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“Cabin Camping” 4 of 5 stars
Review of William Heise County Park

William Heise County Park
4945 Heise Park Road, Julian, CA 92036
760.765.0650
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions in Julian
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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San Diego, California
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Cabin Camping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Recently spent a couple of nites here "camping" in one of the 14 cabins in the park. The park is at about 4000 feet elevation and is a very nice park as others have mentioned. Cabins can be easily rented on the William Heise website and cost about $60/nite. We stayed in one of the newer cabins. They are quite nice though primitive in the sense that there are only bunks for sleeping (no bedding, bring your own) and tables and chairs. Midnight walks to the restrooms are a keen reminder that you're closer to camping than a comfortable stay in a cabin. The cabins are heated by a propane stove, similar to a typical wood burning stove but burning propane through faux logs. It was more than sufficient to heat the small cabin, even as the temperature outside dropped below freezing. There's no cooking within the cabin and you need to cook outside. Though we did bring a hot water heater for making coffee, hot cocoa, etc. There are several electrical outlets in the cabin. Whilst the park advertises that the cabins have wi-fi, the signals are very weak and we could never connect in any event. We were told that the wi-fi was primarily for checking e-mail and that music and video streaming sites were blocked. Our plans to snuggle in our sleeping bags watching Netflix on our iPads were merely fantasy. :(

The park has nice trails for hiking, though they were pretty muddy during our visit and thus we didn't hike as much as we wanted. The park has a nice play structure near the entrance for young kids.

One nice aspect of the park is that you can drive to the town of Julian in about 10 minutes. We actually took a couple of our meals in Julian.

We plan to visit William Heise and camp in the cabins again!

Visited December 2012
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Julian
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“nice park with easy trails”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Close to Julian, this county park is well maintained and has several moderate to easy trails in the wild. One has a nice eastern view point. Late spring or early fall are our favorite times.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego, California
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“The Gem of Julian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We have been going to William Heise Park for over 10 years now. We go during the week, not weekends, and even in the summer we are one of about 3 tent campers. The park is yours. Love the little trails around the park. We usually hike one each morning before breakfast. The Desert View has many steep climbs to it. Don't bring a baby carriage as I ready someone did. The view is magnificent. It is interesting to see the fire damage from the 2003 fire and how it has repaired itself. Trees are growing again along with the sage brush, etc. The restrooms are keep clean considering it is a campground. Nice to have a hot shower. The Rangers strictly enforce quiet time and fires are out by 11PM. Some people have complained about it but that is the reason it is so peaceful. Julian is only 5 miles away which is a quick ride for ice or a malt at the local soda shop. They are maintaining the park with new wooden fences and have repaired the road. We love it!

Visited August 2012
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San Diego
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“Great place to hike and camp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

I love coming here during the week, you can have the place to yourself most of the year. Good hiking location.

Visited June 2012
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Chula Vista, California
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“RV Weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

This park has great hiking trails. I enjoyed bird watching and found a spotted owl last year. This year spotted acorn woodpeckers, dark-eyed juncos, wild turkeys, blue jays. We usually stay friday through Sunday. Beautiful park.

Visited June 2012
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