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Basic Information about Green Valley Campground

Location and Access Green Valley Campground is situated within Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County, California. The park is roughly 50 miles east of San Diego, near the town of Julian. You can access the campground by taking Highway 79, which bisects the state park.

Campground Features The campground is nestled in a lush valley flanked by oak woodlands, meadows, and creeks. It typically offers a cooler climate than the surrounding areas, making it a popular summer destination.

Camping Facilities and Amenities

Campsite Details Green Valley Campground features over 80 campsites available for tents and RVs, though hookups are not available. Each site usually includes a picnic table and a fire ring. The sites are well-spaced to provide some privacy.


  • Restrooms with flush toilets
  • Pay showers (bring quarters)
  • Potable water throughout the campground
  • A dump station near the entrance for RVs (additional fee may be required)

Recreational Activities

Hiking One of the main attractions of the park is its extensive trail network suitable for hiking and horseback riding. Trails range from the easy Green Valley Falls trail to more challenging hikes like the climb to Cuyamaca Peak.

Swimming The campground is near the Sweetwater River, which has swimming holes that are popular in the summer months.

Fishing Lake Cuyamaca, located within the park, offers fishing opportunities with a chance to catch trout, bass, and catfish.

Wildlife Viewing The park boasts a diverse wildlife population, including deer, coyotes, bobcats, and a variety of bird species, making it a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts.

Reservations and Best Time to Visit

Reservations You typically need to book a campsite in advance, especially during peak season (late spring to early fall). Reservations can usually be made online through California's State Park reservation system or ReserveCalifornia.

Best Time to Visit The best time to visit Green Valley Campground is during spring when the wildflowers are blooming and in early fall when the temperatures are pleasant. Summers can be quite popular but may also be hot and crowded.

Important Rules and Regulations

Fire Restrictions Always check the current fire restrictions before visiting, as campfires and charcoal may be prohibited during high fire danger periods.

Pets Pets are allowed in the campground but must be leashed at all times and are not permitted on most trails.

Preservation Efforts It's crucial to follow all park rules, including staying on designated trails, to protect the natural habitat and prevent erosion.

Quiet Hours Quiet hours are generally enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., to ensure a peaceful experience for all campers.

When planning a trip to Green Valley Campground, always check the latest information, as rules and available facilities may vary depending on the time of year and environmental conditions.

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