As families settle into the new school term, why not squeeze in one last camping trip to set the year off right. Here are a few, both in the mountains and by the sea, that offer spectacular settings and accommodations throughout the Southern California region. All of them cater to RV’s or tent camping, and all have showers, toilets, electrical hook-ups, fire-pits and some have general stores.
As always with any campsites, it’s best to go on their website and get a reservation as early as possible.
Lake Casitas Sequoia National Park
With over 400 campsites to choose, some nestled in the woods, or near the lake, Lake Casitas is known for kayaking, canoeing, boating, and of courses, is also a fishing paradise.
The entire area is fenced in, private and a perfect family friendly environment.
There is even a nearby water park. Casitas is a great location for biking, hiking or just having a relaxing picnic near the water.
Sequoia Park is a national wonder and boasts the world’s largest trees.
Mammoth Lakes Sierra Nevada’s
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada’s, the park is a perfect shady location for lots of running around. You will also find restful beauty under the tree canopies provided by Jeffrey Pine Forest, at an elevation of 7,800 feet. The majestic scenery is a draw for hikers, mountain bikers and off road vehicle enthusiasts.
A short drive will lead you to many creeks and lakes where fishing is abundant.
Green Valley San Bernardino National Forest
Near Big Bear, Green Valley is tucked into the pine, fir and cedar trees, boasting large grassy meadows that overlook a mountain creek at an elevation of 7,200 feet. Known for it’s trout fishing, boating and hiking, sometimes just walking along the creeks and wading in tide pools can prove to be all a child really wants.
For those families that enjoy ocean camping, here are a few fantastic options.
Refugio State Beach Santa Barbara
This campground has lots to offer: coastal fishing, picnic sites, swimming, lifeguards, hiking trails and kayak tours. You can also just lay under the sun, walk along the beach and collect sea shells or sleep under the trees.
Thornhill Broome Beach Point Magu Malibu
Located near the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Magu features five miles of ocean shoreline, rocky bluffs, sandy dunes, two major river canyons and 70 miles of hiking access. The views are breathtaking and you never know what little critters you might find on one of your hikes.
El Capitan Santa Barbara
El Capitan is considered the five star camping location, which offers a sandy beach, rocky tide pools, and towering Sycamore and Oak trees lining the El Capitan creek. It’s perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing, and picnicking, with a winding staircase to the beach. The beach itself is very secluded and probably recognizable since it’s been used in so many backdrops to movies and commercials.
Leo Carillo Malibu
Known for it’s exquisite campground area tucked away from the other public beaches, it’s a great location for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and lots of hiking.
The campgrounds provide plenty of shade, a few tide pools and “secret” rocky locations kids like to play in. You can also reserve specific areas that would best suit your needs.
Happy last minute camping!
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