Best Camping in Dana Point

Looking for the best camping in Dana Point? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Dana Point. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Camp at San Mateo Campground

    San Onofre State Beach, best known for its famous surf breaks, additionally offers two well equipped campgrounds.San Onofre Bluffs has fire pits and picnic tables, as well as outdoor showers, chemical toilets, and an RV dump station. Swimming and ...

  • Hike-in Primitive Camping at Crystal Cove SP

    Located off of Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach is Crystal Cove State Park. There are three primitive sites located in Crystal Cove: Deer Canyon, Upper Moro, and Lower Moro.The site I stayed at was Lower Moro campground. All three of these si...

  • Camping at Live Oak Grove

    Located within an hour's drive of Orange County and much of the Inland Empire, with dozens of trails winding through and above the beautiful and serene Bell Canyon. One could camp an entire week here and never hike the same trail twice. Take the h...

  • Camp On the Abandoned Santa Margarita Lookout Helipad

    Starting in Murrieta, CA you don't have to venture far to enjoy a beautiful view and less light polluted skies.From Murrieta on the I-15 freeway you're going to want to take the Clinton Kieth Road exit and head west. If you're low on gas make sure...

  • Hike Bear Canyon Trail to Sitton Peak

    A MUST hike for any orange country resident! The hike starts of off Ortega HWY 74 at the Bear Canyon Trail head on the same side of the road as the Ortega oaks candy store. Its recommended you park in the lot across the street from the trail head ...

    6.4 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Hike the Scully Ridge Trail

    This trail offers solitude and serene quiet as you work your way into the hills. If you visit this area after heavy rains, the falls will be running. The trail is open year-round and is shared by hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, and horseba...

    9.7 miles 2027 ft gain

  • South Carlsbad Campground

    South Carlsbad Campground is a picturesque experience. Imagine gorgeous sea cliffs overlooking a lovely beach, with ample activities to pursue (or just lay in the sun and enjoy some quiet time). The most popular campsites, 1-70 and 156-222, are pe...

  • Backpack the Trans-Catalina Trail

    This adventure is a great way to see the entire island of Santa Catalina. Catalina Island is situated less than 30 miles off the coast of Southern California, and can be reached by ferry from Dana Point, San Pedro, or Long Beach. Catalina Express ...

    37.2 miles 9600 ft gain

  • Camp at Hermit Gulch on Catalina Island

    The Avalon port in Catalina is most easily accessed through the Catalina Express leaving from Dana Point, Newport Beach or Long Beach. The Hermit Gulch campsite is only a 20 min walk from the boat and is well run with restrooms, showers... etc. Th...

    3.9 miles 1206 ft gain

  • Oceanview Camping at San Elijo

    This campground is located right next to the beach as well as next to the San Elijo Lagoon. Head to the beach during the day for a swim. This is also a great place to catch a sunset. If you want to stretch your legs and get moving a bit, you can h...

  • Bikepack Catalina Island

    This is a great introductory overnight bikepacking adventure. With restaurants, water, and stores at each end of the ride, your packing list is minimal. Head out on Saturday morning and make it back in time for dinner on Sunday evening. Packing Li...

    43.5 miles 5700 ft gain

  • Camp at Dixon Lake

    Dixon Lake is Escondido's best kept secret! A man-made reservoir located right next to Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake offers overnight camping, boat rentals, fishing, and hiking, along with picnic areas, a kids park, and more.  The campground is open yea...

    2.1 miles 295 ft gain