About Gold Bluffs Beach Campground
Located on the coast at Prairie Creek State Park - in the southern part of the parks. Smallest number of sites, with a narrow dirt road access. Trailers prohibited. ADA Access: ADA accessible campsites and features.
National Park Service
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is located in California
10 miles up Davison Road. Located off Hwy 101. Turn-off is 3 miles north of Orick.
11 Reviews of Gold Bluffs Beach Campground
This is one of my favorite campgrounds I have ever stayed at. It offers easy access to the Redwoods and great views of the ocean.
The campground is nice and small and all the sites are well spaced out. There are bathrooms with full plumbing and potable water.
Great views for sunset as well!
Gold Bluffs Beach was a respite from the wildfire smoke of summer 2018. 8 miles from the 101, 2 of which is a rough, unpaved road, sets this unique campsite away from the hustle-bustle of the human condition. The constant marine layers and cool winds ensure that only those wishing solitude or a challenging camp environment will visit. The brisk ocean beach is stunning. Nearby Fern Canyon legendary. Campsite facility shockingly has both showers and WiFi - perfect for your adventurer who needs to check on the status of their other life. Oh yes, don’t forget about the elk. 😉
I absolutely loved staying here! I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t closer to the beach, and didn’t have a view of the beach, but it was still awesome, and a very short walk to the water. The campground was almost full when we got there in the late afternoon, but it was spacious and didn’t feel crowded. The fog rolled in pretty quickly that evening, and we woke up to a magical, misty view of the bluffs the next morning! It’s just a couple minute’s drive to the trail that goes to fern canyon!
WONDERFUL hot showers, walk along the beach to Fern Canyon, see elk
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415 is possibly my favorite campground I have every visited. The sites are spacious, located in the sand dunes just below a large redwood bluff. The sites on the west of the loop also back up to the ocean. There isn't a ton of tree or bush coverage for privacy, but the sites are spaced out far enough that it isn't an issue and the sand dunes offer some privacy if you set up your tent in a hollow. Each site has a picnic table and firepit/grill combo. There is also a bear box for food, and the Rangers are very adamant that all food is to be kept in there, at all times, unless you are eating it. I didn't see any bears, just lots of elk and hawks. There are bathrooms and coin operated showers, as well as drinking water. All the facilities were very clean. It is a long, rough road to get out to the campground, but well worth it. Keep in mind that it is part of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, so while the campground and beach is dog friendly, the hiking trails are not. The beauty of the campground and the surrounding redwoods, as well as Fern Canyon a couple miles past the campground, is amazing. The little town of Orick has a couple places to stock up on supplies, but don't expect to be able to run to a supermarket or REI while you are here. The remote location is part of what makes it such a spectacular place. I could go on and on about it, but I would fall short in describing it, so please check out the pictures below. Recommend it 100% to anyone. One tip though, since it is right on the ocean, it tends to get foggy at night. Put on your tent's rainfly even if it is bright and sunny all day and clear in the evening. Otherwise you will wake up wet.
awesome camp sites right on the beach. very nice bathrooms, and a bear/animal safe to keep your food in.
This campsite was so close to the ocean we could hear the waves crashing all night. It was not overly crowded for November even though the weather was perfect. The only downside was the road getting to the campground was very precarious and if it had been raining, my car would have not made it back out. A huge plus is that they accepted my national parks pass as payment for the site.
This little piece of heaven is a first come first serve campsite, but it's right next to the beach so who can complain about that! The drive into Golden Bluffs is a rough one with windy turns and bumpy roads, but you do get a nice view of the redwood forest! The area itself is just a breathe taking combination of towering redwood trees with a mix of the calming waves and the beach!
I went in early April and got a little bit of rain, so definitely make sure you prepare for that. But the great thing about going in early April is that the campground was pretty much empty so you can enjoy the beach without it being over populated! Also they have the standard amenities you would expect from a campsite (fire ring, food locker, bathrooms). Being that it is first come first serve, I would suggest getting there early setting up your campsite and then hit the trails!
Stayed here in early October. It's an absolutely magical place. The campground is not huge maybe 30-40 sites. Can accommodate RvS and tens. There bathrooms, showers, toilets, fire ring and picnic tables. Make reservations on weekend if you want a ocean side side. They will be booked. We did a walk in. There's no much shade around sites but your on the ocean and there's hiking in Fern Canyon right behind you where there is fresh water and lots of shade. The drive off the pacific coast highway is 8 miles on an windy dirt road. It was beautiful but be prepared for slow people…You can fish, hike, bike and surf here.
Fern canyon offers amazing hiking. It's 1 of a kind. There's lot of redwoods and miles and miles of trails to explore. It's costs 8$ to get into the park but if you have a national park pass it's free. You also need to pay for camping. They are seperate fees. It's well worth the money for camping here especially if you have the national park pass and save 8$.
Ok the road to this place is 1 on the roughest I've ever come across and I love in the mountains of Montana! Yet once you reach this place you relize it should be hard to reach, what a jem. You feet from the ocean and minutes to the giant redwoods. This place is perfect to calm the mind and help you relax.