What a great place to take our kids camping! We have four kids, from age 13 down to 6. We camp a few times a year and were looking for a new spot. Cuyamaca was a beautiful getaway.
A bit of a drive for us, but not far from San Diego, Green Valley Campground at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park feels like you have gone far away. At about 4000 ft there are a lot more trees than closer to the ocean and the climate was much cooler.
When we first arrived, the Ranger was super nice and helpful. We bought our firewood right there for $6/bundle. Also, trail maps are available for $2.
As we drove around the campground, we noticed MOST of the sites were private with lots of trees and shade. It is a rolling hill type of campground with loop roads all around.
We stayed on site 81, which was at the end of the road. It was a pretty good site, but had shade in the morning and sun at noon. It was also hard to find a flat spot for the tent. As we observed other sites, it seems to be the topography of this campground in general. Not very flat sights.
We took a hike and found a wonderful river to play around. Large rocks and waterfalls and a place to jump in a pool. Even for Memorial weekend, it didn't feel overcrowded. There were several hikes to choose from and all different distances.
The bathrooms were pretty good for a campground. It did run out of TP some of the time, but we always bring some with us. The showers were 2 minutes for a quarter. I showered at peak time and had plenty of hot water. I think it was pretty clean and well maintained for a busy weekend.
Overall, this was a really great place to camp and I would highly recommend it.
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