Oak Grove Campground

Palomar Mountain
Cleveland National Forest


Palomar Observatory


Cleveland National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Palomar Mountain area of the Cleveland National Forest find many interesting attractions. Campers at Oak Grove Campground are east of Palomar Mountain.

  • Hike 6.6 miles (round trip) to Cedar Creek Falls. the hike is of moderate difficulty. A $6 fee for each 5 people is required.
  • Try your luck fishing at Loveland Reservoir.
  • Join Star Parties at Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain.
  • Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to Kitchen Creek Falls.
  • Enjoy the informative Kwaaymii Cultural Interpretive Trail.
  • Hike the 4.4-mile (round trip) Observatory Trail on Mount Palomar.
  • 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.
  • relax with a picnic at San Luis Rey Picnic Site.
  • Visit San Diego County's Wilderness Gardens Preserve for scenic hiking and bird watching.

Key Oak Grove Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  2. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  3. Obtain firewood locally to prevent the spread of invasive insects.

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.

Oak Grove 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.

Oak Grove Campground Basics
Oak Grove Campground 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 for Oak Grove Campground
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
Campground Map: Oak Grove Campground Map
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: No
Attractions near Oak Grove Campground: Explore the Oak Grove Trail, connecting to Oak Grove Truck Trail and leading to High Point (6½ miles one way). Visit the Oak Grove Stage Station Historical Marker. Drive up to Palomar Mountain. Explore the Temecula Wine Country. Spend a day cooling off at 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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