Tucked away in a lush meadow between Cold Creek and Highway 89 in California’s Tahoe National Forest, Cold Creek Campground is a pawfect pit stop for travelers continuing on to the northern Sierra Mountains, as well as a pretty great destination in its own right. The campground is mostly shaded by pine, willow, and aspen, and most sites feature views of the creek itself. The campsite is a little no-frills -- you won’t find showers or any RV hookups -- but the scenic location and proximity to recreation options might well be worth sacrificing some of your creature comforts for! Cold Creek is rarely busy, but some sites can’t accommodate trailers or RVs, so it’s still best to book early to make sure that you get a spot that suits your needs!
Cold Creek is an ideal campground for anglers. If casting a line is your idea of a good time, you’ll be glad to know that the beautiful creek itself is home to a significant population of rainbow trout. There’s also a swimming hole, but unfortunately, water-loving pooches are barred from splashing about. Never mind, though -- if you’re willing to drive the thirty-five minutes to Lake Tahoe, you’ll be able to visit the several Fido-friendly beaches on the shores of the Big Blue. Hound-dog hikers won’t be short of exercise options, either. If you’re looking for a short and sedate stroll, check out the nearby Cottonwood Botanical Trail, and be sure to pick up a handout so that you can identify the area's unique plant life. Or, you two can check out the fabulous views from the spectacularly scenic Overlook Trail.
There’s no wifi available at Cold Creek, and cellular coverage varies from network to network, so it’s best to check with your provider before you go if you need to be in constant contact. Campfires are permitted, but only within designated rings, and regulations can change with the weather. You’ll also find drinking water available on-site, so fill up those bottles before you head out hiking! Remember to pack waste bags to pick up after your pupper, and have a furrific trip!