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TERRIBLE! Homeless everywhere, fenced in, looked like Aushwitz camp. Over priced for the spots you have to squeak in to. Do not recommend for a nice camp spot

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This is not the right location for lupin

Lupin is off 17 not here

location, location, location

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.

Very impressed!

Very happy with our first camping experience at Del Valle. Our campsite (#139) could have used some shade, but we had plenty of space and the views were awesome. Almost every site was occupied, but luckily everyone respected the quiet hours. The facilities were clean and well maintained. We didn’t interact with staff/rangers too much, but the few we did talk to were very friendly and helpful. We look forward to going back!

Highly Sought After Camping Within Spitting Distance of San Francisco

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.

Urban camping in napa

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

Hot Hot

We went during the summer and it was very hot. The camp ground did not have much shade. We ended up taking a long hike around 4-5 pm when it started to cool food down. We saw a mix of wildlife. Deer, hawks, wild turkeys. We saw an amazing sunset too.

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Homeless Encampments

This is not a camp ground. It’s a large homeless encampment.

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.

Tight

Spots are tight. Staff is great! Laundry hot tub pool are always clean. Right on the ocean (on a cliff) !

Not what you think

Located at the Contra Costa County fairgrounds, this is an rv campground that doesn’t allow long term stay. These spaces are located directly next Antioch Speedway, where Saturday nights from Spring-Fall have dirt-track racing, it gets loud and dusty. During the morning-afternoon, Sat & Sun you have the flea market…where the camp sites are, is directly between the two. I would only recommend staying here if you are passing through for a night. Antioch has become riddled with crime, so if you’re passing through, my recommendation is to continue through Antioch, to the next option. There are no paved roads or pads, this all gravel, with a little bit of grass, what you see in the photo, is not of the campground, or anything near it.

Great Place, Even Though It Rained

$35.00/night

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.

Great campsite for families and friends

We’ve camped a few times at Del Valle and will be back again this summer. Our experiences have all been positive. Our first time was by the main gate (in the 60s) and it was nice site with good shade. The last time was site 81, which had much less shade but a location we preferred. The bathrooms were brand new then so we really enjoyed those. Campsites are nicely sized, though “partial shade” kinda means not at all shady (be sure to bring your own shade). You have to drive to the lake but it’s not too long of a car ride. Parking and beach fill up quickly. Surprisingly very few bugs at the campsites during the day; nighttime is a different story. It’s a kind of bring-your-own-fun camping experience; great easy location for group camping and getting to bond with the people you came with.

UPDATE: stayed here for our 3rd time this weekend (June 2019). We had a great time overall. The line of cars just to get into the park was long and took over 30 minutes. Park was crowded but bathrooms were very clean (that’s always been our experience here). Helpful rangers came around to tell us about special programs (campfire program Saturday night and nature hike Sunday morning). The store staff drove around late Saturday afternoon in a truck that sold firewood; they didn’t come back around Sunday morning so be sure to grab enough when you see them.

Perfect Getaway!

Wonderful campground! The restrooms are clean and efficient, there are even coin operated hot showers! There are potable water taps close to every 4 or so camping spots. Dedicated fire pits and bbq stands.

Would definitely return again!

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

Small camp ground

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

Glamping

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…

Private run and it shows

Nice place on river. Run by private contractor. Middle loop with hookups and showers was closed because the grass wasn't mowed yet. Upper loop has hookups and tight sites, no bathrooms or showers. Lower loop has no hookups but has two bath houses. One was completely locked. Other was mostly locked. Two open showers, one didn't work. Two open toilets, one was clogged. I guess March is off season and nobody cares. Host was not to be found. Site was nice and big and along River. It is a shame.

A hidden gem just outside SF

Hawk camp is one of my favorite backyard (I live in Marin) camping spots. It's free, it's a 2.2 mile hike in from the car, and even for that, it's remote. I head there when I just feel the need to strap on my pack and break out my gear. Only 3 first-come sites, I prefer the one on the upper left. Fires are not permitted and be warned - Bay Area coastal weather patterns prevail. You can go to sleep staring at the stars and looking out on the lights of the City, only to wake up to a wet camp under a steady drizzle from the condensing fog in the cypress trees above you. I have literally booked a night, gotten close, seen the pea soup fog rolling over the ridge, and turned around for home. But for all that it is a great place to pack in, hike to the top of the ridge for epic sunsets, and feel like you're miles away from the crowds just across the bay.

Beautiful views, lots of space

These cabins are well worth the cost. There is a separate bedroom, you could sleep 2 couples on beds easily with extra floor space and a small individual bunk for larger families. No electricity but the wood burning stove provides some light. Bring candles and lanterns and some fabric for curtains for privacy.

City camping

There are 4, 30 person, group sites. Pitch tent on wood chips. Level. Fire pits, water. Nice and close, yet feels a ways away. Accessible to many trails.

Nice side of mountain camp

Nice campground. Went there with Cub Scouts. Good walk down the hill to John Muir Woods and visitor center. Not too bad hike back up to camp. Nice views. Reserve way ahead your date.

Senic walkup campground

This is an ada compliant walkup campground situated near the top of Mount Tamalpais. Featuring 13 sites ranging from standard campground style to a few more secluded areas. As a first come first serve campground and camping in the middle of a gale storm we had our pic of sites and explored the entire campground. I picked a site more secluded from the rest. While there is some road noise from below it does give some of the feel of a back country trip with none of the hassle. There is a ranger station with maps and selling firewood. Stinson beach is a 3 mile hike away or a short drive down the mountain if you are in need of more supplies.

Nice and quiet

Rolled into this campground with no reservations The campground was pretty much empty. Park ranger Lynsey was great to work with after a long drive. The camp spots were pretty clean despite people being disrespectful to the park. I stayed in lot 44 which backed up to the beautiful forest. Great place to stay

Great place

Great little place in the redwoods in beautiful majestic wine country. Campsites are clean, bathrooms are being renovated at the moment but the ones completed are nice. You need reservations but there are a few walk in campsites up at the end that go on first come first serve basis. Great hiking in the redwoods along a nice creek. Close to Calistoga and St Helena for all your needs.

Cleanest Campground

We love going to Cayote Hills Regional Park it's so much fun. It's some of the cleanest campgrounds I have event seen. We walked through and enjoyed the nature areas so much. We continue to go back and spend time at Cayote Hills because it is so beautiful. We can't wait until thwe next time. It's close and easy to access. It's beautiful and so nice to spend time here. One of our favorite places to go spend time at as a family. ❤️😊

Military campground not far from the Bay

You have to be former or active duty military to use this campground. It is located on one of Coast Guard's main training centers. The campground is at the back of the complex, next to a playground, volleyball court, cookout shelter, and stocked lake. Full-hookups and large pull in spaces made it very easy and relaxing. The wind kicks up in the afternoon sometimes so watch out for your awning and camp chairs. It is a 15 min drive into Petaluma (which is a very cute town) and another 35 minutes to the GG bridge in good traffic. We visited Muir Woods, SF, and Sausalito while we were here without breaking much of a sweat. Recommended.

Parking Lot w a View

Literally enough room to park your rig and if you’re lucky enough to be in the front you’ll have a sweet view. Definitely not my favorite place but if you need a place to stay the upside is the fact that it’s right on the water.

Great views

Often booked so you’ll want to get a reservation. $35/night for tent camping plus 7.99 reservation fee. No electric for tent camping but there is water. Safeway is just a mile away. Super cute town close by with fun shops and restaurants. The wind in the afternoon can be annoying but the views are worth it. I love staying here after working in Burlingame which is only 30 minutes away. Super easy to get to Mavericks, San Francisco etc.

One night

Not bad for a night. A little close to others for my liking, but everyone was friendly and helpful.