We went out to Lake Chabot this weekend for an extended family trip. First off, I think we lucked into the best sites in the place. We had sites 69-72. These four sites are down their own little loop so if your looking to do some group camping but dont want to pay for a group site, this is a great option for you. And site 69 butts up to one of the main hiking trails down to the lake. This is both good and bad. The views were amazing from these sites, but there are people walking through all day. We even had someone walk straight into our campsite with their dog to take a picture of themselves at the lake, and another person sat at one of our picnic tables to enjoy their lunch watching the lake while my entire family was sitting around them. I'm big on campsite etiquette and that left a lot to be desired here, which is why I gave 3 stars. The worst parts about this place though is that you cant swim in lake, which we knew going into it, and that you cant use your generator. Didnt make sense to me on the generator part but whatever. The eucalyptus trees were really cool and kept out the mosquitos which was amazing! If you are planning on going and want a place to swim, Cull Canyon Lagoon is a neat place and it's only 8 miles down the road (although itll take 20 mins to get there) and you need to get there by mid morning before they stop letting people in. Overall a neat place.
Good sites, reasonably separated and level. Can be windy, but low brush provides some protection. Very peaceful and well worth the hike in.
Salt Point was so much fun. The ocean lulls you to sleep and the gentle sunrise through the trees wakes you up. The plants here are great, so many succulents and wild flowers. A short drive/bike ride is the coast where you can find some amazing hiking and some of the best tidepools I have ever seen. The hosts are very accommodating and kind. This place is a campers dream
Stayed hear in June. Weather was beautiful. Campground is in the trees and a short drive to the beach. Use the beach access in the campground…. too crowded if you try to get to the beach on the main highway. Bathrooms are maintained with pay showers($1 for 3 mins), limited groceries close by. Very crowded on the week ends. Campground is spaced out. No hookups, just basic camping for both RVs and tents.
Close to the ocean at Jenner. Campground is next to the Russian River. Family activities and games for kids (playground, volleyball). Some shaded site, a mix of sunny locations and partial shade. Full RV hook ups and tent sites. River access for swimming & boating. No sandy beach.
I've been here two times and enjoyed it each time. The bathrooms are clean. There is running water and a small beach access for campers (if you're willing to climb over some rocks). I recommend going in August when there is less wind. July can still be very windy, some nights were calm and some were not.
You can surf, go hiking, or fishing. To hike towards Stinson Beach or Dipsea Trail - head back up to the gate entrance and walk across the street. There is a hidden hiking trail entrance called Rocky Point on the right side where you can begin your hike from.
Only one parking space per vehicle & if you need ADA access they have one for the cabins and environmental site #7 is wheelchair accessible. 5 people max per campsite, although it says 8 online.
I recommend environmental site #5 if you want more privacy and a closer ocean view from your campsite.
Beware of raccoons. Make sure to clean your site after every meal and store your items well. I wouldn't depend on the storage they have for you on site to keep raccoons out (even with a lock).
P.S. Call them beforehand for the gate code before leaving. You'll need it to enter the premises.
There are only 3 sites here but it is very quiet! You get to park at the top of the hill and bring your stuff down which isn’t very far. There are porta potties to use that aren’t horrible. Definitely reserve this far in advance if you want a spot!
Only 23 spots, but forested and lots of space. Reservable, but we drove up on July 3 by 6pm and had no problem. Hot showers are $2 in quarters for 5min and 25 cents for more time, and hosts have change. Clean bathrooms, water, flat sites are few for tents. Wood for purchase. NO cell service but they have a pay phone. Very quiet, with the sound of the waves down the cliff in the distance. $35 self pay per night, but the host is there too. Stores are 5 miles away and close by 6pm.
Pros: Has numerous amenities including hot (free) showers (cleaned daily), flush toilets, full hookup RV spots, laundromat, US Post office, fenced playground, dog park, drive in tent sites, and firewood for sale. Cons: expensive, sites are close and poorly defined and the after hours check in procedure doesn’t prevent overlapping.
Great for kids. Go on a weekend that the observatory is open. If you like to climb there is a great peak hike or go down to the waterfall. If your tired of camping hit the nearby wineries for an afternoon. The bathrooms and showers were clean. Some sites are close to each other so pick carefully.
My wife son and i drove up with no reservations because we wanted to just do one night. Luckily Chris and his wife had multiple sites open for us to choose from. My brother was meeting us out there and both him and i are hammock campers so we chose site 7D it was a massive site and plenty of trees to hang from and a nice large flat area for the tent. The grounds are very beautiful and give you everything you need. They have a adults only area with a few really nice sites for those who don’t want to hear the kids playing. And the family section is very fun and all the guests were friendly. The showers and restrooms were well kept and a big plus! It’s 25cents a minute for a hot water shower but so worth it after playing in the river all day. They own a large beach across the road and is only open to schoolhouse guests so it’s not to crowded and all familiar faces. Chris had books for the kids to read at the check in and stacks of fire wood $7 a bundle if you forgot to bring your own. We will definitely be back
Easy reservation and check in. Spot (3) was great and accommodated both our truck and 32” fifth wheel, as well as having plenty of space for all 3 slides. The spot felt very private and we had no problems with noise from any cars or people. We did not use the bathrooms. Arrive at this park full of water. There was only one spigot with threads (for attaching hose to fill tanks); it was at spot 29. The bike paths between the regional park and city park were wonderful for riding or walking.
$30/night for me and my old dog. Just out side San Fransisco. I needed a place to stay between Eureka and Vegas to break up the drive. It’s Late June so I didn’t want to drive down to the desert to camp, too hot. I was here on a Thursday before 4th of July and there were a few spots still available when I pulled in at 7:45pm. The sites are a bit close together but the neighbors were quiet and kept to themselves. I stayed in spot 35, up on the hill with a partial lake view. State parks are always nicer than KOAs (ew, all the noise and junky lights). Clean sites, well maintained and smelled like eucalyptus.
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."
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!
This RV Park gets 5 stars purely for it's location. Drive in, park and then walk to all the sights you want to see in San Francisco. A short 10 minute walk from the RV park is the ferry that will drop you off downtown San Francisco. We spent a week here and only drove when we wanted the experience driving down Lombard St and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. Otherwise we took the ferry and then public transportation to all other points of interest in the San Francisco area. It truly is nothing more than a parking lot with hookups.
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 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.
Kirby is a unique and unforgettable experience. Make sure you’re on top of the reservation window on recreation.gov, because there are only 5 super popular spots. Site 001 is the most popular for the views, but any of the sites are good, and most work well with groups of up to 10 people, and 2-3 medium size tents. Tent pads are provided, so try and avoid bribing your 15-person tent cabin.
Plan ahead: 1- if the fog roles in, prep for an all-night symphony of fog horns. Bring ear plugs. 2- the raccoons are vicious and fearless. Store all food and ANYTHING with a scent in the bear box. If you plan to leave your cooler outside of the bear box make sure it has a lock or secure latch. 3- you get a gate code and parking pass to drive down, but have to walk your gear the last 500-1,000 ft. to your site. Wheel barrows are provided, but packing a bit on the lighter side is best. 4- No water is available, so make sure to bring enough for drinking, cooking, washing up, and putting the fire out.
Fun: Relax and let the Insta-gold views fill up your like quota, but expect to be joined by plenty of day trippers making the long hike down to the beach. Expect it to empty back out again around dinner time. Spend your day on the beach or exploring the rest of the Marin Headlands. Check out the Nike Missile site, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Rodeo Beach, and the endless miles of hiking and biking trails.