D.L. Bliss State Park
148, 156, 158
143 & 164
Even though this park gets a 10 rating from most of the camping books, many campsites are on slops that are rocky or are congested. I would rate this place a 5 or a 10 depending on where you’re parking your tent. I love the beach access in this park and a few nice sites sit facing the water. No Dogs on Beach here, not even on leash. The beach is BEAUTIFUL and it’s the beach that makes this campground great. If you want to book a good site you will need to be on the ball and get it the day they open for sale, 7 months in advance. I always recommend calling the location to ask the ranger for their recommendations; they are usually good about giving accurate information, especially which sites NOT to choose. For best results make resurvations 7 months in advance.
Most of the other campsites are not very good in my opinion. Rocky, sloped, busy, too close to bathroom etc...
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point SP
I love Sugar Pine for several reasons. mostly because the vibe here is relaxed and the campground feels spacious. There are many good to great sites so I would say site rate from an 8 to 10 overall with a few sites that are less than. Do come prepared to see bears here. And keep in mind on the weekends there is always noise from some greenhorn who left food out or in there car that the bear is into and freaking out the campers. This campground has a GREAT bike train esp. for kids, dirt or paved this is a family fun campground. The shower rooms are nice; however they are all in the same location for the whole campground. I tend to prefer the two loops closer to the showers and noted that sites 123&125 are awful.
They have a beach attached to this campground but it is across the street and no dogs allowed.
Emerald Bay State Park
OK a few great spots but I must be honest I really don't care for the vibe here. The walk around the campground is beautiful as it overlooks Emerald Bay at a very high distance. Most of the sites are full sun or tiny in size. Dogs must be on leash and are not allowed on trails, no beach access here. Whatever you do, don’t camp on 1-3. I put this campground down mostly because "California Camping" rates it a 10 and we have been there for that reason, in the worst site I've ever camped mind you. Also because Tahoe has many places to camp and many just are not very attractive sites even though Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
GV- 8/9 Best
GV-3 I don't see on map but a member says it's her favorite
First Come First Serve
Julie writes: I love Grouse Ridge - can't beat it for beauty. A little hard to get to on that road, but worth it! Grouse Ridge is up Hwy 20, left at Bowman Lake sign, then 8 miles of very, no I mean VERY rocky, bumpy road. The campground is on top of a ridge overlooking the buttes, with many tiny alpine lakes to hike to below. It is rugged camping, there are sites (1st come 1st serve), but you have to bring in your own drinking water. Toilets, no showers or potable water.
Big Sur Campground
Big Sur, CA
Most sites to the right of the gate are best
We love this place. We have planned many a group trips to the campground and love for the fallowing reasons. Beautiful on the right side of grounds, water running through it, staff is VERY friendly, playground, store, laundry.................... Love it. We Cruz the other campgrounds in Big Sur and none of them have the feel of this one. We think is way better than the State Park. I love that they have strict rules for quiet time; they make sure everyone is safe and has what they need. Close by there is lot's to do, too much to mention. From sight seeing, beach going with the dog to fine dinning. Definitely make a stop at Big Sur Bakery it's truly the best food and coffee. See the website for reservation and lot's of useful information. Oh yeah the best time of year to go is Aug-Sept.More to come, please send us your favorites
New Brighton State Beach
Reservations Year Round
The beach features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine and Coastal Live Oak. The camping area is on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay.
Location - Directions
The beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. The beach can be reached by taking the New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Highway One.
Member Writes: We love New Brighton State Park Beach in Capitola CA. It is soooooooo beautiful there. You are on a cliff looking over the beach and the Monterey Peninsula, the grounds are clean, bathrooms are fabulous (with showers!) and its very close to any where you might want to be or go for the day.
Wild Plum Campground
Sierra City, California
Wild Plum Campground is located in the North Yuba River area. This campground has 2 smaller loops that have paved site pads and interior paved roads. The larger upper loop has gravel site pads and roads. Some sites sit along the Hay Press Creek. Wildplum campground is located just one mile from the scenic and historic town of Sierra City. Fishing, hiking trails. One mile east of Sierra City on Wild Plum Road. Elevation: 4, 400 feet. 47 campsites. 21 campsites for trailers. Vault toilet. Piped water.
Member Writes: We love Wild Plum by Sierra City. Swimming hole in the creek with a rope swing, flat path around the campground is great for kids to bike on, nice and clean, well-spaced sites, such a beautiful area ... Enough to do with little kids that we didn't feel the need to leave the campground at all.
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