This is a great campground for anyone wanting to do some camping and mountain biking. In addition, you're right next to the beach! Dogs are allowed on the beach and campsites, but not allowed on the trails. Park Rangers advised me this was due to rattle snakes on trails. Due to the heavy rainfall this past winter, there's heavy vegetation growth along all trails. The campsites are relatively private and well kept. Fire pits have grills on them. Bathroom/showers are dated but well maintained. Good alternative to anyone that usually camped at Leo Carrillo.
Small quaint BEAUTIFUL not extremely well known. And The Beach…
THE BEACH People.
It’s the best of all worlds. Camping,hiking,animal watching, fishing, Room enough to throw a frisbee or play catch
We fell in love with it in 1979 and never stop going back
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Spaces very quite a bit here, but I lucked in a fairly large somewhat private space. They are assigned as you check in at the gate, not reserved in advance like other campsites. I walked to the beach, but due to tides had to run across a very busy highway (PCH 1). At low tide there is a walkway to the beach. The beach itself has a lot of tar which left my feet black for the trip. That was the only downfall. I preferred the campgroud to the beach and would visit again sometime. Note: lots of large groups book this campground for day parties and events. Some even bring catering trucks and tables.
We hiked the trails behind the campground and used the facilities while there. Everything is covered by a forest of sycamore trees that shelter and shade the campground and the bathrooms.
The trails lead up to a ridge above the ocean that has beautiful vistas and others go across Highway One to the long, wide beach itself. The camping area is small and compact, appropriate for tents, pop-up campers and small RVs.
The weather is either cool and cloudy (high fog) or bright, crisp and warm. The area is arid and desert like with sand dunes, cliffs and escarpment, and rocky but easy trails. A small dry creek cuts through the campground on its way to the beach. It was practically dry in May, but probably would be flowing during rainy season months of December to April.
Nice family environment and populated with a lot of day visitors over the weekend.
Can not pick own site and can get really cold through that canyon at night in the winter. Basically a back up if you can not get a site at Leo Carillo 15 minutes south.