Just east of Ventura you will find the quaint town of Ojai, and just on the northern outskirts you will find Wheeler Gorge Campground. The campground is set along a creek that, during summer, dries up. This National Forest campground is littered with oaks and most spots are shady and spacious. You really can't go wrong selecting a spot here, as the creek meanders through camp and most spots are scenic. Just across the street from the campground you will find a small visitor's center where a few supplies, books, maps and information about ranger talks are available. Friendly camp hosts Nearby Ojai is a fun place to spend an
afternoon perusing shops and checking out the local artistry. Recent fires (Thomas Fire 2017) burned through this area, but regrowth is occurring. There is a burn ban in effect (2019). There is no potable water here of any kind, so come with drinking water and tanks filled.
Good Sites: Most All Sites
Poor Sites: 36-39, 24 & 50
Potable Water: No
Dump within Facility: No
This area reminded me of camping back East, with the stream and lots and lots of trees. The campground was pretty deserted, so we explored many of the other sites. We decided that 60 or 61 will be our ideal for our next trip back there.
Visitors' center was closed during our off-season visit.
I've been to Dogwood and it's booked the weekend we want to go as is Green Valley. Aside from Crystal Lake or Dogwood, I haven't been camping too many local places.