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Hurkey Creek Park

56375 Highway 74, Mountain Center, California 92561
1 Review
Type: Nature & Gardens, Hiking & Walking, and Playgrounds & Playspaces
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $


1 Review for Hurkey Creek Park

March 20 2012
2 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"A great meadow in the mountains"

Hurkey Creek Park is one of the Riverside County Parks.  It is located right outside of the teeny town of Mountain Center just a few miles away from Idyllwild.   It is a beautiful park located in an open valley with views of the gorgeous mountain peaks!  

It is a large campground with a really nicely developed day use area.  There are 130 campsites.  All are leveled and rated for both tent and RV use with the exception of a group of tent only spaces.  There are no hook ups.  Water is centrally located.   There are also five group sites that with hold up to 80-100 campers. The group sites are in a separate area from the main camp, which I would expect benefits everyone.   The bathrooms are clean, and there are coin/token operated showers.   The sites are surrounded by large trees.  Some sites are very well shaded, others not as much.  So, this is a situation where you will need to choose your site carefully if you have afternoon nappers or plan on being in the tent during the day (sites 8-12 are very shady, as are 4-5, 69, 68, 65, 64, 62, 41, 42, and 99).   If you would like a site that backs up to the creek, the tent only sites (99-104) are great, along with 92 which has an access path to the creek, and 92, which is a nice looking site.  

The playground is great.  It is definitely for primary school kids.  My almost three year old had a great time, but it was a little scary to have him be able to traverse the highest and fast slides.  There is a rock wall on one side that would be fun for 4 and up.  

The creek is very seasonal.  I wouldn't count on being able to use the creek to cool off.  

The grounds are very well kept.  The planning of the grounds were too as there is a large, open grassy area, picnic tables, and an amphitheatre which are accessible and centrally located.  

There are hiking trails and a 10 mile mountain bike course that stem out from the campground.  

The day use prices are $3 for adults and $2 for a child.  
Camping is $20 a site a night (Know that you can reserve online, but there is a service charge)

 
 

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