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Los Padres National Forest Camping

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Campgrounds

Campgrounds in Los Padres National Forest

Arroyo Seco

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Ballinger Campground

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Campo Alto Campground

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Cerro Alto Campground

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China Camp Campground

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Chuchupate Campground

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Davy Brown Campground

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Escondido Campground

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Fremont Campground

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Holiday Group Campground

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Kirk Creek Campground

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La Panza Campground

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Los Prietos

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Mcgill Campground And Group Campground

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Memorial Campground

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Middle Lion Campground

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Mt Figueroa Campground

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Mt Pinos Campground

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Navajo Flats Campground

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Nira Campground

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Paradise Campground

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Pine Mountain Campground

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Plaskett Creek Campground

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Ponderosa Campground

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Reyes Creek Campground

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Reyes Peak Campground

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Rose Valley Campground

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Sage Hill

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Turkey Flat Ohv Staging Area

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Upper Oso Campground

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Wheeler Gorge

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White Oaks Campground

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Overview

A brief introduction to Los Padres National Forest

The Dick Smith Wilderness is a wilderness area in the mountains of eastern Santa Barbara County, California, United States, with a portion in Ventura County. It is completely contained within the Los Padres National Forest, and is northeast of the city of Santa Barbara and north of the city of Ojai. It is most easily accessible from two trailheads off State Route 33, which runs north from Ojai. It is adjacent to the large San Rafael Wilderness on the west and the Matilija Wilderness on the south. Across Highway 33 to the east, and also in the Los Padres National Forest, is the large Sespe Wilderness.
The wilderness is named after Santa Barbaran Dick Smith, who was a reporter, photographer, historian and pioneer in environmental journalism for the Santa Barbara News-Press. Smith spent more time in these remote regions of Santa Barbara County than anyone, covering the area on horseback and accompanied by his dog. In recognition of Dick's personal pursuit to preserve the wild back country the area was named in his honor, and the U.S. Congress created the wilderness in 1984 as part of the California Wilderness Act.

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Reviews

Camper reviews for Los Padres National Forest

Aka Raccoon Creek

We loved our time at Kirk Creek, and thanks to Campnab we were able to book Halloween weekend. We had site 7, one of the premium sites on the grassy bluff overlooking the ocean. It was peaceful and the weather was perfect. The only reason it gets 4 stars is because we’ve never seen a camp so overrun by raccoons. They were very humanized and came right up to my tailgate when I was cooking. They weren’t afraid of the dogs either.

Brittany kirkland
Brittany kirkland reviewed Los Padres National Forest
on November 21st, 2023

The very best of Big Sur

We had the most incredible experience staying at this campground. The views from every site are second to none. The campground is relatively small, which keeps it quiet and very peaceful. An absolutely epic road (Naciamento-Fergusson Rd) directly above the campground serves as a hefty climb for road bike enthusiasts. There is no water at the campground, so be sure to bring your own. No wifi or cell service nearly anywhere in Big Sur or along that stretch of HWY 1, so plan ahead. Diesel can also be scarce, so fill up before you get there.

Jen Rose
Jen Rose reviewed Los Padres National Forest
on May 31st, 2023

Most Beautiful Campsite Ever!

This hidden gem of a small central California coast campground was absolutely the most picturesque I’ve ever seen, with pretty much every campsite having stellar rugged Pacific coastline views. Our campsite #5 was particularly beautiful because of it’s direct overlook of the beach below and a huge tree providing shade and privacy. Great for tent or small trailer camping, as well as for day sojourns to Big Sur and Carmel - my wife and I cherished the ocean sunsets and stunning scenery.

Jeffrey P Jones
Jeffrey P Jones reviewed Los Padres National Forest
on May 13th, 2023

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