Great for kids. Go on a weekend that the observatory is open. If you like to climb there is a great peak hike or go down to the waterfall. If your tired of camping hit the nearby wineries for an afternoon. The bathrooms and showers were clean. Some sites are close to each other so pick carefully.
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.
Tent camp here every year. It's small but great for families! Has a creek and many hiking trails!
Close to town. Roomy sites. Nike walking/hiking trails. Lots of yellow jackets.
We’ve camped here a couple of times with our kids it’s perfect for novice campers like us. The staff is awesome, there are bathrooms and showers. You can rent a tent, buy wood and it’s a short drive into town in case you need to stock up. The area is beautiful and there is great hiking trails.
The campground at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park offers a range of decent sites. There are certainly some that are better situated than others regarding size, shade, and other amenities--but the entire campground is nice. Well maintained, and located in a State Park that is run by a non-profit "Team Sugarloaf". Sonoma Creek runs along the campground and there is a waterfall a short hike away. There are showers for a quarter per minute, if you want to freshen up after a big hike like to the peak of Bald Mt. Visitor's Center has educational displays, maps, and a variety of items for sale. Ice and fire wood available. Each site has a table and fire pit. Great little get away spot that feels farther in the wilderness than it is at all. Close to Sonoma and Santa Rosa. Year-round camping--beautiful in all seasons.
There is also an observatory in the park, one Saturday night per month the hold "Star Parties" and for just $2 you can spend the evening looking through great telescopes and learning about space from experts. Kids are free! It is walking distance from the campground. If you have flashlights that have a red night-vision setting, those are recommended to use there--otherwise they'll give you red cellophane to cover your light so that it doesn't interfere with star viewing.
The campground survived the fires of 2017 intact, though quite a bit of the park is burned. Most of the trails are open, and you can access them right from the campground.
Some of the sites are smallish and close together, but the campground itself is pretty spread out so you just have side neighbors, there is no one behind you, and I've always found it pretty quiet. There is a campground host. Also a small visitor center and store just as you enter the campground. There are flush toilets, driving water, showers, picnic tables, fire rings. Stayed here several times in different sites.
Sugarloaf Loaf Ridge State Park is a great little park and campground. The campground is set around an open meadow, but spaces are a bit close together. Nothing special about the campground, no stunning views or strong flowing river, but there is some great hiking and lots of wineries nearby.
From the campground you can easily hike 20 miles around the park. There are a handful of great loop options and a few great out and backs too. My personal favorite hike in this park is at the bottom of the hill from the campground, but can be accessed by trails and a short road walk, and that is the Goodspeed Trail to Gunsight Rock. From the trailhead the hike is 6.5 miles out and back with 2,444 feet of elevation gain (leaving from the campground adds 2.1 miles and 500 feet of gain to the hike).
There are also several wonderful wineries and tasting rooms within a couple miles of the park located around the town of Kenwood. Kenwood also has a few great restaurants and a small market for resupplying. If you drive a bit further to Santa Rosa you can pick up anything you could possibly need.
October 2017 Fires: The park experienced severe damage with almost 80% of the park being burned. As of today, seven months after the fires, some trails in the park remain closed. While the landscape has changed dramatically, the fires have provided an interesting new perspective to the park. Watching the landscape recover from an intense forest fire is very interesting.
Decent campground with clean bathrooms. Easy access to hiking trails and it's dog friendly. Nothing special, but fun. Gets hot in the summer time.
While driving through Sonoma Valley, I found this hidden campground that was one of the most amazing campgrounds that I have stayed at. I was tent camping and easily found the perfect spot. Until this trip, I had never seen a banana slug which was HUGE! I stayed for just one night while continuing on my way up to the Redwoods. The hills were covering in the yellowing grass of the summer and combined with the tranquility of the rolling hills, I experienced one of the most calming sunsets of my life. Not far from this campground is the Jack London Historical State Park, which i highly recommend going to see. Overall, this was a fun little hidden gem in California.