Even though I like exploring dead buildings and areas purported to be haunted, these are generally not selling points when it’s time for me to find a place to try camping out for a day or two.
As it turns out, finding any kind of campground late at night requires an almost Herculean effort. Finding one that doesn’t look like it’ll get you murdered in your sleep by forest monsters is even trickier.
With luck, after giving up and car camping for a night or so, we happened upon a pretty nice and very reasonably priced campground– Mirabel RV Park and Campground in Forestville, CA. Tent camping for a night was only about $27 (roughly half of some of the other campgrounds we’d looked at), and the site we managed to snag was right on the riverside. Sites also have access to water, electricity, and their own firepits, which was hugely helpful, and there are shower and bathroom areas located here and there throughout the park.