An extremely vast terrain with all types of climates, it’s hard to know just what to expect from Los Padres National Forest. A little research before hand on the National Forest Website or a quick call to the ranger’s station at (805) 968-6640 can save a lot of headache and confusion. So too will you be saved from unwanted surprise by checking out alerts regarding the forest’s campground and road closures. Large trailers and RV’s can be difficult to maneuver in certain areas of the forest under difficult conditions, so be sure and do a little navigational research by consulting a map to make sure you know where you will be driving and if it will be manageable with your vehicle. For more information on passes and permits required in Los Padres National Forest, see here.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
9 sites
Up to 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 Nettle Springs Campground.

Hot spring
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Greg D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 7th, 2015

As of 5/2/15, the CG was all but destroyed by hell raisers. Bathroom is a pile of splinters, campsite facilities are destroyed, and it is littered with shotgun shells and trash. Los Padres NF says it is a law enforcement problem. Camp at your own risk!

Hipcamper Greg
Greg D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 7th, 2015

No idea where the main photo on this page was taken, but certainly not at Nettle Springs CG, which is usually bone dry except for a small trickle in the sand wash.

Los Padres National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(805) 968-6640
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Official Website
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34.803° N, 119.292° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 9 Sites
(Up to people per site)