Hipcamp host Denise  D.,
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Lilac Oaks RV Park and Campground is located just north of the unincorporated community of Valley Center. We offer RV camping (mix of full and water/electric only) and tent camping in idyllic settings with great amenities to keep campers of all ages entertained for days. We also have full hook-up spaces available in our 50+ acres of land for long-term RV space rental.


Lilac Oaks RV Park and Campground is located just north of the unincorporated community of Valley Center. We offer RV camping (mix of full and water/electric only) and tent camping in idyllic settings with great amenities to keep campers of all ages entertained for days. We also have full hook-up spaces available in our 50+ acres of land for long-term RV space rental.

We are surrounded by beautiful country with views of rolling hills and seasonal streambeds lined with native live oak and sycamore trees and the panorama of Rodriguez Peak and the Palomar Mountain range.  It is just five miles from Escondido which has one of the best shopping centers in San Diego County, a wonderful hospital district, and boasts all the advantages for which one could ask. 

We have a mild climate in which delicate crops such as avocados, citrus, and flowers are successfully produced. There are several ways into the valley and, once entered, the rest of the world drops away, and you become aware of the beauty, orchards, flowers and trees, lovely hills and majestic Palomar Mountain.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Have a question? Send Denise a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 0%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lilac Oaks Campground in California.


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Hipcamper alessandra

Don’t trust the photos!

Alessandra M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 10)
October 30th, 2020

Felt pretty duped! The photos made this place look like it was out in nature, private, and mostly primitive, which is exactly what we were looking for. When we arrived we realized it looked nothing like the photos, and to further deviate from our expectations the area was mixed use; this place isn’t just a campground it’s also a trailer park, and not a very nice one at that (think hoarder nests). The camp sites are all on top of each other, and the sites are not very level making use of space even more difficult. I went and re-reviewed all the photos and realized they were all posted by two individuals, one of whom is the owner of this listing, so the misrepresentation makes a lot more sense. We had reached out to the owner before hand asking for a remote site and we were placed right by the entrance across the street from the bathroom/front desk (I’ve never seen a camp ground with a developed front desk) so we were all woken up throughout the night by the broken motion sensor light by the aforementioned building going off randomly all night, then by Diesel engine vehicles exiting at 6 am. We also never saw a place for potable water, which was mentioned in the listing, and i never heard back from the owner when I asked about it.

Hipcamper Jennifer

Dont go here!!!

Jennifer Z.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 2)
September 10th, 2020

I expect a full refund! I was sold a spot that is occupied by a permanent resident. The entire grounds are poorly maintained. We drove around for an hour before we found a spot that didn’t appear to have anyone in it since our spot was occupied by an RV that had clearly been there for years. We set up one tent before we realized the entire site was infested with spiders and ants. We were also told it was reserved for someone else so we ended up sleeping in our cars. The bathrooms near where we slept were padlocked and covered in spiders and webs. The bathrooms were not well maintained considering we are in the midst of a pandemic.

Hipcamper Joe N Vanessa

Good for first time camping

Joe N Vanessa P.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 3)
September 1st, 2020

Overall I’m happy I came here for our family trip but let me give some details

Hipcamp booking - this is a third party website. Where you request to book and given can be different from where the actual site places you. My family had 4 different reservations after following my family to camp. We expected to be in a different area however they placed all 24 of us on one site. Which goes completely against covid. Thankfully where they placed us there were 6 different sites open. We hoped and guessed that they were fully ready to move if other guests came. So I recommend dont book thru hipcamp if you want to come here

Facilities - 4/5. In the morning it was very clean. I never felt like the toilets were gross. The floors were because the showers are in the same room and of course people who camped or finished swimming got it wet. There’s a lot of spiders in the shower so if you’re scared of that maybe this isn’t the place. But I feel like I kept seeing the same webs and those could be cleaned up daily with a broom. Hot showers tho! My one star is only for deduction with webs and the maintenance is a male. I thjnk there should be some rules as to when he is cleaning. There were ladies using the restrooms and showering. Announcing your presence would be nice.

Lake/Pond - I like how everything was walking distance and in some ways you can walk to a busier area where other people are or out more where no one is there. Catch and release though!

Pool - 8 at a time was allowed. Very clean no bugs inside. You have to reserve a slot for an hour. I suggest do that as soon as you arrive so you can plan ahead

Vibe - I was happy to hear some owls and roosters to feel like I’m outdoors. There’s a lot of people who actually live there. Many RVs parked which in ways made me feel safe but in ways made me feel sketched out.

Customer service - the lady in front seemed nice, informative, and just willing to answer questions and the phone.

If you’re an experienced camper this might be kinda blah but not terrible. Facilities are close to everything so if you’re not very outdoorsy this might be good for you to get a foot in.

Hipcamper Kolini

Loved camp site.

Kolini M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
August 31st, 2020

Loved the camp site. Restrooms were clean and I felt safe. Easy access and peaceful. Kids loved the lake and the space to hike and run around. I’m glad we were able to take our dog.

Hipcamper Brian
Brian M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 10)
August 18th, 2020

There seemed to be a mixup in booking a site. I had to go through the process twice on Hipcamp before I got a confirmation.
Then when I got to the campsite my reservation was not recognized at all. Denise, the host, explained some mixup with 3rd party vendors. Note: I thought I was reserving Site 10, according to the aerial view on HipCamp. However, there is no site 10 and Denise said that the aerial view photo on HipCamp is incorrect.
The campsite had many things going for it: it was cheap and available; it was quiet (we had no one in the site next to us) except for some barking dogs and the very early Friday morning trash lorries pickup; the facilities were as advertised (hot showers, pool, fire rings etc) although the facilities looked a bit jaded; there was good observance of Covid mask usage.
However the location is not the most scenic or interesting.
Maybe a convenient overnight stay location, or maybe the place looks better in winter/spring.

Hipcamper Taimane
Taimane U.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
August 2nd, 2020

Liked it a lot didn’t get spot I wanted t stay in though.

Hipcamper Juan

I will not go back.

Juan E.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 7)
July 26th, 2020

I understand it is the outdoors, but Yellow Jackets everywhere made it impossible to have a decent meal and Red Fire ants everywhere made it impossible to sit or lay on the ground. The host was cool, but the place needs much up keep.

Hipcamper Timothy

Best chillax campsiye

Timothy H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
July 19th, 2020

I love it, it was my third time staying there and it was notaslgic.

Hipcamper Gillian

Good for a close san diego getaway

Gillian H.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 3)
July 11th, 2020

The site is very nice for a quick getaway from San Diego. I just would recommend it in the winter instead of summer. It is HOT out there and unless your pet has a heat tolerance, I wouldn’t recommend bringing them either. The ducks were cute and a nice touch being there but they also come up looking for food a lot. There isn’t much privacy but it’s a campground in San Diego, finding one with privacy will be difficult.
It looked like they had some fishing and hiking around the area too.

Lilac Oaks Campground
United States
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