Top 9 RV Campgrounds in California
ReserveAmerica, compiled the "Top 100 Family Campgrounds," a guide to help campers and their families plan camping trips at locations across America's great outdoors.
The seventh annual 2009 Top 100 Family Campgrounds list honors outstanding public outdoor recreation facilities that provide a high level of service. The guide serves as a resource for campers who are looking to plan a camping trip for this spring or summer.
A mild climate and diverse geography make California a popular state for camping with some of the most beautiful campgrounds in the U.S. Below are the top RV campgrounds in California compiled from the "Top 100 Family Campgrounds."
Anthony Chabot Regional Park - Castro Valley, CA
Overlooking Lake Chabot is Chabot Family Campground, a year-round getaway only minutes from the city (camping fee). The camp has twelve trailer/RV sites with full hook-ups, hot showers, Naturalist-led campfire programs, an amphitheater, and hiking/fishing access to Lake Chabot. There are reservable group campsites within the park as well.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - San Diego, CA
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Five-hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert.
The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunner, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake.
Castle Crags State Park - Shasta, CA
The park offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta. There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites.
The park features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park. Maximum RV length 27'.
Del Valle Regional Park - Livermore, CA
Deep in a valley framed by oak-covered hills, with sailboats and sailboards skimming over its waters, Del Valle is like a lakeside resort only 10 miles south of Livermore.
Centerpiece of the park is a lake five miles long with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by approximately 5,000 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Del Valle also is the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles of scenic back country trail.
The Del Valle Family Campground has 150 sites, 21 of them with water and sewage hookups (no electrical). The sites are served by centrally located toilet and shower facilities.
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area - Fresno, CA
With over 40 miles of shore land for water sports, this SRA offers visitors swimming, fishing, and boating. The hills surrounding the lake provide good hiking opportunities. Wildlife in the park includes ground squirrels, cottontails, mule deer, badgers and bald and golden eagles. During winter, the park has special boat tours to view the bald eagles.
The lake was created by construction of the Friant Dam across the San Joaquin River in 1944. Maximum RV length 36 feet.
Hungry Gulch Campground - Sequoia National Forest
Hungry Gulch Campground is nestled in the foothills of the high desert; this campground is located in Lake Isabella between Bakersfield and Ridgecrest. Hiking, trout and bass fishing, boating, water skiing, and wind surfing are available. Some shaded areas. This is a non site specific campground No hook-ups.
Rock Creek Lake - Inyo National Forest CA
Located in a pine setting on the shore of Rock Creek Lake, boat rentals, interpretive programs, fishing, horseback riding and hiking are popular activities. Groceries and showers are available 1/4 mile away.
There are no reservable sites at this campground. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
Morro Bay State Park - San Luis, CA
Morro Bay State Park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay’s most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay’s northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population.
Beginning in March 2010, some camp sites will be closed based on camping demands. Campsites on reservation availability will be reduced roughly in half.
Sonoma Coast State Beach - Sonoma, CA
Long sandy beaches below rugged headlands, a craggy coastline with natural arches and secluded coves are features that make Sonoma Coast State Park one of California's most scenic attractions.
The Beach, actually a series of beaches separated by rock bluffs and headlands, extends 17 miles from Bodega Head to Vista Trail located 4 miles north of Jenner. Beachcombers, fishermen, sunbathers and picnickers can access the beach from more than a dozen points along coast Highway 1.
While the north coast weather can be foggy in the summer, it usually burns off by midday and the cool ocean breezes make the Sonoma Coast a haven for visitors seeking to escape the inland heat. Maximum RV length 31 feet.