Located in the Black Diamond Mines Regional Park is the opportunity to take large groups camping at the Star Mine Group Camp. Although overnight camping is limited to only two nights, this is an excellent opportunity to get away from city life and enjoy primitive living in the beautiful mountains of Antioch, California.
Up to eight cars can park and unload, then hike the grassland edge of the preserve to the camping site, where you will find a picnic table and pit toilet to get you through your stay. You will need to bring your own water, though, and be sure to take garbage bags to store your trash and remove it when you leave.
The time spent out in the wilds of the Black Diamond Mines Regional Park will give you, your fellow campers, and your favorite furry friends the opportunity to explore part of the 5,000-acre park. Historically significant, the Black Diamond Mines were extensively used in the 1860s when coal was discovered here, also known as "black diamonds."
Your group will enjoy exploring the grasslands and other ecosystems when you traverse the 3.6-mile trail that loops through the campgrounds. It's a moderately easy hike with minimal inclines, but please remember to pack carefully. The trail is mostly exposed without much shade, so you and Fido will need plenty of water to get you through, particularly if you go in the warmer months. Remember that puppy paws can be sensitive to heat and Fido follows you wherever you go -- if it's hot for you, it's hot for their paws!
Please be sure to keep Fido on a leash at all times, for their safety. Mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and other dangerous animals do call this area their home. Make sure you clean up after yourself and bring doggy poop bags to clean up after your pets to keep this park clean for other campers.