Islay Creek Campground

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About Islay Creek Campground

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Montana De Oro camping at the Islay Creek Campground offers 50 reservable campsites over the summer, and 25 during the winter months (the others are first-come, first-served). There are also six primitive sites you can only backpack into. These sites are secluded but campers should not be surprised to wake up to the yapping of coyotes or the rustling of other nighttime Read more...

Montana De Oro camping at the Islay Creek Campground offers 50 reservable campsites over the summer, and 25 during the winter months (the others are first-come, first-served). There are also six primitive sites you can only backpack into. These sites are secluded but campers should not be surprised to wake up to the yapping of coyotes or the rustling of other nighttime creatures. The Islay Creek campground is located along the coast and offers beautiful coastal views. Although there is no camping on the beach, there is easy access to the Bluff Trail and Valencia Peak trailheads. Tables, firepits, drinking water, and primitive toilets are nearby. For those who wish to bring horses to the park and camp overnight, there are six horse camps for family and group outings.

Fires are allowed
Potable water is available
Pets are allowed
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 55
  • Phone: (805) 528-0513
  • Accessible by: Drive, Walk, Horse
  • Accommodation: Tent, RV

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Hipcamper Ezekiel

Bluff trail is a must if your near Islay Creek Campground, trail starts by the Bluff Trail Parking Area, take it all the way along the shore to Corallina Cove, it won't disappoint.

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Hipcamper Ryan and Bernadette

Lovely campground. Make sure to book well in advance because it fills up quick. Something to note -- if you hear strange animal growls in the night, it's the bobcats. They're all over the place. Also, Valencia Peak trail is a must, even if it's shrouded in fog.

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Hipcamper Megan

We had an amazing experience camping here!
The campsite was well maintained, sites weren't too close together, and the surrounding campers were a healthy mix of families and friends group camping.
The beach is a quick walk and provides some great tide pooling!
What's especially wonderful is the hiking in the area. We found a 9.2 mile loop that gets you deep into the hills; the views and surroundings were absolutely breath taking! Plus at the half way mark, there was a great peak to stop and have lunch.
Will be camping here again.

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Hipcamper Kelsey

Got to fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves in the distance and frogs in the nearby creek. Absolutely beautiful. A short walk to the cruel beach, you are tucked I. The canyon so it's not as windy as I would have thought. Drop your money in the camp box as you drive in for the night and you are all good to go!

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Hipcamper Stacie

Beautiful tide pools. There's a historical museum too which is shockingly kid friendly and interactive. The campgrounds like most state parks is busy during the summer and you may find yourslf closer to your neighbors than you like. There are more racoons than I have ever seen at this site. Make sure to secure food and coolers at night.

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Hipcamper Michael

Nice quiet spot away from the cities. There are trails up the canyon and trails along the beach to hike. Nothing too strenuous from what I remember. The beach was beautiful when you could see it. During the Fall there was a ton of fog that would roll in quite often, though.

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Hipcamper Adam

beautiful and isolated. Often foggy by the beach.

Hipcamper renee

Tucked away, modest campground. Main attractions are tide pools, beach and small cliffs. Caves make for good photo ops at sunset. Not too far of a drive to towns like morro bay and San Luis Obispo.

Hipcamper Paul

wonderful campground, pretty remote from the rest of morrow bay, great trails and beach adjacent walking. also great horse trails nearby. also campground spaces are further apart then most campgrounds i have been to. . only negative is the lack of showers. you can drive to the morrow bay campground and use theirs, but its over 20+ miles away

Hipcamper Cynthia

Great hiking. Fall is magnificent

Park
Montana De Oro State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(805) 528-0513
Directions
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Coordinates
35.274° N, 120.885° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 4 Sites
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 43 Sites