Boasting 58 campsites beautifully shaded by giant sycamore trees, the Sycamore Canyon Campground is Point Mugu State Park’s best equipped campground. Tent and RV sites come with picnic tables and fire rings, plus access to flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station. The hike-and-bike section caters to carless campers, who will have plenty to explore even without a vehicle thanks to a half-mile walking path leading west to the beach and a trailhead leading east up into Sycamore Canyon. There’s also a nature center and two lifeguard towers at the adjacent Sycamore Cove Beach, making this campground especially family-friendly.

Tips for Snagging a Campsite Reservation

  • All Sycamore Canyon Campground sites are reservable six months in advance.
  • You can reserve sites online or by calling 1-800-444-7275.  
  • Summer is peak season at this popular campground, when sites tend to book out completely. Choice sites also book out during spring break and on all weekends, so plan ahead.
  • When to Go

    Sycamore Canyon Campground’s coastal location makes camping enjoyable year-round. Summers are ideal with long daylight hours to enjoy the park and temperatures in the mid-70s. Prepare for cold nights in the 40s if you’re camping in fall, winter, or spring. Spring visitors may see a wildflower bloom and flowing waters, while winter and spring bring the chance to spot migrating whales off the coast.

    Campsite area
    Tent or RV sites
    113 sites
    Up to 8 guests per site
    Up to 6 vehicles
    No wheelchair access
    Campfires allowed
    Toilet available
    Pets allowed
    Potable water available
    Showers available
    Picnic table available


    Offered near the campground.


    Gravel grinders can climb straight out of Sycamore Canyon Campground and into the mountains on Sycamore Canyon Road, while moun...Read more


    Anglers beware: While surf fishing is very common at Pt. Mugu, the rocks and beaches are notoriously dangerous for this activit...Read more


    With more than 70 miles of trails criss-crossing through rugged hills, river canyons, and grass valleys, Point Mugu is an amazi...Read more

    Horseback riding

    Point Mugu State Park has equestrian-friendly trails for horseback riding.


    Various surfing and bodyboarding breaks can be found both north and south of Point Mugu, a true surfing hotspot. While on the s...Read more


    Head to Sycamore Cove Beach next to the Sycamore Canyon Campground for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing.

    Wildlife watching

    Point Mugu beachgoers may spot whales, dolphins, seals, and sea and shore birds such as pelicans, pending the time of year. Whi...Read more


    Natural features you'll find at Sycamore Canyon Campground.


    Swim, sunbathe, and beachcomb at the Sycamore Cove Beach next to the campground. There are additional beaches, sand dunes, and ...Read more

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    Hipcamper Michael
    Michael W.
    recommends this listing.
    February 6th, 2019

    Close to PCH, but so close to ocean as well.

    Hipcamper cecilia
    Cecilia B.
    has mixed feelings towards this listing.
    January 8th, 2019

    Not beach front and pretty tight

    Hipcamper Victoria
    Victoria C.
    recommends this listing.
    April 16th, 2018

    This place is beautiful!
    My wife and I stayed here for three days and absolutely loved it. If you’re looking for a close-to-beach camp area with various amenities, it is this one.
    Some positive notes:
    -Beautiful, close walk to the beach, no more then a 10 minute walk if you are the furthest camp site.
    -the staff (camp host, park ranger, janitors) are all extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
    -Clean showers(token accessible),bathrooms and running water.
    -Hiking/bike trails are intermediate level but the view once you’re done is worth it!
    -Sites come with picnic table, fire pit and 3+ parking spots
    Some things to keep in mind:
    -Does get windy
    -Dogs have to be leashed, and they are not allowed on trail, but are allowed at the beach

    Hipcamper Zan
    Zan S.
    recommends this listing.
    July 13th, 2017

    tightly packed.

    Hipcamper Joe
    Joe S.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    May 30th, 2017

    Camped here on Memorial Day weekend. California State Parks made some sites available to late bookers, and I was able to book the week before the holiday. In Southern California, that's a real treat as most sites are booked well in advance. Another upside is the ability to burn a real campfire. The not-so-goods: the sites in this campground are close together and there was a lot of noise during the holiday weekend, even after hours. Still, it's a campground nestled between a beach and a mountain, so I chalked this up to sacrifices made for location.

    Hipcamper Xanthe
    Xanthe &.
    recommends this listing.
    February 19th, 2017

    The California coast can be foggy and overcast in the mornings, had a particularly gloomy one here. It'll clear up by noon... I promise!

    Hipcamper Ivan
    Ivan R.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    September 2nd, 2015

    This site is pretty clean, alot of visitors with families and children on the weekend. If you decide to camp last-minute walk-ins be there before 12pm.

    Hipcamper Dani
    Dani D.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    June 25th, 2015

    I camped on the sand and regretted it, but camping on the other side seemed really nice. There is a hike you can take from the campground. It is hard to reserve the beach sites for a weekend, so think months and months ahead to get one.

    Hipcamper Jorge
    Jorge C.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    April 20th, 2015

    Campground is very pretty and clean. Avoid weekends if you are looking for quiet. Audience is varied: Hikers. Families. Mountain Bikers. Sunset Hike: Scenic Trail (2 mile loop). Fantastic ocean views. Enjoy!

    Point Mugu State Park
    United States
    Phone Number
    (310) 457-8143
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    34.07° N, 119.013° W
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    Tent Only - Group: 1 Site
    (Up to 50 people per site)
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    Tent / RV / Trailer: 112 Sites
    (Up to 8 people per site)