Where to Camp in California | Best tent camping, RV parks, cabin rentals – ReserveAmerica
California Camping
California Banner

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 campground
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.
Learn more

Del Valle State Park campground
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.
Learn more

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.
Learn more

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.
Learn more

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.
Learn more

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.
Learn more

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.
Learn more

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.
Learn more

San Onofre State Beach offers three miles of beautiful sand beaches for hiking. The park is also popular for surfing.
Learn more

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.
Learn more

In this, Orange Countys largest park, the wilderness setting offers a rare opportunity to experience nature in its entire splendor throughout the year.
Learn more

Framed by the rolling hills of rural Yorba Linda, set at the base of Anaheim Hills and adjacent to the varied wildlife of the Santa Ana River, this pleasant park is the perfect urban get-away.
Learn more

Camping tips & resources