Skillman Campground

Area Status: Open

Skillman Campground is open to all users including equestrian, mountain bikers and OHV. It is located along Hwy 20. Some camp sites have corrals, hitching posts, and horse troughs. Immediately adjacent to the campground is the Pioneer Trail used by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The Burlington OHV trail system is close by. Skillman Campground is available for both RV and tent camping (however, there are NO RV hookups or amenities, size restrictions on RV may apply).

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Normally facility operates Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Operation may change depending on weather conditions. Contact Tahoe National Forest for current information at (530)265-4531.
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777), or on-line at
Open Season: May 22 - October 15
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Nevada City
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Nevada City:   Drive 14 miles east on Hwy 20 toward Truckee. Turn right into Skillman and make a left at the first road to reach the campground.

From I-80:   Take Hwy 20 exit and drive 12 miles west toward Nevada City. Turn left into Skillman, make a left at the first road to reach the campground.


Adequate parking

General Notes:

Easy highway access

Close to Nevada City

Pioneer Trail access

Burlington Motorcycle Trail System nearby

Water is for horses and is non-potable. There are corrals in sites 3,4, 7,9, 11 and 15 and a metal trough in site 2. Large rubbermade trough between sites 3&4, rubber trough in site 15.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Group Camping

Horse Camping

The Burlington Ridge Trail System can be accessed directly from the campground with no need to trailer to a trailhead. Four shared corrals are available, and some sites have hitching posts.  Please remember to rake and bag your manure daily.

Fees: $24.00

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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