This post is about my experience at Green Vally Campground, the smaller and southernmost of the two campgrounds within the park. You can read about the larger campsite, Piso Picacho, here.
The Green Valley campground is mainly popular for the creek and water falls within the campsite, but the camping itself can't be overlooked. There are 81 campsites, almost all shaded by big beautiful oak trees and defined by granite boulders. The terrain and trees do give a sense of privacy to most of the sites, but as always, sound does carry, although compared to most other campsites Green Valley can be considered to be very separated. Our site, #60, might have been the best site in the entire campground, as we were surrounded on all sides by trees and were never bothered (see picture below).
|Campground #60 - Best Site in the Campground|
Sites 1-15 are located in the equestrian campground. To reserve a spot in the Green Valley Family Horse Camp, call 1-800-444-7275. The Los Vaqueros Group Campground is open from May to November, and is $550 per night for up to 80 people. Green Valley also contains the trailhead to the Arroyo Seco Primitive Trail Camp, as well as the Arroyo Seco Picnic Area. The Pine Ridge trailhead originates near sites 37 & 38, while the two day use parking areas used to access the Sweetwater River falls are located at the bottom of the campground.
Food wise, the nearest store is a couple miles away North on State Route 79 in the actual town of Cuyamaca (by the lake), and is basically only a convenience store. It's useful to stock up for a day of hiking (think chips, nuts, bars, waters ect.) but it won't provide a very sustaining dinner fare. You have to drive all the way to Julian for an actual supermarket, and this is where we picked up our meat and sausages for dinner. The store is a family run business, so don't drive out there at 10pm and expect it to be open. Alternatively, Julian has an abundance of great dining to choose from, including the famous apple pie shops. I'd recommend you stock up on snacks once in Julian so you don't have to shuttle back and forth between your campsite and the town. Fire wood is available from the Rangers at $6 a bundle (don't hold me to that number, it's subject to change).
|The official Campground Map|
|Rock Jumping at the Green Valley Campsite|
|The view north from the top of Cuyamaca Peak|
|An example of one of the beautiful meados along the Azaela Loop Trail|
|The official milage chart taken from the Lake Cuyamaca Park Brochure|