Hungry Valley State Park


Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is a fun place for any van or RV nomad to visit and explore. The area offers more than 130 miles of scenic trails for motorcycles, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), mountain bikes, and hiking. It also has ten campgrounds spread around the valley that use can use to boondock.


Hungry Valley SVR is one of those places most people in Southern California don’t know exist, so it makes a great stopover for any van or RV nomad. The area is the third-largest California State Park’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, with over 4000 acres to explore. 


Over 130 miles of trails at Hungry Valley provide excitement for both beginner and experienced off-roaders. Signs with colored symbols indicating the trail difficulty and one-way trails are posted at each trailhead.

For experienced off-roaders, challenging trails can be found in the hills and sand washes of the back-country section of the SVRA. 

Beginners can enjoy the scenery and relative ease of the Native Grasslands Management Area’s trails.

Trails in the adjoining Los Padres National Forest are recommended for experienced riders.

Map: Hungry Valley SVRA Map


There are ten semi-developed campgrounds and over 200 campsites located throughout the SVRA. A few of these campgrounds include:

  • Smith Forks
  • Upper & Lower Scrub Oaks
  • Edison Canyon
  • Lane Ranch
  • Circle Canyon’
  • Cottonwood
  • Aliklik
  • Sterling Canyon 
  • Honey Valley Group

Smith Forks campground also provides a mini track for young riders to recreate under the watchful eye of their parents.  Due to the arid environment, drinking water is not available anywhere in the park.

Each campground provides shade ramadas, picnic tables, fire rings, vault restrooms, and trash bins. Beware that there is no water available in the park so bring your own. 

The camping fee is $10 a night, and you will need an Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Vehicle Day Use Pass if you ride in the SVRA.

For more information on obtaining the pass, visit: SoCal Park Passes

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