Humming with tranquility, McGill Campground is nestled within the mountainous evergreens of the Los Padres National forest. Treat yourself to a weekend―or, better yet, week―of the area’s valley views and four-mile stretch of scenic trails. Oh, and that “humming” we were referring to in the former sentence was alluding to the McGill Campground’s melodious, active humming bird population!
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
2 sites
Up to 60 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Ride along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast, the central Monterey coast, or anywhere you want in this huge forest. The recomme...Read more


You can fish in the rivers and streams located throughout the forest, and fish in the ocean on the Monterey coast at Sand Dolla...Read more


Up by Big Sur, the Ventana wilderness is a popular hiking destination, with 260 miles of hiking trails, making it a unique exp...Read more

Horseback riding

The Saint Lucia Mountains have been taken by horseback many a’ times, and the time you visit should be no exception. To truly f...Read more


Lake Cachuma in the Santa Barbara region offers some of the best kayak fishing, especially with its location admist the mountai...Read more


You can’t go wrong at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, but it’s no match for the Seven Falls in Santa Barbara. This hike might not be...Read more

Wildlife watching

Whether you are an avid birdwatcher (California Condor...check), or just enjoy seeing what the wilderness has to offer, Los Pad...Read more


Natural features you'll find at McGill Campground and Group Campground.

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Hipcamper Steven
Steven B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 25th, 2021

Tent camped 4 nights from June 21, 2021. On the reservation it allowed 2 vehicles on site #17 but then they wanted $10 a night for the 2nd vehicle. I checked with recgov and they admitted it was their error that they did not mention the 2nd vehicle counted as an extra vehicle. I never had this happen anywhere I have camped. Apparently this happens there frequently and I guess it is OK with the campsite because they make more money. So far recgov has done nothing to correct the situation. I may contact GAO.

Hipcamper Nicki
Nicki P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 28th, 2021

McGill is such a great campground within the greater LA area. Site 29 is fully accessible for physically disabled folks and my go-to spot. It's right across from a disabled vault toilet, but unfortunately it has very little shade. The shade issue is really the only (though kinda major) flaw of the site, especially in summer months. Sadly, only a few other sites are relatively accessible. I learned this the hard way by booking a site that required walking down a bunch of steps. Thankfully the camp host Harry was wonderful and helped us secure one of the more accessible sites since Site 29 was already booked. Harry also helped us notice the Milky Way! It's wildly gorgeous darks skies here. I love it!

Hipcamper Andrea
Andrea W.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2020

This was a great campground. Lots of trees and shade. Great place to hang a hammock. They did say they had water, but when we arrived all water spouts had been capped. We stayed in spot 47 and had a ton of room. Lots of flat ground to put tents. Any site in loop 3 is pretty good. The top spots are probably 55, 66, 71.

Hipcamper Marisa
Marisa D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 10th, 2018

Really great campground! Just an hour away from Santa Clarita. We stayed the Saturday after Labor Day weekend. It was not crowded. There was great weather. There were no wood campfires allowed when we were there. We brought a propane campfire and it was nice! Totally recommend staying here! Also, there were signs all around that bears had been sighted nearby, but there were no bear be prepared for that!

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C L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 10th, 2018

Such an amazing camping area. You would have never guessed you were only just an hour and a half away from Ventura. Lush green, beautiful trees, amazing sunrises! Must see!

Hipcamper Marisa D.
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September 10th, 2018
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June 3rd, 2019
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April 28th, 2021
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June 1st, 2018
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April 9th, 2018
Los Padres National Forest
United States
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34.816° N, 119.098° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 2 Sites
(Up to 60 people per site)