Covered in oak trees and boasting scenic beauty, the Nira Campground is the ideal location for adventurous campers (and their dogs). The Manzana River trickles through the campground, making the place more attractive. And while Nira offers you plenty of exciting activities, you can always come here for relaxation and serenity.
Mountains covered by oak trees surround Nira and provide shade to the campsites. Nira holds a special attraction for bird lovers. You can find a wide variety of birds here, such as warblers, kingfishers, juncos, and stellar jays. Plus, many more varieties can be found in this section of the Los Padres National Forest.
Ideal for tent camping, the camp has a total of 12 sites, but just 3 are available on a first-come-first-served basis. All campsites include fire rings and picnic tables. You may even find a BBQ grill on your site. Drinking water is not available, so bring enough for yourself and Fido.
Nira Campground has everything in place to keep campers busy. You can enjoy swimming and fishing in the Manzana Lake, though low water may make fishing difficult in summer. You can also go hiking or mountain biking on the various trails from Manzana Creek to the San Rafael Wilderness. This trail is upstream from the mouth of Davy Brown Creek and is a great point to go backpacking and deer hunting. Note that if Fido is coming along with you, carry poop bags to keep clean.
As already mentioned, the Manzana River runs through the campground, making it open for all sorts of water activities. And you also have easy access to San Rafael Wilderness. Finally, Nira Campground is just an hour’s drive from Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang. All in all, the campground is a great place to go camping with family, friends, and Fido.