Campground Star: Dogwood Campground

Big trees, big views and nice sites made four 5-star Campendium reviews come easy for travelers at this appealing California campground.

Dogwood Campground

26898 Rim of the World Hwy.
Rimforest, CA 92378
Reservations: 877-444-6777
GPS: 34.235, -117.2143
Elevation: 5764 ft.
Nightly Rate: $32.50 per night, plus $10 hookup fee

Apparently the campground hosts at Dogwood don’t hold back, at least according to DonutPatrol’s Campendium review. “Few places make you feel like you’ve just come home, especially when camping, but Susan and her staff did just that,” says Donut. The staff puts in some time to make things comfy for on-the-roaders: “The staff were very friendly and let us know about nature talks, hiking trails, and the best spot in camp to view the 4th of July fireworks over Lake Arrowhead. Can’t wait for our return visit!” Seems like DonutPatrol found the donuts.

Brian James Ward had some parallel feelings about Dogwood. “The forest is beautiful and peaceful. Most sites have a ton of space and privacy. From our site we saw no one, and had our own picnic table and fire ring that was equally private,” he says. He also notes that “There is also a Pendleton outlet at the Lake Arrowhead village to help spruce up your trailer with National Park blankets.” Of course, if he were towing a Pendleton Airstream, he’d already have at least one of the blankets.

Besides those fire rings and nice sites, some sites have 20-amp hookups, picnic tables, and restrooms with showers. There is a dump station for the extra $10 fee, and pets are allowed.

Foolish Behavior didn’t think it was foolish to be at Dogwood either in their 5-star review. “Rest assured you’ll sleep uninterrupted, with small scenes of the night sky peeking around the many tall pines in the park. Awesome place!”

Philnbec admired the beauty of Dogwood in their review, but they did caution that all sites aren’t flat, particularly if you’re pitching a big tent at night. But the hosts did help them find flatter ground the next morning. And Dogwood left them with a general good feeling: “Overall we were very happy and will be returning here for camping in the future.”

Cell phone coverage is modest to spotty, but if you want to get off the phones for a respite, beautiful Lake Arrowhead is close by.
From San Bernardino, take North Waterman Avenue, which becomes CA-18, towards Lake Arrowhead. Proceed for approximately 15 miles. Use the second left turn lane after Rimforest (going east). Turn slight left on to Daley Canyon Access Road. Daley Canyon Access Road is 0.3 miles past Bear Springs Road. Daley Canyon Access Road becomes CA-189/Lakes Edge Road. Turn right into the campground entrance. This road will bring you straight into the campground.

Enjoy that piney-woods air, but do watch for bears!