Towle Campground

 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 Process

Reservation fee: $40 per site per night
Camping reservations must be made by an Adult aged 21 or older who is spending the night.  Reservations may be made up to a year in advance for Palo Alto residents and 9 months for non-residents, 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.

  • Online – You can make your reservation online by signing into your Enjoy account clicking on the Reservations tab.
    NOTE: Your reservation time will begin at 2:00PM and end at 12:00PM. Our online system will display as an all day reservation beginning at 12:00AM.
  • Application Packet – Once you fill out a copy of the application packet, you can drop it off at any of our community centers or email it to You may also fax it to 650-321-5612.

Once your reservation has been confirmed, the guest list 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.

Additional Information

  • Each campsite has picnic table, water, fire bucket, charcoal barbecue, food storage locker, and pad for tents. Each tent pad holds two 4-person tents. The group sites have two pads for up to four 4-person tents.
  • Sites 1 and 5 are the group sites, which hold up to 16 people and no more than 4 cars may use the parking lot. Sites 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 hold up to 8 people and no more than 2 cars per site in the parking lot.
  • Tent camping only. Car camping and recreational vehicles of any type are not permitted to park in the campground.
  • There are two fire circles which are open to all campers. One is near site 1, the other is near site 5. Fires are by permit only and may be prohibited due to fire weather or drought conditions. You must bring your own firewood. Wood collecting is not permitted in the nature preserve.
  • All campers must be in the park one half hour before park closing time.
  • All visitors not spending the night must exit before park closing time.
  • For more information, please see our information sheet.
  • Feel free to call the rangers with questions at 650-329-2423.


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. For general location information go to this Google Maps link.