Point Reyes National Seashore

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About Point Reyes National Seashore

If there’s one word that can describe Point Reyes National Seashore it’s “diverse” (we could have gone with “epic” as well, but sometimes we get carried away with that word). This 71,028 acre park is made up of rocky coastal headlands, massive sand beaches, wide open grasslands, blackberry brushed hillsides and lush forested ridgelines. There is an abundance of life, with over 1500 species of plants and animals, for you to discover. One thing is for certain, this park begs to be explored!

Campgrounds in Point Reyes

Wildcat Camp

1. Wildcat Camp

100% Recommend (7 Campers)

It sure is nice to be so dang close to the ocean! Wildcat Camp is located in an open meadow that is just a hop, skip and jump away from the mighty...

Oshie
Oshie: Sites 1-3AB are most exposed to neighbors but closest to bathroom. Sites 5-7 are the small but offers the most seclusion.
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Tomales Bay

2. Tomales Bay

100% Recommend (9 Campers)

Ever wanted to kayak into a remote campground? Here is your chance! Tomales Bay is. . . well it’s awesome. If you’re wanting to camp here, you must...

Sasha
Sasha: Definitely make sure you leave early in the day. The wind picks up around noon, which (if you're paddling into it) can make...
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Sky Camp

3. Sky Camp

100% Recommend (10 Campers)

1,025 feet up Mt. Wittenberg lies Sky Camp. The camp stays true to it’s name and offers spectacular panoramic views (after a “moderate” uphill hike...

Bryn
Bryn: If you ask me, this is the perfect mix between car camping and pack-in. It's about a 30 minute walk from the closest parking...
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Coast Camp

4. Coast Camp

100% Recommend (9 Campers)

Coast Camp is…. well it’s by the coast (this is a good thing). The camp is nestled in a wide open grassy valley and is a very short distance (about...

Kiran
Kiran: Remember that this is a hike-in site, so you'll be a couple miles away from your car. Pack really only what you need or the...
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Glen Camp

5. Glen Camp

100% Recommend (5 Campers)

Glen Camp might not be the most popular kid in class, but it is the most protected. Most campgrounds in Point Reyes get lots of wind since they are...

Andy
Andy: No frills spot. Great if you just need a place to set down you gear and sleep in-between exploring Pt Reyes' trails.
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Hipcamper Sasha

Definitely make sure you leave early in the day. The wind picks up around noon, which (if you're paddling into it) can make your trip take twice as long!

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Hipcamper Bryn

If you ask me, this is the perfect mix between car camping and pack-in. It's about a 30 minute walk from the closest parking lot, so don't worry about bringing that extra bottle of wine. Keep in mind, there are often fire restrictions, and it can get cold.

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Hipcamper Sasha

Large groups can only camp at Marshall or Tomales Beach. Both have vault toilets, and Marshall is closer, but Tomales has two picnic tables. Head there unless your want to a) bring your own table, or b) don't care about sand in your food (it's inevitable).

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Hipcamper Alex

Get your Kayaks from Bluewater- right across the way from Tomales Bay's many camping beaches, make sure to get across the water before the wind picks up!

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Hipcamper Andy

No frills spot. Great if you just need a place to set down you gear and sleep in-between exploring Pt Reyes' trails.

Hipcamper Oshie

Sites 1-3AB are most exposed to neighbors but closest to bathroom. Sites 5-7 are the small but offers the most seclusion.

Hipcamper Courtney

Great place to backpack if you're a beginner. There's also potable water (usually) at the campground so you don't have to haul it. Be sure to bring a filter just in case. Campsite 7 is amazing but can be hard to find when the mustard flowers are blooming!

Hipcamper Auntie

awesome camping - we backpacked a longer trail but some people drive closer and bring down the coolers and ice. best sites 10 & 11 open to sun, views and less wet; 5-8 are in trees, cooler, wetter due to the cover, 1 no privacy, 3,4,10,11,12 are private

Hipcamper Jason

Grab a couple bags of Oysters from the Marshall Store (don't forget the Minonet sauce too) and you'll be set! Nothing like shucking Oysters around the campfire!

Hipcamper Agnes

Fairly private campground, and sites 5-8 are not visible to people passing by the camp on their hikes. Wear long pants or the nettles will getcha!

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Great for backpacking beginners. It's only a 5-6 mile hike in and trails are super well marked.

Hipcamper Kiran

Remember that this is a hike-in site, so you'll be a couple miles away from your car. Pack really only what you need or the walk in will be cumbersome.

Hipcamper Oshie

Bike access via Firelane Trail for bike camping (3 mi one way). It's a fire road that also begins by the Point Reyes Hostel, before the paved parking area that has the hiking trail access (Laguna Trail head). Fire road begins by an enclosed metal bar gate.

Hipcamper Becky

For a small extra fee, Bluewater can also bring any excess stuff (i.e. food, drinks, nice cameras) on a motorboat. I also recommend the Marshall Store for oysters!

Hipcamper Andy

Campsites 10 and 11 have the most privacy but campsite 1 and 2 have the best views.

Hipcamper Sancia

Leave early if you have kayakers with less experience. The wind an be really intense! Marshall beach is nice with bathrooms and a nice 1 mile + hike to the neighboring beach and back. Very beautiful trip we had a blast.

Hipcamper Auntie

awesome spot!i'd say there are most definitely frills because there is a bathroom with 2x vault toilet, grills, picnic tables, and water. 10 is comepletely exposed out in the open, 5-9 are more private

Hipcamper Aja

Hands down, best Point Reyes Campground. Views? Check. Grills for your hotdogs and Duraflame cause you're a rule following fire ninja? Check. Tree cover in case of rain? Check. General lack of raccoon infestation? So far, check. Driving to the trailhead eats up 90% of the climb you'd otherwise have to do to scale Mt. Whittenberg. After a leisurely 2 mile hike to the site, you'll be blown away by the sunset over Point Reyes. Reservations are plentiful after peak season ends, but be prepared for shocking temperature variations. My favorite site was 7, nestled in the quiet pines. Sky Camp is an excellent choice for group camping, but don't expect privacy if you're on solo--if you've got chatty neighbors, best bet is to introduce yourself!

Hipcamper Jacob

We camped in Tomales during bioluminescence. They were only visible in the dark, when the water was disturbed, so we did a night paddle that was absolutely epic. The wake of our kayaks and paddles were glowing electric green. Highly recommend it.

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What a campground! It's only a 1-mile hike from Alameer Falls. I highly recommend eating lunch at the top!

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Our favorite spots to camp are the boating sites on Tomales Bay. Grab a bag of oysters and paddle across the bay to find your own private beach campground. Remember to get a fire permit as well - gathering driftwood is allowed, but towards the end of the summer it will likely be sparse, so bring a bundle!

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It’s blackberry season from mid-July till mid-October, bring a bag and get a pickin’

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Bring snacks, “we were pretty hungry about 4 miles into the hike, and were starving for the last 6…” is quite normal, be prepared!

Hipcamper Amber

Take an overnight kayaking class at Tomales Bay with REI! rei.com/outdoorschool/160 for full schedule.

Hipcamper Sasha

Campsites #3 and #4 have excellent views! Note that all the sites w/ ocean views are very private but quite small, so don't plan on fitting more than two 2-person tents.

Hipcamper Miho

Stayed at Camp 6--I thought it would be right on the coast, but it's more inland and a bit of a walk to the beach. You can still see the ocean from the site though. Also, absolutely no shade at campsite 6, so be aware on hot days. It is also a far walk from bathroom and water. There's a big Eucalyptus tree towards the beach, where there's shade and a swing.

Hipcamper Alex

Sites have a lot of privacy- in a nice secluded grove of trees, not really anything exciting about the campground though

Hipcamper Aja

We enjoyed the gentle 2 mile hike from the lot near the PR Hostel through the winter drizzle. We frolicked on the beach amid confused seabirds, who felt like, just this once, they'd have the joint to themselves. We pitched our tent in a dewy mist at site 4, where a puddle had inconveniently formed directly in front of our fox box. We did not take this as a harbinger of doom, and were invaded by furry bandits in a pouring deluge at roughly 1:25 am, when we suddenly realized there was an awful lot of trash in the surrounding bushes. Two take aways: never, under any circumstances, bring food into your tent AND don't camp seaside with no cover when there is a 100% chance of rain. Also: always pack Tenacious Tape.

Hipcamper Billy

First timer here. If I'm on a motorcycle, would it be reasonable to get a kayak/canoe to my Wildcat site?

Hipcamper Deanna

I boat-in camped here and rented kayaks from Blue Waters Kayaking. It was beautiful and very calm to paddle out at night

Pros:
- It's right on the lake. The stars are amazing
- During season there's bioluminescence
- You can paddle up and get fresh oysters at Tomales Bay Oyster Co

Cons:
- It's popular and there are a lot of people during the summer
- Kayak rentals are expensive because it's popular. I rented from Blue Water Kayaks. Would be cheaper to bring your own

Tips:
- Know the direction of current and always paddle with the current
- Pack-in pack-out (e.g. waste included) sites are less crowded

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Our flying friends can be in abundance, so bring bug spray.

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If it’s not too hot, wear thick, long pants. There are a good amount of prickly flowers and plants.

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Wear layers, at different points you're closer to the water and it's much colder, and at some points there's just a lot of sun so you'll want to take off some layers

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The hikes are beautiful and can be a great workout, bring a good amount of water (but you can fill up at several of the campgrounds).

Hipcamper Matthew

Great beach access at this campground, be careful in the surf. Can be exceptionally damp (duh!).

Hipcamper Alex

Site 7 is the closest to the path that leads to the beach. The only time you'll really see people is heading to the bathroom/water.

Hipcamper Alex

Bring a fishing pole! Caught my biggest Surfperch and Surf Smelt here!

Hipcamper Edmaria

Great place for beginners. This was our first backpacking trip and it was wonderful. Great views, potable water, nice hike.

Hipcamper Callie

My favorite spot. Gorgeous campsite, easy hike in, close to Alamere. They provide grills at each campsite, just remember to bring some charcoal. Ask for a beach fire permit (driftwood) when you check it, not always available.

Hipcamper Miho

We camped in site 3, and it is a smaller site, but it was cozy. We squeezed in two 2 person tents, and one three person tent. The trees framed the ocean really nicely, and we still got the view that sites 1 & 2 enjoy. Nice shade, and great air. The only thing is be very conscious of leaving food, even for a little bit. Stealthy skunks and raccoon are all around. You can hear them rustling around your tent at night, too.

Hipcamper Andrew

Amazing sunsets here with an easy hike in.

Hipcamper Elizabeth

It's a short hike to camp. If you pack in permitted wood, you can have a fire on the beach.

Hipcamper Elizabeth

Tucked on the hillside, this 3 to 6 mile trek (depending on your route) isn't for the faint of heart (or legs). The views are stunning from the top.

Hipcamper Elizabeth

This camp site is totally inland with no views. It gets very crowded and is quite shaded.

Hipcamper Deena

be sure to rent your kayaks way in advance, they will sell out!

Hipcamper Ha

it's a long hike to the site, so be sure to pack light or have a mule :)

Hipcamper Kathleen

Hike to sky camp isn't hard at all. I recommend hiking there in the morning, then doing a day hike down to the beach.

Hipcamper Kathleen

This is a great beginner backpacking camp. It's a seriously majestic hike - so first timers won't realize the moderate hike to the camp. It get's really foggy and cold here so pack warm. There were fire restrictions when I went September 2016. They have food lockers and a bbq type contraption.

History of Point Reyes National Seashore

The cultural history of Point Reyes reaches back some 5,000 years to the Coast Miwok Indians who were the first human inhabitants of the Peninsula. Over 120 known village sites exist within the park.

According to many experts, Sir Francis Drake landed here in 1579, the first European explorer to do so. In response to the many shipwrecks in the treacherous coastal waters, lighthouses and lifesaving stations were established by the United States Government in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In the early 1800s, Mexican land grantees established ranchos. They were followed by a wave of American agricultural operations, which continue to this day in the Seashore's pastoral zone.