Your Nevada County Camping Guide

It’s summertime, and the living is easy.  If you’re looking for an easy way to get away from it all, or if you’re on a budget, or just enjoy the outdoors, why not go camping?  Always great fun, camping is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and your family (or yourself).

There are so many wonderful camping opportunities in Nevada County.  Whether you like to rough it in a tent or relax in an RV, we have just the place for you.  The award-winning Inn Town Campground even has glamping tents, but make sure to get a reservation as these are a popular choice for those who enjoy being outside but want a little luxury, as well.

Try glamping at Inn Town Campground. Photo courtesy of Erin Theim, Inn Town Campground

Rollins Lake hosts four developed campgrounds that have both tent and RV sites, as well.  Orchard Springs Campground boasts two sandy beaches, a boat launching ramp, boat slips and boat rentals.  They also have a free movie night in the meadow every Saturday which features a different family-friendly movie each week.  Peninsula Family Camping can offer you and your family room to spread out.  Enjoy old-fashioned quiet family camping at its finest. With over 300 acres, surrounded by Rollins Lake, Peninsula provides a great escape to the beauty of nature, a way to re-energize and reconnect with family and friends.  As a bonus, the campground hosts a free ice cream social every Saturday from 1-2 p.m.  For the fitness enthusiasts, Long Ravine Campground features a Par Course located just off the store parking lot. There are seven stops guaranteed to get your blood pumping. This campground even has a restaurant for the nights you don’t feel like pulling out the camp stove.  Also on Rollins Lake is Greenhorn Park Campground which features horseshoes, a game room, (limited, fee) Wi-fi, a marina, boat rentals, launch ramp, fishing, boating, and swimming.

Bring the boat or rent one and take the kids tubing, fishing, or just cruising around the lake. Photo by Chad Wingo

Right up the road just outside of Nevada City is Scott’s Flat Lake. This campground is open year-round, and has several great hiking trails, as well as kayak and SUP rentals available.  They also have a free movie night on Saturday evenings.   Or, if you’re more of a river person, try River Rest Resort located on the banks of the South Yuba River in the quaint town of Washington.

Rent a kayak (or bring your own) to enjoy some zen on Scott’s Flat lake. Photo by Valerie Costa

For the horse enthusiasts, Skillman Horse Campground has corrals, hitching posts, and horse troughs available under large pines and cedars. Pioneer Trail accesses this campground and is popular among equestrians.

Bring your horse to Skillman campground for a wonderful equestrian camping experience. Photo courtesy of Gold Country Trails Council

For a completely unique experience, try renting a houseboat at Englebright Lake.  Or, hearken back to your own childhood with a classic summer camp experience taken to the next level at Camp Augusta.   They offer a family camp that boasts the traditional archery, campfires, and other activities that one thinks of with summer camp, but also an impressive ropes course high in the treetops that leaves those below gaping in awe.

Slide into summer fun at Camp Augusta. Photo courtesy of The Union.

Up towards Truckee, the Bowman Lake Recreation Area offers a variety of campgrounds, both developed and rustic, at a number of small reservoirs.  Some of the sites need a 4×4 to reach, but others do not.  Also near Truckee is Martis Creek Lake, a peaceful campground known for its non-motorized activities such as trout fishing, kayaking/canoeing, hiking, and biking.

Rucker Lake Campground. Photo by Valerie Costa

Of course, Tahoe National Forest is right here with over 850,000 acres of natural wonders to explore.

Don’t let summer pass you by without taking at least one vacation; now is the time to build memories that will last for years to come.  Don’t forget the sunscreen!