The Best Campgrounds in California

The Best Campgrounds in California
California offers a varied landscape and a number of attractions. Campers look for available sites year round and anglers, winter sports aficionados, participants in water sports, and the everyday outdoorsy person all enjoy a little something different. Bring along your dog to select venues, pitch a tent near a lake, or take out your RV for a drive up the mountains. There are excellent campgrounds in all parts of the state, many of which do not require extensive hiking but instead work well for car camping.

Pet Friendly Ocean Mesa Campground for Car Campers

Touching on the territory of the Los Padres National Forest and situated right above the Pacific Ocean, the Ocean Mesa campground is a great venue for car campers and their dogs. Capitalizing on the beauty of California's central coastline, Ocean Mesa campground features tide pools, access to the state beach for kayaking and surfing, Wi-Fi, a snack bar, equestrian stables, hiking trails measuring 15 miles in combined length and two dog runs. Periodically the campground management arranges planned activities, such as yoga classes, guided botanical hikes and children crafts.

What makes this one of the best campgrounds in the area is the fact that on-site management will take receipt of any rented trailer or RV that is delivered in your name.

This campground offers 20 tent camping sites and 80 RV sites, of which 52 can accommodate rigs measuring up to 50 feet in length. The RV sites are spacious enough to allow for slide outs on either or both sides of the rig.

Ocean Mesa Campground
100 El Capitan Terrace Lane
Santa Barbara, California 93117
(805) 879-5751

Mammoth Mountain RV Park for the Mountain Enthusiast

Nestled in the picturesque Mammoth Lakes area, Mammoth Mountain RV Park offers 115 paved RV spaces and also 17 tent slots. About 47 of these spaces allow for full hookups during the summer; starting in fall, temperatures in the mountains drop significantly and water hookup is no longer available, even though the park is open year round. At the RV park you find a heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, areas of Wi-Fi access, on-site laundry, a playground and also a recreational center that is open from June until Labor Day.

During spring, summer and early fall, Mammoth Lakes is known for its plentiful fishing, hiking and bouldering, mountain biking, bird watching and also off-road driving adventures. In winter, the RV park serves as a home base for skiers and snowboarders visiting the nearby slopes, snow shoe aficionados and also snowmobilers.

Mammoth Mountain RV Park
2667 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546
(800) 582-4603

Camp Edison for the Water Sport Enthusiast

Sunset rated Camp Edison at Shaver Lake as number two on its list of the best 36 campgrounds in California. Shaver Lake is actually a byproduct of Sierra Nevada construction undertaken by Southern California Edison (SCE), the electric company that serves large portions of the state. Now SCE operates the lake as a year round campground with 252 sites. Each site has electricity and free cable television hookups. Campsites vary in size, design and cost. Each campsite has specific size limitations with respect to the use of RV slide outs. Some areas are rated for group camping; they usually accommodate three large tents. A favorite size is number 119, which offers lakefront parking for your RV or for two tents.

Shaver Lake offers horseback riding trails, while the marina is set up for all things having to do with water sports.

Camp Edison
42696 Tollhouse Road
Shaver Lake, California 93664
(559) 841-3134

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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