Crestline Picnic Ground

Cleveland National Forest

We apologize, this facility is not currently taking reservations. Day use site hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted at the site. Crestline Picnic Ground is a convenient place for large families, church groups and other social gatherings of up to 50 people. The facility is a popular recreation site for visitors going to the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center of astronomical research by the California Institute of Technology in north San Diego County. Hiking, biking and picnicking are available nearby.

The accessible site is equipped with several picnic tables in the campground and cooking area, as well as an accessible vault toilet. RVs with a maximum length of 27 feet can be accommodated.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The campground sits at an elevation of 5,390 feet in the Palomar Mountains of Southern California. The site is forested but has plenty of open space for star gazing and playing.

Nearby Attractions

The picnic ground is adjacent to Palomar Mountain State Park and less than a two-hour drive from San Diego, California.


The picnic ground makes a good base camp for visiting the Palomar Observatory Visitor Center and Palomar Mountain State Park or exploring the surrounding forest. Day hiking, backpacking, biking, picnicking and scenic driving are available in the area.

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Driving Directions

From San Diego, California, follow U.S. Highway 15 north to State Highway 76. Proceed east to County Road S6. Take S6 north to the top of Palomar Mountain. Group campground is at the junction of County Roads S6 and S7.

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