Troy L.
Pasadena, CA
Joined May 2019
Nice find

To be honest our first impression of this place was not the greatest. The sites are fairly close together and there wasn’t a lot of tree coverage in most sites. We used 3 sites for a group (7, 9, 13) 9 and 13 are right across from each other so that worked out nice. 7 was in another loop but kind of backed up to us so it worked out ok. Trukee river runs right by the campground, however if you want to stay in the sites next to it you will have to hike your stuff to your site. I believe they were sites 23 to 27. It’s not far but if you have a lot of gear it might be more trouble that it’s worth. The only real negative is that the campground is right off the highway and you get a lot road noise day/night. Overall we had a great trip and the camp host was very friendly! I would definitely recommend this place and we will probably be back.

Basic camping

Overall a great campground. They have several reservable sites and several first come first serve sites. The campground is very well maintained. There are areas with several trees and areas with few trees. Some sites with privacy and others that are right on top of each other. This is typically where we go for our first camping trip of the summer. Depending on the weekend it can fill up so we always make reservations. The lake is a short drive away and there are plenty of off-road trails to explore in the area. The campground also has a trailhead in it that allows you to hike to the lake or up the mountain a few miles.

Great campground

Overall we were very impressed with this campground. It is a very large campground, however there are a couple different loops so it is spread over a large area. Our site was a single so it only fit one car. There is extra parking available for additional cars that we could have used, but if we had a trailer we wouldn’t have fit. So make sure you get a site that fits your needs! There are a lot of great sites surrounded by trees in the middle of the campground where we stayed. The upper sites don’t seem to have as much shade as they are at the top of the hill. The campground has flush toilets, showers and paved roads. So it’s great for first time campers or glampers. The staff was very friendly and the entire area is well Maintained. There are even a couple small hiking trails within the campground for some fun exploration.

Good find

Overall our experience was good. We did our homework on the different sites and were able to get one fairly private. In general the sites do not have much privacy. Some are pretty open with little shade as well. We didn’t have a big problem with noise like some reviews we read complained about. There were some families with kids that were having fun, but that’s to be expected. The camp host/ranger was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely keep this as an option for future local camping trips.

Secluded camping

I’ve been going to Buckeye since I was a kid. It’s become a tradition in our family and I am excited to keep it alive. This is a great campground with several spots next the the creek. It has pit toilets and no longer has water spigots so make sure to bring your own water to cook and clean with. The dirt road up the mountain is a bit rough, but to me it is well worth it. The campground is quiet and out of the way, which is what camping should be!