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Great family friendly campground

Sugarloaf is a great campground for families.  It is small but has all you need for a nice weekend.  Many of the campsites offer lots of shade.  Great hiking trails surrounding the campground.  Also, close to many wineries in the Sonoma/Glen Ellen region.

Nice shaded campground next to the lake

Given how hot Lake Pills gets in the summer, this is a nice option to escape the summer's heat.  It can get a bit rowdy at this campground, with lots of large groups.

Nice, quiet

During the Covid scare, there are only 3 tents and the place is quiet. Lots of RVs. Perfect for motorcycle camping. Just passing through.

Hike in camping

Hike in (and around!) this gorgeous area. We chose to stay two nights and had a great time exploring the surrounding hiking trails - a personal favourite was Alamere Falls. Campsites are often booked solid (especially in high season), so réserve well ahead of time.

Unreal beach camping

On the sand 50 steps from the beach. Love this place!

Beautiful and easy to get around

Beautiful camping right on the river, lots of the sites have views of it but it’s pretty easy access for anyone. The ocean is a bit of a hike and it is windy but there are other coves you can drive to that have some amazing sunsets. The campground itself is clean and wooded.some of the sites have more views of your neighbors than others but still plenty of nature to enjoy! Campsite 4 was good for our hybrid travel trailer. Some sites won’t accommodate trailers. Not a ton of amenities, you can buy firewood from the camp host for $10, there's coin showers and decent bathrooms. Garbage and recycling bins and a RV dump


We camped right on an ocean cliff in October of 2019 and it was the most beautiful campsite we’ve ever stayed at! Coin operated showers were adequate. Port-a-potties were also fine. Campsites are far enough a part with picnic tables and a fire ring.

Tall Trees and Trails

One of the easiest accessed and most beautiful campgrounds in the state and it is literally just outside the city. Campsites are well maintained and under beautiful and huge trees. The bathrooms are well maintained and the camp host was incredibly nice! 

It was lovely to wake up in the morning and not have to go far to spend time in Point Reyes or Mt. Tamalpais. We got lucky and had a quiet spot but this campground was really popping at the other end. 

Being that it is so close to the city, I would avoid this spot on major weekends or holidays. But middle of the week and not during the Summer is ideal. 

Lots of hiking and biking usually but the bike trail is under construction now.

Great views of Lake Sonoma

The other campground near the lake is quite a bit further drive from the actual lake. This one is closest and parking at the marina is included with the camp slip. There’s a couple port a potties and the owners come around and pick up trash every day, no dumpsters. Pretty small campground, I’ve seen tents, pop ups and travel trailers there. Some of the sites are more secluded but a couple are great if you have a group of 10 or so. Some have beautiful views of the lake and hills. They have a new online reservation system which is amazing because booking over the phone was a nightmare.

Mendocino's Secret

We've spent most of our twenty years of camping together off the beaten path, avoiding the likes of anything KOA, but for our RV's maiden voyage we thought we'd start with the Machester Beach KOA, and we were very glad we did. We arrived early evening as camp activities were getting underway, setting up to the soundtrack of Beetlejuice showing nearby. The site was clean, KOA's office and service staff were very friendly, not that corporate-disengenuous-give-us-a-good-rating friendly, but real, authentic hospitality. Everything quieted down after 10:00p. We stayed for four days, enjoying everything the area has to offer from Mendocino to Point Arena and had one of the best camping experiences of our lives, and it wasn't just the RV that made it that way. 

One little-known secret about this site is that the beach (a moderate walk away) is the home of the Manchester Cable Station, built by AT&T in 1954 on the United States’ closest point to the Hawaiian Islands, where the internet backbone starts its journey across the Pacific.