Davy Brown Campground

Area Status: Open
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.

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.

Reservations: 10 sites are now on the reservation system: www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  (3) campsites are on a first-come, first- serve basis.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground check-in time: 3:00pm, check-out time: 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: $30/night, $10/ extra vehicle fee or day use fee within the campground. Interagency Senior and Acess Passes provide pass holders with 50% off of camping fees - not valid for day use, trailhead parking or extra vehicle parking fee. 
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring, Fall
Busiest Season: Spring, Summer
Restrictions: 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
Passes: Interagency Senior and Acess Passes provide pass holders with 50% off of camping fees - not valid for day use, trailhead parking or extra vehicle parking fee.
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Santa Lucia Ranger District
1616 No. Carlotti Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-9538

General Information


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

General Notes:

In campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs mst be kept on a leash. Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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/ 

No. of Sites 13
Fire Information For current fire restrictions, contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District at (805) 448-6487 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf. No firewood available at campground.

Day Hiking



Camping trailer: yes
Picnic tables: yes
Tent camping: yes
Parking: yes
Toilets: Vault - accessible

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