Salt Point’s campgrounds are a dream: impeccably clean, intelligently constructed, and full of details that show how much staff care about the park. These campgrounds are packed with little bonuses—water spigots painted to look like mushrooms, information boards with snippets about the natural life in and around the park, and fantastically clean, well-maintained sites and rest rooms. Situated on the rugged and beautiful Sonoma County coast, the park features more than 6 miles of coastline, and 20 miles of hiking trails that wander through forest and grassy bluffs. The coastline here is a popular destination for abalone harvesting, and features a protected underwater reserve where you can dive (no collecting). Trails depart from the campgrounds and lead about a mile (or less) to the beach
. The two most popular hiking trails are the out-and-back coastal path from Salt Point to Stump Beach, and the loop through the pygmy forest. This pygmy forest, like others found along the coast, features dwarfed vegetation, and although the plants may look like they are struggling to survive, many of these shrubs and trees are more than 100 years old. If you want more hiking, it’s a short drive from the campground to the Kruse Rhododendron Preserve, where the main attraction are the park’s namesake shrubs. They put forth gorgeous pink flowers in April and May.
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78 sites for tets or RVs, 20 walk in sites; Gerstle Campground: 30 sites for tents or RVs
Best Time to Go:
Open March 15 through November 30
This travel guide comes from:
The Best In Tent Camping: Northern California Guide Book