Towle Camp is Foothills Park's campground located at the end of Wildhorse Valley. It is open from May 1 through October 31 for tent camping. Campers with a reservation and permit may drive the half-mile road to the campground.
There are eight tent camping sites. Sites 1 and 5 hold 16 people each (in up to 4 cars) while the other sites hold 8 people each (in up to 2 cars). Each site has a tent pad, picnic table, charcoal barbeque, food locker, and water. There are two campfire circles with benches for use by all campers. Portable toilets, and Zero Waste dumpsters (recycling, compost and landfill) are located in the parking lot. For more information regarding Towle Campground, please see our information sheet.
For photos and site locations, see visit the Towle Campground Photos page.
Reservation fee: $35 per site per night
Camping reservations must be made by a Palo Alto resident aged 21 or older who is spending the night. All Palo Alto residency requirements apply. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance, but must be made at least a week in advance. Reservations for holidays must be made through one of the community centers, such as Lucie Stern (650-463-4900). Same-day reservations are not accepted. You can make a reservation using our online system, or by filling out a reservation form.
Once your reservation has been confirmed, the guest list inside of the packet must be submitted to Foothills Park one week in advance, listing all members of your party, residents and non-residents alike.
Cancellations must be made in writing and received two weeks before the event. A cancellation fee (1/3 of total charges) is non-refundable unless the city cancels the permit, wherein a full refund will be made. No refund is given if cancellation is less than two weeks.
Enter the park and go straight. At the Y intersection, bear left. Continue to the Orchard Glen picnic area and turn left into the parking lot. Continue through lot to the gate and up the road to the campground. See map below, or for general location information go to this Google Maps link.