Oak Grove Campground

Palomar Mountain
Cleveland National Forest

Palomar Observatory

Cleveland National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Cleveland National Forest enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit.

  • Hike to Cedar Creek Falls - difficult, fee permit required
  • Fishing at Loveland Reservoir
  • Star Parties at Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain
  • Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to Kitchen Creek Falls.
  • Kwaaymii Cultural Interpretive Trail
  • Hike the 4.4-mile (round trip) Observatory Trail on Mount Palomoar.
  • Ride your horse along the Barker Spur Trail from Palomar Divide Rd. to West Fork San Luis Rey River.
  • Enjoy the view from Henshaw Scenic Vista Observation Site on Highway S7.
  • Enjoy a picnic at San Luis Rey Picnic Site
  • Visit San Diego County's Wilderness Gardens Preserve for scenic hiking and bird watching.

Key Cleveland National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Fires in fire rings only.
  2. Water: Conserve water.
  3. Dogs must be on leash.

Oak Grove Campground

Oak Grove Campground rests in the valley of the same name, close to Temecula Creek. The campground has chaparral vegetation, including oak and chamise. Sites are open but well separated. Like all the campgrounds around Palomar Mountain, star-gazing is a popular evening activity.

The campground has 58 standard sites separated into two loops - Oak and Ribbonwood. The Oak loop has flush toilets while Ribbonwood has vault toilets. A ranger station is across the highway from the campground.

Campground Basics
Location: Along Highway 79, north of Warner Springs, east of Palomar Mountain
Elevation: 2,760 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 82 miles NE of San Diego - 1:30
55 miles east of Escondido - 1:05 minutes
Number of Campsites: 58
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, 2nd vehicle fee $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (760) 788-0250

Reservations available: year-round
Booking Window: from 7 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 25 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Reservations: Oak Grove Campground Reservations
Fees: $15 for single sites, $30 for double sites
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Oak Grove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water, campfire circle
Showers: No
Dump station: N
Nearby attractions: Oak Grove Trail, connecting to Oak Grove Truck Trail and leading to High Point (6½ miles one way), oak Grove Stage Station Historical Marker, Palomar Mountain, Temecula Wine Country, Lake Henshaw

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Carry plenty of water on hikes. Tell a responsible person of your itinerary.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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