Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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The backcountry campsites at Castle Rock State Park are an easy 2.5-mile hike from the main parking lot. You can take the Saratoga Gap or Ridge Trail to get there, as this campground is at the apex of the loop.

The campsites are well maintained, spacious, and come equipped with fire pits and picnic tables. Finding level ground should not be an issue here. Potable water is located in a few locations throughout the campgrounds. A small amphitheater, restrooms, and a bad weather shelter is provided as well.

The only real downside to to this otherwise fantastic campsite is the constant gunfire from a nearby gun range. Despite that fact, this may be a good spot to launch onto the Skyline to Sea Trail. The first 2.5 miles of the 30-mile trek to Waddell Beach is at this point.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Spacious campsites. Reasonable hiking distance from the parking lot.


Gunfire from nearby range.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Managed by

California State Park


Flushing toilets
Vault toilet
Potable water
Picnic tables


Nearby Lodging + Camping


Castle Rock Trail Camp is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19; see the Castle Rock State Park page for details.

Hi. I am looking at camping with friends for 2 nights at Castle rock State park. But, this is not a backpacking trip. Are there camp grounds available to reserve in advance? The website provides for only backcountry camp sites.
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