Summary: Camping in California state parks is a cool experience. If you are a seasoned camper and love being among nature then you would do well to visit some of these famous campsites that provide you with the best of camping amenities and promise to deliver in terms of rustic natural beauty.
California is adorned with a total contrast of natural splendor. Snow capped sierra peaks and sunny beaches where you could camp in an RV among the great giant redwoods or choose the cliffs and coves of the wilderness of the North Pacific Ocean coast.
The great Yosemite Park is spread over a vast 1200 square miles full of old giant sequoia trees, pristine tranquil waterfalls, lush meadows and indeed a rugged wilderness. Towering above the park are granite rocks, glaciers and the sierras. Yosemite has several campsites and lodges like Curry Village, Yosemite lodge and the Housekeeping Camp. Within the valley, the North Pines campgrounds and White Wolf need to be reserved beforehand. You could also camp by the Yosemite Creek. A visit to the Nevada falls and trailblazing along the John Muir trail is a must.
Joshua Tree national park lies in the south east of California; home to the Mojave and Colorado Desert where running through the southwest of the park lies the San Bernardino mountain range. The park has nine campsites of which the best ones are Indian Cove, Black Rock and Cottonwood. Short nature walks like Indian Cove offer panoramic views without having to wander far off into the desert .Warren Peak and Ryan Mountain are the longer trails for the adventurous.
Beach Camping is Quite Popular in California
California has many beach front campsites like those at Refugio state beach in Santa Barbara. The sites are lovely oasis like areas shaded by palm trees. Laguna Beach campground is considered the best in Orange County whereas San Elijo and Carlsbad Beaches in San Diego are situated on a bluff high above the main beach front and offer tent camping.
In Northern California lies the Big Basin Redwoods state park located in Santa Cruz County. Home to a major part of the waddle creek watershed and California’s oldest park is famous for its skyline to sea trails. 142 sites provide tent only or group and RV camping. One can get picnic tables, showers, restrooms and a ranger station. Popular campsites are Manresa SB campground, Seacliff, Henry Cowell Redwoods and Portola Redwoods campground.
Northeast of Fresno lies Camp Edison on Shaver Lake. 252 campsites provide latest amenities to campers wishing to stay in cabins supplied with electricity and cable TV, with splendid mountain views and easy accessibility to lake areas for water activities and water sports. For high altitude campers, Saddlebag Lake Campground is definitely your best bet. It is one of the highest RV campgrounds at an altitude of 10000 feet.
Be it camping at a beach camp or surrounded by mountains and waterfalls, camping in California needs no encouragement for one to trail blaze across redwood forests and come back for more.