Top Dog Campgrounds near Orange County, CA

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Introduction

The OC is a "paw-adise" for your canine compadre! Whether you're looking to frolic in the sand and surf, go on a doggy dinner date, or work up a good pant at the dog park, you'll find stacks of dog-friendly attractions in and around Orange County.

Luxury hotels abound in this sunny section of the Golden State, but if you're cruising through Cali in your RV, park up at a dog-friendly campground in Orange County. Whether you want to reconnect with nature in a tent or go glamping at a fully equipped RV park, the OC has you and Sparky covered! (Just don't forget to bring proof of rabies vaccination with you, as most California campgrounds require it at check-in.)

#1. Bolsa Chica State Beach

The first item on our list of dog-friendly campgrounds in Orange County is Bolsa Chica State Beach. This "pawpular" state park welcomes hundreds of thousands of campers (and their canines) each year to fish, hike, and sunbathe. The beach's campground welcomes rigs up to 40 feet long. Leashed dogs may explore paved areas but are prohibited from the beach. Don't fret, though! You'll find the off-leash Huntington Dog Beach less than two miles down the road.

#2. Crystal Cove State Park

Tucked away on the scenic shores of Laguna Beach, this Fido-friendly state park offers two campgrounds for tent and RV campers. Choose from one of 28 RV campsites offering electric and water hookups, or "ruff" it at a primitive tent site. Doggos are welcome at Moro Campground, but must steer clear of beaches and backcountry areas. Take Rufus for a walk along the three-mile bluff trail along the Pacific Coast Highway.

#3. San Clemente State Beach

Okay, so San Clemente isn't exactly the best dog-friendly campground in Orange County. Dogs aren't allowed on the trails or beaches, but if you're looking for a scenic stopover, this is a "grrreat" place! Amenities include over 140 campsites, showers, restrooms, and a dump station. After you've rested your weary paws, head into central San Clemente, where you'll find an off-leash dog park and a few dog-friendly cafes off I-5.
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#4. Anaheim RV Park

Looking for a place to go glamping that's truly dog-friendly? Park your big rig at Anaheim RV Park! Located just a bone's throw from Disneyland, this campground even provides puppers with their very own dog walk area. Other creature comforts include bathhouses, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and an on-site cafe. The swimming pool, spa, and cable TV are just a few added extras! Full hookups and long pull-through sites are also available.

#5. Doheny State Beach

Like most dog-friendly campgrounds in Orange County, Doheny State Beach prohibits pups from exploring the beach and park buildings. However, both the campground and picnic areas are fair game! Pitch a tent or set up the RV at Doheny State Beach Campground. Here, you'll find 118 sites, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. The surrounding community of Dana Point also offers dog-friendly gourmet dining options. "Bone" Appetit!

#6. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Stay in style at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. All sites here come with full hookups and are a quick walk from the beach. In addition to standard amenities, the resort features a whirlpool spa, swimming lagoon, and even a bistro right on-site. Canine campers also get their very own off-leash dog run! Up to two pets are allowed to tag along for an extra daily fee. "Un-fur-tunately", Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are prohibited here.

#7. Chino Hills State Park

"Pre-fur" to skip the beaches and camp out in the mountains? Book a site at Chino Hills State Park. This 14,000-acre expanse located in the Santa Ana Mountains is a prime place to go wildlife watching, hiking, or camping. The 20-site campground offers showers, restrooms, drinking water, and grills. In addition to the campground, doggos can explore the Rolling M. Ranch Day-Use Area and Bane Canyon Road. Pups are prohibited on trails and backcountry areas.

#8. Arroyo Campground

Unlike most dog-friendly campgrounds near Orange County, Arroyo Campground at O'Neill Regional Park permits leashed pups on paved trails. More than 23 miles of multi-use trails meander through this 4,500-acre park, so you'll have plenty of options for Spot's daily walk. Back at the campground, 79 sites accommodate tent and RV campers with picnic tables, grills, fire pits, restrooms, and showers. Dogs are prohibited from exploring the park's wilderness areas.

#9. Temecula / Vail Lake KOA

Searching for a good old-fashioned RV park with all the comforts of home? Temecula / Vail Lake KOA has you and Fifi covered! This "kampground" is more akin to a state park, with over 380 acres of green space, 460 campsites, and 200 acres of trails.  Sports courts, mini golf, three swimming pools, and a dog park make this campground a family favorite. The KOA is located in Temecula, "ruffly" an hour outside of Orange County.

#10. Cleveland National Forest

No list of dog-friendly campgrounds near Orange County would be complete without the Cleveland National Forest. This 460,000-acre swathe features almost 20 campgrounds, most of which welcome up to two leashed dogs per camper. You'll need to check the pet policies of the area you plan to explore, so call the ranger station to confirm which campgrounds are dog-friendly. Dogs are also allowed on most hiking trails in the forest.