Wheeler Gorge Campground

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About Wheeler Gorge Campground

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Yep… this is the one that you’re not supposed to tell anyone about. Perhaps, one of Southern California’s best kept secrets, Wheeler Gorge Campground contains numerous sites adjacent to a picturesque stream and rocky mountains. Perfect for tent camping, each site contains a table, bbq, and fire ring. There is no dump station or portable water on site, so come prepared. Great Read more...
Yep… this is the one that you’re not supposed to tell anyone about. Perhaps, one of Southern California’s best kept secrets, Wheeler Gorge Campground contains numerous sites adjacent to a picturesque stream and rocky mountains. Perfect for tent camping, each site contains a table, bbq, and fire ring. There is no dump station or portable water on site, so come prepared. Great base to explore Matilija Creek, the town of Ojai, or the surrounding Wilderness Areas. Once you’re snug in your hammock, swaying by the stream, give a shout out to the Boy Scouts who built the campground nearly a century ago!
Fires are allowed
Pets are allowed
Potable water is not available
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 67
  • Phone: (805) 968-6640
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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Hipcamper Rebecca

Had a great weekend at Wheeler Gorge! A few things: Plan to arrive during the day because setting up a tent in the dark here was not ideal. Also, be sure to reserve a campsite further from the entrance (around the 40s) because our site (006) was not as secluded as others we saw as we walked around, beautifully tucked between the trees and away from the main road. Eggs and Potatoes is a great breakfast spot in town about a 10 minute drive away, and if you forget to BYOW, there is a grocery store next door. Wheeler Gorge has fun rocks and a stream to explore and it is definitely a great starter campground (seconded from below!)

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Just remember to byow (bring your own water)

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Hipcamper Dani

This is one of my favorite campgrounds. It is close enough to town and markets that it makes a great starter campground for people. There are some great hikes nearby too.

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Hipcamper Nina

Wheeler Gorge is a beautiful place in the Los Padres forest. We were in site 44 and I think 44-46 are the most beautiful sites. The plants, the birds, the night air - everything was beautiful and smelled great. the sites are far from each other, and on a Sunday night the place wasn't crowded at all. The outhouse facilities were very good, and the camp manager was very nice too. Just remember to bring your own water, and be VERY careful with your fires in the dry forest!

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Hipcamper Max

Make sure you're on the west side of the stream! So lovely here - especially if the water is flowing (early summer) - some amazing swimming holes a mile or two down the road as well.

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I'd highly recommend rock jumping in the creek and say hello to the super nice camp hosts!

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Hipcamper Jesse

Had a great spot next to a creek. The owners of the site sold firewood which came in handy

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Hipcamper Jennifer

This is by far my favorite campground in the area. It really is a nice campground with a creek that runs past most of the sites (and usually has some water in it, even in dry years). I'd definitely stay away from the entrance, but any site past number 9 is decent. I don't want to give away my two favorite spots (because then I'll never get them!) but many of their sites can be reserved. The out houses are decent, but there isn't any running water, so bring your own. Most are also somewhat secluded.

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Park
Los Padres National Forest
State
California
Phone Number
(805) 968-6640
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
34.512° N, 119.274° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 67 Sites