Great place to go for your first time camping. Not so private if it’s not though. The sites for tents were relatively close to each other. Bathrooms were easily available and staff was very nice.
great for hiking, camping
Came here while visiting family from out of state. Beats anything I've seen in Texas!
Great for hiking
William Heise County Park. Love Cedar Trail. Great place to walk, hike, enjoy the great outdoors!!!!
My family and I camped at William Heise Park for two nights in mid-June 2020. The campground is pretty and has a nice secluded, mountain feel about it (even though it’s close to Julian). We were surprised by how dispersed the campsite loops were and how deep the campground went into forest. There is also surprisingly good cell phone coverage throughout the grounds. We stayed at site 90, which was at the very back of the tent-only section at the end. Due to all of the oak trees, most sites have good shade. We didn’t see wild turkeys or mule deer during our stay, but there were plenty of birds and a few squirrels. There were also a LOT of flies- especially crane flies. The bathrooms and showers were usually full of them, but they also made a significant presence at the campsite. Even at about 50% capacity the tent-only section felt felt busy with lots of families and small children. The loops closer to the entrance seemed quieter. However, it was nice to be near the trailhead for several trails and there’s also a water bottle refilling station right there. The terrain is beautiful all around. We definitely want to stay again.
I have stayed here a few different times, each time I’ve stayed in different campsites. The campsites in the first loop nearest the ranger station definitely have the nicest, cleanest bathrooms. The bathrooms over in the tent loop towards the back sites 60-100ish have a much smaller bathroom however during the summer they were filled with all sorts of bugs, both flying and crawling. Even saw a huge rat crawl up the wall into the shower. But you’re out in the woods so you can’t be too mad at that. The trails are very accessible and distributed all throughout the campground. There is a creek but I’ve never seen it with water, maybe in the early spring after the rains it flows? Lots of wildlife also! I’ve seen mule deer, turkeys and so many different birds like western blue birds, woodpeckers and the occasional hawk! This place is off to the side and secluded so it really does feel like you’re out in the woods and not at a developed campground five miles away from the town of Julian. If you’ve never been to Julian you have to try some of their apple pie! It’s what they are known for! Overall, this campsite is family friendly, clean and easy to get to!
My boyfriend and I took a random camping trip and didn't pick a place until we decided to stop. This was a nearby campground and we loved it. The bathrooms were maintained well and they had showers and water. There was beautiful trails around the campground. I would stay again.
William Heise is one of the hidden camping Gems in San Diego. It's located about 5 miles from the rustic town of Julian. There's over 100 camping spots ranging from RV to tent. There are a number of trails that leave from the campground. Try the Desert View trail that gives you a great view of the surrounding area; its only 2.25miles. There's also a Wolf Sanctuary outside of Julian that's worth a visit. Enjoy!
Cell Service: Roaming
The campground is definitely clean and well maintained, but honestly there s not much to do. There s a few hiking trails, but the markings could be better. We went with a group. Some of the campsites that are supposedly for up to 2 tents are a bit tight, such was ours, but luckily our site mates canceled so we had just the one tent, which pretty much took up all the space. It is dog friendly, which is great. Cell service is decent, but if you are counting on use of the supposed WiFi, you’ll be out of luck;). The rangers do regular rounds to remind you of curfew and make sure the fire is completely out by 11. All in all it was a nice site, but probably won’t be visiting it again.