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Established Camping

Tolkan Campground

About

Bureau of Land Management

King Range National Conservation Area

4 tent sites and 5 trailer campsites Wheelchair accessible sites Fire rings, picnic tables, bear-proof trash cans, vault toilets Trailhead for the Tolkan Terrain Park Trailhead for Paradise Royale Mountain Bike loop $15.00 per night for campsites First come-first served No day use fee No OHV access.__NO POTABLE WATER A quick drive to the town of Shelter Cove, this campground is located 15 minutes up King Peak Road which is unpaved. Providing access to the only mountain bike trails in the King Range, Tolkan is surrounded by large oak trees and nearby hiking trails. Paradise Royale Mountain bike trail, Pacific Rim and Tolkan Terrain Park are all open year-round, with no day use fees. The perfect getaway for mountain bikers, hikers and backpackers looking to access the Lost Coast Trail from a different perspective. This campground provides access to Horse Mountain Creek Trailhead and is a 45-minute drive to Lightning Trailhead for those who want to hike to King Peak (4wheel drive and good clearance recommended for this drive.) Wilderness permits are required for any overnight stay in the King Range Wilderness. Cell reception is unreliable, please recreate responsibly.__

Fee Info

$15.00 per night for campsites

First come-first served

No day use fee

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Location

Tolkan Campground is located in California

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Directions

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Address

King Peak Road
Whitethorn, ca 95589, CA 95589

Coordinates

40.081651 N
124.057402 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Poor
  • AT&T
    Available
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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8 Reviews

eThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2023

Great spot for MTB and camping all in one

Great place to just get away and do some mountain biking. Minimal services available bring what you need and leave no trace. very quiet, 9 sites and no crowds. Be aware this is bear country and no bear boxes available. Also note that the mosquitoes are relentless. The vaulted toilets are clean and well kept. The Paradise Royal Loop is worth the drive I rate it as a moderate trail the climbing can be a challenge when the trail is covered in leaves….slippery! I do not recommend trailers or large RV’s.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by eric , June 29, 2023
  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by eric , June 29, 2023
  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by eric , June 29, 2023
William B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2023

Two nights

Got there early on a Friday, only one campsite left. Nice young couple wasn’t so lucky and ended up staying in my campsite. We had a wonderful time. Found a vista to watch the sun set about a mile up the somewhat sketchy gravel road. Drove down to Shelter Cove for lunch Saturday and walked on the black and beach. Afterward, night two of hanging out with my new friends. Great spot for mountain biking too apparently.

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Month of VisitJuly
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  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by William B., June 12, 2023
  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by William B., June 12, 2023
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LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2022

MTB paradise

Had the whole place to ourselves on a friday. Bathrooms on site, Quite a drive in but worth it if you like to MTB!

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  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by Luke M., October 30, 2022
  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by Luke M., October 30, 2022
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Rick N.
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2021

Out of the way, somewhat quiet spot

This could be a fantastic camping spot, but in reality it’s just okay. A bumpy four mile dirt road takes you the entrance to this campsite which keeps the general population out, which seems nice, but then again only the hearty make it here and it with it comes people who don’t seem to care about noise and privacy. Its so quiet out here that any talking, wood collecting, and general living can be heard around the small campsite. Excellent place for families that ride bicycles as marked trails start by campsite number 1. No water or other utilities, pit toilet (bring your own toilet paper) and an $8 fee per night. Not much to do if you’re not a hunter or cyclist besides relaxation, although that could be what you’re looking for.

  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by Rick N., April 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by Rick N., April 7, 2021
Nicki A.
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2021

Perfect for mountain biking!

Love this spot! Huge sites, clean pit toilets, and backs right up to the Paradise Royale bike trail and terrain park. It’s nothing fancy, but this little loop is just great. It costs $8/night and feels like a steal. Getting there on Kings Peak road from Honeydew is not for the faint of heart, or anybody without four-wheel drive and high clearance.

C
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2020

Top of the hill

Nicely spaced out sites. $8. 2 bars LTE Verizon. Well graded road in, most cars can make it. I took my motorcycle. No water. Pit toilets. Nice alternative if you don’t want to camp at the cove. Small trash cans on site. Pack out your trash.

  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by Carter B., October 29, 2020
B
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2019

Wow!

Hit it on a Tuesday night. Unexpectedly awesome spot. One other group here, peaceful, beautiful, and there just so happens to be a mountain biking terrain park. Lucky find!

J
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2017

Lost Coast

Nice sites with plenty of room for tents, gets a little windy so make sure you have a wind break.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Tolkan Campground by Jamie R., July 13, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Tolkan Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Tolkan Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Tolkan Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is poor, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is unknown.