Bullfrog Pond Campground, located in Austin Creek State Recreation Area and operated by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, is nestled atop rolling hills studded with oak trees and encircles a pond surrounded by redwoods. The sunsets from Vista Point at the campground entrance are incredible! The drive to the campground itself offers a beautiful winding view as you climb out
Bullfrog Pond Campground, located in Austin Creek State Recreation Area and operated by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, is nestled atop rolling hills studded with oak trees and encircles a pond surrounded by redwoods. The sunsets from Vista Point at the campground entrance are incredible! The drive to the campground itself offers a beautiful winding view as you climb out of the canyon and onto the rolling ridge line.
The campground is tent/car camping only. It has 23 sites total, 16 of which can be reserved in advance for $35 per night (includes 1 vehicle), and 7 "walk-up" or first-come-first-serve sites for $35 per night (includes 1 vehicle). Each site can accommodate up to 8 people and 20 ft. of equipment (no trailers). All sites must be paid for up front with cash or credit card only (no checks). As there is no guarantee walk-up sites will be available, we recommend arriving early on the day you would like to camp.
The park also offers three backcountry sites that work on a first-come-first-serve basis and are only accessible by hiking trails. Parties of up to 16 people can enjoy the remote wilderness of Austin Creek. Note: You must obtain a camping permit from Operations before entering the backcountry.
CANCELLATION POLICY:If you cancel at least 24 hours before your check in day and time, you’ll receive a full refund (minus Hipcamp fees). If you cancel within the 24 hours before check in, there will be no refund.
Please be advised that:
- Austin Creek often runs 10-20 degrees warmer than the valley floor during the summer/early fall months.
- Fire bans can go into effect at any time due to dry weather conditions and can be lifted at any time.
- Backcountry campsites are subject to closure due to heavy rain and/or inaccessibility issues.
If you need to cancel your reservation or check for availability, please call Field Operations at 707/869-2015.
FIRE BAN IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE STARTING AUG 1ST!
Conditions at the Pond are extremely dry and have been deemed too hazardous to continue with open fires for the duration of summer and early fall. You may still bring stoves that use gas, jelly or liquid fuel and enclosed lanterns. NO PROPANE FIRE PITS. NO CANDLES.
Campers should be aware that they need to take the road up past Schoolhouse Flat picnic area slowly and with caution as a slide has undermined it slightly. Drivers, please drive on the gravel work-around at that point as much as safely possible. We have posted warning notices on either side of the slide.
If you are planning to camp without a reservation during peak season on a weekend it is recommended that you register by Thursday or early Friday morning as sites fill up quickly.
Stewards strive to make Bullfrog Pond Campground a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. If you experience disruptive behavior by other campers or witness suspicious activity, please alert the Camp Host or our Field Operations staff immediately.
For more information, call 707/869-2015 or email us at camping(@)stewardscr(.)org.
Hipcamp Promo Codes and other discounts cannot be applied to Bullfrog Pond Campground as it is run by the State, and is not a Hipcamp Landshare property.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 7 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Bullfrog Pond Campground in California.
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Rustic campground with spacious sites and clean bathrooms. There a 3 categories of sites in the main campground (not including the hike-in sites):
1. The drive-in sites (1-8) are along the main road when you first enter the campground. They are forested and slightly closer together than other sites, providing less privacy. There is a path that runs from around site 1 to around site 17 to get to the toilets. My choice for this set of sites would be 8, since it's on the end and gives the most privacy.
2. The reservable sites in the main area of the campground are forested. The toilets are between sites 18 and 20. The sites on the end provide the most privacy (9, 19, 20). Sites 14 & 15 and sites 16 & 18 are closer together than the other sites. We stayed in site 17 and thought it was one of the best in the area (despite having people walk by to get to the bathroom). It is a very large site, so we could only really see the neighbors on site 15 (site 19 was separated by a grove of trees).
3. Sites 21-24 (reservable) are located in the lower portion of the campground along the pond. The toilets are located across the road from site 23. Site 21 has a little bit of shade from the trees behind the site, but sites 22 & 23 are fully exposed to the sun with little privacy. Site 24 seems to be the best of the lot. It is tucked away from everything else, down a long path. There is an open area for setting up camp, but there is also shelter from the sun.
General notes on the campground:
- Bring bug spray! Around dusk, those little buggers are relentless - especially in the wooded areas on the campground.
- Make sure you check out the sunset from the upper viewing point (before you enter the campground). It's spectacular!
- No need to bring TP - it's provided in the well-kept bathrooms.
- If you want your food secured in the food locker, you'll need to bring your own lock (latches to keep critters out, but not hungry neighbors).
Fantastic campground! Some campsites are closers to each other, some more private. Note that sites 1-20 are shaded in the woods, while sites 21-24 are open on the pond, two totally different feelings. Loved the croaking of bullfrogs at night!
Very much echo what Chelsea Gaynor said before me: secluded campground but sites are very close together. For best seclusion, book 24, 21, 20, or 8. The bathrooms were in perfect shape, the staff was super nice, views were phenomenal. Bring bug spray.
We went camping on the Easter weekend. We loved the campground. Far away from civilization. Its already fun driving up the curvy road to the top. Great view and hikes. The Pond was almost dried out. We stayed on site 9 and really liked it. Felt nice & secluded
- campsite #9, #21, and #24 are the most private...#24 being my favorite
- great sunset spot at the vista point on the main road just before the campsites
*if you're a light sleeper you might want to bring earplugs as the bullfrogs can be pretty vocal throughout the night
Wonderful Redwood camping, with flush toilet and no shower. There is poison oak all over in the little patchy green areas, so be ware. We had the best time camping we have had in a long time. Remote, with hiking/running trails and perfect weather (altho' i am sure we were lucky, as it can be hot, and it can be foggy, so pack for all kinds of weather, as it changes quickly. layering is best, with shirts for hot weather covered with heavier and heavier clothing until you have a coat, and a wool blanket on top of that. better to be prepared than to wish you had brought more....)
Pros: Right outside of Guernville, feels isolated, great views, cool setting in the forest. Cons: most campsites are very close together and have little to NO privacy. Be prepared for long, steep, one way drive into the hills, but worth the adventure! We stayed on Valentine's Day. HipCamp sent around red roses for all the campers! So cool! We will definitely come back!
Beautiful camp site! The first-come-first-serve sites are big and have a bit of privacy. The pond is no longer a pond, and the camp ground is on a very strict fire ban (since 7-3-15). Dogs are allowed! Came Saturday at noon and there were 3 sites left.
We had an overall great stay at Bullfrog Pond and will definitely be back. We stayed in site 17, which ended up feeling pretty private since the neighboring sites were not full on Sun - Mon nights. As previous posters mentioned, sites 10-18 are all pretty close together. If all were full it would have felt over-crowded for sure. Sites 17 and 18 are the last ones on a sloping hill - so these are relatively more private. Site 19 is pretty private - just know that your car is parked across the road and your gear has to be carried up a short but steep path. Site 20 looked great - very secluded. Sites 21-24 are by the pond and get full sun most of the day.
The park location is great - we loved spending the whole day in Guerneville before returning to the site. The road up to the campground has some amazing views once you get up higher in the hills. The road is a bit intimidating because it is so narrow and winding, but it is perfectly drivable in an average car during daylight hours. I wouldn't recommend arriving at the campground after dark until you are familiar with the road.
Although the park and hipcamp says that firewood and ice are available from the camp host, definitely come prepared with your own. We didn't see the camp host for the full 2 days we stayed. Also note that the sign at the park entrance always says that the campground is full, even when it is not.