Saturday, March 17, 2012

North Beach Campground, Pismo Beach, California

usbackroads destination--North Beach Campground, Pismo Beach, California

When the California State Park fees hit $50 per night a couple of years ago, we just gave up on visiting California State Parks.  It was also impossible to get information on the web or by phone.   I was riding the electric bicycles past North Beach Campground and decided to check it out.  The campground was fairly empty, but I am sure reservations are advised during the summer.

Nice campground and the fees were $25 per night.  No hookups, but a dump station on the way out.  Nice, open campground with wide open sites.  Here is the link to camping fees in all California State Parks.  They are talking about closing more Parks so keep checking the web pages.  Hopefully, they will be kept up to date.  Here is their home page.

The campground is just one sand dune away from the beach.  It is next door to the Pismo Coast Village RV park and a short walk into town.  Turn north to Pismo Beach for tourist services.  Turn south to Grover Beach for day to day shopping.

The Park is also famous for the winter home for the Monarch butterflies.  They tend to congregate in the ecalyptus grove on the edge of the park.

Here is the link to the Butterfly Grove information.  The grove is worth visiting.  You will not be disappointed.

There is a 14 day stay limit in the campground, but there are plenty of other state and private parks in the area.  Like all of California a expensive place to visit, but it is special.   We will be back to explore more of the central coast of California next year.

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