Places to Camp near Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Are you in need of a campground near Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA? There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in. Experience some of the most stunning views that California camping has to offer. Discover great camping spots near Golden Gate National Recreation Area, reviewed by campers like you.

Best Camping Sites Near Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA (139)

    Camper-submitted photo from Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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    Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    15 Reviews
    49 Photos
    737 Saves
    Sausalito, California

    Overview

    Kirby Cove is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Battery Kirby. Visitors are awarded breathtaking views of San Francisco, its famous Golden Gate Bridge, and the rugged Pacific Coast of northern California. Please note: The parking area for the campground is a short walk from the campsites, so RV or car camping is not allowed at Kirby Cove Campground.__

    Recreation

    Hiking, picnicking and taking in the beautiful views from Kirby Cove are among the park's most popular activities. Visitors also enjoy exploring Battery Kirby, a historic army battery in use from 1898-1934. The Point Bonita Lighthouse and Nike Missile Site SF-88 are also close to the campsite.

    Facilities

    Hiking, picnicking and taking in the beautiful views from Kirby Cove are among the park's most popular activities. Visitors also enjoy exploring Battery Kirby, a historic army battery in use from 1898-1934. The Point Bonita Lighthouse and Nike Missile Site SF-88 are also close to the campsite.

    Natural Features

    Kirby Cove offers a coarse-sand beach with spectacular views - when it's not foggy - of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and northern San Francisco, including the historic Presidio. The cove is nestled at the foot of the craggy Marin Headlands and has beach access. A steep, mile-long trail to the cove begins at the parking area above Battery Spencer on Conzelman Road. The path descends through a stately grove of Monterey, cypress, pine and Blue Gum eucalyptus. Coastal sage and colorful Lupine dot the hillsides. Temperatures are mild year-round. Expect lows from 50-55 degrees and highs from 60-65. Fog is prevalent in the summer months from May-Sept. It is best to bring clothing that can be layered. Lightweight summer clothes are rarely comfortable to wear at Kirby Cove.

    Nearby Attractions

    The San Francisco Bay Area has no shortage of fun and interesting things to do and see. Awe-inspiring Muir Woods National Monument, with its old-growth coastal redwood forest and numerous hiking trails, is just a 20-minute drive from Kirby Cove. Mount Tamalpais State Park, with hiking and sweeping views of the Bay Area, is another 10 minutes past Muir Woods. Downtown San Francisco offers a myriad of restaurants, shops, museums and tourist attractions. Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island and Chinatown are popular destinations. Visitors love riding San Francisco's world famous cable cars up and down the city's hilly streets.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (415) 331-1540.

    Charges & Cancellations

    The Kirby Cove Day Use Site must be cancelled or modified more than 14 days before your check-in date otherwise it will be considered a late cancellation.__ You may also refer to Recreation.gov's Rules & Reservation Policies.__To initiate a refund request more than 7 days after your reservation, call the recreation.gov call center at 877-444-6777.

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    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Anthony Chabot Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Anthony Chabot Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Anthony Chabot Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Anthony Chabot Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Anthony Chabot Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Anthony Chabot Regional Park

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    Anthony Chabot Regional Park

    24 Reviews
    63 Photos
    572 Saves
    Castro Valley, California

    Anthony Chabot Family Campground, overlooking Lake Chabot, is a year-round getaway only 35 minutes from downtown Oakland and Oakland International Airport. The campground features 53 drive-to tent campsites, 10 walk-to tent campsites, and 12 RV/trailer campsites with full hookups (sewer, water, and 30 amp electrical). All sites have a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Restrooms include hot showers. Firewood and charcoal are available for purchase. The campground provides access to miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, along with fishing at nearby Lake Chabot.

    Anthony Chabot Regional Park features seven group camps ranging in capacity from 35 to 300 campers, reservations required (a minimum of 9 people to use the group campsites). All group camps include picnic tables, BBQ, fire ring, water, and chemical/vault toilets. Equestrian camping is available by reservation at Bort Meadow Group Camp. For reservations, call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), option 2. Group campsites cannot be reserved online.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park

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    Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park

    12 Reviews
    52 Photos
    469 Saves
    Stinson Beach, California

    S Rav Camp Area (sites E1-E7)

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group

    $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground

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    Olema Campground

    20 Reviews
    24 Photos
    304 Saves
    Olema, California

    Olema Campground, nestled near the charming town of Olema, CA, is a solid spot for anyone looking to explore the beauty of Point Reyes and the surrounding coastal areas. This place has a bit of everything: tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even some glamping options. It's got a decent rating of 4.1, which tells you it's doing something right.

    One of the standout features here is the full hookups available for RVs, making it a convenient stop for those traveling with their rigs. The campground also has a small store on-site, which is handy for picking up essentials or firewood. Speaking of fires, you can enjoy a campfire at your site, which is always a plus for those cool evenings.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground can get a bit wet, especially after rain, so be prepared for some damp conditions. The sites are mostly grassy, and the nearby bodies of water can add to the moisture. But on the flip side, this also means you might spot some local wildlife, like foxes, which one camper excitedly reported.

    Privacy isn't the campground's strong suit, but it makes up for it with its peaceful atmosphere, especially during the weekdays. It's a great base camp for exploring Point Reyes, with its stunning coastal views and wildlife. Plus, it's less than an hour's drive to San Francisco, making it a convenient spot for a mix of nature and city adventures.

    Families will appreciate the playground and the shuffleboard, and there's even a laundromat on-site for those longer stays. Whether you're here for a quick stop along the coast or a longer stay to soak in the natural beauty, Olema Campground has got you covered.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park

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    Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park

    13 Reviews
    62 Photos
    293 Saves
    Stinson Beach, California

    Located half way up Mount Tamalpais' forested southern slopes, Pantoll Campground is one of two first-come, first-served walk-in campgrounds within Mount Tamalpais State Park (Bootjack being the other). With 16 historic campsites lying beneath a quiet Douglas fir forest, time spent next to the campfire here will quickly expunge thoughts of the big city that lies just a few miles to the south.

    The campground has an assortment of sites that are distributed on the hill that extends from the Pantoll Day Use Area; sites located further uphill offer greater privacy and more room. All 16 sites are within a short, 100-yard walk from the car park. Each comes equipped with campfire pits and historic, stone-built campfire grills to accommodate all of your cooking and warming needs. Since advance reservations cannot be made for Pantoll, arriver earlier on weekend days to ensure you’ll have a site. You’ll likely have the campground to yourself if you are there mid-week.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group

    $7 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground

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    Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground

    25 Reviews
    87 Photos
    988 Saves
    Half Moon Bay, California

    Francis Beach has a campground with 52 individual sites, some suitable for tent camping, others for trailers or recreational vehicles. Some campsites have electrical hookups. Water and sewer hookups are not available, but there is a dump station ($10 fee) and a water filling station. Rental RV’s are not allowed to be dropped off or picked up from the park.

    Coin-operated hot showers are also available. (approximately 2 minutes per quarter)

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $165 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sunrise Campground — Angel Island State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunrise Campground — Angel Island State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunrise Campground — Angel Island State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunrise Campground — Angel Island State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunrise Campground — Angel Island State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunrise Campground — Angel Island State Park

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    Sunrise Campground — Angel Island State Park

    9 Reviews
    21 Photos
    252 Saves
    Tiburon, California

    In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The island is also alive with history. Three thousand years ago the island was a fishing and hunting site for Coastal Miwok Indians. It was later a haven for Spanish explorer Juan de Ayala, a cattle ranch, and a U.S. Army post. From 1910 to 1940, the island processed thousands of immigrants. During World War II, Japanese and German POWs were held on the island, which was also used as a jumping-off point for American soldiers returning from the Pacific. In the '50s and '60s, the island was home to a Nike missile base. Today, there are two active Coast Guard stations - at Point Blunt and Point Stuart - on the island. Angel Island became a State Park in 1958.

    CAMPSITES

    11 environmental, including an ADA site (each site accommodating up to 8 people) and a kayak-accessible site (holds up to 20 people).

    For more information contact the rangers office: 415-435-5390

    Please check in with the park staff upon arrival on the island.

    Be prepared to carry and/or transport your equipment up to 2.5 miles. Some sections are uphill, total elevation gain may be over 300 feet. Tables, food-lockers, running water, pit-toilets, and a barbecue are located at each site.

    Bring charcoal or a stove as no wood fires are allowed. Raccoons are active making food-locker storage very important. Travel on the island after sunset is prohibited in some areas for park security and public safety.

    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA

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    San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA

    26 Reviews
    33 Photos
    176 Saves
    Penngrove, California

    Welcome to San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA, a fantastic spot near Petaluma, CA, that's perfect for families and anyone looking to enjoy a mix of nature and convenience. This place is open all year and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of amenities. Visitors rave about the clean restrooms and the availability of showers, which can make your stay much more comfortable. If you're traveling with kids, they'll love the playground, jumping pillow, and petting farm. There's even a mining activity that can keep them entertained for hours.

    For those who enjoy a bit of luxury while camping, the pool and hot tub are big hits. And if you get hungry, there's a food trailer open on weekends. Pets are welcome too, and there's an off-leash dog area where your furry friends can run around freely.

    The campground is quite large, with most spots being pull-through, making it easy for RVs. Some visitors recommend staying in row A for a bit more privacy. The sites are spacious and well-maintained, and the staff is known for being friendly and helpful.

    If you're looking to explore beyond the campground, you're in luck. It's conveniently located not too far from San Francisco, so you can enjoy the city without the hassle of driving your rig into town. Plus, there are shopping options nearby, including a regular mall and an outlet mall.

    Overall, San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA offers a great mix of relaxation and activities, making it a top choice for families and anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors with a few extra comforts.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Marin RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Marin RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Marin RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Marin RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Marin RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Marin RV Park

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    Marin RV Park

    10 Reviews
    7 Photos
    98 Saves
    Larkspur, California

    If you’re planning an RV trip to San Francisco, Marin Park is the perfect place for your stay. As the nearest RV campground to San Francisco, the park is within walking distance of public transit services like the Larkspur Ferry and Golden Gate Transit (the bus). We are also a short walk to several different shopping centers, restaurants and grocery stores as well as a very short drive for gas and propane refill. We offer a full range of amenities, including water, sewer and electrical RV hookups, laundry room, free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Pet-owners can enjoy a scenic dog walking area that overlooks the San Francisco Bay and a dog wash area, and summer lodgers can cool off in our heated swimming pool. Plus, the park is staffed 24/7 to provide for any emergency needs that may arise. Both short- and long-term lodgers are welcome at Marin Park, so regardless how long you plan to stay, we have a space for you.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $115 - $135 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Golden Gate National Recreation Area?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Golden Gate National Recreation Area is Samuel P. Taylor State Park Campground with a 4.4-star rating from 50 reviews.

What parks are near Golden Gate National Recreation Area?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 15 parks near Golden Gate National Recreation Area that allow camping, notably Point Reyes National Seashore and Lake Sonoma.