Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.,
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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


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 Creek (formally 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 the creek.  Our car camping sites are located across the way from the Central Camper's Kitchen (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 Camper's Kitchen (on weekends) and charcoal grills about 50 feet away. If you have the time, hike up to the Reservoir and take a dip! Porta potties and hot showers are available about 150 feet away.

Currently reservation requests for this campsite are set for 3 campers. Each site is able to host 4 campers max (with a maximum of 3 tents allowed per site).  When booking the site for more than 4 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!).  

*Please note that Mill Pond is now Mill Creek. We will continue to keep the pond as a lush riparian basin this season in a cooperative effort with the Eel River Recovery Project to keep fresh water heading downstream and back to the Eel River.

**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!


$5 for every cigarette butt picked up after private events & campouts

There will be no personal campfires allowed at Mendocino Magic for the 2021 season. Campers wishing to have a campfire are invited to join us at the communal propane fire disk (by the Central Camper's Kitchen) where it is safest. We do allow personal propane stoves for cooking (not propane firepits), which we have available to rent at the Front Porch. We hate having to take campfires out of the camping experience, but fire season is a scary time of year for everyone, and we all must do our part to ensure the safety of our community. During a fire ban, please do not start a fire at any camp's fire ring - guests who do so will be asked to leave without a refund.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
25 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
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 25.0 ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 16% off

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


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

Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 23)
January 3rd, 2022

Great spot with friendly hosts and a few nice hikes. Even though it was rainy and my van got stuck (thanks for the help!) I really enjoyed my night here. Next time I am going to stay for longer and bring a group of friends!

Hipcamper Jessie
Jessie F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 23)
December 1st, 2021

I had a great time with my pup and bestie on my road trip from Washington! So beautiful and everyone is the most kind! Thank you for a great time!!

Hipcamper Jason
Jason A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 25)
November 9th, 2021

Magical place managed by magical people.

Hipcamper Marjorie

Just the thing

Marjorie B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 23)
September 20th, 2021

I love coming to Mendocino Magic. There are a variety of sites at different price points, and a bunch of activities; hiking, swimming, fishing, and now even paintball. Since I've been coming with friends for a while, and have gotten a feel for a place I decided to do a solo camping trip this weekend. My first ever. I was looking forward to camping in the rain and just reading and relaxing. Mack and Chuck came to check if I needed anything occasionally, and brought a big jug cooler full of ice water. It was an amazing trip that I will definitely fold into the fabric of my life as a regular excursion.

Hipcamper Kayla

Stay here!!

Kayla A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 12)
August 22nd, 2021

We had such a great stay! Would definitely come again :) the reservoir was lovely (many fish were caught [and released]) and Mackenzie was very friendly and provided anything we needed!

Hipcamper Martine

Really a magical place.

Martine P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 23)
August 15th, 2021

Great campsite, great staff, well organized and wonderful swimming lake equipped with kayaks and floats.

Hipcamper Dylan
Dylan F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 13)
August 10th, 2021

Loved the property, and the host was fantastic! Will definitely be going back for a return visit.

Hipcamper Seanisti


Seanisti C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 13)
July 16th, 2021

Such a great stay! Exactly as pictured/described. We arrived late in the evening on a Wednesday and there were only a few people there. Hot outdoor showers were lovely and there's a large reservoir just a quick hike away with kayaks and canoes, paddles, lifevests, etc!
Mackenzie was quick to respond to inquiries. Would definitely stay again!

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Hipcamper Rich

Excellent campgrounds

Rich L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 6th, 2021

I had an absolutely amazing time at Mendocino Magic. What a beautiful property. The reservoir was super nice, and my puppy's first boat trip was most memorable. The staff was super friendly and helpful.

I will definitely be back.

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