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“Pretty county park”

William Heise County Park
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Julian
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Chula Vista, California
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156 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Pretty county park”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

We visited William Heise County Park to go for a hike. The day use fee was $3. We drove through the campground and saw that the sites are nice. Most are shaded and all have a picnic table and fire ring. There is some space between the campsites so you aren't right next to the neighboring campsites. The bathrooms were clean and showers were available for a fee. We hiked the Desert View Trail and the Canyon Oak Trail. Most of the trail isn't shaded. It can get hot so I suggest you hike either in the morning or evening. We saw one rattlesnake in the middle of the trail so watch where you step. It saw us a slithered off of the trail. We passed by without a problem. After hiking we ate lunch at one of the many picnic tables available. On the way out, we passed by a play area for kids. Overall, a good day and we may be back.

Visited May 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“VERY beautiful place to camp”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We had a great time at this campground. The sites are all very nice, and to close together. We were in site # 71. Lots of room to spread out. Very scenic with the trees, bushes and surrounding green hills. When they say quite time is between 10pm and 8am, they mean it. Everyone abided by the rules, and it was super quiet. The rangers drive around and wave at you, but they don't stop and check up on you. We went Easter weekend and the place was full. There are hiking trails right at the park. The creek and pond we hiked to were dry, but it was a nice hike anyways. The bathrooms are a little bit of a walk from most sites. The bathrooms in the upper tent camping area are clean. There are two woman's showers and two men's showers, and they were also very clean, but you have to pay 50 cents for 5 minutes, and the water was hot. We went down to the bathrooms and showers near the main entrance, and they are free. Inside the bathroom area, there are 3 showers, and then there's two "family" shower rooms on the outside of the bathroom building. It's just a little larger area with one shower inside each small room. Good for kids and moms, etc. The water went from cold to hot, cold to hot, depending on how many people were taking showers out of that building. All and all, we loved the campground, and loved the area, and love that it is pretty close to Julian. About a 15 - 20 minute drive to town.

Visited April 2014
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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“Interesting to see the forest renewing itself”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

We walked around one of the shorter trails. It was lovely, taking in a range of different types of forest that had been badly affected by fires 10 years before. Signs clearly explain how a forest regenerates after a fire and help you to understand what you are seeing. I'm sure it was amazing before, but it is still lovely, although a bit desolate now. A nice place for an afternoon's walk.

Visited November 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Camping for the weekend”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Wonderful camp sites, beautiful oak trees. Great surrounding area to visit - Julian and Santa Ysabel.

Visited November 2013
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La Mesa, California, United States
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“Park Is Worth A Visit...”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed at a B&B just east of Julian (one mi). We wanted to find a place not too far away where we could be in nature and do some hiking. William Heise State Park was just the place! It's a big beautiful park in the mtns with some hiking trails to enjoy. I think taking pics is a must... as you are surrounded by beauty and nature! It is a State Park.. not a free park. I think we paid $5 or $6 for day use. I like the park very much and will return for a visit and hike the next time we stay in or around Julian.. :)

Visited November 2012
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