Davy Brown Campground

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Davy Brown Campground

Cradled in the beautiful Sunset Valley of Los Padres National Forest, along the serene and peaceful Davy Brown Creek, sets Davy Brown Campground.  Davy Brown Campground is the home of 13 scenic and picturesque campsites. The soothing sounds of the running creek can be heard from all campsites, making this campground a favorite for those planning a tranquil and relaxing get-away.  Each campsite is equipped with fire rings, pedestal barbeques and a picnic table along with two sets of vault bathrooms (wheelchair accessible) spaced strategically throughout the campground.  Davy Brown Campground can accommodate up to 25 foot trailers and RVs, although hook-ups are not available.Three dumpsters are located on Figueroa Mountain Road for convenient trash disposal, although none are available at this site.

As of March 1, 2013, Fishing is NOT allowed in the Davy Brown Creek. On hot summer days, the creek provides relief as visitors bask in the water holes located along the creek.  It is also a birders delight as it houses such birds as king-fishers, juncos, stellar jays, white-breasted nuthatches, warblers and many more. Migrating birds, such as the exquisite western tanager are often seen from spring to August.  Davy Brown Campground is the starting point for several trails, including the spectacular Davy Brown Trail/Fir Canyon Trail. Two miles further are the Lower Manzana and Upper Manzana Trailheads, entry points to the majestic San Rafael Wilderness.  From mid August to late September, this campground is very popular with hunters during the annual deer season. Hot summer months also bring out gnats and deer flies, so don’t forget your insect repellant. Potable water is not available. An Adventure Pass is required.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Davy Brown Campground is open 24 hours a day. To assure the enjoyment of all visitors, quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. 
Reservations: Reservations are not taken for Davy Brown Campground. It is a first come, first serve campground
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees The Adventure Pass or any of the Interagency America the Beautiful Pass are required.
Permit Info: Adventure Pass ($5/day or $30/year), or Annual Interagency Pass, Senior Interagency Pass, or Interagency Access Pass.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring, Fall
Busiest Season: Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Pack out all trash. 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Nearest place to purchase supplies is located at Los Olivos. Nearest place to purchase gasoline is in Santa Ynez, Solvang or Buelleton.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Santa Lucia Ranger District
1616 No. Carlotti Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-9538

General Information

Directions: From Hwy 154: Armour Ranch Rd./Happy Cyn. Rd. 11 miles northeast to Cachuma Saddle, Sunset Valley Rd. 4 miles north.

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Campground Camping

Hiking, hunting. As of March 1, 2013, fishing is NOT ALLOWED in the Davy Brown Creek. Near access to San Rafael Wilderness.

For more fishing information, go to: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/ 

Reservation Info None. First-come, first-serve
Fire Information For current fire restrictions, contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District at (805) 925-9538 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf No firewood available at campground.
No. of Sites 13


Camping trailer
Toilets Vault - accessible
Picnic tables
Tent camping