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Guide to Bay Area Camping

08.10.16

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  • Coastal trail at Gerstle Cove, Salt Point State Park.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Gerstle Cove.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Typical wooded site at Reef Campground. Fort Ross State Historic Park.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Ocean views and coves adjacent to Reef Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Bodega Dunes Campground sits adjacent to South Salmon Creek Beach. A short walk through the dunes puts you on the beach. - Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Doran Beach Campground near Bodega Bay.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Picnic tables along Doran Beach.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Pioneer Trail in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Sunset over Point Reyes from Sky Camp.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Mist in the morning at Sky Camp. Point Reyes National Seashore.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Panetella Campground on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais State Park.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Bootjack Campground on Mount Tamalpais boasts some beatiful views.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Sites at Bootjack Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Live oak campground is named for the coastal live oak (Quercus agrifolia) found on Mount Diablo's landscape.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Live Oak Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Juniper Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Distant views of the ocean from Costanoa KOA campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Large redwoods tower over Sempervirens Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Campsite with a view at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Bluff-side campsite at New Brighton Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Camping by the sea in Aptos at Seacliff State Beach Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Pinnacles National Park Campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Trail Camp Campground in Andrew Molera State Park.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Andrew Molera State Beach is a half-mile walk from the campground.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground in northern Big Sur.- Guide to Bay Area Camping
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With popular landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge or it's namesake urban park and a host of other urban attractions, camping typically isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about exploring the San Francisco Bay Area. Well, we're here to tell you it should be.

In a state that is home to nine national parks such as  Yosemite and the  Redwoods, camping competition can be fierce. Yet those familiar with the unique coastline and impressive diversity of public lands around the Bay Area know full well that proximal camping options rival some of the most coveted campgrounds in the state. Whether you're traveling through or residing in the Bay Area and simply looking for a nearby outdoor overnight, one need drive no further than a few hours drive from the urban core. In many cases only a fraction of that drive time is necessary to access campground gems set among scenic coastal backdrops, redwood groves and rolling oak savannah hills.

Below is a list of some of our favorite Bay Area campgrounds located within a 100-mile radius (as the crow flies) stretching from the Sonoma Coast to northern Big Sur, oriented north to south. While most campgrounds listed below are accessible by vehicle, some require a short walk or a hike in. Note that reservations are recommended during weekends and holidays where applicable.

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