When one thinks about Los Angeles, camping isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Yet while the city’s claim to fame may be its sexy ‘n chic cosmopolitan vibe, there are some excellent camping getaways just outside its limits – including areas near Woodland Hills. It’s worth remembering that L.A. is bordered on three sides by mountains and on one side by ocean, which equates to easy access to nature and camping locations within a short distance from the city.
The following spots represent our picks for the best RV-friendly camping sites near Woodland Hills, where you can spend more time getting to know Mother Nature better, and less time scouring the internet.
Point Mugu RV Park in Point Mugu is located right on the beach with 71 full hookup spaces, complete with electricity, sewer, water and Wi-Fi connections. This leisure facility is geared towards members of the military, open to CAC holders only with no guests or “trusted travelers” having authorization for entry. Open Monday and Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Hollywood RV Park, located at 7740 Balboa Boulevard in Van Nuys, has been family-owned since 1976, catering to the motion picture industry, traveling nurses, hospital patients and overnight guests touring Los Angeles. Today, the park offers a close proximity to Hollywood, Burbank, downtown and more, as well as beautiful scenery and murals throughout the property. With dedicated full hook-ups, a warm and hospitable staff, a playhouse that provides unique live entertainment, Wi-Fi and a gym facility, Hollywood RV Park is everything you can ask for from an engaging camping experience.
Oak Park, located at 901 Quimisa Drive in Simi Valley, is bustling with mature oak trees amidst rustic 100.5-acre open space surrounded by gentle, rolling hills and an abundance of coastal sage scrub brush. This natural environment supports a multitude of California native wildlife species such as raptors, roadrunners, sagebrush lizards and alligator lizards, making the park ideal for group RV camping in a secluded setting. Other general amenities include a full-size parking lot, restrooms, water access, picnic tables, BBQ, fire rings, onsite park host and more.
Leo Carrillo State Beach, located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway, offers 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing — but it also welcomes trailers, campers and motorhomes up to 31 feet in length. Giant sycamores shade the main campgrounds, making for a lovely backdrop to your expedition, while back-country hiking beckons from just beyond. Popular hikes and trails nearby include Leo Carrillo Beach Trail (moderate), Yellow Hill Trail (easy) and Nicholas Flat Trail (hard).
Rivers End RV Park, located at 13130 Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, represents a great choice for your next camping trip what with its 41 sites and myriad of space for stretching out and exploring without the hustle and bustle of the city. Mountain views, a quiet setting, creeks, desert landscapes and grassy plains await for group activities, picnicking, sunset viewings and stellar stargazing, to say nothing of the cowboy bar, buried bones movie ranch, camp store and outdoor stage for parties and events. Although the park, surrounded by nature, feels like a million miles from civilization, it is just a short drive from some of the area’s most iconic sites like Vasquez Rocks, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Agula Dulce Winery, The Gentle Barn, Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Reyes Winery and Golden Valley Ranch open space.
Point Mugu State Park – Thornhill Broome Campground, located at 9000 West Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, boasts over 69 primitive campsites stretching for two miles along PCH and parallel to the surf of the Pacific Ocean, all listed as being 31 feet in length and 12 feet wide. Vault toilets are available and there are a few roadside spigots for drinking water (though there is no sanitation/dump station), as well as a cold shower near campsite #47. The campsites here can also accommodate trailers and RVs up to 31 feet, and some will accommodate tents – a number of which can be pitched right on the sand of the beach.
Kenney Grove Park, located at 823 North Oak Avenue in Fillmore, is nestled in oak trees and surrounded by orchards, offering family and group barbecue and picnic sites, playground facilities and a turf field. Tents are available for family and group camping, as are RVs with restrooms and showers, and the park maintains quiet hours from 9 pm to 7 am (no generator use). For a truly unique camping experience near Woodland Hills, give Kenney Grove Park a try – situated off 7th Street between Old Telegraph Road and Sycamore Road.
When the weather allows, experience all sides of the sunny Southern California existence within an hour of the City of Angels.