This park is mostly long term residents, very few sites available to reserve nightly. The manager stated that their company policy is that if a long term resident extends, a nightly person even with reservations is placed in their overflow area. The overflow area was stated to have hookups, but water and electric only, no sewer. In fact there were no hook ups; electric was run from the office and not sufficient to run AC. If you plan to stay during warm months, I would recommend you have a working generator for AC. Water hookup was fine. The water hook ups are hose bibs around the perimeter of the overflow, which is a very large parking lot. The water hook ups were fine. The restrooms were clean; the staff was friendly and as accommodating as they could be. The park was overall in decent shape, nice in the overflow area where we parked, but many sites inside the park were not well kept up. There is no dump station at this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The worst RV park where we've ever stayed. Owners break their own rules. They claim no coaches older than 12 years, yet most were. 8'x8' tent set up next to our site made it nearly impossible to park (tents supposedly not allowed). Filthiest park I've been in with trash strewn everywhere. No obvious signs of maintenance. Backing in is necessary yet the sites are angled the wrong way to the direction of the street. Parking of vehicles on both sides of the very narrow roads also make parking a real challenge. Dogs running off-leash. "Dog Park" is long and wide enough but parked vehicles, trailers, etc cover the whole thing making it impossible to use. Dog waste everywhere. Phone contact with owners and managers was very unpleasant. We've paid less for much better accommodations. Honestly, don't even think twice about staying if you see this name and the photos are an illusion! Learn from our mistake. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This might be an acceptable park were it not for the absurd bathroom/shower arrangements. There is only one bathroom/shower and it's for both men and women. Moreover, it is only open from 8:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night. It is small and cramped, with no chair or stool, or any hooks upon which to hang things. For those who do not need to use these facilities, there is no problem. But for the rest, this is both extremely inconvenient and unreasonable. They claim the restricted hours are because the facility was once vandalized. However they could easily install a keypad type lock like almost all other RV parks have. As it stands now, they have not really increased security and have only inconvenienced guests. Under these circumstances, I would not recommend staying at this park if you need to access a bathroom or shower during the night or early morning. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Offer Wi-Fi but it only works near office. Train close by. No TV with antenna. Very crowded spaces and parking is tight. Only 5-7 spaces for over nighters as most seem long term. Dog run is 10 by 60 and the bags are not available but they do have a scooper. No amenities. Rec room is 2 couches. Seems safe but I am uncertain. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of our favorite campgrounds. Most of the sites are very spacious with lots of shade. The beach is close by and is a nice beach. There are some great trails for hiking. The people tend to be very friendly. The only drawback of this campground is that it doesn't have any hookups, but it does have a dump station and many spigots throughout the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was one of our favorite campgrounds on a trip up the California coast. The sites were spacious and clean and though we didn't have a view of the ocean because of the dunes, we could hear the surf. The personnel were friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was that they did not enforce the generator rules. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
For what it is (state park), this was OK. This park had availability when all the beach-parks were sold out. We were a bit disappointed about how far away the beach is -- my husband estimates 4 football fields of walking. The Sand Dunes aren't clean; several littered items and evidence of last night's parties along the way. Surprisingly the beach / ocean were very nice, and the sand so clean. Down the beach is some kind of refinery, and you can smell it. There were plenty of sites available, the area is all flat (i.e. should have brought bikes). There is a communal sink for dishes, etc. but don't look up if you don't like spiders. The restrooms/showers are pretty clean but it's a state park - wear your flip flops. Ditto on the spiders. Don't use the picnic tables unless you like red ants (bring your own fold up table). The squirrels kept the kids entertained. Many tent-campers and families there. Park rangers very nice and helpful. Nearby there's a good shopping center with a Vons, etc. We spent next day in Santa Barbara, 25 miles north. This was a good 1st-2nd night of the trip and we would stay here again but only for 1 night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I like Mcgrath. It is definitely a State Park, but it is usually easy to get reservations, unlike the other So Cal beach CGs, so we can make plans at the last moment. We have a tent trailer, so it fits, but I have seen much larger rigs in them. Some sites are surrounded by bushes, but others are more open (and less private). The beach is not really a swimming beach, but there are marsh areas for bird watching, etc. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We arrived here on a Saturday at 3:00 and were told there were only 3 sites left. Here is a map with the 3 sites circled, come back after you pick. The rangers were not very friendly. The first site was 105 it had standing water by the fire pit and picnic table, but was a large site. The second was 74 we could not fit and it had huge overhanging trees (nice for tenters). We ended up with site 60. It was a small site, but at least our 30ft TT with slide fit. It is a really long walk to the beach and it is not really for swimming. But a short drive will take you to a nice swimming beach. They did have activities for the kids, Junior Rangers and talks on nature. The night we were here, the talk was on bats. They actually had a live one to show the kids. We would stay here again, but only if Point Mugu was full. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Typical California State Park - park is laid out in circular loops, some bordered by shrubs that back to grassy areas perfect for tents or playing around. Not a good place for large rigs, our 33' TT would have been tight in many of them. The beach is a looooong walk - not the best for swimming due to high surf, no lifeguards etc. This park is very close to the Ventura Harbor for shopping, whale watching tours, and the Visitor Center for Channel Island Nat'l park. No hookups but dump station in the park. Good for a weekend visit, but not too much to do at the park itself. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed a the Thornhill Broome campground. Sites are parallel parked next to the beach with room for a slide out. Sites are only 31ft nose to tail so it can be a little tight if someone is already in the sites in front and behind of yours. The rules say you must be on the pavement but all the trailers had the tow vehicle backed in with the rear wheels on the sand to fit. It gets crazy when you try to leave. The road is only 1 lane wide and you must go to the end of the road and do a u-turn in the cul-de-sac. No camp host and the State park employee was only there on Friday. A ranger from the Sycamore grove campground did make a daily run through the park. There was no enforcement of the generator hours, either. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at Thornhill-Broom. We love the place and dislike the people. The person next to you is either homeless or is a rig with a generator that could not care less about where the exhaust or the noise is pointed. If you want a quiet relaxing time at the ocean, this is NOT the place unless you like lawnmowers running all the time. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped at the Sycamore Canyon Campground for 4 nights with our entire family (15 people in all). I booked 2 sites and we had lots of room. In fact our sites were huge. The toilets and showers were cleaned every morning and the trash was picked up daily. Very picturesque in the canyon with lots of very good hiking trails. You can walk to a very attractive beach with picnic tables. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I give it a 7 for the view. Your door is right on the sand. The park was almost empty this time of year and the weather was nice. The spots further down have better access to the ocean, some of the coastline is rocky at the north end of the campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
You are right on the beach, like you step out your door and you are on sand. The view was incredible, with Point Mugu Rock in the background. Yes, PCH is right behind you, but the view is worth it and the highway quiets down at night. You fall asleep to the waves crashing. We are a total of 47 ft long with the TT and TV it was an extremely tight fit, in fact the people behind us moved their TV for us to get in. The beach toward the park entrance is all rocks, but the further down you go it turns into sand. There are only porta-potties there. The dump station is at Sycamore Canyon. There is no fee if you show your Thornehill Broome ticket. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
There are two parks that make up Point Mugu. The one on the beach is called "Thornhill
Broome Beach" the other is called "Sycamore Canyon". Thornhill is situated right off of the Pacific Coast Hwy. The beaches are a bit rocky, but still very nice overall with enough sandy areas to park you chair by the water and let the kids build sand castles. My only word of caution on this campsite are two things. It's a bit noisy due to being so close to PCH and the campsite is primitive with only chemical toilets available. However, you can dump your tanks at Sycamore Canyon which is 1.5 miles away. The camping spots run lengthwise to the ocean and you are on pavement. So you don't feel to cramped with a great view of the ocean from your front door. Overall I would say this is a nice campsite, but I would would suggest looking at the other beach side campsites that are available. A better alternative
would be McGrath State Beach. If your heading south we have camped at San Elijo, South Carlsbad, Doheny. If you have beach side on these, you will have a
great time! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.