5 Great Camping Places in Orange County
Enjoy a bit of nostalgia in a 1960s vintage trailer at San Clemente State Beach. The four trailers, in a prime locale within the main campground, come fully stocked with bedding, cooking supplies, coffee, soap, shampoo, and even beach towels. Each area has a fire pit, grill, picnic table, and veranda. Cost during peak season (April 1 to Oct. 31) is $209 per night, with a two-night minimum on weekends. Want more options on where to go camping?
We've compiled some for you to check below:
Doheny State Beach campground, Dana Point
PROS Doheny boasts a mile-long strand of white sand, gentle surf, and 122 family-friendly campsites, plus an impressive tide-pool exhibit at the interpretive center.
CONS Some sites are close to Pacific Coast Highway and its traffic noise.
Arroyo Campground, O’Neill Regional Park, Trabuco Canyon
PROS Easy on the eyes and easy to reach, Arroyo Campground is tucked in a shady woodland with 79 sites for RV or tent camping.
CONS With each passing year, massive suburban and exurban developments march closer toward the park.
Live Oak Campground, Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano
PROSThe largest and most remote of the county’s regional parks, Caspers has 30 miles of trails; don’t miss hiking in Bell Canyon.
CONS Ortega Flats Campground gets lots of traffic noise from Ortega Highway.
Blue Jay Campground, Cleveland National Forest
PROS Nicely secluded, Blue Jay offers 50 sites with water, grills, and vault toilets. Highly recommended: the 4.5-mile round-trip hike to the top of 4,510-foot Los Pinos Peak. Other Orange County hikes to try.
CONS Insect alert: This campground has more than its share of bees, flies, and gnats.