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Wheeler Gorge

26 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

Overview

Wheeler Gorge Campground is a great place for families to explore the Los Padres National Forest all year long. Informative tours of the area are led by forest rangers at the nearby visitor center. The campground provides scenic views of a nearby stream, as well as vast mountain…

Fee Info

Single Sites:
All single campsite reservations are good for 6 people and 1 vehicle.
Maximum number of people per single site is 8 ($10.00 additional charge per person per night after 6 people).
Maximum number of vehicles per single site is 2 ($10.00 additional charge for 2nd vehicle per…

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

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

Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Reservable
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites

Reviews

26 Reviews of Wheeler Gorge

Ratings Breakdown

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  • 15
LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2021

Cozy campground in the woods

Wheeler Gorge is the only campground we have been to more than once. There's so much to explore that we try a new campground every time we go camping. We have camped there 5 times now. The only downside is the road noise as it sits very close to the highway. It is not constant but the motorcycles…

Jamie D.
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2021

Easily Accessible From Ojai

Campground Pros: Easily accessible from Ojai, easy drive from LA area; lots of shade; streams running through the campground; clean vault toilets; nice camp hosts that will warn you about the poison oak 

Campground Cons: no running water available; fire ban (the nights that we stayed); a lot…

Site38
Month of VisitNovember
K
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2021

Easily accessible campground in any vehicle

This campground is a great site to meet up with friends that don't always get out and go exploring as it's a nice campground off a main road through the Ojai area.

We booked a site here while driving through and spent a weekend catching up with friends that were able to drive up in a small car…

  • Rocky Stream that passes through the camp sites
  • Lots of trees to put up some hammocks
Month of VisitFebruary

Location

Wheeler Gorge is located in California

Directions

From Ventura, take Highway 33 north about 14 miles. Turn left, continuing on Highway 33 for another 8 miles to the campground. From Los Angeles, take I-5 north, then turn west onto Highway 126 for about 28 miles, to Santa Paula. Continue north on Highway 150 for 16 miles. Turn left onto Highway 33 and continue north approximately 8 miles to the campground.

Coordinates

34.51194487 N
119.273611 W

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About This Campground

Overview

Wheeler Gorge Campground is a great place for families to explore the Los Padres National Forest all year long. Informative tours of the area are led by forest rangers at the nearby visitor center. The campground provides scenic views of a nearby stream, as well as vast mountain vistas.

Recreation

The Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail begins at the upper end of the campground. It is a relatively short loop that leads through thick vegetation along the creek banks and to a hillside view of the area. Wildflowers often bloom along the path.

The creek flows near some of the campsites and a small swimming hole is frequented near the side of the highway. Fishing is rough in the area and may produce a catch of trout, but the stream is not stocked. Kayaking or canoeing in the creek is not recommended.

Educational programs, including ranger-led hikes, are offered year-round.

Facilities

The campground is open year-round and offers dozens of single-family sites for tent or RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking spurs are paved and vary in length, accommodating RVs up to 35 feet.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets are provided, but drinking water is not available. Visitors must bring their own water, and remove their trash from the campground.

Natural Features

The campground is adjacent to Matilija Creek, and is bordered by a mixed forest of oak and sycamore trees and evergreen shrubbery. Most sites are shaded and summer temperatures reach up to 95 degrees.

The campground was originally built by Boy Scouts nearly a century ago, as well as a historical stone home that is also on-site.

Nearby Attractions

Ventura and the Pacific Ocean are about 20 miles south of the campground.

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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