It may come as no surprise—getting outside is one of our favorite ways to spend time with friends and family. But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and have enough space for the whole crew, it can be tough to find the right spot. The good news? Whether you want to be truly off the grid or just a few miles from the city (but feel further away), we have something for every group. Here are twelve of the best large group campsites where you can unplug and enjoy nature in good company on your next California camping excursion.
About one mile from Lake Plaskett, this dog-friendly camping spot is ideal for a summer retreat, offering canoeing, kayaking, and good fishing. Bountiful in birds and wildlife, it’s also a great spot for photography.
Book here: Masterson Group Campground
This remote, 8-acre property with three campsites is just a 15-minute drive away from Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Take a short hike into the redwood forests from the campsite and you’ll get views of the Pacific Ocean, too.
Book here: The Lost Platform
Set in the North Bay Area, these two tent sites can be rented together and serve as some of the best campsites in the region. Snag the spot for an ideal getaway from the hectic energy of the city.
Book here: Alice Eastwood Group Campground
Juniper Lake’s two waterfront campsites are prime for fishing and swimming. You’ll also find miles of Lassen Volcanic National Park hiking trails in the surrounding area— nearby Mount Harkness is particularly popular.
Book here: Juniper Lake Group Campground
Photo by Katie Corley
A 501c3 nonprofit in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Love Creek Sanctuary is home to 50 rescued alpacas, pigs, peacocks, and more, all of whom guests can interact with. Large groups of up to 40 can rent out the entire 12-acre property at a group rate.
Book here: Love Creek Sanctuary
Relax and recharge at this Northern California gem in the mountains of Grass Valley on the edge of Tahoe National Forest on the way to Lake Tahoe. For larger groups, there’s plenty of space to pitch additional tents next to the yurt.
Tucked in the canyons above Malibu not too far from Los Angeles, this Southern California gem boasts mountain vistas and sunlit sandy beaches. The group campground is the only site, so you’ll have plenty of privacy.
Book here: Circle X Ranch Group Campground
Located in a densely forested canyon of trees and wildflowers, this site is cloaked in seclusion by the abyss that is the Los Padres National Forest.
Book here: Holiday Group Campground
Among mixed conifer forest and grassy meadows, this site is situated at almost 7,000 feet and under an hour from both Santa Barbara and Ventura. Accessed by dirt roads, the grounds have lots of large open space and a large camp circle area ideal for your next camping trip.
Book here: Bluff Mesa Group Campground
Enveloped in an underbrush of oak and pine, this site is situated in the Laguna Mountains at 6,000 feet. Gravel roads lead to this sheltered refuge for up to 110 people.
Book here: Wooded Hill Group Campground
This 10-acre desert campsite makes for a great basecamp for adventures to Joshua Tree National Park. Plus, it isn’t far from famous music venue Pappy and Harriet’s.
Book here: Camp Nylen Group Camp
This is a fun, funky spot for campers who want their own space in what truly feels like the middle of nowhere. Those interested in off-grid living can book a Host-led tour of the grounds, which are also home to a research facility focused on sustainable living.
Book here: NightJar Oasis
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