William Heise is one of the hidden camping Gems in San Diego. It's located about 5 miles from the rustic town of Julian. There's over 100 camping spots ranging from RV to tent. There are a number of trails that leave from the campground. Try the Desert View trail that gives you a great view of the surrounding area; its only 2.25miles. There's also a Wolf Sanctuary outside of Julian that's worth a visit. Enjoy!
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The campground is definitely clean and well maintained, but honestly there s not much to do. There s a few hiking trails, but the markings could be better. We went with a group. Some of the campsites that are supposedly for up to 2 tents are a bit tight, such was ours, but luckily our site mates canceled so we had just the one tent, which pretty much took up all the space. It is dog friendly, which is great. Cell service is decent, but if you are counting on use of the supposed WiFi, you’ll be out of luck;). The rangers do regular rounds to remind you of curfew and make sure the fire is completely out by 11. All in all it was a nice site, but probably won’t be visiting it again.
Sweet campground with pines trees and a mountain feel. Table and fire pit at each site.
Hiking available walking distance from camp, trails leading out of camp. Family friendly environment. Can get busy in the summer, so be sure to leave it just as beautiful or better than before you arrived.
The rangers and camp host were awesome, very friendly and informative. Leashed dogs are allowed on all the trails which is always a plus. We did the desert view to Glens peak, nature trail, and the oak trail. Glens peak has an amazing view from the Salton Sea to the Pacific Ocean on a clear day.They have water bottle fill ups at the trail head too! All were beautiful. June/July are definitely bug season so be ready with your essential oils haha. Bathrooms and showers were clean and actually pretty nice for camp. Don’t bring your own firewood- they have it for sale at $5 a bundle and even have free kindling already split for you. Overall this place is one of my favorites. A quiet and beautiful place to be in nature.
This campground is a great place to take the family. Many of the spots have trees and there is a huge field in the middle of all the camping loops. One downside is that a few of the sites are on a slope and it can be difficult to set up a tent on these sites.
Very clean and enjoyable campground. We have stayed here several times. Nice moderate hiking trails and a fun playground for the kids. Firewood sold on site during time that campfires are allowed. Site 56 can accommodate a small RV but there are no hookups at this site. Also has two very nice tent pads.
Nice campground away from the main roads. All spots outside of the R.V. loop are spread out and pretty secluded. Very friendly and helpful rangers. About a 10 minute drive from Julian pie co. Nice well maintained trails, easy to moderate level. Site 24
quiet and relaxing with great hiking spots and views. Campsite-102
Cabins are fun and shelter you from the occasional strong gusty winds.
Tent camping in the rain is also do-able here due to the temperate climate. There are a couple playgrounds, so a very kid-friendly environment as well.
we had a great trip! besides the heat wave. it was quiet and peaceful. we had site 98 and loved it. it's a pretty large site not far from the restrooms. definitely going back!