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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.

Tucked in the woods

Had to check out this spot. I pass it all the time and have been dying to check it out. Glad I did. Level pad for camp trailers. Fire pits updated and bbq on every site. Site 49 is a nice.

Group camp site at Del Valle

This is not a separate campground. It is just a group site they have at the Del Valle Regional park. It cost $75/night with a deposit. You must also buy the beer and wine permit for a very affordable $25 to have alcohol at the site. I prefer this group site because it is away from the family campsites and close to the water and bathrooms. There are no showers here. The operator will tell you they won’t let you in the family campground to shower but my experience is as long as you have a parking pass the will let you in there family campground. Don’t wait in line just drive in on the right hand side.

This site has a fire ring,benches and a ranger will come up and let you know anyone without a parking pass needs to leave to not get a ticket and locked in.

This site has plenty of room and holds 50 ppl. You are given only 10 parking passes though.

Also wanted to add that this site is considered a hike in but it is extremely close to the parking lot. I would say it’s about a 100 feet walk to the site from the parking lot.

Beautiful, quiet, woodsy campsite that feels more remote than it is

Hiked in here from Bear Valley Visitor Center for a quick overnight to try out some new camping equipment. Most of the walk (less than 5 miles) is on the flat Bear Valley Trail, followed by some brisk uphill on the Glen Trail. 

The campground is quiet, 12 sites arranged in the trees around a small bare field with toilets and a water faucet. When we visited, there was a notice that tap water had to be filtered. 

Most individual sites are well-screened by shrubs and trees. There are some nettles and poison oak, but if you don't know what these look like, you probably should find out. We saw lots of wildlife and the stargazing was first-rate, even though you could see the distant glow of civilization in the night sky. 

From Glen Camp, it's an easy hike down to the spectacular Coast Trail.

Perfect for one night!

Super easy access and safe, in the city so close to wineries, restaurants and shops. We were here as a stop in our road trip so it was a perfect stay. They provide WiFi and hot shower. Very clean space. Lots of people were doing the trail but unfortunately we didn’t have time to do it. The only reason we didn’t extend one more night was the freezing cold at night (visited in late December). There’s no separation between campsites, you just choose a spot. In our case, we only had to share the lot with one more tent so we had a lot of privacy. However, don’t know how “crowded” it can be in a busier season.

Beautiful Park

Great park with hiking, great views of Mt. Hamilton and a lake up the road a way, there’s also a mansion & rose garden on the property, shower & bathroom are clean, there are nights to gather and stargaze.The tent spaces are sizable & you can have a fire. Some seasons there are wild pigs running around everywhere.

Tent & Van Camping

Great place to stargaze, hike, & camp. Has showers & bathroom & don’t forget to check out the mansion!!

Campsite vs Cabins

Do this. “Hike in” means a paved lot with wheelbarrows to help you get your gear to your site which is less than a mile.

Yes these can be hard to get but the new “rolling reservation “ means dates are released 6months to the day not a whole month at a time. Be flexible and you can get a site. We have also stayed in the cabins which are a fantasy experience but the tent sites are cheaper and easier to get.

Tent sites have raccoons and are $25/night Cabins have mice and are $100/night

Site 2 is on the edge of the world. Several trees had been chopped down and there was little shelter but an unbelievable view! We camped for two nights in November and it was sunny and chilly.

Raccoons are abundant and brazen. They got into my lock top storage container but didn’t even try the flimsy food locker. Our bandit made off with a loaf of bread and the marshmallows.

Other tips: Site 1 is very exposed. Site 2 is ample for two tents if needed Site 3 ample for two tents with just a cedar fence between site 2 and 3 Site 4 is tucked down on the hillside with a great view south.

Beach access is via larger boulders. Have good shoes.

Firewood is available onsite for $7. Clean outhouse near tent sites. Clean bathrooms near parking lot- no soap or showers.

Almost deserted

Beautiful campground, very few spots with hookups . Restrooms clean, showers available bring your quarters. We stayed right on the levee 🤗 Bonus bike trail!!

Great for Families

This campground is less than an hours drive from San Francisco. It is along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard which takes you through a bunch of very cute tiny towns. It offers easy access to the Bay so plenty of beach access within a short drive. There is a fantastic grocery place at Pont Reyes Station so stop there for fresh bread, wine, cheese from Cowboy Creamery, then head to Hog Island for shuck your own oysters.

The campground itself is populated with families so it’s lively and full of children. Make sure you bring bikes as the bike paths run along Lagunitas Creek are great. You can walk along the fish spawning area but are forbidden from accessing the water November to June to avoid disturbing the spawning season. This campground is not good for dogs. Leave your fur babies at home.

The wildlife are clever and tenacious. Two squirrels worked together to break into my food locker and partied down on some magic mushroom chocolate. Bastards.

Try to score one of the creek side spots. They are small but the proximity to the running water helps to cover the road noise.