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    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings

    1.

    Lake Jennings

    31 Reviews
    52 Photos
    768 Saves
    Lakeside, California

    Lake Jennings is known for being one of the most scenic parks in all of San Diego County. It is a welcoming recreation destination located in Lakeside, California offering fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking activities. The lake is a drinking water reservoir owned and operated by Helix Water District. The scenic views of the lake and the wooded surroundings make it feel as if you are in the middle of the wilderness, right outside of town.

    Lake Jennings hosts a 97-space campground that is open seven days a week year-round. It’s located on the north side of Lake Jennings, with a variety of spaces available for RVs, Trailers, Campers and Tents. Come on out, take a paddleboat, rowboat or motorboat for the day, and enjoy the beautiful weather! Cozy coves make great picnic spots, so don’t forget your picnic basket.

    Lake Jennings offers a great escape for novice or avid fishermen, and is open for shore fishing from the shoreline below the campground. Boat rentals, private boat launching, and fishing from our floating fishing dock is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For your convenience, we have an on-site Bait and Tackle Shop open Friday through Sunday, offering a wide selection of bait, tackle, camping supplies, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

    Lake Jennings is a great destination for the serious and casual wildlife viewer and photographer. The rolling hills, the endless lake, the coastal sage, and the riparian areas provide a diverse habitat in a small area. Common sightings include deer, fox, and osprey. Bird watchers are equally drawn to Lake Jennings for its rich variety of bird species.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $140 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweetwater Summit Regional Park

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    Sweetwater Summit Regional Park

    29 Reviews
    78 Photos
    306 Saves
    Bonita, California

    Visitors to this 500-acre regional park have quite a palette of activities to choose from. Modern campsites sit at the top of the summit, along with a seasonal splash pad, play areas, a 13-station exercise course, rentable picnic areas, a community room, an outdoor amphitheater and fishing at Sweetwater Reservoir.

    Hikers, cyclists and equestrians will enjoy 15 miles of trails that meander up and down the hill, through open grasslands and along streamside vegetation boasting spectacular views of the reservoir and this unique urban oasis.

    Camper, trailer, and tent camping are all options among 112 sites – many with access to both water and power. Coin-operated showers are available for all campers.

    One of the major attractions at the park is the 60-foot pavilion. This covered structure and its kitchen facilities are especially suited for group campers. You’ll also find four 16-foot picnic pavilions, a Campground Amphitheater, a 2,000-square-foot Community Room, and a 13-Station Exercise Course.

    An adjacent local park features a lawn area, tot lot, splash park and shaded picnic tables with panoramic views of the countryside.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $34 - $38 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Diego Metro KOA

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    San Diego Metro KOA

    31 Reviews
    43 Photos
    198 Saves
    Bonita, California

    Wake up to the smell of the ocean air and go to bed beneath a clear sky full of bright stars at one of the best campgrounds in San Diego, California. San Diego Metro KOA Resort is the ideal destination if you're looking for a relaxing vacation with ample opportunities for excitement. We operate year-round and want to help you have the time of your life, whether you're visiting us for a couple of days in the summer or staying with us for a month in the winter.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park

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    Dos Picos County Park

    30 Reviews
    90 Photos
    246 Saves
    Poway, California

    Welcome to Dos Picos County Park, a fantastic spot for camping near Ramona, CA. This place is a hit with families and groups, especially on weekends. The park offers a mix of tent sites, RV spots, and even cabins, so there's something for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of amenities. You’ll find electric hookups, drinking water, and showers, making it a comfortable stay. Pets are welcome, and there are fire pits and picnic tables at each site, perfect for those evening campfires and outdoor meals. The park also has a sanitary dump station and a recycling area, including a bin for empty propane bottles.

    The campground is well-maintained with paved pads at most sites, though some have gravel pads and curbs that might be tricky for RVs. There’s a creek running through the park, adding a nice touch of nature, though it can flood some sites after heavy rain. The bathhouses are basic but clean, and there’s a handicap-accessible bathroom available.

    For activities, there’s a short nature trail, a horseshoe pit, and a large picnic pavilion. Kids will love the playground and the chance to see local wildlife like squirrels, bunnies, and hawks. The park is also close to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, making it a convenient base for day trips.

    Visitors have praised the quiet, peaceful atmosphere, especially during the week. The park’s dark skies are great for stargazing, and the surrounding oak trees provide plenty of shade. Whether you’re here for a quick overnight stay or a longer getaway, Dos Picos County Park offers a relaxing and enjoyable camping experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park

    5.

    William Heise County Park

    43 Reviews
    84 Photos
    502 Saves
    Julian, California

    Situated 4,200 feet above sea level in a forest of pines and oaks along the northern extremity of the Laguna Mountain Range, this 929-acre park is one of the few San Diego county parks to get snowfall each year.

    Forests of oak, pine, and cedar surround peaceful mountain meadows and provide an undisturbed setting for nearly 11 miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails. Mule deer and wild turkey are frequently seen throughout the park, and rare residents include bobcats and mountain lions.

    Though its forest may seem timeless, each season brings dramatic changes: from winter snowfall to spring wildflowers, there is always something new to experience at Heise.

    In addition to trails, you can take advantage of cabins, trailer sites, individual tent sites, and a group-tent camping area, along with several playgrounds, restrooms with coin-operated showers and ample picnic spaces. Rangers-lead activities every weekend, and the park office with a small museum is open during the day or by appointment. This park makes a gorgeous setting for weddings and special events!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

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    South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

    72 Reviews
    162 Photos
    956 Saves
    Carlsbad, California

    For many, once the sun comes out and summer rolls around, it can be hard to resist the urge to get outside and soak up some fun. If you relate, and you just need to unplug for a minute, Carlsbad camping offers some of the state’s best camping sites around. When your work has stacked up and you’re overloaded, it’s time to gather your camping gear, and head to Carlsbad State Beach camping for solitude and relaxation.

    This San Diego beach and campground feature camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The campground is especially popular in the summer, thanks to its scenic location which overlooks the picturesque Carlsbad Beach below. Even better, the campground offers direct access to the beach via a set of well-kept stairs. As a result of the popularity, the campground is reservation only, so don’t show up without one or you’ll likely be unable to stay.

    When you’re done with the beach, check out the nearby California geography and some of the trails within the park. If the ocean isn’t your thing, a number of Campfire Programs, Junior Ranger Programs, and Nature Walks may be offered. That said, program availability changes with the season, so be sure to check signs posted on the restrooms and at the entrance station regarding park information during your visit.

    At night, campers are gently caressed to sleep by the nearby ocean tide, lapping upon its secluded shoreline. There is plenty of privacy throughout, thanks to the large selection of flora and fauna throughout the campground. The campsites themselves are also spacious, with roughly half of them featuring electric hookups. Additionally, All restrooms and shower buildings have accessible facilities. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the unit Supervising Ranger.

    South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is perfect for campers and individuals who love the ocean and the outdoors. Whether you’re looking surf the rolling waves, or paddle board out and take part in all that the north county coastline has to offer, you’re sure to have fun here.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $650 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground

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    Kumeyaay Lake Campground

    20 Reviews
    45 Photos
    360 Saves
    Santee, California

    The Kumeyaay Lake Campground is open for Friday and Saturday night camping. The 46 campsites are available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis and the is $22.66 per night. On the reservation website page, go to the "Location" drop-down menu at the top of the page and select Kumeyaay Lake Campground. All cancellations must be made 14 days in advance.

    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Equestrian

    $24 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Strand State Beach

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    Silver Strand State Beach

    22 Reviews
    44 Photos
    461 Saves
    Coronado, California

    Silver Strand Camping is available for self-contained recreational vehicles, motorhomes, or trailers only, per Coastal Commission regulations. Minimum requirement is a built in sink with an enclosed drain system, and a portable toilet with holding tank. Vehicles not meeting the minimum requirements will be turned away.

    Day Use Lot #3 is now available for campground extra vehicle parking. Have more space in your site! Special Rules and Pricing apply. Rate is $20 per night. Contact the park for detailed information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $65 - $85 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Fiddlers Cove RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fiddlers Cove RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fiddlers Cove RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fiddlers Cove RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fiddlers Cove RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fiddlers Cove RV Park

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    Fiddlers Cove RV Park

    16 Reviews
    33 Photos
    276 Saves
    Coronado, California

    Fiddlers Cove RV Park is a fantastic spot near San Diego, CA, especially if you're affiliated with the military. This place has a lot going for it, with 56 full hookup spaces and a couple of tent camping spots. The park is open all year, so you can plan your visit whenever it suits you.

    One of the standout features here is the waterfront sites that offer stunning views of the bay. Imagine waking up to that every morning! The park is also big rig friendly, which is a huge plus if you're traveling in a larger RV. The staff here are known for being friendly and helpful, making your stay even more enjoyable.

    Amenities include on-site showers and laundry facilities, which are always a bonus when you're on the road. Pets are welcome, so you don't have to leave your furry friends behind. There's also a market on-site for any essentials you might need.

    The location is pretty sweet too. You're nestled between the bay and the Pacific Ocean, with a marina nearby. It's a great spot for boating or just enjoying the water views. Some reviewers mentioned that the park is clean and well-maintained, which is always a good sign.

    If you're looking for a place with a bit of everything—great views, good amenities, and a friendly atmosphere—Fiddlers Cove RV Park is worth checking out. Just remember, it's a military facility, so you'll need the right credentials to stay here.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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    Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    23 Reviews
    43 Photos
    383 Saves
    Descanso, California

    The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days. Green Valley has 81 campsites.

    Paso Picacho, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom. Lake Cuyamaca, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso Picacho and offers boating and fishing. Paso Picacho campground has 85 campsites.

    Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms with flush toilets and pay showers are in the campground. Water faucets a located every few campsites. There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood and ice may be purchased at the camps. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer season. Campsites are $30 per night. Reservations are necessary for weekends April through October. The camping fee includes one motorized vehicle. Extra vehicles are $10 per night. There is a limit of 8 persons per campsite. Dogs are allowed but are restricted to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and paved roads and Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road. They may not be left unattended.

    Environmental backpack in or horseback ride in camps are also available. Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco Environmental camps are open on first come, first serve. Both have chemical toilets, non-potable water, corrals and tent sites.

    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $250 / night

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