holland G.
napa, CA
Joined July 2018
Park is Nice, Campground is average

Napa only has a few nearby camping options, so having Skyline is a good thing. The park itself has some great trails, as well as a disc golf course and native plant garden. The campground is pretty much just a grassy field, so nothing too special about it--but if you come with good company and make use of the park you can have a very nice time.

A lot of the available space does not have shade--so consider bringing a shade structure. There are both RV and tent options.

It gets very dry and hot later in the season, so I would also recommend spring camping here. Plus, then you can enjoy the wildflowers on the trails.

The park did burn in the October 2017 wildfires, but volunteers have worked hard to get the trails back in shape and open again. The campground and surrounding area did not burn.

Park is Nice, Campground is Average

Napa only has a few nearby camping options, so having Skyline is a good thing. The park itself has some great trails, as well as a disc golf course and native plant garden. The campground is pretty much just a grassy field, so nothing too special about it--but if you come with good company and make use of the park you can have a very nice time.

A lot of the available space does not have shade--so consider bringing a shade structure. There are both RV and tent options.

It gets very dry and hot later in the season, so I would also recommend spring camping here. Plus, then you can enjoy the wildflowers on the trails.

The park did burn in the October 2017 wildfires, but volunteers have worked hard to get the trails back in shape and open again. The campground and surrounding area did not burn.

Decent Option for East Bay Residents

The setting at Tilden Park is not what I would typically seek when I want to "get out there", but for its close proximity to the urban areas of the East Bay, it is a pretty good option.

There are lots of turkeys, and watch out for poison oak on the trails. We camped in one of the group camp sites, which had a large covered pavilion which was nice. Tall eucalyptus trees surrounding the open grassy area of the campsite.

I was here for a weekend workshop with the organization Bay Area Wilderness Training. It was a great spot for the purpose of the training, but I do not think I'd come back on my own.

Good Option for East Bay Residents

The setting at Tilden Park is not what I would typically seek when I want to "get out there", but for its close proximity to the urban areas of the East Bay, it is a pretty good option.

There are lots of turkeys, and watch out for poison oak on the trails. We camped in one of the group camp sites, which had a large covered pavilion which was nice. Tall eucalyptus trees surrounding the open grassy area of the campsite.

I was here for a weekend workshop with the organization Bay Area Wilderness Training. It was a great spot for the purpose of the training, but I do not think I'd come back on my own.

A Family Favorite for Seaside Camping

When I was a kid my family would always camp here! I haven't been back to camp in quite some time, but have visited Dillon Beach for day trips recently and checked out the campground for ol' times sake. It is just as I remember.

The campground is mostly flat and grassy, with fire pits and picnic tables at the sites. One of the great features of this campground is that the camping area is separated from the beach/ocean by protective dunes. You can still hear the ocean, but it isn't as loud and windy as it could be. As a kid, I'd spend all day playing in the dunes. We even found a kitten there once, who we ended up adopting and named "Dillon" after the beach!

There used to be cows that would graze occasionally--which added a fun element. Waking up to cows outside your tent is pretty exciting as a kid.

The beach is lovely, and not overcrowded. Great for beach combing when the tide is low. We often find sand dollars.

Large, many amenities, right on river

This privately owned campground has a fully stocked store, showers, and even a movie room. The campsites closer to the river all feel pretty private due to lots of vegetation separating each space—like thick walls of green. Be aware that a lot of this vegetation is poison oak, but they keep it trimmed back!

We had a spot that looked out at the river. It was beautiful. More exposed/ not as shaded as other spots, so I’m glad it wasn’t a hot weekend. Since it wasn’t hot, there weren’t as many folks accessing the river, so it stayed pretty peaceful. Could imagine it getting busy during peak summer weather.

Watched osprey and herons fly by, and even saw a river otter!

I would certainly return.

Beautiful high country camping

This campground is located outside of Yosemite Valley, so it has less of the “Disneyland of the Sierra” feel—more serene and fewer people and buses.

we stayed in the area for backpackers—our first night there before hitting the trail for backcountry camping, as well as our last night before heading home. The spots in the backpackers camp area are first come first serve, take your pick when you arrive—only for folks with a backcountry permit. I recommend walking further back and up the hill to the more tucked away spots. Our first night we grabbed one of the first spots we saw which had an exposed feeling and plenty of foot traffic going by. Our last night we went to the back area and had a nice spot tucked against the forest.

A lovely creek runs along one side of the campground. It’s also walking distance to the general store and cafe.

Sweet little beach, good campground and amenities

Campground has lots of grass, and wide range of site options. Some are out in the open and others have more shade or trees, but all in all it is a lovely place. Short walk to the beach from the campground. There is a little refreshment stand near the beach where you can get simple food and beverages. Sites for tents and rvs. Plenty of space so doesn’t feel crowded!

Beach is in a protected cove so it has a relaxed feel, and the campground is protected/wooded and inland, so no crazy ocean winds.

Beautiful area, mediocre campground

Love spending time along the Housatonic River in the northwest corner of CT—this campground is conveniently located right by the river, but also right by the road. Lacks much to write home about. They have some strict rules. If you stay here, be sure to consider renting boats/rafts/tubes from Clarke Outdoors just up the road!

Noisy, minimal privacy

We were here the weekend before 4th of July, and the campground was pretty full. The bathrooms were located a pretty long walk from our campsite, and there was no clear designated way to walk there so we felt like we were walking through people's campsites. Our campsite was slightly more secluded, and was really big which was nice--site 12.

Seems like a spot for rowdier larger groups to party. There were people doing amplified karaoke (not very well..) at like 10:15pm and blasting radios all day. There were only trash bins, no recycling--so we carried ours out. They could probably use another bathroom facility for the capacity of the campground.

FYI: There were also a lot of black widow spiders! We had two campsites side by side, and in both sites we found black widows hanging out under the picnic tables.

We rented pontoon boats, the lake itself was nice. The rental place was super strict about the rules of using the boats, to the point of sucking out some of the fun.

Overpriced for what you get. All in all, we won't be back.

Solitude, redwoods, a hidden little gem

This review is for the backpacking/trail camp area at Slate Creek in Portola Redwoods. Stayed here for a one-night intro to backpacking trip with my younger sister. The hike to the sites was very manageable, a great way to test out gear while also spending time in a lovely forest. Well maintained trails and brand-new food lockers at the sites. When we were there, there was only one other set of campers in the site next to ours--they were so quiet we hardly could tell they were there. This trail camp has a composting toilet which was well stocked with toilet paper, and Slate Creek is not a far walk to collect and filter water. We loved all the banana slugs and little calochortus wildflowers on our hike. The park's visitor center has great displays about the local flora and fauna.

Wooded with a creek, many trails, family friendly in the North Bay.

The campground at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park offers a range of decent sites. There are certainly some that are better situated than others regarding size, shade, and other amenities--but the entire campground is nice. Well maintained, and located in a State Park that is run by a non-profit "Team Sugarloaf". Sonoma Creek runs along the campground and there is a waterfall a short hike away. There are showers for a quarter per minute, if you want to freshen up after a big hike like to the peak of Bald Mt. Visitor's Center has educational displays, maps, and a variety of items for sale. Ice and fire wood available. Each site has a table and fire pit. Great little get away spot that feels farther in the wilderness than it is at all. Close to Sonoma and Santa Rosa. Year-round camping--beautiful in all seasons.

There is also an observatory in the park, one Saturday night per month the hold "Star Parties" and for just $2 you can spend the evening looking through great telescopes and learning about space from experts. Kids are free! It is walking distance from the campground. If you have flashlights that have a red night-vision setting, those are recommended to use there--otherwise they'll give you red cellophane to cover your light so that it doesn't interfere with star viewing.