Anthony Chabot Campground
Park Features & Amenities
Pull Through Sites:
Full Hookup Sites:
Credit Cards Accepted: NA
Utilities & Amenities
Power: 30 Amps
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Good place for short visit
If you are coming into East Bay and want camping, Anthony Chabot Campgrounds work for a short stay. Dry grass and dirt pads with picnic table and fire pit/grill. No WiFi and one-bar of cell signal.
If you like hiking or biking this location has many options.
Nice and pretty campground in beautiful nature. Yet it's close to the city. You hear more than airplanes in fact (cars, honking trains...) but it's not so loud to become disturbing.
We used the BART in Castro Valley to get to the city. All in all takes you about 45-50 minutes.
There are a few full hook up sites and many standard sites. The showers are very nice and clean.
Nature near the city
This is a very quiet campground. The only noise comes from small airplanes that fly over every now and then.
The campsites are very spacious. There are no bushes hindering the view on your neighbors campsite but since there is plenty of space that's not a problem at all.
Generators are not allowed which we liked very much.
The only downside are in my opinion the showers which are only OK.
When you look the campground up on a map the lake seems close by but it takes some time to reach it due to the difference in altitude.
Beautiful spot - Curfew is a pain
This is a very pretty park. Some sites have full hook ups, and the sites are roomy. We stayed here over 4th of July weekend and it was not too noisy in the RV area, which is great for a campground so close to an urban area.
The site is about 15 minutes drive to Castro Valley, which has all the amenities you need, and also a BART station so you can get into the city easily. It's also a short drive to Berkeley and Oakland and all the great neighborhoods they have to offer.
The only pain here is that the campground gate is locked at 10pm. We visited friends while here and had to leave early, and it also means that you could visit SF during the day, but dinner would be an early affair.
Beautiful, but some annoying quirks..
This is a beautiful location and a beautiful campground with some great views of the east bay area. They offer some sites with full hook-ups, and some with none at all.
Since the campground is so shady nestled in the trees, we had to opt for hook-ups since our solar panels wouldn't do much good. Unfortunately, cell signal was difficult to get where the hook-up spots are - but seemed much better just down the road in the primitive sites. If we went again, we'd probably get a primitive site and just plan to top off the batteries with our generator.
Great hiking around here.
The annoyances with this campground - as far as being a base camp for exploring the bay area in general - include: The gates lock at 10pm - no ins & outs, period. Unless you buy a key to the gate from the ranger, who seems difficult to track down. It is also a bit of a drive - while you can see San Leandro below you, it's a good 20 minute drive down the road. The Castro BART station is closer by, so you can get access to public transit.
So likely not ideal for exploring the bay area, this is a great location to escape the hustle and bustle and traffic of the land below.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park
Nestled in a grove of Eucalyptus trees that I understand are very fragrant (I can't smell), this campground is on the top of a hill overlooking beautiful Lake Chabot. None of the full hookup sites have a view of the lake, but some of the tent sites do - and lots of them would accomodate an RV or trailer. It's a bit of a hike to get down to the lake and up again, but Riley and I loved it. I also loved the miles of mountain bike trails. I wanted to scope this place out as a possible base for exploring San Francisco. There is a 10:00 curfew which kills the whole thing and the drive over the East Bay Bridge is always congested. Phone and Verizon card actually worked pretty well up here. They didn't have a problem with me washing my car and trailer here, either.