If you don’t mind a short drive and the lack of an ocean view, this campground is a good alternative to the expensive state parks on the coast. It seems to never completely fill so there’s no need to make reservations. Amenities include picnic tables, grills, fire rings, restrooms with showers, potable water and a dump station.Ortega Flats Campground has 13 sites with electric hookups. We stayed in Live Oak Campground with 42 non-electric sites. The sites in Live Oak are nicely spaced but there isn’t enough vegetation to provide privacy. Dogs are not permitted.
The park has a nature center with an elevated deck overlooking the valley. Many miles of trails are shared by hikers, bicyclers and horseback riders.
None of the campsites are designated as accessible and they’re all surfaced with loose gravel which makes rolling difficult. The nature center has ramps to the deck but the railing blocks the view for visitors in wheelchairs. The short trail at the nature center was too overgrown for wheelchair travel. We didn’t try any of the other trails because the horses and bikes usually cause big ruts. Park 33.53386, -117.55018