Hipcamp host Myrna H.
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It's early Fall, so its alittle coolish or warmish here at the Mare Island Preserve.The clouds and sunsets at our hilltop vista point can be magnificent. The campfire at the visitor center really feels sooo great. Mosquitoes are definitely around...we find them buzzing just once in a while, but come prepared.Join us for a natural season of wildness and gathering at one of our

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It's early Fall, so its a little coolish or warmish here at the Mare Island Preserve. The clouds and sunsets at our hilltop vista point can be magnificent. The campfire at the visitor center really feels sooo great. Mosquitoes are definitely around...we find them buzzing just once in a while, but come prepared. Join us for a natural season of wildness and gathering at one of our Walk-in campsites. Tent camp spots on the Navy’s oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific, are guaranteed to be eclectic and unique! Campsite #3 is the loading dock of a small bunker. It has recently been super graffitied...kind of a boo. Is what it is. Campsite #4 is located in a ravine under the canopy of the island's largest coast live oak tree and her relatives. very sacred and special. Now, that it's Fall, here comes our Haunted House month every weekend night in October and Halloween night. Open from 5-9pm including historic tours of the nearby Naval Cemetery, paranormal investigation tours, ghost story tours and a bunch of fun nightly programming from a HearseCon to Horror movie night and live animal visits from bats, owls and reptiles. Search NightMARE Island Vallejo for the schedule and to purchase tickets.

The route to these 2 sites is a pretty steep but short 1/3 mile hike up the hill from parking. BE PREPARED: this time of year the nighttime tents are about 50 degrees. And, the Porta potty is the hike back down the hill near your car. Our portable restrooms are always refreshingly clean. Good news is that we don’t really have any people neighbors, so making music or being a little noisy here is cool. While you will still know urban life is nearby, you will experience the magic of the peaceful setting. Osprey, great-blue herons, great egrets, red-tailed hawks and white-tailed kites nest nearby in spring and summer. Red-shouldered hawks scream by in the neighborhood. Owls are night visitors. 

We usually recommend using our cooking facility at the visitor center for these tent campsites.  A campfire is allowed only at our visitor center, an easy quarter-mile 5 min walk from parking for these campsites. The Mare Island Preserve is 1.5 miles from the Mare Island ferry terminal with daily service from San Francisco. Direct bus service from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station to the Vallejo Transit Center lands you a little over 4 miles away from the Preserve. Catch your favorite taxi service or call/text us to pre-arrange a pickup. Bikes are allowed on both the ferry and shuttle buses from BART. Once you’ve settled in, hop on one of our bikes for a jaunt around the strangely quirky and kinda abandoned, sort of not, former Naval shipyard, the Navy’s oldest installation in the Pacific, founded in 1854. You will stop often to photograph both the beauty and the decay of a 160 years of maritime and marine industrial history. Hike and jog our 4-mile roundtrip San Pablo Bay Trail and even golf or visit Vino Godfather tasting room, a WWII landing craft support gunboat, St. Peter’s Chapel (by appt) or a museum of Navy history.

Our 16 foot Old Tennis Court yurt camp is situated on the old tennis court near where you park. It can be reserved along with our 12 foot Garden History yurt a 1/4 mile up the trail through our separate listings and now we have a "Caravan Style" tiny house right near your trailhead. 

Our policy for our Preserve is to “do no harm before you do good”, making a valiant effort to leave the precious place as we found it; we’ve pruned the native oaks and cultural landscape trees a bit and cleared the weeds, but we think we’ve left plenty of wildness to reconnect you with nature and nurture your soul and there’s ample history to spark your imagination. Your enthusiastic stays in our yurts and tent camp spots, help us protect and share our park with you. 

Important: Upon arrival, please specify that you are at the walk-in sites, and not the drive-in sites.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Moderate walk (5 - 10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
No potable water
No fires
Toilet available
Portable toilet
Pets allowed
No showers
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Myrna a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Bring your bike or feel free to "rent" one of our bikes for a small donation of $2-10. they come with a helmet which must be wo...Read more

Hiking

Hiking is on our main scenic vista trail a gentle climb on a 1-mile paved road from about sea level to nearly 300 ft elevation....Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife viewing is mostly birds. spring and summer expect to see nesting osprey, great blue herons and great egrets. as well a...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Napa River View Walk-in in California.

Forest

Our forests are mostly coast live oak woodlands. they have learned to hug snugly to the windswept bluffs. ca scrub jays are ref...Read more

Places to see near Mare Island Preserve

John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site
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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Mem...
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China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park
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Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Nation...
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Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
17 miles way Explore
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
19 miles way Explore
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historic...
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Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
21 miles way Explore
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
21 miles way Explore
Presidio of San Francisco
Presidio of San Francisco
22 miles way Explore
Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
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Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park
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Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
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Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
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Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park
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Butano State Park
Butano State Park
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Caswell Memorial State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park
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Salt Point State Park
Salt Point State Park
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Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Henry W. Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park
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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park
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Hipcamper Madison
Madison K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 26th, 2017

This is definitely the most private site on Mare Island because it can't be accessed by car and it's on the opposite end of the other sites. Blackberries and fennel were in full bloom while we were camping here, so it also smelled incredible.

From the Old Tennis Court Yurt, where we parked, this site is a steep, 5-minute hike-in. You'll get to a fork about 3 minutes in--turn right to access the bunker. Pitch a blanket on the outer part, set up some chairs, and enjoy the view of twinkling Vallejo lights. (Don't forget your instruments--the acoustics inside these things is crazy.)

For a more nature-y view, walk 2 minutes to the west and watch the sun dip down behind Mt. Tam. Ahh.

people camper instagramWalking to a sunset viewpoint.Sunset view over Mt. Tam, only 2 minutes from the bunker.coffee food swag
Hipcamper Jake
Jake J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 5th, 2017

Amazzzing view. Lovely sunsets and sunrises. A magical hike around campsites filled with natural wildlife and fauna. Camp guide Myrna is most courteous and knowledgeable. I'm certain to come back and bring more friends.

Hipcamper A
A S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 23rd, 2017

Hidden gem and unique camping experience. Felt like staying at a hostel in the middle of a scenic ghost town. The hostel piece: the visitor center does a nightly fire and we enjoyed hanging out with the 2 yurts and other campers after dark. Clean facilities include a shared kitchen and several maintained portables. If you want to feel worlds away, try it out. Great views. And, proceeds go to helping the preserve sustain. We'll be back.

We arrived after dark, and Myrna was super helpful and responsive in helping us get settled.

Hipcamper Katherine
Katherine R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 9th, 2017

Fun place to stay! Check out the bunkers, watch the sun set behind Marin, and hang with Merna and Nitro.

Hipcamper Catherine
Catherine H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 1st, 2017

AWESOME! We had a great time here. Beautiful sunset and sunrise. We also met a lot of really interesting, kind people during our stay. Definitely would go again!

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Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
October 9th, 2017

We had mixed feelings about our stay here. First, the positives. Myrna and the rest of the folks who run the preserve are incredibly nice. Our first night, we arrived after dark and Myrna let us stay near one of the unoccupied yurts since our campsite would be hard to get to in the dark. The second night, we stayed at site 1, which was incredibly private. It's a unique site, and would be a great place to stay with a group of friends. We did have issues finding the site because there is no signage for any of the campsites. This not only confused us, but also a group who couldn't find campsite 2. The steep trail up to the site is also not the most well maintained. We got a few scrapes from a particularly aggressive, spiked bush that jutted out onto the trail. It's not the quietest either since you hear city noises all night, and I would recommend not going during October if you want any peace. With NightMARE island going on, we heard screams all night and it was very busy near the visitors center. That being said, if you are into creepy places, Mare Island in general has a very creepy vibe with so many abandoned buildings. Overall, not the most peaceful but I would recommend it to anyone wanting a unique, possibly creepy, camping experience.

The morning light on top of the hill is beautiful.We definitely recommend waking up for the sunrises.The yurt that is high up on the hill - you get some great views from here.Although we didn't run into any, there are rattlesnake signs are everywhere.
Hipcamper Mel
Mel S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 9th, 2017

Had a lovely stay at the Preserve on (Night)Mare Island! This was a super unique and beautiful spot, and Myrna and Eric were great hosts. My boyfriend and I had a quick stay here on a week night. We left SF at 3pm, took the ferry over (went to Vallejo Ferry Terminal), then took a 10 minute Uber ride over to the Preserve. We ended up camping down by the visitor center since it was getting dark when we arrived, but Myrna was able to give us a ride up to the Napa River View Walk-in where my boyfriend and I hung out at night for a few hours cooking dinner, checking out the bunker, and taking in the gorgeous views of the city and stars. We hiked back down to the visitor center (1.5 miles), hung out by the fire Myrna and Eric had set up for us, and drifted off to sleep shortly after. Definitely recommend this spot and hope to be back with more time next time! Both sunset and sunrises here are not to be missed. :)

Views from Napa River View Walk-in: making dinner on our camp stove next to the bunker at night
Hipcamper Cassey
Cassey V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 22nd, 2017

Myrna is a wonderful, kind host. She showed us to a easier accessable campsite due being unaware of our hike up site. We we're not prepared and had a car full of geae

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Hipcamper Gary
Gary L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
November 12th, 2017

Lovely site! Myrna was a wonderful host!

Property
Mare Island Preserve
State
California
$45/night
2 Sites