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Orange County Camping

Orange County Camping Overview

Orange County

Camping in Orange County is possible at dozens of campgrounds. Find Orange County campgrounds with conveniences like flush toilets and showers, as well as popular and unique campgrounds to help you narrow the choice. These include State Parks, State Beaches, National Forests, State Forests, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Camping in Orange County varies from the sands of State Beaches to the mountains of foothills of Cleveland National Forest. Orange County campgrounds of notable interest include San Clemente State Beach Campground situated on the bluffs above the ocean, Caspars Park Campground tucked away in a canyon filled with oak trees and Two Harbors Campground on Catalina Island. We've included as much detail as possible so you have a better idea of what to expect and whether camping reservations are required in advance.

PETS: Dogs are allowed at almost all campgrounds but must be kept on a leash, picked up after, and never left unattended. Most beach camping allows dogs in the campground but not on the beach.

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REI - rents camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns and more.

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Orange County Camping

Bolsa Chica Campground is located off PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway) north of the Huntington Beach Pier. Activities include surfing, swimming sun bathing and biking. Nature trails are across the highway in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. A paved bike trail follows the coast for several miles and can be joined all the way through Newport Beach or up the Santa Ana River. Situated in a parking lot directly off a sandy beach, the campground includes 57 campsites for RV only (40' max). Amenities include flush toilets, showers, picnic tables and fire rings. RV dump station available.

Bolsa Chica State Beach RV Campground
17851 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-3460
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Crystal Cove Moro Campground is located off PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway) at the north end of Laguna Beach. Although separated from the ocean by the highway, all sites offer oceanviews. An access tunnel connects the campground to Crystal Cove, one of Southern California's most pristine beaches. Activities include surfing, swimming, tide pool exploration, sun bathing, diving, snorkeling, beach camping, hiking and mountain biking. Campground is connected to El Moro State Park, one of Orange County's largest wilderness parks with a trail system that's popular with mountain bikers and hikers alike. Campground includes 60 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, picnic tables and fire rings. RV dump station available.

Crystal Cove State Park Moro Campground
8471 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA 92651
(949)-494-9143
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Irvine Lake Campground is located off the 241 toll road east of Tustin. Situated on the shore of Irvine Lake, activities include camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and hiking. This campground by the lake has many campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, barbecue, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch, marina, café and general store on-site. Reservations recommended.

Irvine Lake
4621 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676
(714) 649-9111
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O'Neill Park Campground is located off Interstate 5 at the El Toro Road exit in Trabuco Canyon. Tucked away in a canyon loaded with shade-bearing oak trees, O'Neill offers activities including camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Campground offers 79 campsites for tent and RV camping plus many group and equestrian campsites. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, barbecue, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station. Family campsites are First-come first-served and group or equestrian campsites require reservations.

O'Neill Park Campground
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, California 92678
Reservations: (800) 600-1600
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Doheny State Beach

Doheny Campground is located in the Dana Point Harbor off Interstate 5 and PCH (highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway). Doheny State Beach offers beach camping in the southern area and day use in the northern area. The day use area features a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts, public restrooms and concession stand. Surfing is popular, but is restricted to the north end of the beach. Dana Point Harbor offers fishing & whale watching charters, boat & kayak rentals, restaurants, shops and an aquarium. Campground includes 122 campsites for tent and large RV camping. Flush toilets, showers and fire rings. RV dump station available.
NOTE: Doheny has a rock-bottom ocean and can be annoying to venture out into without foot protection.

NOTE: This region of Pacific Ocean is notorious for having high bacteria levels. Be sure to check with Heal the Bay for recent test results.

Doheny State Beach Campground
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
(949) 496-6172
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San Clemente State Park

San Clemente Campground is located off the Avenida Calafia exit of Interstate 5. Campground offers beach camping situated atop a bluff overlooking the ocean. Trails lead from campground to popular beaches for surfing, sunbathing and swimming. Campground offers 141 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station. Reservations required.

San Clemente State Beach Campground
3030 Avenida Del Presidente
San Clemente, California 92672
(949) 492-3156
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Caspers Park Campground is located off Highway 74 east of Interstate 5, in San Juan Capistrano. Tucked away in a canyon loaded with shade-bearing oak trees, Caspers offers many activities including camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Three campgrounds offer 78 campsites for tent and RV camping including 23 equestrian campsites. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, barbecue, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station. Reservations recommended.

Caspers Park Campground
33401 Ortega Highway (74)
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
Reservations: (800) 600-1600
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Catalina Island Camping

Catalina Island is located 22 miles off the coast of California. Several campgrounds are available throughout the island. Many campsites are situated within walking distance of the best diving, snorkeling and kayaking in all of California. The trick to camping in Catalina is transporting all your gear from the mainland to your campsite. Catalina ferries allow backpacks and necessary gear but any type of fuel is prohibited. The store in Two Harbors sells fuel, firewood and other camping supplies including tents and sleeping bags. Because campers are unable to return with unused fuel canisters, most leave their leftover fuel supplies for the next camper. Transportation to the campsite from Avalon is achieved on the Safari Bus shuttle that runs during the summer, or you can hike or bike in. Permits are necessary for all campgrounds and no pets are allowed. Several of the developed campgrounds have showers and only Hermit Gulch has flush toilets - the rest have chemical toilets. Two Harbors Campground offers tent cabins, which can lesson the load you need to pack in. Below we've provided information on the most popular campgrounds in Catalina.

  • GEAR HAULING SERVICES:
    Catalina backcountry (310) 913-9036 - Offers everything from gear hauling and campsite catering to permits and reservations.
    Catalina Transpotation Services (310) 510-0342 - Provides gear hauling service to many Catalina campgrounds.

  • EQUIPMENT RENTAL:
    Two Harbors (310) 510-8368 - Equipment & Camp Supply Rental.
    Little Harbor (310) 510-2229 - Equipment Rental.

  • SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION:
    Safari Bus (301) 510-2800 - A shuttle service with regular stops at Avalon, Two Harbors, Little Harbor, Airport in the Sky and Black Jack Junction trailhead.
    Wildlands Express Airport Shuttle (310) 510-0143 - Provides transportation to and from Avalon and Airport in the Sky with stops at Haypress Picnic Ground and Black Jack Campground.
    Afishinados Charters (323) 447-4669 - Offers transportation by sea to Avalon, Two Harbors and Parsons Landing.

  • CATERED FOOD:
    DC-3 Gifts and Grill (310) 510-2196 - Provides catered food delivery to several campgrounds.

Catalina Island Camping
Avalon, California 90704
Reservations: (310) 510-2800
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  • Two Harbors Campground is located approximately 15-miles northwest of Avalon at Isthmus Cove. The camp is situated on a bluff overlooking the ocean and just a short distance from Two Harbors Village. The store in Two Harbors rents and sells camping gear including tents, sleeping bags, stoves, fuel, firewood, charcoal, food and more. Equipment rental is also available including kayak, bike, snorkel and more. The camp includes 42 individual campsites and 3 group areas. Tent cabins are also available and come with cots for up to 6 people, stove, lantern, sun shade and more. Campground amenities include showers, running water, lockers, picnic table, fire pit & barbecue, sun shade and chemical toilets. Check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services is required. Reservations and permit are required.
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  • Parsons Landing Campground is the most remote campground on the island and is located approximately 20-miles northwest of Avalon. Parsons Landing is only accessible by hike or kayak. This is also the most primitive camp on the island offering no running water. Campground offers 8 campsites within stones throw of a secluded cove. Water and firewood are provided by Park Ranger upon arrival as part of your fee. Amenities include picnic table, fire pit & barbecue and chemical toilet. Check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services is required. Reservations are required.
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  • Blackjack Campground is located approximately 9-miles northwest of Avalon. This is Catalina's highest campground at 1600-feet above sea level and tucked among pine and eucalyptus trees. Arriving at the camp requires a 1.5-mile hike from the road. Blackjack offers 11 campsites. Amenities include picnic table, fire pit & barbecue, showers, fresh water, lockers and chemical toilets. Check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services or Island Plaza in Avalon is required. Reservations are required.
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  • Little Harbor Campground is located approximately 16-miles northwest of Avalon. Little Harbor is the only developed campground on the west side of the island. Campground offers 23 campsites including 8 group campsites. Amenities include picnic table, fire pit & barbecue, showers, fresh water, lockers and chemical toilets. Kayak, snorkel and other rentals are available at Wet Spot Rentals. Check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services or Island Plaza in Avalon is required. Reservations are required.
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  • Hermit Gulch Campground is located in Avalon just 1.5-miles up Avalon Canyon Road. Arrival to site requires taxi or hike. Situated in a canyon, Hermit Gulch offers limited oceanviews but is close to Avalon, Wrigley Botanical Gardens and several popular hiking trails. Horseback riding available nearby at the Catalina Stables. Campground offers several campsites and spacious tent cabins. Rangers sell supplies like ice, firewood and fuel. Amenities include picnic tables, fire pit & barbecue, showers, fresh water, flush toilets, and vending machines. Reservations required.
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  • Boat-In Camping is available at nine campgrounds along the northeast shore of the island. Kayak rentals are available at several locations including Avalon, Two Harbors and Little Harbor. A Ranger visits the campsites daily to collect fees and enforce regulations. These are all primitive campsites with no amenities whatsoever. Everything must be packed in and packed out, including fecal waste. Reservations are required.
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National Forest Camping

Primitive and developed camping from Corona in the north, south to Mexican border. Most offer a table, fire ring and vault toilets. Many do not have running water. Reservations required at some campgrounds.

Cleveland National Forest
10845 Rancho Bernardo Road
Suite 200
San Diego, California 92127
(858) 673-6180
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