Nothing channels the laid-back vibe of summertime more than heading into the wilderness to set up camp. S’mores by the fire, clear stars up above and the amazing sound of total quiet. Who’s ready to go off-grid and channel their inner wild child? We’ve rounded-up the best local campsites that offer something for every type of camper: ocean views, cozy cabins, lakes, swimming pools and so much more. Scroll through our top picks to plan your next adventure.

Kumeyaay Lake Campground

Located in Mission Trails Regional Park, along with some of our favorite hiking trails, Kumeyaay Lake Campground is open for camping on Friday and Saturday nights. Make a reservation for one of the 46 campsites for $24/night. Sites are outfitted with a concrete fire ring, drive-in parking, picnic table and mulch-covered tent area. The Park boasts 60 miles of hiking trails, shore fishing, boating and kayaking on Lake Murray, prime birdwatching at Old Mission Dam and more.

Insider Dirt:  July 8th and July 22nd at 8:30 a.m., there's a 'Summer in Nature' free guided nature walk you can wake up to. Top tip: bring an umbrella or canopy for shade during the daytime.

You can even take a virtual tour of the campground here!

Two Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, Ca 92119

photo: Mission Trails Regional Park

Where’s your favorite place to set up camp near San Diego? Tell us in the comments!

–– Cherie Gough and Beth Shea