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Camping at Dogwood Campground

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Location and Access

Dogwood Campground is located in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California, near the city of San Bernardino. It's situated at an elevation of approximately 5,600 feet, providing a cooler mountain escape during the hot summer months. The campground can typically be accessed from the city via Highway 18.

Campground Facilities

Facilities at the campground include:

  • Paved roads and spurs
  • Restrooms with flush toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Fire rings
  • Picnic tables
  • Dump station nearby

Camping Options and Reservations

Camping at Dogwood includes options such as:

  • Tent sites
  • RV sites with no hook-ups
  • A limited number of RV sites with full hook-ups
  • Group camping

Reservations for campsites at Dogwood Campground can be made through the Recreation.gov website or by calling their reservation line. During peak season, it is highly recommended to make reservations in advance as the campground can fill up quickly.

Activities and Amenities

Popular activities for campers visiting Dogwood Campground include:

  • Hiking: Access to trails within the San Bernardino National Forest
  • Biking: Bicyclists can enjoy mountain terrain
  • Wildlife viewing: The area is home to a range of wildlife including birds and deer
  • Fishing: Nearby lakes offer trout and bass fishing opportunities
  • Picnicking: Day-use areas are available

Amenities nearby or within the campground may include:

  • Visitor center with educational programs
  • Playground equipment for children
  • Amphitheater with campfire programs
  • Access to local resorts and mountain communities

Pet Policy

Pets are often allowed at Dogwood Campground, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet when outside your vehicle. Be sure to check the current pet policy when you book your reservation and always clean up after your pet.

Season and Booking Window

Dogwood Campground typically operates from spring to fall, weather permitting. The exact opening and closing dates may vary each year due to weather conditions, so it is crucial to check the current operating season.

The booking window for reserving a site often opens several months in advance. For example, you may be able to book a site up to 6 months before your intended arrival date. Check Recreation.gov for the exact booking window and availability.

Things to Keep in Mind

When camping at Dogwood Campground, here are some important tips:

  • Fire restrictions: Be aware of fire conditions and regulations, as they may change due to weather and forest fire risks.
  • Wildlife: Properly store food and dispose of garbage to discourage wildlife from entering the camping area.
  • Altitude: Since the campground is at a higher elevation, some visitors may experience altitude sickness.
  • Weather: The weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared with suitable clothing and gear for temperature changes, especially if camping early or late in the season.
  • Leave No Trace: As with any natural area, practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
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