Pleasantly cuddled on beautiful Figueroa Mountain, the cozy and charming Davy Brown Campground sits alongside the serenely flowing Davy Brown Creek. Close to Santa Barbara, Davy Brown Campground offers some of the most intimately tranquil camping in the Los Padres National Forest. The soothing sounds of the running creek can be heard from all campsites, making this
campground a favorite for those planning a peaceful and relaxing get-away.
Davy Brown Campground is located 26 miles northeast of Highway 154 on Happy Canyon Road in Santa Barbara County. Access to the facility is via mostly paved roads, however Happy Canyon Road is not recommended for large motorhomes and trailers. Davy Brown Campground can also be reached by a less direct and longer route via the Figueroa Mountain Road.
The closest community is Los Olivos, CA, located approximately 45 minutes southwest of the campground. The campground sits at approximately 2,100 feet elevation, in a valley with Davy Brown Creek flowing year- round through the campground. Surrounding vegetation includes chaparral with oak and pine trees. As of March 1, 2013 fishing is not allowed in Davy Brown Creek.
Most recreation use occurs in the spring and summer, but the best time to visit is spring and winter. Weekend visitors come to hike, camp, and see the famous wildflowers on Figueroa Mountain. The Davy Brown Trail begins within the campground and leads to the top of Figueroa Mountain Road. Davy Brown Campground is approximately 2 miles west of Nira Campground.
The campground has 13 sites, each with a picnic table, a fire ring with grill, and in some units, an additional pedestal grill. There is one two-seat vault toilet and one single-seat vault toilet, for a total of three seats.
The interior road and spurs are paved. There is no water available in the campground. One trash dumpster is located in the campground.
First come, first served.
- $20.00 per night per single family site for up to 6 people and 1 vehicle
- $10.00 extra person (up to 8) per night and $10.00 extra vehicle charge (up to 2) per night
- $10.00 day use fee per vehicle
- Golden Age/Golden Access Pass for single family campsites only
- Parks Management Day Use Annual Pass
Davy Brown Campground has 13 scenic and picturesque campsites. Each campsite is equipped with fire rings, pedestal barbeques and a picnic table along with two sets of vault bathrooms (wheelchair accessible) spaced strategically throughout the campground. Davy Brown Campground can accommodate RVs up to 25, although hook-ups are not available. Three dumpsters are located on Figueroa Mountain Road for convenient trash disposal, although none are available at this site. There is no drinking water at this site. Please bring your own water.
- Accessible Vault Toilets
- Bird Watching
- Campfire Rings
- Creek Access
- Day Use Area
- Mountain Biking
- Self Pay Station
- Vault Toilets
- Wildlife Viewing
On hot summer days, the creek provides relief as visitors splash in the water holes located along the creek. Migrating birds, such as the exquisite Western Tanager are often seen from spring to August. There are ample trails to hike, or mountain bike. From mid-August to late September, this campground is very popular with hunters during the annual deer season.
- Camping fee includes 1 vehicle and 1 tent, trailer or RV
- $10 fee for each extra vehicle
- No drinking water is available
- No public showers in the region
- Fireworks are prohibited at all times
- The nearest stores and gas are a 35 minute drive to Los Olivios along Hwy 154
- No cell service can be found in the campground
- Don’t hike alone. Tell someone where you plan to go and then stick to your plans
- Don’t take unnecessary chances—help for emergencies is miles away
- Make sure you have a first aid kit and other safety gear with you when hiking
- Bring your gnat/mosquito repellent in Spring/Summer/Fall
- 2 night minimum stay on weekends
- 3 night minimum stay on holidays
- Click here for more information on Los Padres National Forest
- Davy Brown Campground is a "Campfire Use Site." Campfires are normally permitted year around without a California Campfire Use Permit Under some conditions, wood fires and barbecues may be prohibited in all areas of the national forest. Fires at Campground are only permitted in fire rings provided by the Forest Service
- Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov
Davy Brown Campground is the starting point for several trails, including the spectacular Davy Brown Trail/Fir Canyon Trail. Two miles further are the Lower Manzana and Upper Manzana Trailheads, an entry points to the majestic San Rafael Wilderness. Los Olivios, Santa Ynez, Solvang and Buelton are within an hour drive.