Hubby and I had the wonderful opportunity to get a weekend away for our 6th wedding anniversary (Thanks Auntie Amy, Grandma & Grandpa, YaYa & Grampy!!)
We decided to go camping for our trip! While it may not have been the most luxurious anniversary trip we saved lots of money and had a WONDERFUL time fishing, hiking, enjoying nature and spending time with each other!
Whenever we get ready to go camping if we have never been to the campsite before I always find myself searching online for details about it. I like to have an idea what to expect before arriving! What I have found is that the typical small campground does not have a lot of info available online about it. So I am going to do a recap of the campgrounds we visit on my blog so hopefully if you come across it in your searches it will help you determine if it is the site for you!
We headed towards Hat Creek, located in Lassen National Forest in Northern California! We had about 5 or 6 possible campsites and went until we found one that was a good match for us!
We ended up at the Rocky Campground!
It is a tiny little campground right off the road with about 8 or 10 spots. The cost was $10 per night (can’t beat that). There were a few beautiful spots that were a little larger when you first drove in, but of course they were taken since we were arriving on a Friday night. We found the last spot on the right. Tiny campsite – but perfect for us. Access to the creek was right down the hill from our site and it had everything we needed!
Pros of staying at Rocky Campground:
- Small campground
- Inexpensive nightly cost
- Beautiful creek with moderately easy access
- Great fishing
- Doesn’t get too cold at night (we stayed in early August)
- Bugs are not bad at all
- Great creek/water sounds at campsite
- Easy to hike for miles up and down stream along Hat Creek along both sides (there is a bridge to cross at this campground)
Cons of staying at Rocky Campground
- Many sites are very small
- Would not be good with young kids
- Right off highway so there is some vehicle noise
- No running water
- Gets hot during the day in areas not shaded
Overall I would recommend this campground for tent camping for adults or families with older children! Make sure you pack in lots of water (no water available at campground). Old Station is only a couple of miles away if you need more ice or bait!
And some more about our stay –
FYI – it is definitely Rocky as the name implies….
We had a little trouble staking our tent in our spot due the rockiness!
The campfire pit was perfect and we enjoyed beautiful campfires each night. Lots of branches and wood available around (not sure how long ago but a fire obviously went through the area years ago and there is still a lot of fallen trees, charred wood, etc.)
Had a few perfect smores!
And enjoyed relaxing and the natural beauty around us a LOT!!
And the fishing was pretty good as well!
What is your favorite campground and why?? We will definitely return here in the future!