Date of Stay: January, 2013
We took advantage of a deal where we got half off nightly rates if we booked several months in advance and prepaid our stay. We had never been to this campground and we really like the area. I received an email confirming the reservation but the quoted rate was full price. I called the campground and was told it was a computer glitch and my card would be billed the correct amount. I didn't think about it again until the day before the reservation. OK,,,long story short. This is a holiday weekend (MLK) and the discount was not offered. I explained what I was told and they did give me the discount. The park staff was very pleasant and accommodating. The campground was very clean and very well kept. We stayed in the pull through sites. You get a slight view of the ocean from most sites. The sites are a little tight on the sides and barely long enough for our 37' trailer. (unhitched) This campground is not in, nor close to Santa Barbara. (~20 miles) There is not a lot of places to walk a dog except in the park. There is a nice dog run though. Overall I liked the place. I do not think it's worth the regular price ($70/night) I would stay here again if I got a reduced rate.
Date of Stay: January, 2012
I like this park. It is dark, no lights at night. It is on a marine base, and sometimes there are loud explosions. No problem during the day, but the dog doesn't like it. There is shrubbery between every campsite so you are not right next to your neighbor. Nice park, not all sites are easy to back into with large trailer, so beware. 28, 23, and 30 are good for large trailers. I will camp here again
Date of Stay: October, 2011
The park is very nice and accommodates large rigs. The club house/showers are first rate and clean. The people running it are very friendly and accommodating. The only drawbacks I saw were noise from hwy 46 and smallish sites. Some of us could not open their awnings and slide outs pushed against bushes. I would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Campground accessibility, POOR. The campground is located off Pacific Coast Hwy and is only accessible going northbound. We arrived going southbound and had a hard time turning around with a 37' 5th wheel in Laguna Beach. The Reserveamerica website does not have any driving instructions for this campground, just GPS coordinates. The entrance is poorly marked. The roads leading into, and within the campground are small and not suited to large trailers. We had to drive over landscaping going around the very tight corners. Our site (#12) was on the end of a row which had a left hand corner just past the site we were to back into. It was impossible to back a large trailer into this site. The road was too narrow and there were large rocks and and other permanent hazards along the road which made it impossible to swing wide enough to get into the site. We had to forfeit staying there. On the good side, the campground had a nice view of the ocean, the spaces looked large and well spaced from each other. With a smaller trailer or motorhome this looks like a good place to stay. It appeared we could have maneuvered into some of the other spaces, but there is not a lot of room to maneuver into any of the spots. For a brand new campground, I think this one was poorly designed. The sites should have been angled not straight in, the roads are way too small, accessibility is poor, the price too high and the the campground itself could have been laid out more randomly instead of all sites lined up in a line, there is plenty of space in the surrounding area.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Recreation.gov site said this campground was great for all size RVs. Don't believe it. We had a 37' fifth wheel and it was very difficult getting out of the campground. The campground is a pleasant 40 minute drive on a curved road from the 101. If you go through Greenfield, like we did (following GPS) you'll go across a one lane bridge which we could barely make the corner onto to. When we arrived we found that the campsite we reserved was double booked, but there was another one we could use that was easy to get into. Turns out we never could have backed into the site we had reserved (site # 1, advertised for a 50' unit). They gave us site #3. Most all the sites, including #3) are laid out backwards. The picnic table, fire ring and flat spot are on the wrong side of the unit. Our door opens to a wooden post. We will not come here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
The campground was clean. The site and the campground was easy to get into and out of. It's next to a lot of OHV trails and you can ride in and out of the park. It was hot and the site only had 30 amp service. It was very noisy with a lot of rude campers the two days we stayed (walking through campsites, playing loud music very early in the morning). The staff was very friendly and there is the normal KOA stuff like a cooking area, a pool and ice cream at night. You have to drive to the lake and there is not much shade. We probably will not come here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
This is a clean campground with a lot of space in the forest. Most sites area very far apart except some of the tent sites, which can be right next to each other. There is enough room to pull a large trailer but not a lot of room for maneuvering into the sites if you have a large trailer, as we do. There are campfire talks put on by the rangers mostly designed for kids. We stayed at a large double wide spot (#13). Some of the spots have electric hookups, but a lot don't. Ours didn't. For the price, it should have. If this spot had electricity it would have received a 9. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
This park is small and not all that nice for the area it is in. The spaces are not nearly the size that the web site states. Our site was supposed to be 45' and it was only about 20. We have a 37' 5th wheel and cold not fit into any of the spots. There is not much shade. We left without staying.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
We camped during the week (Tues-Fri). The campground was only 30% full. We had a great time, just watching the ocean. It is a beautiful site but primitive and pretty rocky. We would definitely go again.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
We stayed in the Handicapped spot, which was pretty far from any view of the ocean. Next time we will camp in a regular spot closer to the (far away) view. Spots 1-26 look good. Spot 81 looks very good, but it is in the no hookups area. The tent camping spots are the best and all are very spacious. The hook up spots are lined up next to each other but are roomy. We really liked this area. Just below the campground (It's a short drive) is a great beach.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
We stayed in the campground while attending a festival held at the campground pool/lake area. We stayed in "the oaks", which I thought was one of the best camping areas at campground (Chardonay mesa was the other). Most of the other areas are barren. We did have a fire ring, 50 amp service and a table at our site. It was cool and shady and huge. (#118) our 40' 5th wheel and truck would have fit without unhooking. We unhooked and there was room for our truck side by side , plus room for a couple cars. There is a lot of maintenance that needs to be done to the roads and some of the features (pool, lake, etc.) We have a Rhino (off road golf cart) we take with us and there was easy access to a lot of dirt fire roads/trails and to Vail Lake itself. We will come back.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
The only thing good (which is really good) about this "campground" is its location. It is right next to the sand and the ocean is about 30 yards from the camp area. Otherwise, it wouldn't be good at all. No hookups, very restrictive generator time, narrow spots that are right next to each other, you are locked in between 8PM and 8AM. We will go there again only because of the location. We have a toy hauler and we get a beach site spot and put the ramp down. We get a great view of the ocean.