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Most Recent Mendocino National Forest Camping Reviews
Quiet spot off I5, clean restrooms

Tent camped here a few nights ago. A little spendy at $37 for a single night but it is super close to I5 and a few gas stations. Nice property with some grass to throw the tent on, none of the other residents were super loud. Restrooms and showers onsite and they were both clean. Didn't get to talk to any of the  property managers in person due to COVID-19, but the woman on the phone who did the booking was super helpful. Seems like a better for RV camping as there are many more spots for that.

Great spot

Lots of privacy

Perfect Hike-In Campground

Everything you could want in a pack-in campground. FREE spacious first-come first-serve sites with a picnic table, vault toilets (bring your own toilet paper/wipes), campfire ring and tons of wood you can collect in the forest. It even has a camp stove if you want to use that to cook on. Flowing stream right there to collect water, which also makes for wonderful sounds for sleeping. It’s very shaded, so it’s great in warm weather. Only problem is there are only 6 sites I think, so start your hike early is my suggestion. There are no trash cans, so you pack in and pack out.

Nice place to have dinner too.

Easy off and on freeway access, next to casino.

Great LA Getaway

The Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop on Mount Wilson offers dog friendly free camping immersed in thick mountain woods with babbling creeks and numerous waterfalls. The trail is dotted with one of a kind cabins but the trail camps are as primitive as it gets. Start your hike at the Chantry Flats pack station, don't forget to pay for parking, and be prepared to filter your own water. This is a gorgeous place to put in a few miles, get a little dirty, and feel like you are miles away from it all without even leaving LA.

Pro tips: There are bears in the area so hang your food and keep your campsite clean. Bring your own toilet paper. Parking fills up within an hour on weekends so get there as soon as the parking lot opens at 6am. Finish your hike with burgers from the pack station they really hit the spot!

Decent; more fisherman spot than campground

Private site. Anytime I don’t have to use ReserveCalifornia website, I’m happy. Great online reservation interface (except the map was upside down. South-up). The “campground” is simply a big lot under the bridge; recommend checking it out on Google Earth. No trees or bushes to delineate sites. Loud foghorn sounds every 30-45 seconds at the absolutely beautiful beach inlet. Dogs LOVED the beach

Expect less received more

This campground is a hidden jewel. There are many sites next to the ocean. This campground delivers a stay next to the beautiful coastal waters which allows the camper to view whale migration, sea lions swimming and a quick visit to glass beach and the adjacent lighthouse. Ft Bragg is a nice little town to visit have dinner and drinks.


We were lucky enough to camp on a Monday when everyone had gone home so we had the place almost all to ourselves. We enjoyed every bit of Hendy Woods. The camp site was great and well maintained.

Year round camping.

Open all year is the draw for Buckhorn. Camp sites were plentiful in November. Took the canoe out every day.

Decent place

I have great cell service with T-Mobile, but not all cell carriers have such luxury. The owners of this campground are a bit older and not very friendly when youngsters like myself come to stay here, so customer service is bad but the WiFi is exceptional and you can’t beat the view coming down to the R.V Park or the little creek it has here.