Campground Review: O'Neill Regional Park, Orange County, CA
Why we chose here: We were too late to book any of the busy beach locations in Orange County and wanted to visit with some friends in the area, so O'Neill was our back up. Not really competitive to the Pacific views it's still not a bad park. The drought and general inland heat has left it's toll, leaving the park looking a little dry and shriveled. Still there are some decent hikes directly from the park.
Location: Close to civilization if you need to stock up on groceries and things like that, but still with some good hiking trails that join up with a more extensive trail sytem. .
Sites: Some of the pull through sites are gigantic. The sites are pretty well spaced and have picnic tables and fire rings. All sites are dry. Most of them are open and suitable for solar panel use. For those that prefer shade sites at the North East end of the ground have more shade. Even though the map shows a creek, I don't think water has run through the campground for quite some time.
Facilities: There are restrooms and showers, we didn't try. There is a dump station in the park.
Groceries: This park is in a suburban setting. The stores of Rancho Santa Margarita including Trader Joe's are close by.
Reservations: Yes. The park is busy at weekends and reservations are recommended.
Cell Coverage / WiFi: Yes Verizon and AT&T
Price Paid: $20
Date of visit: November 2015
Would we come here again? Yes, although I would prefer to camp at the coast in OC