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Fry Creek Campground Cleveland National Forest California

Fry Creek Overview

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Fry Creek campground has 20 campsites and near the Palomar Mountain Observatory in a Sierra Nevada-like setting among pines, oak and cedar trees. Because of the heavy pine canopy, the campground isn’t the best for stargazing, you can always head on up to the observatory.

Fry Creek campground has drinking water and vault toilets. Trailers are not permitted in this facility. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate.  Campsites 1-4, 6-8 and 16-20 are walk-to.

Fry Creek – Area Recreation

In addition to visiting the world famous Palomar Mountain Observatory, you can enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, picnicking, horseback riding and driving the scenic “Highway to the Stars”.  Doane Pond is also a few miles away if you want to try some fishing!

Other Palomar Mountain State Park area campgrounds include Doane Valley (Palomar Mountain State Park) and Observatory. Doane Valley has 31 campsites and Observatory has 43.

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  • BBQ Grills
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Observatory
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Highway S6
Palomar Mountain, California 92060
760 788-0250
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Best Campsites

6, 12, 13 and 20

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Primitive
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
  • Walk-To
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Fry Creek Comments & Reviews

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5 Comments on “Fry Creek”

  1. Adam Orin says:

    We stayed at this campground in March 2014. Bathrooms were fairly clean – vault toilet and no sink so bring wet wipes or sanitizer! However there is a faucet that has running water next to the vault toilet. Camp sites were spaced far apart, some nice trails nearby. You can reserve online, and there were no firewood restrictions at the time I can (but be mindful of what you bring in anyway). Overall I do recommend this campground, unless you like flush toilets, showers, etc – then you will want to stay at the nearby Palomar Observatory campground, which has these amenities.

  2. Eric Nelson says:

    The Camp Ground is great but during hunting season– to many people go up there and ruin the hunt for hunters. They’re rude and talking their little hikes and it literally pisses you off to no end. Have some respect, we pay to use the land just like you, other than that the place is great!

    • jerry brown says:

      So if non hunters pay also why should they stay away. By your logic we all have equal access to the land.

  3. Jeannie Burkhardt says:

    Can I drive right up to campsite 6? Or is is a walk up site?

    • Hi Jeannie,
      Fry Creek campsite #6 is a walk-to/up campsite. There is a general parking area down by camp road. The walk is about 100 yards to the site. Other walk-to sites are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

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