Best Overnight & Wilderness Campgrounds Orange County CA
With a combination of beaches, mountains, canyons, forests and flowery meadows, there are no shortage of outdoor escapes in Orange County. Check out this list of some of the area’s best overnight and wilderness campgrounds.
Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park, located just north of Laguna Beach, is a breathtaking stretch of land that offers rustic campsites, coastal cliffs and a beachfront cove sandwiched between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean. Crystal Cove is great for swimming, surfing, scuba and skin diving, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. (8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)
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Caspers Wilderness Park
Located in the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains, Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among river terraces and sandstone canyons. The park features many fertile valleys that are nicely complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and beautiful stands of California Sycamore. (33401 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach in Dana Point offers camping in the southern area, with some of the campsites a mere steps from the beach. In the northern area, day use sites are available, along with a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts. The park is also great for surfing and surf fishing. (25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA)
O’Neill Regional Park
O’Neill Regional Park is situated on 4,500 acres in beautiful Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. The park is heavily wooded with coast live oak and sycamore trees, and the hillsides surrounding the park are filled with cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush and chaparral of scrub oak, buckthorn and mountain mahogany. The park serves both as an overnight camping and day use/picnic facility, and more than 23 miles of scenic trails can be explored by foot, bicycle or horseback. Other day use activities include horseshoe pits, two large community turf areas and a children’s playground. (30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678)
San Onofre State Beach
San Onofre State Beach is one of California’s most popular beaches and hosts surfers, swimmers, sunbathers, campers, kayakers, birders, fishermen and bicyclists. Whales, dolphins and sea lions can be seen offshore from time to time. The state beach has three distinct areas: San Onofre Bluffs, San Mateo Campground and San Onofre Surf Beach. (Old Hwy 101, San Clemente, CA 92672)
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