Popular in the summer for its refreshing swimming holes, Rock Camp and other surrounding campgrounds, including Paradise Campground, are great destinations. From the end of Paradise Road, hike the easy, exposed one mile to the campground. There may be water crossings, but nothing too serious.
What Makes It Great
For a longer hike, go past the Red Rocks Swimming Hole and continue to the 3.5 mile mark and the Gibraltar Dam. Rock Campground tends to be more of a loud party campground with only two primitive sites, while Paradise is a little more tame for families. There is no potable water at Red Rock while Paradise has water, BBQ pits and picnic tables. You also have the option to just picnic here for the day. An Adventure Pass is needed to park your car.
Who is Going to Love It
The swimming holes are what makes this area a blast. Weekends can get a little rowdy for overnight campers, so plan to hike in a little farther and set up camp away from the commotion if you're looking for peace and quiet.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Rock Campground is located in Los Padres National Forest. From Santa Barbara off Hwy 101, go 10 miles N.W. on Hwy 154, 11 miles E. on Paradise Road.