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We had been wanting to check out skyline wilderness Park for quite some time. Thanks to recently purchasing a much more updated tent trailer (our previous one was 27 years old and VERY limited), we decided it was high time to take our “fancy” trailer to the fancy town of Napa.￼
We weren’t sure what to expect at first. It seemed rather gravelly and parking lot-ish. But, looks can be deceiving. Once we pulled into our spot, we were awed by the beautiful scenery, the gnarled oak trees and the serenity.
The toilet facilities were immaculate (and smelled really good!), the trails made for some excellent walks, the children loved the native garden, the dogs enjoyed frolicking in the dog run, and we loved hearing the wild turkeys gobble at night!
We were only there for two nights so we didn’t really get to check out all that SWP offers but we will definitely keep it on our short list when we’re looking for a getaway to recharge.
We were surprised when we made it to this campground- that it was built on the side of a hill. The walk-in sites may be different, but all of the pull in sites were extremely off-level (even with all our blocks we couldn’t get close) and the roads through the campground itself is so steep/narrow and windy that it would be extremely difficult to back in (we watched someone get stuck while trying). There wasn’t a flat tent spot at our campsite either. Finally, we arrived after dark (in November that was pretty early) and it was difficult to find your way into and out of the campground due to lack of signage. We were extremely disappointed with the quality of the sites here and would not recommend.
Very quiet area and pretty well spaced out sites (for a coastal campground). Once the sun went down there were very few people outside. Good beach access (down a ramped pathway and then staircase). Bathrooms are clean and single occupant. Pay showers (so bring quarters-25 cents a minute). There is a little noise from route 1, but our campsite was closer to the ocean so didn’t bother us at all. Will definitely stay here again.
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.
My husband and I stayed here with our 2 dogs for a weekend. It was a last minute decision to go camping and we were able to make a reservation I think only a week in advance, and there was availability.
We did have to hike in to our site, but the campground provides big carts to take your stuff. The only issue is they didnt have a lot of the carts available, so we had to wait for someone to return theirs. It was a little bit of a hassle, but once we got settled in, it wasnt so bad. We showed up after work on. Friday, so that seemed to be the time everyone was trying to get to their site.
I camped here one year for my birthday, at the Sempervirens Campground. It was such a gorgeous spot to camp. The sites felt pretty spaced out, and didn't feel noisy at all. Our site even had a fairy ring, so it felt pretty special! The campground was also close to hiking, so we didn't even have to get in our cars. Don't expect to use the trees to put up a hammock, as they are TOO BIG to put a rope around, but also it isn't allowed.
It makes a little sad to write this review as I camped here before the fire. So sad it is closed down, I hope it reopens at some point.
We love camping here last minute, or if we want to go camping last minute and don't feel like driving far. There are lots of trees, and it is usually pretty quiet. The hike around the lake is pretty substantial if you are looking for some good exercise. The first time we went, there were a ton of wild turkeys! Also, you can still get cell service there.
We stayed here the summer before it burned down. It was 95 degrees in this redwood forest. I am grateful to have visited these big trees. We had a great trip. It was a nice park with a lot of old redwood trees. Fun creek behind campground for pups to splash around. Easy flat trails to walk. There were Friendly Europeans with their families, Quiet park, But a ton of misquitos! Bring the spray. We drove 9 miles to Boulder Creek and found an epic swimming hole by Cafe to help cool us in the 95 degree heat. Bring groceries and firewood as it cost us $13 for a bundle at the market. Best Sites: Huckleberry #62 Blooms #129.