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.
Dogs are welcome, too, though the campground does prohibit pitbulls and pit mixes according to the brochure we were given. Guests are also expected to keep their pets under their control at all times, and to clean up their dogs’ waste.
As far as the campground’s location is, it isn’t a terribly long drive from California’s Old Faithful geyser and the petrified forest trails in Calistoga. There’s also an organic/natural foods market less than half a mile away, with a bring-your-own-container water distiller that’ll only run you about $.35 a gallon.
For other IIH sufferers out there, it’s worth noting that the campground’s elevation isn’t bad at all. It was, if I recall correctly, only about a hundred and fifty feet above sea level. I didn’t experience any additional headaches, vertigo, nausea, or vision problems while camping there, so hopefully others coping with intracranial hypertension won’t either.
So, for those of you looking for inexpensive, convenient, probably-not-haunted, dog-friendly, IIH-friendly campsites around the Forestville area, I highly recommend Mirabel. I’d like to go back one of these days, hopefully before this year’s camping season is over.