I was able to make reservations online as well.
- No running water, but there is are vault toilets (long drop) near the entrance of the campground
- Lots of fantastic hiking nearby including Junipero Serro Peak. Trails are a little difficult to see because there are so many going in different directions, so a map can help. You can also see LOTS of animal scat so there are animals using hiking paths as game trail. Stay alert and be careful. Otherwise, it's so beautiful here and you can get AMAZING VIEWS!
- This campground is in the valley of a few peaks so it was freezing at night (especially without a campfire)
- Each campsite has a picnic table, firepit, and trashcans (with lids). The campground floors were covered with leaves but for the most part very flat and easy to find good spots for pitching a tent.
- There was a fire ban during the time we stayed so no fires were allowed
- Lots of wildlife and animal activity nearby. Loved camping underneath the canopies of Live Oak trees and listening to Acorn Woodpeckers in the morning. They are loud but still pleasant
- The 18-mile drive getting here off the main highway was also beautiful and windy. We saw lots of deer and rabbits. This campground is far from shops or stores so make sure you come with plenty of supplies and water.
- Very secluded and rustic campground. We only saw one other group in the evening, and they ended up leaving. During the day time there were more people coming for day hikes and parked at the visitor parking lot.
- No cell reception AT ALL so you feel like you're off the grid (AT&T)
Family friendly, easy hiking, creek running through, clean but old bathrooms, spacious sites, only 2 bathrooms with showers, a few steep hills, rangers and small camp store on site. About 20 mins from small town, about 1/2 hr from Pescadero State Beach, about 45 mins from Half Moon Bay, about an hour from San Francisco…all estimates without traffic, of course. Some sites are very private, some right on top of each other.
Bare bones, cool spot lots of trees. Right next to a river. Vault toilet. No staff on duty.