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part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Sep 26 2015   Season Dates


Skillman Campground caters to campers with horses, but is available to groups and individuals without horses as well. It is located in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City and three historic mining towns.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a forest of cedar and Douglas fir trees, at an elevation of 3,700 feet.


The Pioneer Trail stretches 25 miles through the Tahoe National Forest and can be accessed from the campground. The popular path was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2003. Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are favorite activities on this popular trail.


Skillman Campground specializes in equestrian camping. Horse corrals, water troughs and hitching racks are found in the campground. Site 4 has two corrals and sites 7, 9, 13 and 15 have one corral each.

Each single site can accommodate up to six people, four horses and two vehicles. A group area is made up of five smaller sites, that can accommodate 36 people altogether, as well as 24 horses and 12 vehicles. Large trucks and trailers will require the space of multiple cars.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horse Watering Station
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Spigot
  • Water Troughs
Know Before You Go
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the American River Ranger District (530) 367-2224 (voice), (530) 367-2226 (TDD).
  • Utility hookups and showers are not available
  • First-come, first-served sites may be available through late September
  • Click here for more information on the Tahoe National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.31861, -120.79111
39°19'7"N, 120°47'28"W

From Nevada City, travel east on Highway 20 for 14 miles. Turn right into Skillman and then left at the first road. Continue to the campground.

From Interstate 80, take the Highway 20 exit and drive 12 miles west toward Nevada City. Turn left into Skillman and make a left at the first road to reach the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

15924 Highway 49
Camptonville  CA  95922

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)265-4531
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