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Places to Camp near Stinson Beach, CA

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Stinson Beach is an ideal place for camping adventures of all kinds. Aside from great camping spots, you'll find hiking and many more outdoor experiences. Thinking of traveling with kids? You're in luck—Stinson Beach is surrounded by family-friendly activities. At The Dyrt, campers like you share their favorite spots, plus tips and photos. No matter where you're headed in Stinson Beach, you'll find the best spot for you and your camping crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Stinson Beach, CA (107)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Camp Taylor — Samuel P. Taylor State Park

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    Camp Taylor — Samuel P. Taylor State Park

    50 Reviews
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    660 Saves
    Lagunitas, California

    Located just 15 miles (30 minutes) west of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, rests 2,882 protected acres of land known as Samuel Taylor State Park. This central-California landscape hosts a mild climate, with daily weather varying from dense fog and rain to full sun. Subsequently, summer and spring are usually a bit cooler than other neighboring regions. The same is true during fall and winter, with overnight lows dropping to freezing, resulting in freezing rain, sleet, hail, and even snow. The park itself is a haven for hikers and campers all over California, thanks to the numerous trails, viewpoints, and towering Redwoods overhead.

    Visitors will love camping among the Redwoods, biking along the creek, and exploring a number of diverse hiking trails. Relax and find peace within while watching salmon spawn underneath the cool shade of an antiquated redwood tree. The Wheelchair-accessible South Creek Trail winds 1.5 miles through a fern-filled forest on the banks of Lagunitas Creek. In the rainy season, you might see spawning salmon and flowers such as fetid adder’s tongue, giant trillium, and redwood sorrel along the way. More fun awaits with beach activities and wildlife spotting over on Point Reyes National Seashore. After a full day of fun, the comforting embrace of the Redwoods can lull the restless to a deep sleep. There’s really no better place to escape for a weekend or more, and luckily there’s plenty of accommodations to do so.

    Fortunately, Samuel P. Taylor State Park has numerous sites available to accommodate a range of group sizes. This includes sites for 5, 10, 15, 20 and even 50 people. Moreover, most of the park’s campsites lie beneath majestic redwoods, with a few (at Devil's Gulch and Madrone) under oaks and bay laurel at the bottom of Barnabe Peak. If tent camping isn’t your preference, there’s also a limited number of newly built cabins available for rental. Dogs (except for service animals) are permitted only in campgrounds, picnic areas, and on paved trails/roads. That said, you can't bring your furry friends to the hike and bike campsites, or in the cabin area. Furthermore, all pets must be on a six-foot or shorter leash and kept in a tent or vehicle overnight.

    Reservations are highly recommended for regular campsites every day during peak season and on weekends year-round. Reservations are also recommended year-round for group sites and cabins.

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    $225 / night

  2. Camper-submitted photo from Olema Campground

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    Olema Campground

    20 Reviews
    24 Photos
    292 Saves
    Olema, California
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    • Electric Hookups
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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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    Kirby Cove Campground — Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    15 Reviews
    49 Photos
    717 Saves
    Sausalito, California

    Overview

    Kirby Cove is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Battery Kirby. Visitors are awarded breathtaking views of San Francisco, its famous Golden Gate Bridge, and the rugged Pacific Coast of northern California. Please note: The parking area for the campground is a short walk from the campsites, so RV or car camping is not allowed at Kirby Cove Campground.__

    Recreation

    Hiking, picnicking and taking in the beautiful views from Kirby Cove are among the park's most popular activities. Visitors also enjoy exploring Battery Kirby, a historic army battery in use from 1898-1934. The Point Bonita Lighthouse and Nike Missile Site SF-88 are also close to the campsite.

    Facilities

    Kirby Cove offers five overnight camp sites and one day-use picnic site, all reached via driving on a steep access road. The day-use site is available as an accessible picnic site for persons with a disability or otherwise limited physical mobility. Sites 2 and 5 are available as accessible campsites for persons with a disability or otherwise limited physical mobility. Contact the Marin Headlands Rangers at (415)-331-1540 to inquire about accessibility. Kirby Cove gate codes can be made available to any park visitor with a physical disability, but only during the months that the campground is open. See the Need to Know section for instructions.

    Natural Features

    Kirby Cove offers a coarse-sand beach with spectacular views - when it's not foggy - of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and northern San Francisco, including the historic Presidio. The cove is nestled at the foot of the craggy Marin Headlands and has beach access. A steep, mile-long trail to the cove begins at the parking area above Battery Spencer on Conzelman Road. The path descends through a stately grove of Monterey, cypress, pine and Blue Gum eucalyptus. Coastal sage and colorful Lupine dot the hillsides. Temperatures are mild year-round. Expect lows from 50-55 degrees and highs from 60-65. Fog is prevalent in the summer months from May-Sept. It is best to bring clothing that can be layered. Lightweight summer clothes are rarely comfortable to wear at Kirby Cove.

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    For facility specific information, please call (415) 331-1540.

    Nearby Attractions

    The San Francisco Bay Area has no shortage of fun and interesting things to do and see. Awe-inspiring Muir Woods National Monument, with its old-growth coastal redwood forest and numerous hiking trails, is just a 20-minute drive from Kirby Cove. Mount Tamalpais State Park, with hiking and sweeping views of the Bay Area, is another 10 minutes past Muir Woods. Downtown San Francisco offers a myriad of restaurants, shops, museums and tourist attractions. Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island and Chinatown are popular destinations. Visitors love riding San Francisco's world famous cable cars up and down the city's hilly streets.

    Charges & Cancellations

    The Kirby Cove Day Use Site must be cancelled or modified more than 14 days before your check-in date otherwise it will be considered a late cancellation.__ You may also refer to Recreation.gov's Rules & Reservation Policies.__To initiate a refund request more than 7 days after your reservation, call the recreation.gov call center at 877-444-6777.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $75 / night

  4. Camper-submitted photo from Rocky Point at Steep Ravine Environmental Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park
  5. Camper-submitted photo from San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA

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    San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA

    26 Reviews
    33 Photos
    167 Saves
    Penngrove, California
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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park

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    Pantoll Campground — Mount Tamalpais State Park

    13 Reviews
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    275 Saves
    Stinson Beach, California

    Located half way up Mount Tamalpais' forested southern slopes, Pantoll Campground is one of two first-come, first-served walk-in campgrounds within Mount Tamalpais State Park (Bootjack being the other). With 16 historic campsites lying beneath a quiet Douglas fir forest, time spent next to the campfire here will quickly expunge thoughts of the big city that lies just a few miles to the south.

    The campground has an assortment of sites that are distributed on the hill that extends from the Pantoll Day Use Area; sites located further uphill offer greater privacy and more room. All 16 sites are within a short, 100-yard walk from the car park. Each comes equipped with campfire pits and historic, stone-built campfire grills to accommodate all of your cooking and warming needs. Since advance reservations cannot be made for Pantoll, arriver earlier on weekend days to ensure you’ll have a site. You’ll likely have the campground to yourself if you are there mid-week.

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    $7 - $25 / night

  7. Camper-submitted photo from Sky Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
  8. Camper-submitted photo from Glen Campground — Point Reyes National Seashore
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Marin RV Park

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    Marin RV Park

    10 Reviews
    7 Photos
    97 Saves
    Larkspur, California

    If you’re planning an RV trip to San Francisco, Marin Park is the perfect place for your stay. As the nearest RV campground to San Francisco, the park is within walking distance of public transit services like the Larkspur Ferry and Golden Gate Transit (the bus). We are also a short walk to several different shopping centers, restaurants and grocery stores as well as a very short drive for gas and propane refill. We offer a full range of amenities, including water, sewer and electrical RV hookups, laundry room, free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Pet-owners can enjoy a scenic dog walking area that overlooks the San Francisco Bay and a dog wash area, and summer lodgers can cool off in our heated swimming pool. Plus, the park is staffed 24/7 to provide for any emergency needs that may arise. Both short- and long-term lodgers are welcome at Marin Park, so regardless how long you plan to stay, we have a space for you.

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    $115 - $135 / night

  10. Camper-submitted photo from Lawson's Landing

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    Lawson's Landing

    23 Reviews
    48 Photos
    443 Saves
    Dillon Beach, California

    Lawson’s Landing is a fishing and boating resort and campground situated at the mouth of Tomales Bay, California. Generations of families have visited the area to rest along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Lawson's Landing is located about 50 miles north of San Francisco and 20 miles west of Petaluma at Dillon Beach. The Landing was first established in 1929 and the family-owned and operated campground has been running since 1957. From camping to clamming to boating, there are so many activities to enjoy. Come discover what generations of visitors have long enjoyed. Bring your family and friends to experience the great outdoors along the beautiful Pacific coast.

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