Gualala Point Regional Campground is a great example of the amazing redwood forests that used to dominate the coast of northern California. It is a very peaceful campground with a relatively small number of campsites. Great hiking trails lead along the scenic Gualala River and link to Gualala Point Park on the west side of Highway 1. It is also possible to hike from the campsites to the Gualala Point Park and then connect south onto the Sea Ranch Coastal Trail System for a much longer beach and cliff hike, an excellent locale for whale watching. During the whale watching season, a hike to the beach might earn the breathtaking sight of the great migration in progress. Try waiting until sunset when whale spouts become a backlit exclamation mark in the sea, making for easy spotting. With amazing access to sunny river banks, swimming holes, beaches, hiking trails, and the nearby town of Gualala, this campground is a great spot for all those interested in relaxing in the redwoods and enjoying the awe of the northern California coast.
The campsites themselves are under the canopy of large shady redwoods and a bay tree grove as well. Under the bay trees, which must smell amazing in the rainy season, you will find the entrance to the hike-in campsites. Blankets of clover cover the forest floor near the showers, and half the sites are riverside, making for a nice variety. Showers and restrooms are clean and located centrally in the campground. Some old stumps have new redwoods growing right through them and out the top, looking very unique. Access to the river allows for canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboard adventures up or down the Gualala River. This is a must-see campground with a natural feeling not common in a campsite that is so close to a small city.