Chino Hills State Park
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Introduction

RV campers looking for rolling hills and primitive-style camping will enjoy Chino Hills State Park. The park sits deep in the Southern California foothills surrounded by the communities of Brea, Yorba Linda, Corona, and Chino Hills. Because the park has many entrances, visitors can access the gates easily from many different city areas, making the park more accessible to more people.

Chino Hills State Park’s hilly location can lead to park closures and potentially hazardous weather conditions after heavy rainfall or during periods of drought and high wind. The park closes for at least 48 hours following rain of more than one-quarter inch. Additionally, the park closes during times of extreme fire danger. Please be aware of adverse weather conditions and always adhere to the park’s weather alerts and warnings.

Chino Hills State Park locks its gates nightly to protect overnight visitors and guests. Park hours vary depending on the season, but visitors staying in the campground must be aware that when the gates are locked, there is no vehicle access into or out of the campground. Information regarding the gate closure is available at the park and online.

Campers with pets should be aware of the pet restrictions inside of the park. The campground allows dogs, but many of the trails and most of the facilities inside of the park are not dog-friendly. The park website outlines the specifics relating to pet policies; visit the site if you have questions or concerns regarding pet travel at Chino Hills State Park.

RV Rentals in Chino Hills State Park

Transportation in Chino Hills State Park

Driving

Visitors must pay a day use fee when entering the park. Use the self-pay station if there aren’t park rangers present at the entrance.

The campground is located closest to the Chino Hills entrance located at 4721 Sapphire Road (Elinvar Road) in Chino Hills.

Visitors can also enter the park from the Brea Discovery Center entrance at 4500 Carbon Canyon Road (State Route 142) Brea, California 92823 or the Yorba Linda entrance at the Quarter Horse Drive Trailhead located off of Fairmont Blvd. in the city of Yorba Linda.

Parking

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Chino Hills State Park

Campsites in Chino Hills State Park

Reservations camping

Toronto North / Cookstown KOA

Cookstown, ON is home to the biggest garage sale in the province and perhaps all of Canada. The Toronto North/Cookstown KOA provides a convenient home base for shopping and exploring the nearby Lake Simcoe and putting greens of Barrie. The campground welcomes rigs up to 80' and offers sites with water and electric only, shaded deluxe patio sites with full hookups and up to 50-amp service sites. Free Wi-Fi is available on-site. Make the most of the campground's fantastic range of amenities including bike rentals, tour shuttles, a Kamping Kitchen, fire pits, mini golf, a pool and a snack bar.

Sturgeon Falls KOA

Right on the banks of the Sturgeon River, offering space in a quiet environment, the Sturgeon Falls KOA has it all. Swim, kayak or hop in a paddleboat to explore the area. Pontoon boat tours are available, departing from the campground. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy the 80-foot dock with a water slide that plunges directly into the river. Big rig sites offer pull-through space for rigs up to 110 feet long, and all sites are full-service with water, sewer hookups and 50-amp power. How many campgrounds do you know with a marina right in the middle? Bring your own boat or rent a fishing boat. Unleash your pooch for some playtime in the dog park. Guests can rent bikes or spend time in the spacious lodge complete with an outdoor kitchen, meeting space, camp store and game room.

Parry Sound KOA

With 75 acres of natural paradise in Georgian Bay Country, the Parry Sound KOA is nothing short of a dream. Each campsite is described as both spacious and scenic. When camping at the KOA, you might wake up to discover a crystal-clear sky full of stars. During the day, campers may visit local attractions such as the Museum on Tower Hill or the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. The staff is more than happy to help guests book a cruise during their stay on The Island Queen cruise ship. on-site, the campground provides unique amenities including a heated pool, a playground and trampoline, Wi-Fi, pancake breakfasts, mini golf, wagon rides and more. For guests with pets, Kamp K-9 features an off-leash zone for play and exercise.

Owen Sound KOA

The Owen Sound KOA is a scenic, tranquil getaway in the beautiful Ontario countryside. Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are on either side of this campground, offering unparalleled opportunities for fishing, boating and other water sports. There are several trails through the park, and many lead to the Bruce Trail which snakes the Niagara Escarpment. Plus, Sauble Beach is only a few miles away, which offers 7 miles of heavenly sand. Guests of the KOA can enjoy the heated saltwater pool, game room, free Wi-Fi and lush grounds.

Marmora KOA

Alongside a beautiful nature trail that stretches from Algonquin National Park to Lake Ontario, the Marmora KOA offers untouched beauty and all the conveniences that you look for in a KOA. Just off the Trans-Canada Highway, come for a night, or stay for a few. This quiet country setting and friendly atmosphere will make you feel right at home. At Marmora KOA, there is a myriad of offerings that include an outdoor kitchen with a resident chef, on-site fishing, bicycle rentals, mini golf, a seasonal pool and hot tub, and even golf cart rentals. The general store offers movie rentals, snacks, RV parts, and much more.

1000 Islands / Mallorytown KOA

Welcome to the award-winning 1000 Islands/Mallorytown KOA, just minutes from Highway 401 and 1000 Islands Parkway. Featuring Patio RV sites, and 85 foot pull-through sites, 1000 Islands/Mallorytown KOA has shaded, grassy sites, a heated saltwater pool with slide, and a separate kiddie wading pool. This family-friendly campground features a mini golf course, snack bar, themed weekends, a jumping pillow and a fun frog pond. Nearby are great attractions, like the Aquatarium, Skywood Eco Adventure, zip lines, boating, fishing, golfing and many hiking and mountain biking trails. Wi-Fi is also available. Other amenities include a Kamping Kitchen and a snack bar, and firewood and propane are available for purchase.

Los Angeles / Pomona / Fairplex KOA

Imagine staying right near the hotspots of Los Angeles and Hollywood, with just short drives to the mountains and beaches of Southern California, and right across the street from the world-famous Fairplex. You can experience this vacation perfection at the Los Angeles/Pomona/Fairplex KOA. Book a Hollywood sightseeing tour from the campground, enjoy the beautiful grounds with the views of the San Gabriel Mountains, and relax in the pool and spa. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, a gym, sites with patios, and restroom and laundry facilities. Complimentary breakfast is offered daily in the beautiful wooded setting - you’ll hardly believe you’re in the heart of the LA region.

1000 Islands / Kingston KOA

No matter how long you decide to stay, set up camp at 1000 Islands/Kingston KOA and pay a visit to the main attraction, 1000 Islands, or one of the many other scenic and historic sites in the area. Pull-through sites can accommodate rigs up to 76 feet, while other lodging options include camping cabins, and deluxe sites. At 1000 Islands/Kingston KOA, you’ll find the Wi-Fi ready, and lots of upgrades to accommodate luxury living. The heated pool provides a relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy. Tour the campground on one of the pedal carts, own your skills at putt-putt, or attend a scheduled event.

1000 Islands / Ivy Lea KOA

At 1000 Islands/Ivy Lea KOA, you’re within walking distance to some of the area’s hottest attractions and the closest campground to the casino. Sit back and let the professionals plan your stay at this campsite. There’s plenty of lounging space around the heated pools, hot tubs, and children’s water area. Choose from upscale camping with lush gardens, tranquil wooded sites, or park your rig in one of the pull-through sites with 50-amp service. In the evenings, build a campfire or watch an outdoor movie. Rest assured that your pooch can happily run and play freely on-site in the dog park.

Gravenhurst / Muskoka KOA

Just an hour south of the Muskoka Lakes, Gravenhurst, Ontario is ideally situated for the perfect getaway. Experience the wonders of the Milky Way at Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve, or step aboard the Segwun and Wenonah Steamships for a cruise on the lake. The large and lush Gravenhurst/Muskoka KOA is a destination all its own with a small lake for canoes and rowboats, a stocked pond for trout, and a par-3 golf course. You will also find a pool and bike rentals for additional fun. Bring rigs up to 50 feet and choose from either full hook-up or water/electric only sites with up to 30 amp electrical service. Propane, firewood, Wi-Fi and a snack bar are on-site.

Cardinal / Ottawa South KOA

Cardinal/Ottawa South KOA is just an hour from big-city attractions in Ottawa, and is near unique sites like Boldt Castle and the Iroquois Seaway Locks. Family-friendly Cardinal/Ottawa South KOA features a splash pad, swimming pool, pirate ship playground, big bouncer, mini golf course, and a wide array of themed activities on the weekends. On-site amenities include a dog park, bike rentals, and Wi-Fi. A variety of campsites are available, from large, deluxe patio sites to shaded back-in spots, with picnic tables, fire pits, water, and electricity provided at each site.

Brighton / 401 KOA

In some of the most beautiful countryside in Ontario, famous for its wineries, Brighton/401 KOA is perfectly situated for family fun. Right around the corner, visit the Big Apple in Colborne for fresh baked apple pies and other goodies. Relax in the seasonal heated pool. Bring the pups so they can play in the dog park. Each site has plenty of room, and pull-through sites available that can accommodate even the biggest of rigs. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, a Kamping Kitchen, and much more!

Barrie KOA

Travelers of all ages and all stages will enjoy the multiple award-winning Barrie KOA campground with a family-friendly atmosphere as well as a special adults-only subdivision with private facilities. Sites are attractively landscaped and offer full hookups, cable, and Wi-Fi. Some have patios and other special features. Campground amenities include restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, heated pools, a mining attraction, a pavilion, a dog park, and planned/themed activities. Pancake breakfasts, freshly ground coffee, and pizza delivered to individual sites are all available.

Rolling M Ranch Campground

The Rolling M Ranch Campground in Chino Hills State Park is a small, primitive-style campground. Each paved site contains a picnic table, lantern post, fire ring, and grill. Although there is a fire ring, fires are prohibited inside of the park. The campground has flushing toilets and showers, but there are no hookups and no dump station. Pets are allowed in the campground, but most trails and public areas in Chino Hills State Park don’t allow pets. Be aware of gate closing hours. Campers are not allowed to leave or enter during these hours. Generators are permitted between 10 am to 8 pm.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Chino Hills State Park

In-Season

Park Interpretive Program

The Chino Hills State Park staff creates year-round educational programs designed to interest people of varying interests and ages. From Junior Ranger programs to field trip opportunities or environmental and cultural programs, the staff organizes events and activities that they hope will encourage visitors to become interested in Southern California’s history, geology, and much more. Contact the park’s Interpretive Programs office for more information.

Birdwatching

You don’t need to be an experienced birdwatcher to venture out into the park to look for birds like the Western Tanager, California Quail, Red-tail Hawk or an owl. Knowing about birds and their migratory patterns can help novice bird watchers find the birds they are looking for. To get started, buy a bird guide and follow more experienced birdwatchers to learn about the sounds and markings that help indicate a bird’s location.

Mountain Biking

If you have a bike and enjoy a challenging, hilly mountain bike trail, then try some of the 90 miles of multi-use trails in the Chino Hills State Park trail system. Bike riders should make themselves accustomed to the trails before riding. The park publishes a map and posts trail locations at many of the bulletin boards posted at trailheads or on the trails themselves. Most of the trails are open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Bikes are not allowed on the following trails: Gillman Trail, Easy Street Trail, Hills For Everyone Trail, Water Canyon Trail, and the cutoff between Bobcat Ridge Trail and Scully Ridge Trail in the Water Canyon Natural Preserve section of the park. All bikers should adhere to the speed limit which is 15 miles per hour.

Off-Season

Geocaching

Many California State Parks, including Chino Hills State Park, allow hidden geocaches to be buried inside the parks’ boundaries. Geocaching is a worldwide recreational activity where people, called cachers, search for hidden treasures using a handheld GPS unit. The activity has rules and parameters that encourage responsible and eco-friendly treasure hunting, and the state of California enforces and encourages the rules of responsible caching. For more information on this fun, and family friendly activity, check out the official geocaching website.

Hiking

Southern California has some of the best year-round climates in the region. The comfortable weather makes hiking enjoyable and fun. Chino Hills State Park trail system offers over 90 miles of multi-use trails suitable for almost all levels of hikers. Access the trails from the numerous trailheads in and around the park. Since dogs are not allowed in most of Chino Hills State Park, visitors should check the trail rules to determine if a leashed dog is allowed on the section of the trail you intend to hike. To learn more about all of the trails, pick up a Chino Hills State Park map or consult a Park Ranger.

Nature and Wildlife Viewing

Chino Hills State Park has a unique feature called a biological corridor. A biological corridor is a means for wildlife and plant life to keep from becoming isolated or cut off from large urban areas and prohibiting a habitat from thriving. This biological corridor helps wide-ranging species like bobcats or mountain lions move more freely. Animal lovers with patient eyes can spend time looking for some of the Southern California wildlife that inhabits the area. The park has more than 200 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals as well as thousands of insects and invertebrates. As well as wildlife viewing, park visitors can also spend time looking for the diverse plant species of the area, to include some protected plant life.

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