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This regional park campground ensures less competition for a site than state parks and is well worth it. Surrounded by thick redwoods, trails run off every campsite. Close proximity to neighboring sites, but numbers are so limited right now due to covid there were only two other parties staying here the night we stopped. Incredibly clean and well maintained grounds. Spacious coin operated showers, dark restrooms with flushing toilets, the highlight for us was definitely the sense of being submerged in nature while really only a short shoot off the main road. Curious raccoons come close at night and there are some very cool tent sites to walk out to that definitely get hit with the coastal breeze and road noise. The cool trees around those sites almost make up for that fact
We wanted to stop here based on previous reviews but it was unfortunately closed
We stayed here for a night at the tail end of a December California adventure before flying out of SFO the next day. We wanted to get close enough to the city that the morning drive in wouldn’t be too taxing, while also sleeping beachside one last night. This location accomplished the task and made for an interesting close to a fairly remote trip. We camped on the jetty facing the water, so the view helped. But sites are very close and very packed in. With little to no cover from plant life, you will want to be prepared to be seen at all times. Benefit—gentle dunes covered in succulents lead the way to the waterside where there’s a long stretch for walking punctuated with benches. And if you’re able to get to them at night, the dunes offer a fairly beautiful view of the stars. Coin operated showers connected openly to the restrooms, plenty of nearby towns for supplies, group fire pit areas near the restrooms and host—don’t forget to reserve in advance and expect a line during the check in process
Ocean Cove is a private campground right off Highway one. The owners are very friendly and helpful and they also own the grocery store across from the campsites. The prices are good and it is very family friendly (including dogs). We try to get here once a year if possible. The views of the Pacific from the bluffs are just beautiful, and there are plenty of places to explore a short distance from the campgrounds. There are port-a-potties, coin operated showers, boat launch, fish cleaning station and potable water available. Tent, Trailer, or RV are welcome here.
This campground needs an upgrade badly and the Coastal Commission has denied all their requests for over 10 years now. The huge camping fees go to pay their legal fees to fight the Coastal Commission and not to the services they provide. You don’t get any hookups at all. So sad what this government appointed commission is doing to this family owned campground. I feel really bad for them. I hope they sort it all out soon because they have a fantastic location.
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.
Ive been to this campground twice. Both times were fairly full, but never totally full. You can make a reservation, but you cant pick your spot until you get there. Better to get there on the early side. Some sites aren't great, so you dont want to be stuck with those! There were sites with decent shade, and I liked there was a hiking trail down to the lake. Also a pro that it isnt too far out of the bay area.