People are always asking, “What are the hidden gems of the area?” This questions always brings a little bit of a chuckle with it. In this age of technology and online social activity, there are very few, if any, actual hidden gems left to any area, but especially so for top tourist areas like St. George. So our title is a little tongue in cheek. Probably a more accurate title would be, Less Trafficked Areas That are Still Amazing.
While Oak Grove campground may not be a secret that only a couple locals know of, it is still a breathtaking location that is well off the beaten path of the main tourist crowd. This campsite is located right at the foot of the highest point in Washington County. That’s right, higher than anything in Snow Canyon or even Zion National Park. The North backdrop of the site is walled in by nearly sheer cliffs towering a couple thousand feet higher than your tent.
The vegetation is much different than what you might expect for the St. George area as well. It’s very green with lots of oak scrub bushes, mighty ponderosa pine trees, and a small stream. Along with the giant trees, there are also several challenging hiking trails that you can choose from that range from moderate to difficult. Come on a clear day and be prepared to get some unbelievable views.
The facilities are nice with picnic tables at each camping site and solid bathroom structures built to make sure you aren’t roughing it too hard. This is a well maintained area, made possible thanks to being an affordable fee ($15) camping space. There are 7 campsites available with the largest one accommodating up to 15 people.
It’s beautiful, it’s secluded but accessible, and it’s different from the rest of the St. George area camping. Next time you are in the area, try Oak Grove out to see what a gem it really is.