the dyrt
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Brooks, CALIFORNIA
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Great place

Great little place in the redwoods in beautiful majestic wine country. Campsites are clean, bathrooms are being renovated at the moment but the ones completed are nice. You need reservations but there are a few walk in campsites up at the end that go on first come first serve basis. Great hiking in the redwoods along a nice creek. Close to Calistoga and St Helena for all your needs.

Military campground not far from the Bay

You have to be former or active duty military to use this campground. It is located on one of Coast Guard's main training centers. The campground is at the back of the complex, next to a playground, volleyball court, cookout shelter, and stocked lake. Full-hookups and large pull in spaces made it very easy and relaxing. The wind kicks up in the afternoon sometimes so watch out for your awning and camp chairs. It is a 15 min drive into Petaluma (which is a very cute town) and another 35 minutes to the GG bridge in good traffic. We visited Muir Woods, SF, and Sausalito while we were here without breaking much of a sweat. Recommended.

One night

Not bad for a night. A little close to others for my liking, but everyone was friendly and helpful.

Has lots of great amenities for all ages to enjoy.

Large campground with many great options for activities. This park has lake access from a large sandy beach. Extensive nature trail system throughout the park. There is also a visitors center with many displays of the animals that are found within the park as well the cultural history.

Campground in the heart of wine country

Small, cozy campground located in the heart of wine country. Site contains fire pit, picnic tables, and bear locker. Several prominent wineries located near by as well as a charming town called Calistoga. Sites and bathrooms were well maintained. Good option if you're doing Napa on a budget!

Off-Season Camping on Letts Lake

I visited this campground during the off-season. Therefore, there was no one else at the campground, but I have heard that this is a very popular place to camp during the summer months.

The campground does not offer very much privacy between sites, but is right on Letts Lake, offering great views. There is an easy trail that surrounds the lake, but the surrounding area offers a wide variety of hiking. There are also many trails for ATVs. The campground has two pit toilets as well. Each site has a table and a fire pit. The paved drives for each site are moderate in length.

During summer months the area gets fairly warm. During off-season camping, I experienced temperatures between 26-34 F. Although it was a chilly camping experience, it was one I won't soon forget!

Great campground for kids

Playgrounds, swimming pool, lots of space to run and scream. We stay when visiting the area and endure the screaming kids. The kids do have fun, I give them that. But this is not wilderness camping. It's camping among giant caravans and lots of families. On one visit, the campground was filled with vintage camp trailers It was fun to walk around and see the oldies.

Petaluma is a cute town with lots of good food and things to do. I recommend the area, and recommend KOA if you're driving a big caravan. There are some tent spaces and cabins too. Something for everyone.

Inexpensive Full and Partial Hook-ups in Napa Valley

Clean showers and bathrooms, some trees, close to Raley’s Grocery store. Easy drive to the wineries of Napa Valley, a little further to Sonoma but a nice drive. Picnic table, some full hook-ups and some partial, we will ask for full hook ups next time just for ease of getting out when your ready to go.

Right by Johnson’s Beach

Right by the Russian River and Johnson’s Beach. Take advantage and go kayaking or canoeing in the river. Cheap rentals at Johnson’s Beach.

Definitely not secluded. The town of Guerneville is right there, but that means you can go get a nice bite to eat. Look up Oprah’s favorite biscuits at the Big Bottom Deli or the Guerneville taco truck in the Safeway parking lot is legit too.

Great location not too far from town

Close to town. Roomy sites. Nike walking/hiking trails. Lots of yellow jackets.

Nice

Camp ground was clean and it appears that they are planting a lot of new trees. Bathroom was clean. Peacocks are everywhere, so be prepared to a little noise. We were in campsite #17 and there was no shade.

Best campground

I have camped here many times over that past five years. Great campground to camp at. Keep in mind that this campground is in a Canyon so noise does carry. There are two sections to this campground. Lower half is family section and the upper section is adults only. This is a family run campground. This is such a beautiful area. Quick walk to the river to swim or sunbathe.

Not bad, site of convience for us

The campground is your typical KOA. there's a store, pool, pond, bathrooms, cabins, disc golf etc. The electric scooters are pretty fun, and the paddle boats too. The ground themselves arent really anything special though. It's open, very little privacy. Honestly it's kinda like a massive group site. No real walking trails or anything. Getting to the campground is easier in the summer because there is a bridge that goes over the river, making it a shorter drive. In the winter, the bridge is removed, so you have to go through the town of Cloverdale and back track, adding about 15-20 minutes to your trip.

Laid back Campground

I've been to Liberty Glen 3 times, and even in peak season the campground is never full. If you talk to the the ranger at the gate, most of the time they will let you drive around the grounds and pick any open site. This is great for groups, especially if you have a few loud people in the mix because you can pick a more secluded site. Check their website for the latest update on if they have potable water on site, it can vary from year to year. Bathrooms are decently clean, with access to paid showers. Bring everything you need, the closest store is in Cloverdale, 20 minutes away. Overall the campground is scrubland with scattered oak trees throughout, the area near the amphitheater has more tree cover than the outer sites. There is also a playground on site, with multiple trails. When hiking in the area be aware of the local wild boar problem. Due to overpopulation, bow hunting of wild boars in the Lake Sonoma area is legal most of the year. There is also an archery range at a nearby area of the Lake. Check their website for the latest check in information, sometimes they want you to check in at the ranger station across the street from the Fish hatchery, sometimes you check in at the booth at the campground.

Ranger Review: Nature’s Coffee Kettle at The Aurora RV Park & Marina

The Aurora RV Park & Marina is a work in progress. I can see what they want to make this campground into, but the reality of what it’s currently status is makes it difficult to stay there. I did get to try a couple of the different blends of Nature’s Coffee Kettle while I was there. Unfortunately I did have to cut my trip short as there was a mandatory evacuation order put into place due to wild fires.

Campground Review

First off this park is designed for RV use, but the owners have converted a few spaces for tent camping. During my visit I stayed in a tent. I booked the site through booking.com and paid $22.00 a night.

The Good

Each site has its own water sipget and two electrical outlets that work well. There was plenty of space at the site to setup two 4-person tents. The site is at the North end of Clearlake and you have some pretty spectacular views all day long. There is a beautiful public BBQ sitting area right next to the private beach. You can use the canoes, kayaks, or paddle boat all free of charge and they provide life jackets. There park does provide WiFi at no additional cost and it worked reasonably well. The mangers there are very friendly and approachable. They checked on me multiple times to make sure everything was okay.

The Bad

At the time of my visit the campground was undergoing renovations. The office area where the bathrooms/showers, laundry room, and community lounge were all at some stage of construction. THe bathrooms were clean, but only one shower and toilet worked. There was no mirror in the bathroom during my stay. I could not for the life of me get the shower to spray warm water at all so I had a week of cold showers, which wasn’t too bad given how hot it was. I did report this to the mangers, but the issue never got resolved. For tent camping the site were too close together and no picnic table was provided at the space I was at. If I had booked through AirB&B I would have been in a different area that had a picnic table.

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get to test products in the field. At The Aurora RV Park & Marina, I tested two different blends of Nature’s Coffee Kettle. I tried the Colombian and Sumatra blend. Overall I would give this product a 4 out a 5 stars.

What I liked about camping with the Nature’s Coffee Kettle:

  • Portable and easy to pack. It takes almost no space at all as it is completely flat when empty.
  • Easy to make. Boil water and pour into the kettle and wait. That’s it!
  • Easy to clean. Once you’ve had your coffee take out the coffee pod and dispose of it. Rinse out the kettle and your done.
  • The kettle is reusable! You can re-order new pods and keep using the kettle
  • Many different things you can brew. Currently they have variety of coffee blends and tea blends. They also have Hot Chocolate, but that comes in its own kettle.
  • Some of the best coffee I have had while camping. The coffee was really good! Way batter than my normal percolated stuff.

THings to be aware of

  • You have to be really careful when pouting the boiling water into the kettle. It is easy to still some of that water on yourself (I did this).
  • The pouch is not insulated so if you want to drink hot/warm coffee you got to drink quickly.
Picturesque Northern California hills

The campground is really nice. Sites were nicely bushed in so as to have a bit of privacy. The walk down to swim in the lake was a significant downhill but the dip was worth it! Funny dead trees sticking out of the lake were fun to climb on. We statyed mostly in smaller sites, but attended a wedding at the group site (D), which was LOVELY- there was a roofed area with picnic table seating for ~50- and another roofed area for the dance party. All infrastructure at that site looked fresh and new.

Beautiful Redwood Camping

you reserve your spot ahead of time. we made the reservation in March and the earliest we could get was the end of July by that point. We had spot number 23 but I think 24 or 21 would have been the best for shade and privacy. THERE ARE NO SHOWERS HERE! we did not know this before hand. There are a million nice hikes, bike riding and views. There were also animals everywhere. Take bug spray though because I didn’t and I am paying for it!

Park is Nice, Campground is average

Napa only has a few nearby camping options, so having Skyline is a good thing. The park itself has some great trails, as well as a disc golf course and native plant garden. The campground is pretty much just a grassy field, so nothing too special about it--but if you come with good company and make use of the park you can have a very nice time.

A lot of the available space does not have shade--so consider bringing a shade structure. There are both RV and tent options.

It gets very dry and hot later in the season, so I would also recommend spring camping here. Plus, then you can enjoy the wildflowers on the trails.

The park did burn in the October 2017 wildfires, but volunteers have worked hard to get the trails back in shape and open again. The campground and surrounding area did not burn.

Park is Nice, Campground is Average

Napa only has a few nearby camping options, so having Skyline is a good thing. The park itself has some great trails, as well as a disc golf course and native plant garden. The campground is pretty much just a grassy field, so nothing too special about it--but if you come with good company and make use of the park you can have a very nice time.

A lot of the available space does not have shade--so consider bringing a shade structure. There are both RV and tent options.

It gets very dry and hot later in the season, so I would also recommend spring camping here. Plus, then you can enjoy the wildflowers on the trails.

The park did burn in the October 2017 wildfires, but volunteers have worked hard to get the trails back in shape and open again. The campground and surrounding area did not burn.

Secluded redwood camp

Beautiful camp in the redwoods- . bathrooWhen the river is flowing, can be awesome for swimming and floating. River can be quite low, especially by late summer/fall, but still enough water for a cool off. Nice big lawn for games with plenty of sun. Ample space among the trees with more shade. They sometimes host large events- but otherwise pretty peaceful. Town (restaurants/market) is an easy walk along the river

Super basic but clean

There’s really no where else to camp in this area that is convenient to the freeway. We walked in with no reservation and got a pull through spot with a bit of grass. Full hookups, no fire pits, but picnic tables at each spot. Pool, pet park, bathrooms, and free showers. Quiet park but nobody was outside cause it was 102!! We relaxed in the trailer with a/c until it cooled off to the low 90’s which was at about 8pm. Good for one night as you’re traveling through though.

Excellent place to camp!

We have camped here several times with and without our kids and love it! The sites are mainly grass and the bathrooms are extremely clean and really big. It is right on the river, and a short walk across the bridge drops you off in the middle of town.

Big, windy and BIG!!

Lake Berryessa is a large lake that has many turnouts to fish or even stop for a quick stretching of the legs , even saw a few turnouts with picnic tables and clean bathrooms. Some of the areas around the Lake had stores and marinas to launch your boat. Rentals for water crafts were also available but some did not have smaller rental fishing boats . The view of the hills that looked so large while you are at the lake was so beautiful . Wildlife was seen throughout the day and the weather was great.

Family Friendly Campground

We’ve camped here a couple of times with our kids it’s perfect for novice campers like us. The staff is awesome, there are bathrooms and showers. You can rent a tent, buy wood and it’s a short drive into town in case you need to stock up. The area is beautiful and there is great hiking trails.

Wooded with a creek, many trails, family friendly in the North Bay.

The campground at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park offers a range of decent sites. There are certainly some that are better situated than others regarding size, shade, and other amenities--but the entire campground is nice. Well maintained, and located in a State Park that is run by a non-profit "Team Sugarloaf". Sonoma Creek runs along the campground and there is a waterfall a short hike away. There are showers for a quarter per minute, if you want to freshen up after a big hike like to the peak of Bald Mt. Visitor's Center has educational displays, maps, and a variety of items for sale. Ice and fire wood available. Each site has a table and fire pit. Great little get away spot that feels farther in the wilderness than it is at all. Close to Sonoma and Santa Rosa. Year-round camping--beautiful in all seasons.

There is also an observatory in the park, one Saturday night per month the hold "Star Parties" and for just $2 you can spend the evening looking through great telescopes and learning about space from experts. Kids are free! It is walking distance from the campground. If you have flashlights that have a red night-vision setting, those are recommended to use there--otherwise they'll give you red cellophane to cover your light so that it doesn't interfere with star viewing.

Large campground.

Was glad to get a spot last minute on Memorial Day weekend. No glass around campsites. Lots of campers but they did make attemps to keep people quiet after 10.Great canoe rentals to take down the river and a shuttle back is right next door.

Camping in a park

I have stayed here for many years. Newer groundskeepers continue good service. Campsites don’t always have access to electricity so I have camped in rv spots to get power. Great location just a quick walk across the bridge to town.

Bullfrog Pond Campground

The Bullfrog Pond Campground is a great camping area peacefully tucked into the redwoods. We were able to talk our way into a last minute walk-up, and despite being a super busy weekend, the place was quiet and pleasant. The bathrooms—which only had toilets—were clean. It was a bit buggy and hot, but considering the time of year that’s par for the course.

Love it here!

Tons of fun! Located in the beautiful Redwood Forest in Guerneville, CA. Bull Frog Pond is on top of the mountain so the views of the forrest and valleys below are AMAZING!!! Besides all of the nature activities (hiking, bird watching, fishing, etc..) you can do on your own there is the town of Guerneville a very short drive away with a wide range of activities to do. Sometimes the Stewards of the Redwood Coast hosts classes or hikes in Armstrong that's a must if you are going to be around. This is a great centrally located campground if you are wanting to explore the Russian River Valley.

Great place to recharge

A nice KOA close to Petaluma with great facilities. We took advantage of doing some laundry and having a hot shower. This KOA also offered all sorts of amenities for families including a small petting zoo, a pool, playground areas, and more. Sites were fairly close together and offered little privacy but overall it was a great place to recharge and get organized.