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Dogwood Campground San Bernardino National Forest California

Dogwood Overview

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Dogwood Campground has 94 campsites in a heavily wooded area not far from Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains. The campground gets its name from the beautiful Dogwood trees, whose spring blossoms and fall foliage present spectacular displays. This is als0 a beautifully maintained, large and spread out campground.

Campsites are mostly large and can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. Pine and Oak Loops are best suited for RVs. There are 19 campsites with electric hookups and approximately 40 campsites best suited for trailers and RVs. The other 54 campsites are best for tent camping. Except for the double campsites (listed below), all sites have a 2 vehicle/8 person capacity.

Campsites with electric hookups at Dogwood campground are: 16-19, 21-24, 26-29, 31, 85-87, 89, and 91-93. ADA only campsites are 13, 29, 31 and 65. The double occupancy sites are 13 (4 vehicles/10 people), 16 (4 vehicles/10 people), 50 (4 vehicles/16 people), 59 (4 vehicles / 10 people), 65 (4 vehicles/10 people) and 66 (4 vehicles/16 people).

Each campsite also has a paved parking pad, table, food storage locker (bear box),  fire ring and grate. The parking pads average about 10×40 feet.  Most sites will not accommodate slide-outs. There are a few double sites and group camping is also available. Dogwood campground also has an amphitheater, drinking water, flush toilets, showers and an RV dump staton. Firewood is available for a fee from the campground host.

Dogwood – Area Recreation

Outdoor recreation includes hiking, biking, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Boating and fishing are also available within 10 miles from the campground.

Other campgrounds in the area include North Shore and Green Valley.

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Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Hookup
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • RV Hookups
  • Showers
  • Wood
Activities
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
26898 Rim of the World Highway
Rimforest, California 92378
909-336-6717
Lat / Long:

34.23528, -117.20917

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Best Campsites

12, 22, 26, 40, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 68, 76, 77, 85, 90, 91

Regions
Campsite Types
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Late April – Late October

Elevation:

5,600

# of Campsites:

93

# of RV Campsites:

19

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Dogwood Comments & Reviews

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59 Comments on “Dogwood”

  1. Brian Wales says:

    We stayed at dogwood 8/16/13 for 2 nights we stayed at sites 43 and 44. Overall a good expieriance. I would recommend 43over 44 but both are a great back up choice Iif your favorite site is taken. Pros: somewhat secluded sites (44 is comepletly secluded). Free hot showers a good overall expieriance. Cons: there was a wasp problem. Bathrooms and showers were a bit of a walk from our site. Site 44 has a short uphill trail to up to the site, its hard to see the trail on the picture here. A bit of work lugging your csmping gear up into the site but if seclusion is what you want. 44 is the site you want.

  2. K Lee Nowak says:

    We just got back from Dogwood today. It is in the mountains, so bring chapstick and moisturizer. There is a real yellow jacket problem, but if you plan ahead it’s ok. You’ll either have to eat meals inside (we ate in our RV) or you should plan to bring a netted shade structure. There are traps hanging in every campsite, but the little buggers don’t seem to care. They don’t bother you if there is no food out, so keep that in mind. The park itself was really nice. We were at site #68. There are no pictures of it anywhere online, so I took some. It’s a really nice site with no next-door neighbors. This site has the two little trails pass right by it. Our dogs were tethered but they were occasionally surprised by random folks walking on the trials. The bathrooms are clean, there is plenty of water available. Firewood is for sale, currently $7 a bundle. The town of Blue Jay is a few miles away in case you forget something, We will be going back again!

  3. Cesar J says:

    I’m trying to understand why these are all pictures of the roads and not the sites. How is that helpful?

    • Hi Cesar,
      We try to get a wide-angle photo that captures the parking spur and (when available) the table/fire ring area. Sometimes we can get either one or the other, but most time we get both. We’ve found that campers do like to see how big the parking spur is so they can get an idea if their rig fits.

    • I agree. In many cases the photos are just not helpful. Perhaps take more than one photo per site? Really how long could that take?

      • Hi Stephen,
        I agree with both of you that the Dogwood campsite photos are not the best. We will try and schedule a photographer to reshoot the campground.

  4. Hi Again: does anyone have any thoughts about “approved food containers” – the site does not list them and I would hate to drive up there and find out that what have is not approved?!

  5. I am looking for two campsites immediately next to each other for three families with young children. Any suggestions? I previously stayed on site #16 which I loved but it was not next to any other sites (which worked out great that time, but this time we have one more family going).

    • Hi CRO,

      Click on the ‘Campground Map’ on the Dogwood Campground page (this page). You’ll see that there are a number of sites that are closer together. Probably campsites 34-50 are the closest to one another. Sites 3-10 and 71-74 also look to have less space in between sites.

  6. I have a 28′ Toy Hauler and looking to camp at dogwood. Will there be any issues towing it in with width of 108″ and height of 12′ ? Enough room to get to and maneuver into spot #68 Singh?

    • Hi Steven,
      We don’t have a photo of site 68 at Dogwood, but will be reshooting the entire campground when the snow clears. On Rec.gov, site 68 lists the driveway as 35 feet long, with a 30 foot trailer or RV allowed. You’re height clearance will be fine, and so should width.

  7. We have stayed in site 68 before in a tent which we liked as it was a little more secluded from neighboring sites. You do get hikers nearby, but not through the site and the trail is a little downhill. We are looking to stay this time in a trailer and want a spot with hook ups that isn’t right next to other spots. I see spot 22 is listed as one of the best spots. Can you hear the school from this camp spot?

    • Hi Katie,

      That’s a good question about campsite #22 at Dogwood campground. I recently took new photos of the campground and on that day there were activities in the school’s sports fields that I could hear. So yes, you can hear students from the school in campsite 22. If students are on the field, you can hear them from sites 20 to about site 45.

  8. How would I go about reserving the amphitheater? What is the rate?

    • Hi Sara,

      Not sure if they rent the amphitheater. Your best bet to check (and on rate) is to call the campground at: either 909-336-6717 or another number to try: 909 382-2790

  9. I have a reservation to camp at site #18 in 2 weeks, looks great so far although when reserving the site it said the site is location on a “severe grade”. Is the site on a hill, or what does this actually indicate? Also, I don’t see hookups, is this just an odd photo? Thanks!

    • Hi Matt,
      Recreation.gov lists the following campsites as having electric hookups: 16-19, 21-24, 26-29, 31, 85-87, 89, and 91-93. So campsite #18 should have electric hookups. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the picture showing both the table/fire ring area and the parking pad. As a result, we’re not sure how severe the grade is of the parking spur.

  10. Beautiful well kept campsites. Restrooms are clean and kept up. Choose your site carefully because most are hilly and uneven. The wasp problem isnt unbearable but just pay attention because they want to eat your food. Maybe we were singled out but it seems like every day the camp hosts have some thing to say to us. First was they thought we had to much firewood for the week. And they felt that they needed to stop us at the main gate and explain camping rules to us for 15 minutes. I aslo got a sitation because half of the asphalt parking pad has eroded away and one of my tires was on the dirt. Then half way thru our trip the camp host had to remind me 3 seperate times to not leave any firewood behind.
    Thank you campground Nazi’s for the daily reminders on how to be a good camper !
    Other than that we had a wonderful time !

  11. My 11 year old daughter and I stayed at campsite 14 last week. The spot was flat enough for our giant 8 person tent, we did not see a single wasp and only spoke to the friendly camp host on our departure day when they reminded us to not leave any hot coals burning. Since I don’t want to burn the next campers or potentially start a forest fire, I appreciated the advice. We loved the easy access to drinking water, clean bathrooms and overall layout of this pleasant campground and will certainly return. Thank you Dogwood!

  12. I was wondering if all the campsites have food lockers to prevent animal from eat out food, trash etc.

  13. I haven’t gone yet but will soon so I was wondering if there would be food lockers so animals don’t get to out food.

  14. Is there water at all of the campsites?

  15. I am trying to reserve for 4 -electric regular sites for july 19-22 but i cant do it. Can you help me?

    • Hi Tiffany,

      Your arrival date (July 19th) is not yet available for reservations at Dogwood campground. The campsites will be released for reservations 6 months prior to the date of your arrival. So on January 19 at 8am PST the reservation window will be open (for July 19 arrival). I’d recommend you be ready to make a reservation right at 8am (on recreation.gov). You can click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ link from the Dogwood campground page and be directed to Dogwood Campground on Recreation.gov.
      Also, you can try Campsite Assist if the campground is sold out for the dates you want to stay. Campsite Assist will send you a text and email when a campsite becomes available on your dates.

  16. Is site #13 reserved for handicap only?

    • Hi Alison,

      Dogwood campsite #13 is for handicap only. You’ll need the ADA license plate and/or current sticker to camp at that site. ADA only campsites at Dogwood are 13, 29, 31 and 65.

  17. K GREENE says:

    What size are the food storage locker (bear box) at Dogwood?

  18. We are booked 6/29/20- 7/3/20. Is swimming allowed in the lake or at Lake Gregory?

  19. Hi Is site #91 is a pretty good site? That’s the only site that’s available.

  20. I reserved site 18, is this the most updated photo. It also said that this site has a severe slope… So is that the driveway or the whole campsite? Is it possible to see more photos some how? And are children under three counted as a person?

    • Hi Lizzie,
      Dogwood campsite photos are current (photographed late in 2019). The ‘severe slope’ would be the driveway for campsite #18.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Okay perfect and are children under the age of 3, count as a person for the total amount of people in the reservation?

      • You can have up to 8 people and 2 vehicles. If the little ones (under age 3) take you over the ‘8’ limit, it’s generally fine. The final call comes from the camp host though.

  21. If we have 5 people and three tents should we get one or two sites for one night?

    • Hi Gracie,
      I guess it depends on the site. Most are large and can accommodate 2-3 tents. The single-family campsites have a maximum capacity of 2 vehicles and 8 people. The double occupancy sites are 13 (4 vehicles/10 people), 16 (4 vehicles/10 people), 50 (4 vehicles/16 people), 59 (4 vehicles / 10 people), 65 (4 vehicles/10 people) and 66 (4 vehicles/16 people).

    • Hi Gracie,
      I guess it depends on the site. Most of the Dogwood campsites are large and can accommodate 2-3 tents. The single-family campsites have a maximum capacity of 2 vehicles and 8 people. The double occupancy sites are 13 (4 vehicles/10 people), 16 (4 vehicles/10 people), 50 (4 vehicles/16 people), 59 (4 vehicles / 10 people), 65 (4 vehicles/10 people) and 66 (4 vehicles/16 people).

  22. Greetings! We have a reservation for this weekend. We just found out Lake Gregory is closed. Do you have any recommendations for recreation daytime activity similar to Lake Gregory?

    • Hi Denise,
      Sorry to hear that Lake Gregory is closed :-(. Your closest ‘lake’ options (where you can swim, fish, boat, kayak, etc.) is Silverwood Lake (13 miles / 45 minutes from Dogwood Campground), or Big Bear Lake (26 miles / 51 minutes from Dogwood). Unfortunately, Lake Arrowhead is only open to private residents.

  23. reserved site 91.
    Is only 30 amp electric outlet? does it has regular power outlet?
    I dont using RV, I just using Tent and trying to using electronic for watching move with Kids.

    • Hi Michael,
      To our knowledge, the hookups at Dogwood do not have a ‘regular power outlet’. You can try calling the campground to confirm at: 909-336-6717

  24. I reserved site 91 with Electric hookup.
    Is only 30amp outlet available? Is any regular power outlet in the site 91 for Non-RV people?

  25. Hello, I see that you noted campsite 77 as one of the best. Could you please elaborate why? I booked it hoping that one of the reasons is that it is very private and you can’t see other neighbors…

    • Hello Yuri!
      Dogwood campsite #77 is one of our favorites because it is large, flat and has some nice privacy. There is some nice distance between the neighboring campsites and there is nobody behind you. You should really like it. Have fun!

  26. Are single family campsites without hookups allowed to have a pop-up camper trailer? If so, would campsite 39 or 41 be suitable? Would the trailer count as a vehicle? Thanks!

    • Hi Daphne,
      Yes – you can have a pop-up camper at sites without hookups. Dogwood campsite 39 has a parking pad of 10 feet wide and 28 feet long (up to 2 vehicles and 8 people allowed). Campsite 41 has a parking pad of about 10 feet wide and 25 feet long (up to 2 vehicles and 8 people per site). Given the sizes of the parking areas, I don’t think there is room for a vehicle, your trailer and another vehicle.
      Per campground regulations:
      In accordance with standard industry practices, the campground vendor will be assessing a $8 additional vehicle fee per night on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site.

  27. Hi, I was wondering if you know if site 24 has a very steep grade? And if it is fairly private? There is no photo available on the website. Thank you!

    • Hi Amber, Dogwood campsite #24 is a nice/private site. I think you’ll like it. Also, here’s a photo of the parking/pad area (pretty level):
      Dogwood Campsite #24 - Parking Pad

      • Thank you so much! I have two more questions… Which campsite should you say is better, #24 or #92? (we have a 20′ travel trailer by the way). And do you know if there is anywhere near this campground to fill the water tank? Thanks again! This is such a helpful website, so glad to have found it!

      • Hi Ambre,
        Thank you and I’m glad you like CampsitePhotos.com. I would lean more toward #92. It’s a nice large & level site. Campsite #24 has a level parking pad, but a little hill down to the fire pit/table area. Also, campsite #24 is located over next to the high-school (see photo – approximate location). I don’t think high-school is in session, but if so – you may have some noise when students are out on the field. Campsite #92 is in a better location within the campground. Lastly, not sure where the closest location may be to fill up your water tank. Sorry about that.
        Dogwood Campsite #24 Location

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