Middletown, CALIFORNIA
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Cool Hikes and Crab over the fire

I like this campground. There are some cool hikes to the dunes and to the beach. Go to the wharf near by to pick up some live crab to boil over the fire. Overall a great campground for adults and kids. Go with a group or a romantic getaway. Experience northern California Coast and see where they filmed Hitchcock's "The Birds."

Great little campground

This is a great place right near the Russian river. The sites closer to river road do have quite a bit of road noise but the ones further in are great! Chris is great at placing people in the correct sites for their needs. There is an adult only section as well. Dogs are welcome, minus aggressive breeds. Chris does have some rules in place and interviews his potential guests to make sure they are a good fit. There is a private beach just for guests of the campsite right across river road. Wood for sale and tubes available for rent. Prices are very reasonable. Overall a great weekend and we will be back for more river fun!


Very calm RV site. Manager is in process of making renovations. No cable no wifi. Very secluded area. 30 mins to grocery.

Location location location

If you enjoy Guerneville and want a simple campsite where you can easily walk to every bar, restaurant, and the redwoods, this is the spot. Clean toilets, warm showers, river access, electrical outlets, what's not to like?

Amazing camping right on the lake

Luckily we were the only ones there as the camp sites are pretty close. Definitely worth the trip!

Bodega Bay - launch pad to the Sonoma Coast

Bodega Bay's Westside Regional Park is a great place to stay as a base camp for exploring the Sonoma Coast. Situated by the Bodega Bay yacht harbor, this is a dry camp facility managed by Sonoma County Regional Parks, and is a great alternative to the more popular and always crowded Doran State Beach campground. There are well situated and spacious tent and RV sites, both back-in and pull-thru. The campground has very easy access to the bay's water edge to explore. Each site has a large fire ring and picnic table. Bathrooms and showers are at each end of the campground, and a dump station is onsite too. Generator curfew is 8PM - 8AM which is great! Just a few minutes off Hwy 1, this is a fantastic launch pad for exploring the southern part of the very beautiful Sonoma Coast by car, motorcycle and bicycle (worthy road and touring bicycles recommended). Hiking, kayaking and beach exploration are all around. The mouth of the Russian River is close by and is another beautiful area to check out. Just know the weather, even in the summer, is generally cool and foggy mornings are the norm.

Woodside Fulfills It’s Name

Woodside Campground is just east of of HWY 1 in Sonoma County. The sites are tucked on the hillside amongst mixed evergreen forests, redwoods, ferns, and oaks. The sites all have picnics tables with food lockers, large fire pits, and privacy. The campgrounds are lush and well spaced, giving campers their own slice of this Northern California paradise.

Numerous trails extend from the campsite. Notable destinations are a Pygmy Forest and a large native prairie. Information panels are scattered along Central Trail give crucial details on native plants.

A truly remarkable SP and Campground.

Nice overall location, but cramped campsites

Not much privacy for tent camping. Fog horn goes continuously. Good hwy 1 access. Affordable. Walking distance to awesome beach.

Good spot on the PCH

This is a regional Park, so one has less competition when booking a site compared to state and national parks in California--a huge perk. It's on a beautiful part of water, but is a bit muddy during spring. Indoor plumbing bathroom. Windy bc it's on a point. Affordable. Dogs allowed.

Urban camping in napa

The campground has good facilities and hiking trails. Most camp spots are in an open field, some tree shade.

Great escape

Beautiful area but spots fill up quickly I highly recommended making a reservation. We were lucky get a great spot mid week due to someone canceling. Camp host is very nice and bathrooms are very clean but no showers.

Wanted to love it

Beautiful and close to downtown Calistoga however the campgrounds were infested with poison oak. Maybe just the time of year and because of so much rain this year? Not sure but it was thick and lush everywhere.

Beautiful location

We’ve been here twice now, the second time we brought our dog. Pro/con: it’s first come first serve. This works for us because we usually decide to go camping last minute, and the places you can book online are all booked up. This way we can get a head start on Friday and get a good spot before evening. It doesn’t have bathrooms, but it’s fine, they have port a potties set up. The spots are grassy and over half the campground has ocean views. We like the area set back over the hill and there’s no breeze at all and super quiet and spacious. There’s a boat launch and a nice trail that goes along the sea cliffs. One of my favorite campgrounds on the coast

Coast Camping at its best

This campground is one of the best. Best friendly and helpful staff. Very clean sites and restrooms. We have stated there in the past and are very presently surprised when we go back and find it has not changed from being a great place to stay. It is not fancy but has everything you need to make your stay pleasant. Sites are gravel, which are racked before your arrival.  On the outskirts of Bodega Bay.

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Ranger Review: Glamping in the CA Coastal Redwoods

Shelterwood is a peaceful forested oasis with all the comforts of home. With furnished tent cabins the site offers a glamping experience. As a Ranger on The Dyrt, I sometimes receive compensation for reviews such as this one. My husband and I stayed in the Juniper 1 tent in late April during the middle of the week. We were fortunate to be the only ones staying at the property and had the entire Juniper site, which has three tent cabins, to ourselves. The site was impeccably clean and ready for us upon our arrival. David, our camp host for the night (and one of the owners) reached out to us before our stay and met us upon our arrival to give us a tour. There was a bit of construction happening in a different area of the camp but it did not bother us during our stay. Because there is a creek nearby there were lots of mosquitos – but David warned us of this prior to our arrival. 

Each site has a beautiful tent cabin furnished with two luggage racks, a small clothing rack, an overhead light, two side tables each with a battery powered lantern, a small bench and floor pouf, a drink cart with glasses and carafe, a mosquito net, a bocce ball set and a large comfortable king size bed. The cabins also have patios with a lounging chair and small bistro set. The furnishings are modern and simple and absolutely perfect for the setting. The camping site we were at (Juniper) had 3 porta-potties – on for each cabin – a picnic table, a gas grill, a fire ring with plenty of comfortable chairs and a small prep table with a hose-fed sink. We spent our afternoon at Shelterwood listening to music and playing bocce ball before heading into Healdsburg for dinner. Shelterwood is about a 15-minute drive from Healdsburg, a cute wine country town with dining, wine tasting and shopping.

The next morning, we went hiking around the property winding our way down the main road to the creek near the entrance of the site. The setting of the camp is beautiful with abundant redwoods. There is a large event space amongst the redwoods near the creek that would be the most magical and awesome place for a wedding!! As a newlywed I am more aware of this than ever J Shelterwood does rent out the entire campground for events so any newly engaged campers may want to check this out if you’re looking for an amazing outdoor camp wedding!

Overall, I thought Shelterwood was amazingly beautiful and incredibly peaceful. I had an absolutely wonder time! My only issue with it is the price. At $185 a night I personally felt like there should be more creature comforts to justify the price. These sites are at hotel levels and far exceed most national park tent-cabin or regular cabin prices. And while yes, they are incredibly beautiful and much nicer than most national park offerings there is no running water!! No showers and no real toilets. From what I can tell bathrooms are in the works as is a yoga deck and pool (according to David). These amenities would definitely make me feel more comfortable with the price, but for now as someone who tries to pay as little as possible for camping the sticker shock is a bit much. However, you are paying for convenience and comfort which for many new to camping or over the hassle and effort of traditional backpacking or even front-country camping may seem like an even deal.

Great Place, Even Though It Rained


Had a great time. Wish I got more hiking done on our first day since it rained the rest of our trip. Ask about the free quest hike. They send you on an adventure hike and there is treasure at the end of it. The hike I wish I got to do was the Bald Mountain hike and the Waterfall hike.

The campground itself is pretty cool. So many selections to choose from. I recommend 17 (tucked up in the woods), or 27 (next to the river!) . There are fireplaces and picnic tables at each set up. The shop is open and has easy accessible things that you may have forgot to pack (like a super cheap tarp that came in handy during the pouring rain!)

The bathrooms are so clean!!! The showers are cheap. Easy water access for quick cleaning of dishes or putting out the fire. Trash and recycling is clean, organized and I felt comfortable that no animals would get into it.

This place is super cool.

Glad I got to experience my rainy camping nights here!!

Hope to be back soon.

Beautiful drive up the 175

Great time to come here except for the mosquitoes. We’re listening to the bullfrogs singing and wondering why they don’t eat all of the mosquitoes. We’re here for 2 nights (drycamping) and then continue our journey to Alaska 100 miles at a time. (or less)

Sites too close together, too many screaming kids imo

I haven't actually been there for 3 years, but the reason for that is that we felt like we were being hemmed in by other campers and swarms of screaming children on every side…. we left after the 1st night. YUCK


Van was almost on beach. Great to wake up with the waves crashing. Great camp.


Quiet and close to beach.


Rules are well regulated. Great prices and lake access. With pool

Small camp ground

Tent camp here every year. It's small but great for families! Has a creek and many hiking trails!

Large campground

Nice clean campgrounds large lake is nice boating is good fishing is good beach is great

Small but nice

Small campground but right on the beach

Family go-to campground

There are lots of RV campers here but some with tents. They just started allowing reservations recently. If you want a sunny site, go for the center of the loop in the 60s/70s. We prefer shade and some space. Have stayed in 36 and 90. 36 was big enough for two tents. 90 only. 91 is good size but not protected from strong breeze.

Oh heaven or peaceful tranquility

Middle creek campground was as close as we could find to free camping in Upper Lake CA. At the time of our visit 90% of the Mendocino National Forest was closed as a result of fires the past year as well as landslides due to rains.this is normally a ohv area but since all trails are closed it is quiet and can hear the creek running along the camp, as well as the wild turkeys . There must be over 15 different species of birds as well. Each campsite has a picnic table , fire pit as well as a bbq grill. They do have vault toilets and running water. It was $8.00 a nite but offered a discount with a America the beautiful pass

Lots of great sites. Peaceful and beautiful.

There are a TON of great sites here - with shade, without shade; flat, hilly; etc.. We camped there for the first time on opening weekend in April last year (2018). When we got there there were SO MANY PEOPLE. We were worried that there wouldn't be any spots left! And even if there were, they wouldn't be good spots.

But, no worries, there were plenty of sites spread around - it is a large reservoir. We found one that had shade, wasn't too sloped and wasn't even next to anyone else.

We are going again this year.


Nice state park north of Napa, the few car tent sites are nicely situated near a creek. Good space between sites. Easy and fun camping.

Yurts and cabins available. Close to road so a little noisy. Great for a less expensive stay. Saves money for wine tastings…

Beautiful but closed

Recent flooding has closed this park and it is a shame. We walked through and saw no reason for closure. Sites were on beach. I have learner the hard way, check all campgrounds before you go. Some are seasonal, some are washed away.