White Oaks Campground

Area Status: Closed

Tassajara Road is a rough road and 4-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended to drive to the campground.

Amid a grove of towering trees, eight campsites create a loop within White Oaks Campground, just off Tassajara Road. In the center of this loop, an enormous berry bush, shrubbery and trees reach up to the sky, creating the visual heart of this intimate setting. Red-tail deer and small animals can be seen eating berries around the middle of the campground, giving campers a memorable sight to see. Each campsite is shaded by the natural growth of the oak and pine trees, creating a sequestered and private atmosphere.

A wide variety of shrubbery and trees decorate this beautiful area. The Santa Lucia mountain range graces you with wondrous shades of green, orange and yellow. Canyons and valleys burst with color and the oak woodlands provide important scenic landscapes and wildlife habitats. More than 90 species of birds can be found in this bird watcher's paradise. Deer, bobcats and small animals of all kinds can be seen regularly in this area. Whether they are just passing by or looking for some food to nibble on, they provide an unforgettable experience that can only come from the outdoors.

The White Oaks Campground is 2.7 miles from the Pine Ridge Trailhead. From the campground, follow the dirt road you drove in onward to China Camp. You are under the coverage of enormous pine trees and shady oaks with a view of hills as far as the eye can see. The Santa Lucia mountain range spreads out as valleys and hilltops that you never get tired of looking at. Once you reach the trailhead, you have miles of trail to explore.

Open daily, year-round. There are eight campsites located around a loop in the middle of the facility. While these campsites are mostly enjoyed by tent campers, RVs of 20 ft. or shorter could navigate into a campsite here as well. Each site includes a picnic table and fire ring. Fires are allowed only in designated fire rings. Pets are allowed. Two vault toilets are located near the campsites. You should plan to be completely self-sustainable for the duration of your trip. There is no potable water onsite. The campsites all have a good amount of space from one another and allow you to have the much-desired privacy and intimacy you want in a camping experience.

7 campsites are available by reservation: www.recreation.gov. (1) site is first-come, first-serve.

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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Tassajara Rd is closed by Monterey County at mile post 10.6 (FS boundary) to the end of the road at the Zen Center. No access to the While Oaks. The campground is closed
Operational Hours: Campground check-in time: 3:00pm, check-out time: 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00 pm – 6:00 am 
Reservations: Reservations: 7 sites are available through reservations: www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Reservations need to be made more than 8 days in advance. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: $30/night for camping - includes one vehicle. Extra vehicles are $10 per vehicle per night. 
Usage: Medium
Best Season: spring/summer/fall
Busiest Season: spring/summer
Restrictions: 14 day maximum stay.
Closest Towns: Carmel Valley, Carmel, Salinas, King City
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Interagency Senior or Access Pass entitles pass holder to 50% off of camping fee. 
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Monterey Ranger District Office 831-385-5434 ext. 0
406 South Mildred
King City, CA 93930

General Information

Directions: From Highway 101 north, exit at Arroyo Seco road near the city of Greenfield and proceed 16.2 miles to the junction of Carmel Valley Road and Arroyo Seco Road and bear right. Take Carmel Valley Road 17.2 miles to the junction with Tassajara Road and turn left and go 8 miles to White Oak. From Highway 101 south, south exit at Arroyo Seco road and make an IMMEDIATE LEFT at Elm Ave. (If you get to the ""Entering Greenfield"" sign you have passed the left turn.) Follow Elm Street for 6 miles and turn left at the ""T"" onto Arroyo Seco Road. Proceed 6.5 miles along Arroyo Seco Road to the junction with Carmel Valley Road and bear right. Take Carmel Valley Road 17.2 miles to the junction with Tassajara Road and turn left and go 8 miles to White Oak.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Hiking, picnicking, camping. Acess to the Ventana Wilderness.

No. of Sites 8
Reservation Info Reservations: 90% of campsites are now on the reservation system (7 sites) www.recreation.gov 
Fire Information No firewood at campground. Bring your own. Contact Monterey Ranger District office for current fire restrictions, (831) 385-5434 or www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf


Picnic tables: yes
Tent camping: yes
Parking: yes
Toilets: vault toilet

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