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Fry Creek Campground is located in Cleveland National Forest, near the world-famous Palomar Observatory. It offers visitors a refreshing getaway and Explore the Stars, an astronomy event with amateur astronomers and telescopes. The campground is surrounded by a loop hike, and the nearby Observatory Campground offers level cement platforms for telescopes.


Fry Creek Campground is situated in the heart of Cleveland National Forest, uniquely located down the road from the world-famous Palomar Observatory. The fresh, clean air of the campground provides a refreshing getaway for visitors from San Diego and Los Angeles.

The observatory, atop Palomar Mountain, boasts five high-tech telescopes, among them, the massive 200-inch Hale Telescope, was the world's largest effective telescope for about 45 years. The observatory is owned by the California Institute of Technology and astronomical research includes near-Earth asteroids and the study of distant galaxies.


At Observatory Campground, the site across from Fry Creek, there's a popular astronomy event called Explore the Stars.

Amateur astronomers gather here with their telescopes and share views of planets and constellations with visitors. The event takes place one weekend each month, April through October.


A loop hike, great for exploring local flora and fauna, surrounds Fry Creek.

The campground sits beneath a dense pine canopy, which is not ideal for stargazing, but Observatory Campground across the road has level cement platforms for telescopes and an amphitheater that's open to campers.

Natural Features

Fry Creek is at a 4,900 ft. elevation on Palomar Mountain. The area is dense with evergreen and oak, and is usually cooler than the surrounding area.

Nearby Attractions

The visitor center at Palomar Observatory is 2.2 miles away and can be accessed by road or by hiking trail. A restaurant and gift shop are onsite.
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Campground Matrix

Set alerts at more campgrounds to increase your odds of getting a place to stay! Below is a list of the closest campgrounds supported on Campflare. Or, view all campgrounds in Cleveland National Forest.

Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Cleveland National Forest
0.2mi 60%
Doane Valley Family Camp
Palomar Mountain State Park
1.2mi 68%
Cedar Grove Group Camp
Palomar Mountain State Park
1.8mi 54%
Crestline Picnic Ground
Cleveland National Forest
2.4mi 68%
Oak Grove
Cleveland National Forest
5.9mi 69%
Dripping Springs (Ca)
Cleveland National Forest
9.7mi 65%
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