Castle Crags State Park (CA)
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2021

State of CA Campground, year round campground, dry camping only

Some info to keep in mind when visiting...

Year-round campground. Dry camping only. Has showers (nice hot water), and flush toilets. Showers are designed to accept tokens but this season not needed.

Each site has a parking space, picnic table and fire pit. Some have older stone fireplaces (but most of these need repair). Nicely maintained. Staff is helpful and knowledgeable.

This is an older campground , originally built by CC in 1930s. Oldest camping area is right next to I-5 (which was not there when the campground was built!). But there are newer camping sites farther away from I-5. Sites 39-63 are the farthest from the freeway noise.

Most campsites have parking for one vehicle. Some will accept two vehicles like a truck and trailer. But, there are no sites for large RVs, or large trucks and 5th wheels and/or large pull behind RVs. Max length is 27' and only a couple of spaces that handle those.

Campground and day use are mainly for people who like walking and hiking. Many hiking trail options. And a "vista point" that shows Mt. Shasta, Castle Crags and the Eddies (outstanding view, ADA accessible). No playground for kids. Though there is a second campground on the Sacramento River that is first come/first serve (13 sites) that allows fishing and river access for swimming.

Both campgrounds have camp hosts on site for most active months. (May-Sept.)

Reservations can be made online at during the most active camping months May-Oct. Rest of the time first come/first serve. But, at any time, there are usually open sites. Feel free to call and check if sites available-even on short notice.

Very popular campground for folks from OR and WA who are passing through going north or south on I-5. And there is a PCT campsite specifically made for those folks.

Nearest town is Dunsmuir, CA about 5 miles north of the campground. Has nice city park (for kids). And, shops, grocery store, restaurants, etc.  Gas station/convenience store is 1/4 mile from park entrance.

Come and see us and let's enjoy being outdoor again!