The main difference between private and public campgrounds are that private facilities are owned by individuals, not the state or government. There are some excellent private campgrounds and then there are ones to avoid. Most private ventures are for RVs as they offer complete hook-ups. Very few private campgrounds will provide tent sites and none provide very primitive camping. A little bit of time and effort is needed to find the best private campgrounds.
There are many private campgrounds along what is known as the Central Coast in California. For those interested in visiting Hearst Castle, Bay Pines Trailer Park offers excellent accommodations with restrooms, hot showers, a barbecue area and satellite TV. For those who want to enjoy camping among the redwood trees in Big Sur, some private campground options include Big Sur Campground and Cabins and Fernwood Resort. Enjoy the ocean views and charm of Carmel and stay at Saddle Mountain Recreation Park or Carmel by the River RV Park.
Shasta and Cascade Region
Enjoy all that the Mt. Shasta has to offer and stay at the Chateau Shasta MH. This is open all year round. Stay on Lake Shasta at the Shasta Lake RV Resort and Campground and Lakeshore Inn and RV. Lake Shasta is large and there are different areas. Each area offers different activities. Many private campgrounds can be found around the town of Redding. These include Fawndale Lodge and RV Resort, Fawndale Oaks RV Park, Green Acres RV Park, JGW RV Park, Marina RV Park, Mountain Gate RV Park and Sacramento River RV Park.
San Diego County
The area around San Diego offers many different private campgrounds. Stay on San Diego Bay at the family-owned and operated Bernardo Shores. All sites come with full hook-up and brick patios. Bernardo Shores overlooks the South Bay Refuge. Circle RV Resort on Main Street in El Cajon is near the main attractions in San Diego. Senior activities, rec room, billards and an outdoor pool are on-site. Paradise by the Sea is right on the ocean. Enjoy the beauty of the ocean as well as the close proximity to Scripps, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, Knott's Berry Farm and the Wild Animal Park.
Enjoy the beauty that the desert has to offer. Near Palm Springs is the Sands RV and Golf Resort. There is a driving range and 9-hole course at the site, which is located in Desert Hot Springs. Also outside of Palm Springs is Shadow Hills RV Resort. This campground contains a pool, fishing pond, free Internet, fitness center and clubhouse and is five minutes from the Trump casino.
High Sierra Area
The High Sierra area includes Sequoia National Park, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and more. This is the mountainous section of the country, which stretches from the south to the north of the state. Near Tahoe stay at the Tahoe Valley campground, which is open year round. June Lake RV Park is at June Lake near Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake. Along Lake Isabella is Lake Isabella RV Resort. This is in the southern Sierra Nevada, just a few hours form Los Angeles.