This one is for all you Southern California campers out there. A camping weekend can be such a fun little getaway where you can relax, get out into nature, have some fun, go hiking, and just enjoy a change of scenery.
If you’re on a budget, camping can be an amazing getaway that can help fuel your desires to travel and explore all while staying within the confines of your tight budget.
If you’re in Southern California like me, you might be looking for good campsites that aren’t too far from home. Sure, it’s fun to go camping at Sequoia or Yosemite or Big Sur, but those places are a pretty long drive to get to, and sometimes you just need to get away for a weekend.
Might I suggest Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park in Orange County?
We discovered this campground because we live in San Diego County and we have some friends who live in Orange County who we wanted to go camping with. This campground was about halfway between where both of us live so it seemed like a logical choice. It only took me 45 minutes to get there from North San Diego County and it would be within a 1-2 hour drive from anywhere in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, or the Inland Empire.
The campsite was nice and included a fire pit and a charcoal grill to use. There was running water nearby and the restroom facilities included flush toilets (instead of those horrible holes in the ground at some campsites) and showers. There were beautiful trees all around and the place was quite beautiful. It felt really remote, even though we had only driven 45 minutes and were actually quite close to the suburbs. Go figure.
I had a full cell phone signal as well, for those of you who care about such things.Other amenities included RV facilities, horse camping, interpretive programs, and a playground. There was a beautiful wilderness preserve bordering the campground with an abundance of hiking trails.
All in all it was a wonderful place to camp for the weekend and made for a really nice short weekend getaway close to home.