Where to Camp in California
California campground guide and camping resources
Check out the best of California camping. The beauty of California stretches from its deserts, to forests, to beaches; all waiting for you to explore. Here you will find tent camping and RV park campgrounds, as well as hidden gems and cabin rentals. Below find some of the best campgrounds and places to camp in California.
Hidden camping gems in California
Looking to explore more of what California State Parks have to offer? Want to find some primitive or secluded hide-away? Check out our top picks for hidden gems and camping off the beaten path in California. Find your new favorite campsite.
Del Valle State Park, CA
Del Valle Regional Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is located in a valley framed by oak-covered hills. The centerpiece of the park is a five-mile long lake, with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by 4,316 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study.
Anthony Chabot State Park, CA
Camping and a wealth of other outdoor activities are available only 20 minutes from downtown Oakland at the 5,067-acre Anthony Chabot Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District. It's a beautiful year-round public campground with miles of hiking and riding trails.
Best beach camping spots in California
Ready for a little sun and surf? The Golden State boasts more than 1,100 miles of breathtaking coastline ideal for you to enjoy camping on the California sand. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Kirk Creek Campground is an oceanside paradise, with each site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It offers a variety of opportunities for relaxation and recreation.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. The park features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs.
Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming and surf fishing (and digging for the famous Pismo clam); the annual winter migration of millions of monarch butterflies.
McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in California, with the lush riverbanks of the Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore.
The park has 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, wind-surfing, fishing and beachcombing.The beach also has tidepools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring.
Doheny State Beach is two parks in one - with camping in the south area and day use in northern area, where there is a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts.
Best camping in California
Want to know where the best campsites are? Check our list of top campgrounds and camping spots in California, from awesome amenities to local attractions, these parks will provide your family with a great camping experience.
This park, with its mile square expanse of green fields, offers a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of life in Orange County. Stretch out and relax, or take advantage of the excellent sports facilities.
In this, Orange Countys largest park, the wilderness setting offers a rare opportunity to experience nature in its entire splendor throughout the year.
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