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We stayed here for 4 days in Dec. Very nice people that live there and work there. Quiet park and clean. There is a train track across the way but not a bother with the horn twice a day. If it was closer it would be "My Cousin Vinny". (lol)
Although our stay was great, our spot was not that great for our 40ft bus due to the tree limbs and the ground was very uneven, which made it difficult to level. We would stay here again, however I would make sure it's in a spot that's level. There is a little store within walking distance. Overall a very nice park!
Woodward is our family go to place to camp in the summer heat. Lots of campsites with room for tents or RVs. Fire pits and picnic tables at each site. Plenty of bathrooms, some with showers. Usually somewhat clean. Water feels good when it's 100+ degrees outside. Good prices. And you can bring your dogs.
Good for camping on the delta with green grass and close to the boat spots
The location is amazing for morning walks along the river and even as a base for taking off or putting on private whitewater trips on the SF of the American River.
That said, unfortunately the spots are packed in like sardines making privacy and personal space hard to come by - especially with a lack of landscaping. This combined during our visit with repeated interactions with a couple of employees who seemed to forget who the guests are. We encountered a lovely gate attendant on our first night but the subsequent interactions with staff were less than pleasant at best and oddly hostile at times.
Next time at the American River I’ll be looking for another park or to dispersed sites.
We hiked up to Juniper campground from the Clayton side. The sites in the teens have less overhead shade but more privacy than those of higher numbers. The sites closest to the driving road/entrance/overlook will have the potential to be downwind of the bathroom, unfortunately.
The campground is a dry campground - as in no alcohol.
That said, we loved our site #15, and enjoyed the privacy it provided, plus the views (if you stand on the table or are tall). We didn't encounter critters. We had some trouble staking down on the rocky dirt.
This is a good campground to explore the rest of the summit areas, plus Rock City.
Hesitant to share this largely undiscovered gem of a spot for fear it will get popular and hard to get into. Beautiful spaces to park your RV with a view of the river and small local marina. Everything you need to “get away” is here and big city amenities a short drive away.