Horse Camp Road


Skillman Campground caters to campers with horses, but is available to groups and individuals without horses as well. It is located in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City and three historic mining towns.


The Pioneer Trail stretches 25 miles through the Tahoe National Forest and can be accessed from the campground. The popular trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2003. Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are favorite activities on this popular trail.


Skillman Campground specializes in equestrian camping. Horse corrals, water troughs and hitching posts are found in the campground. Site 4 has two corrals and sites 7, 9, 13 and 15 have one corral each. Each single site can accommodate up to six people, four horses and two vehicles. A group area is made up of five smaller sites, that can accommodate 36 people altogether, as well as 24 horses and 12 vehicles. Large trucks and trailers will require the space of multiple cars.

Natural Features

The campground is situated in a forest of cedar and Douglas fir trees, at an elevation of 3,700 feet.

Nearby Attractions

Skillman Campground is located on the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway (Highway 20) near many gold rush era historical sites and old mining towns such as Washington and Nevada City. Nevada City, about 14 miles west, is a scenic historical mining town with many historical attractions, top notch restaraunts, various lodging options, shopping, and stores for everything you may need. Other attractions include the South Yuba River, Washintong Scenic Overlook, Alpha and Omega Scenic Overlook and Interpretive Trail, Rock Creek Nature Trail, Chalk Bluff OHV trails, and Grouse Ridge Non-Motorized Area.


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