Turkey Flat OHV Staging Area/Trailhead

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The site is located on Navajo Road, one quarter of a mile off  Parkhill Road.  The trailhead parking serves Motorcycles ATV’s. There are 3 campsites that are first-come, first-serve only. No reservations. $20/night.

There is a vault toilet and several picnic tables in a flat area under large oak trees for shade. Powerline and La Canada trails leave from the northwest edge of the area and split beyond the wide sandy stretch of trail. There is a small warm-up/kids track that can be entered from just beyond the vault toilet.

No water is available. Please bring your own water.

The trailhead and day use area is open all year. However, area could be closed at times during rainy season to protect roads and trails.  

The Turkey Flat Staging Day Use Area is no longer an Adventure Pass recreation site. This site is managed by the Parks Management for the Forest Service. $20 for overnight parking (single site includes one vehicle). $10/day use fee for parking.

This facility does not accept reservations.


Open daily and year-round, Turkey Flat Campground has an open area of campsites that include picnic tables and two vault toilets. You should plan to be completely self-sustainable for the duration of your trip. There is no potable water (drinking water) onsite. There is no dump station. Near the fee/information boards is a staging area to offload gear.

Natural Features

Oak, conifer and various chaparral trees dot the landscape in this rider's paradise. The terrain is mostly rocky and hard packed. On a clear day, take in the expansive views of the coastline and the Sierra Mountains, as well as peaks such as Pozo Summit (elevation 2,635 ft.) and Black Mountain (elevation 3,622 ft.).


Appealing to ATVs, quad runners, dual sports and single track riders, visitors will find access to 45 miles of marked and rated trails geared toward the beginner to experienced rider, and all accessible from your camping spot or the day use staging area. The facility even has a kids track for those beginner riders.

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: Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $20/for parking overnight (includes one vehicle), $10/ extra vehicle fee. Concession-managed by the Parks Management Company for the Foreset Service.  The Interagency Senior and Acess Passes provide pass holders with 50% off of camping fees - not valid for day use within the campground or extra vehicle parking fee.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: spring/fall
Busiest Season: spring/summer/fall
Restrictions: Pack out all trash. 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Santa Margarita, Atascadero
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: Interagency Senior and Acess Passes provide pass holders with 50% off of camping fees - not valid for day use or extra vehicle parking fee
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District at (805) 448-6487.

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Picnic tables yes
Toilets Vault Toilet
Parking yes
Camping trailer $20 a night
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