Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.
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Please read through all of the provided information, including our “Rules and Safety” and “Pricing” pages.

Want the camping experience but don’t have the extra time to hike into your site? Car Camping is the choice for you!  If you are passing through town on your road trip (we are located 3.5 miles off Highway 101 in the town of Laytonville), you can park your car and


Please read through all of the provided information, including our “Rules and Safety” and “Pricing” pages.

Want the camping experience but don’t have the extra time to hike into your site? Car Camping is the choice for you!  If you are passing through town on your road trip (we are located 3.5 miles off Highway 101 in the town of Laytonville), you can park your car and have the convenience of camping right next to your vehicle.  Set up your tent on fresh grass at the side of the Mill Pond under the shade of a line of Cottonwood trees. It’s an easy in and out and a relatively quiet overnight stay, so long as you don't mind the songs of the frogs in Mill Pond.  Our car camping sites are located across the way from the Lanai (communal outdoor kitchen) and the Stage. Although no fires are allowed at the car camping sites, you can still enjoy the communal fire pit at the Lanai and charcoal grills about 50 feet away. If you have the time, hike up to the Reservoir and take a dip! Portapotties and hot showers are available about 150 feet away.

Currently reservation requests for this campsite are set for 2 campers. Each site is able to host 4 campers max.  When booking the site for more than 2 guests please edit your request to reflect accurate headcount information by booking additional car camping sites (can't find two sites adjacent to each other online? Don't worry, we will help you on site to park multiple car campsites together!).  

***A NOTE ABOUT CAR SIZES: Our car camping sites are limited to 12' length vehicles maximum. If your vehicle is longer, please let us know as there are separate spaces for parking larger RVs and trailersPlease note we do not offer RV hookups or water for these vehicle spaces, just longer spots for folks with a little more junk in the trunk!

***A NOTE ABOUT FIRES: Some campsites at Mendocino Magic have a firepit, but occasionally during the summer months the state bans fires for campers. There are no firepits at individual car campsites but there is a large lanai communal firepit approximately 50 feet from the car campsites. We will keep you posted about the status of fires on the property when you book your reservation. Since we would hate to take campfires out of the camping experience, we have started the #onefire campaign to keep campers happy with a fire at our communal cooking area at the lanai, where on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a fire for all to enjoy. During a fire ban, please do not start a fire up at any camp's fire ring - guests who do so will be asked to leave without a refund.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
30 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 25ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 7PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 80%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Car Camping in California.

Swimming hole

The vibe at Car Camping

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Hipcamper Manel
Manel S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 8th, 2016

A series of car camping spots in front of the pond. Plenty of shade on summer hot days. It is located across the lanai common area for cooking, camp fire and toilets. Great spot to be near your car and enjoy the common area.

Car camping with easy access to the lanai common area. Pond behind car camping spotsLanai common area in front of car camping spots. Grills, stoves and picnic tables for you to use. There are gills at the common area to use.
Hipcamper Bryce
Bryce P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 2nd, 2017

Car camping at Mendocino Magic was a blast! We arrived on Friday night of Memorial Day Weekend and were greeted by one of the staff members, Dan, who got us situated, telling us where to park and set up our tents. They had a fire going in the big pit by the lanai, which was a warm welcome.

Mackenzie the owner was more than accommodating, explaining where we could find everything we might need during our stay and imploring us to ask for anything not obvious and to make suggestions as they get set up for the summer season.

There was a recently built structure on the back of the lanai with an commercial range with six burners and an oven -- an unexpected surprise that made our cooking way easier throughout the weekend. There was also a common fridge.

My group of six had initially planned to get out and hike and possibly trip up to Humboldt to see the redwoods or over to the coast for the ocean air, but after getting set up and checking out the reservoir (more of a lake), we decided to stay put and lounge for the whole weekend. There were a few kayaks and a couple canoes and a couple docks for a superb chill factor. It was just the vacation we all needed -- great food, great beers and smores.

One of the best things about this location is that it is dog-friendly. Our friends' dog (who can be kinda bossy) had the best time romping around with about 5 other dogs that came and went throughout our stay. She got all the exercise she needed with her new friends.

Mendocino Magic reminded me of summer camp, only for adults. There were a handful of kids running around, but most folks were between the ages of 20 and 50. There was even a couple bands that played some tunes on Sunday night on the stage near the lanai.

I will say that $60 / night for car camping seemed a bit steep at first, given most state and national parks charge less than $35 / night, but considering all the bonus amenities we discovered upon our arrival, I'd say the price was worth it. The whole vibe was down-to-earth. Lots of heart at this place. I loved our stay at Mendocino Magic and my friends and I will likely return.

Hipcamper Shawn
Shawn W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 1st, 2017

The car camp sites at Mendocino Magic are awesome. We had 3 of them booked right next to each other. They are all right beside the beautiful mill pond, and a short walk to the lanai where every one cooks and eats together. While there are not individual fire rings at the site, there is a nice communal fire pit that you can share. We didn't miss having our own fire at all.

View of the Mill Pond from our siteCar CampingTent at campsite
Hipcamper Christiana
Christiana W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 20th, 2017

There is a really beautiful lake to swim in and the area is very peaceful!

Hipcamper andrea
Andrea F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 10th, 2017

Our weekend at Mendocino Magic was very nice. We stayed at the Car Campsite #3 by the pond and near the Lanai area where there are picnic tables, grills and a camp kitchen to cook and prepare food. There's also a huge grill and a couple of big hammocks which are great for hanging out, relax and and admire the stars. In the lanai area there are also two porta potties. The pond had several ducks and frogs but little water. The campsite itself is pretty basic is ideal for a small tent 3-4 people or if you sleep in the car/van. Bigger tents might be tricky to fit in the trees. There's no firepit or picnic table at the campsite, but as said above there is the Lanai common area very nearby which works well for preparing and consuming food.
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Hipcamper Josh
Josh L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 5th, 2017

What a wonderful place! This is more than just a campsite. You have access to a full kitchen (stove, fridge, pots, pans, etc), fire pit with plenty of wood, picnic tables, a reservoir with boats and kayaks that you are free to use, and an incredible and friendly host. Beyond that, this spot seems to attract cool people and the central kitchen and eating area made for a good communal space to meet new people.

We will definitely be coming back!

Hipcamper Raba
Raba A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 1st, 2017

This was my first Hipcamp experience and it was great! Mendocino Magic had everything we needed (grill, stove, kitchen, water, etc.). We also had the chance to take the kayaks out in the lake, which was amazing.

To top it off, Mackenzie was a great communicator and answered the (many) questions I had prior to the trip.

Would definitely come back here again and try other camping spots!

Hipcamper Julie
Julie M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 13th, 2018

So convenient! This area is not for you if you're looking for a private, exclusive experience as the car camping spots are separated by trees along the main road through the property.

It is a great home base if you want to enjoy the amenities of the property like a large, communal kitchen, the lake, and hiking all around. Beautiful view of the lake from these sites as well. :)

Hipcamper grant
Grant R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
May 7th, 2018

beautiful site, right on the lake with kayaks sitting right there at our disposal. little concerned about getting to the site on the road because our car doesn't have a lot of clearance

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