Campground Guides

Catalina Island Camping

Are you looking forward to spending an outdoor activity for a week with your family? Do you want to improve your children’s confidence and self-worth and tighten your family’s bond? Then, camping and hiking on Catalina island can be a wonderful adventure.

Since Catalina has good weather throughout the year, camping and hiking is best year round. But camping and hiking on Catalina still requires thorough planning and packing because you will not have access to an RV or maybe even a car.

A permit is also needed to camp on Catalina Island which is available at the Two Harbors Visitors Services or Avalon’s Island Plaza.

Here are some of Catalina campgrounds and campsites:

  • Hermit Gulch Campground

This is found one and a half miles from the boat landing on the Avalon Canyon Road.  Campers can hike or just take a cab from Avalon.  It has 54 tent sites with toilets, picnic grounds, showers and stores.

  • Two Harbors Campground

You can hike about one-fourth mile uphill to get to Two Harbors. There are 43 tent sites which has chemical toilets, showers and laundry. Snorkeling, biking and hiking are some of the best activities here.

  • Little Harbor Campground

This location is seven miles east of Two Harbors and sixteen miles west of the Avalon.  For most hikers, hiking is easier to get there than taking a bus. There are also many tent sites available. Toilets, showers, and picnic tables are accessible in this great area.

  • Blackjack Campground

This campground is situated near the highest peak of Catalina. You can get there by hiking one and a half miles in or simply taking a Safari bus. It has eleven tent sites with toilets, picnic tables and a fire ring.

Catalina Island is only 26 miles across the sea for anyone in Southern California.

You can catch a Catalina Flyer boat out of San Pedro and Dana Point up to mid-day.  Bring your family for a camping vacation or just for the day and feel like you’ve had a mini-vacation.