Top Tent Camping near Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Best Tent Sites Near Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA (35)

    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

    1.

    Steep Ravine Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park

    12 Reviews
    52 Photos
    474 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
    Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground

    2.

    Olema Campground

    20 Reviews
    24 Photos
    314 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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • 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
    309 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 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
    256 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 Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore

    5.

    Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore

    13 Reviews
    48 Photos
    175 Saves
    Point Reyes National Seashore, California

    Sky Campground in Point Reyes National Seashore is a fantastic spot for those who enjoy a bit of a hike to reach their campsite. Located near Point Reyes Station, this campground offers a peaceful retreat with stunning views of the coastline, especially from sites 10 and 11. The hike to the campground is about 2 miles from the parking lot off Limantour Road, with a steady incline at the beginning that levels out after half a mile.

    The campground is equipped with vault toilets and drinking water, making it a comfortable spot for a night or two. Each site comes with a picnic table and a food locker, and while fires are allowed, you'll need to bring your own firewood as gathering wood on-site is prohibited.

    Visitors have praised the tranquility of the campground, noting that the only sounds at night are the distant crashing waves and the wind rustling through the trees. The sites under the trees are particularly favored for their shade and protection from the wind. If you're looking for a bit of solitude, sites 11 and 12 are surrounded by lush vegetation and offer a good amount of privacy.

    For those who enjoy hiking, there are plenty of trails to explore in the surrounding area, including a favorite to Alamere Falls. Just be prepared for some fog, which is common in the area but adds to the coastal charm. Whether you're looking to unwind with a good book or explore the trails, Sky Campground offers a serene escape with beautiful natural surroundings.

    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore

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    Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore

    10 Reviews
    30 Photos
    66 Saves
    Point Reyes National Seashore, California

    Glen Campground, nestled within Point Reyes National Seashore, offers a serene escape for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. This spot is perfect for tent camping and is known for its peaceful, woodsy atmosphere. The campground features 12 sites, each equipped with picnic tables and bear boxes. While wood fires aren't allowed, you can still enjoy a meal with the provided charcoal barbecues.

    One of the standout features here is the availability of potable water and vault toilets, making your stay a bit more comfortable. The sites vary in privacy and sun exposure, with some being more secluded and shaded than others. For instance, Site 3 is relatively private and gets good shade in the morning and evening, while Site 10 is more exposed.

    The campground is accessible via a 5-mile hike from the Bear Valley Trailhead, which is mostly flat until the last 1.5 miles where it gets a bit challenging. This makes it a great spot for beginner backpackers looking to test their gear. Once you arrive, you'll find yourself surrounded by trees and a small field, creating a quaint and cozy setting.

    Wildlife is abundant, and the stargazing is top-notch, despite the distant glow of nearby civilization. From Glen Camp, it's an easy hike down to the Coast Trail, offering spectacular views of the ocean. Whether you're here for a quick overnight trip or a longer stay, Glen Campground provides a tranquil retreat with plenty of natural beauty to explore.

    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    • Drinking Water
    • Toilets

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bicentennial Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bicentennial Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bicentennial Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bicentennial Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bicentennial Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bicentennial Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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    Bicentennial Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    7 Reviews
    19 Photos
    272 Saves
    Sausalito, California

    Overview

    Bicentennial Campground is in an ideal location in the Marin Headlands surrounded by a grove of cypress trees. The campground is a great location for those wanting to camp near the city. There is a moderate short hill to climb to/from the campground from the parking area, which means car or RV camping is not allowed. It is downhill to the site and uphill back to the parking area.__

    Recreation

    The Marin Headlands is noted for its great hiking, and many trails with scenic views are close by. Rodeo Beach is about 1.5 miles away. Point Bonita Lighthouse and the historic Nike Site are within walking distance.

    Facilities

    The Marin Headlands is noted for its great hiking, and many trails with scenic views are close by. Rodeo Beach is about 1.5 miles away. Point Bonita Lighthouse and the historic Nike Site are within walking distance.

    Natural Features

    The campground is secluded amongst a cypress tree grove and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and city of San Francisco.

    contact_info

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

    Nearby Attractions

    Bicentennial Campground is a short walk from the Point Bonita Lighthouse and the Nike Missile Site. Also close by are some of the many 20th century coastal defense gun batteries and the city of San Francisco.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Refer to Recreation.gov policy on changes and cancellations.__To initiate a refund request more than 7 days after your reservation, call the recreation.gov call center at 877-444-6777.

    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin
    • Trash

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Haypress Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Haypress Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Haypress Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Haypress Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Haypress Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Haypress Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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    Haypress Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    5 Reviews
    16 Photos
    68 Saves
    Muir Beach, California

    Overview

    Haypress Campground is nestled within the coastal scrub of Tennessee Valley, near Mill Valley. The hike to this campground is 0.7 miles from the Tennessee Valley Trail head parking lot, which means car or RV camping is not allowed. Typical Haypress campers enjoy hiking to Tennessee Cove, where they can admire the dramatic geology and colorful sand of this unique beach.__

    Recreation

    Tennessee Valley and the Marin Headlands are noted for great hiking, and trails are often populated with hikers regardless of the time of the year. Consider hiking to Tennessee Beach (2 miles), Muir Beach (3.5 miles), historic Battery Townsley (3.5 miles), or Rodeo Beach (4 miles). Contact the Marin Headlands Rangers at (415)-331-1540 to inquire about a ranger-led program or guided hike during your stay.

    Facilities

    Tennessee Valley and the Marin Headlands are noted for great hiking, and trails are often populated with hikers regardless of the time of the year. Consider hiking to Tennessee Beach (2 miles), Muir Beach (3.5 miles), historic Battery Townsley (3.5 miles), or Rodeo Beach (4 miles). Contact the Marin Headlands Rangers at (415)-331-1540 to inquire about a ranger-led program or guided hike during your stay.

    Natural Features

    Haypress Campground spans over a large grassy swath that is lined by eucalyptus trees. California quails frequent the area, and raptors are often soaring overhead. Deer, coyotes, foxes, and bobcats share this open space. The geology that underlies Tennessee Valley is unique and world-renowned; for example, outcrops of radiolarian ribbon chert that line the trails are frequently admired by visitors from near and far.__ 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 Haypress Campground.

    Nearby Attractions

    The San Francisco Bay Area has no shortage of fun and interesting things to do and see. The 150-year-old Point Bonita Lighthouse (a secret jewel of the Bay Area) and the historic Cold War era Nike Missile Site are just a 20-minute drive away from the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot. Awe-inspiring Muir Woods National Monument, with its old-growth coastal redwood forest and numerous hiking trails, is a 25-minute drive. Mount Tamalpais State Park, with hiking and sweeping views of the Bay Area, is another 10 minutes past Muir Woods.__ Within the Marin Headlands, consider visiting the historic Battery Townsley, the Point Bonita Lighthouse, or Nike Missile Site SF-88.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Group Site Cancellations and Modifications The Haypress Campground Group Site must be cancelled or modified more than 14 days before your check-in date otherwise it will be considered a late cancellation.______ 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.

    • Tents
    • Group
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Coast Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Coast Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Coast Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Coast Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Coast Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Coast Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore

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    Coast Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore

    9 Reviews
    25 Photos
    327 Saves
    Point Reyes National Seashore, California

    One- to six-person sites: 12 Seven- to 25-person sites: 2

    Coast Campground is nestled within a small coastal valley with easy access to the beach and tidepools. The beach is within 220 yards of the campground and tidepools are located ~720 yards to the southeast. One may access Coast Campground by foot, bicycle, or horse; not by boat, auto, or RV. The shortest approach on solid ground is via the 1.8-mile slightly uphill hike on the Laguna and Fire Lane Trails, starting at the Laguna Trailhead just east of the hostel. There are 12 regular sites and two group sites.

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

    $30 - $90 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Alice Eastwood Group Camp — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alice Eastwood Group Camp — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alice Eastwood Group Camp — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alice Eastwood Group Camp — Mount Tamalpais State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alice Eastwood Group Camp — Mount Tamalpais State Park

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    Alice Eastwood Group Camp — Mount Tamalpais State Park

    4 Reviews
    5 Photos
    67 Saves
    Muir Woods, California

    Alice Eastwood Group Camps

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

    $110 - $225 / night

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