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01-17-2021 road in was muddy, but a capable 4x4 can handle it easily. Sites are dispersed, vault toilet, no trash. Trickling creek with frogs in the evening. It was windy over night and the road back out was blocked by a tree. There is another way out, but it's a Jeep trail and definitely requires 4lo. Our '03 4runner handled it fairly eaaily.
We came for two nights in late November. The days are short and the canopy of the redwoods created a pitch black surrounding. I can imagine on a hot day the trees would create a desired coolness. The sites are laid out nicely so we didn’t feel like we were on top of each other despite that our site was sandwiched between two others. Everything was flat and the bathroom was very clean with flushing toilets and paid showers.
There is a great trail to the beach but expect a longer walk. Your camp fees cover parking at the beach access across the road.
There was no host on duty but there was an honor system for firewood with wheelbarrows to bring your wood back to your site.
Great base to fun hikes and the cute town of Gualala.
I highly recommend this campground! We car camped there in late December, which probably meant that it was quieter than it would be in the summer months. It was so peaceful and just a great escape. The camp host was also really nice and helpful. Our campsite was gorgeous and right on the river. Great walk to the ocean from the campsite. Downtown Gualala was cute too.
I am a tent camper so rating this site is a bit hard. If I had a van or camper the rating would be higher.
You are perched out in the open on a bluff above the ocean. So the view and sunsets are epic. But being on the bluff when the wind comes in, in a tent with no cover, it can be fierce. Also you are right next to highway one, so there is also the noise factor. Not much traffic at night, however, but trucks during the day.
It is a good launch site to get to the southern end of the Lost Coast. Also close to the UC Angelo Coast Range Reserve which has great hikig trails.
Minamalist site - table and fire ring with primitive toilets.