When the other reviews say the road in sucks, they don't explain why. The road is about 10 miles of steep switchbacks on a narrow poorly maintained road. It is not a fun ride (unless you're on a motorcycle perhaps), but once you get there it's worth it.
We enjoyed our stay here, you get a great view of sensets and can walk down to the cliffside to checkout the seals or take the staircase all the way down for a closer view or check out the tide pools. The locals are really friendly, the deli has good food plus snacks and beer/wine. They had karaoke during our stay, but they sadly announced this will not be a thing in the future.
Shelter Cove campground is in Shelter Cove CA. It is a small campsite in a small town write on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean. It is not particularly well-maintained, but it was perfect for someone like me who just wants a place to put a tent or RV and enjoy the cool air and rocky beach. There is even a rock where seals chill and sunbathe. It was not too expensive for each night and dogs are allowed, but there is a one dollar charge for each night spent.
It is a great way to escape the warm summers because it is a lot colder than inland due to the closeness to the sea. It is also nearby the famous Black Sands Beach. It is in pretty close proximity to Humboldt National Forest and The Avenue of the Giants. It can be used as a simple, cheap base camp if you are planning to do the three day Lost Coast Trail. I loved staying here for a few days. There is also a cool lighthouse you can check out and get some history on it. Every night and morning I spent time overlooking the water on top of the cliffs. There is a picnic table you can use.
First of all this is a fisherman’s campground. It looks a little rough. It has the basics. The bathrooms weren’t spectacular. And the road to get there is AWFUL. However, this area has the most fantastic beach scenes. There are seals there and a lighthouse. Tide pools. There is karaoke at the deli that goes pretty late into the night. The staff is very very friendly. Probably the nicest people from our whole trip. Black sands beach is right up the road as well.