Hampshire Rocks Campground is located just off the I-80 in the Tahoe National Forest near Camptonville, California. Some of the campground's 30 sites are tent-only, but others accommodate trailers and RVs of certain sizes. The campground sits among tall pine trees, and several campsites overlook a gentle river. Pets can accompany their owners to Hampshire Rocks, but they're required to be leashed when they're not in a tent or vehicle.
Campsites at Hampshire Rocks come with a picnic table and a campfire ring. Drinking water is also available on-site, but there are no hookups available for RVs. Campers are permitted to bring one vehicle or pay a $5 fee for a second. Due to its proximity to the freeway, some campers note you can often hear traffic from the campground, but it's an otherwise peaceful place. The campground's position near the road is another reason why it's essential to keep your furry friend on a leash!
The campground is positioned along a portion of the South Yuba River, and specific campsites open up right onto the water. Campers can swim or fish on the river, and there are lots of other activities to enjoy nearby as well. A portion of the California Emigrant Trail runs right through the campground, and your dog can join you on this moderate, 17.5-mile hike. You can also make the 14-mile drive to Donner Lake where there are more hiking trails and several beaches. Anglers take note: The lake is also known for being home to some of the largest trout in the state.
During your stay at Hampshire Rocks, be sure to pop into the Big Bend Visitors Center in Tahoe National Park. This registered historic landmark has visitor programs, maps, and souvenirs. They also have a museum where you can learn more about transportation history in the area and the journey that emigrants took getting to California.
This campground gets very busy in the summer, so reservations are always recommended, but some walk-in sites are reserved for last-minute campers who want to experience Hampshire Rocks.