Open Year Round for G*R*E*A*T Camping! Located halfway between Los Angeles & San Francisco, just 10 miles off US101. Santa Margarita KOA is an outdoor lover's dream! Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, bird watching, horseback riding, cycling, horse shoes, swimming, and many other outdoor activities, you're sure to find an activity in our area you will enjoy! Our giant Jumping Pillow is a favorite of kids of all ages. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we offer on-site activities on Saturdays & holidays. Our "refreshing" unheated swimming pool is open from May through October. Beat the heat by visiting in the Fall & Spring.
SANTA MARGARITA KOA is a rustic, rural campground carved into the side of a hill on 70 acres covered in oaks and pines. Retreat to a nature-lover's paradise in a natural setting with panoramic vistas, rolling terrain, and secluded campsites. All of our roads and sites are dirt. Expect steep terrain, hard ground, cool nights and dark skies year round. Come prepared with soft sleeping pads, warm sleeping bags, warm clothes, comfy shoes, flashlights and lanterns. We sell nice oak firewood for your warming and BBQ'ing pleasure. Our convenience store carries camping essentials like ice, beer, soda, juice, water, candy, chips and s'more stuff. If you want fresh grub or a hot meal, swing by a grocery store or restaurant in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero before heading our way.
SANTA MARGARITA LAKE is just one-half mile away, where you can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, boat rentals and horse trails...but NO SWIMMING. Santa Margarita Lake is a "Quiet Lake" that provides drinking water for local residents so you cannot swim in it. You can walk or bike in for FREE or pay $10 per vehicle for Day Use. You can rent kayaks, fishing boats and pontoon boats at really reasonable rates. There is excellent fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and blue gill.
DAY TRIPS: We are located within an hour's drive or less from Hearst Castle, Cambria, Ocean Dunes, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, local wineries, Pozo National Forest, and many other great local attractions! Monterey and Santa Barbara are also great day trips when visiting California's Central Coast.
STARGAZING: After a day enjoying the outdoors, relax around your campfire and the crickets and frogs will serenade you... along with beautiful birds singing in chorus.
Tuesday Is Free Local Swim Day!
Want to escape the heat? Locals may swim at Santa Margarita KOA on Tuesdays for FREE! On Sunday - Thursday, a Summertime Adult Day Pass is $5.00 and a Kid's Pass (7-17 years old) is $3.00. A Day Pass gives admission to the pool and Jumping Pillow if you are not camping with us. Weekend Day Passes are NOT available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Registered Guests of Santa Margarita KOA always swim and use the Jumping Pillow for FREE.
We currently offer the following activities: