Description

Ever dreamed of unzipping your tent to a rugged coastline with insane ocean views? Yeah...us too! You’re in luck, Gerstle Cove is the place to do this. This most definitely is a small campground (there’s a total of 28 campsites), and because of this, they book up quickly. As far as the layout goes, half of the sites are shaded by beautiful pine trees and the other half is on a Continue reading...
Ever dreamed of unzipping your tent to a rugged coastline with insane ocean views? Yeah...us too! You’re in luck, Gerstle Cove is the place to do this. This most definitely is a small campground (there’s a total of 28 campsites), and because of this, they book up quickly. As far as the layout goes, half of the sites are shaded by beautiful pine trees and the other half is on a grassy meadow. There is access to a system of trails close by, each of which are equally awesome. Each site has the standard picnic table, fire ring, food locker, and access to bathrooms. For coastal camping, it doesn’t get much better than this!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
110
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
Sewage
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

Mountain bikes must stay on paved or fire roads, however, fire roads are closed to bicycles from october 31 to april 30. bikes ...Read more

Boating

Motorized boating isn’t really available at this park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the water! grab your paddle and chec...Read more

Fishing

Salt point is a very good spot for surf fishing. in the gerstle cove state marine reserve and the stewarts point state marine r...Read more

Hiking

Salt point has a ton to offer for the adventurous, but even a casual in hike in the park is pretty darn epic. there are over 20...Read more

Horseback riding

There are over 20 miles of hiking and equestrian trails to explore in salt point state park. trail maps are available at the en...Read more

Paddling

Gerstle cove is a protected launch site that kayakers often use to make their way out of the cove and into the open ocean for...Read more

Climbing

Salt point is known for its climbing, particularly its bouldering (which to date has over 30 problems to work on). the climbing...Read more

Wildlife watching

At salt point state park, visitors can spot an array of birds such as pelicans, ospreys and woodpeckers. on land, visitors may ...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Gerstle Cove Campground.

Beach
Forest
Redwoods
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Kiran
Kiran U.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 25th, 2015

Love this campsite! If you go during the week it feels extra quiet and secluded. You can even hear sea lions faintly barking from the coast while you relax in the woods.

Gerstle Cove Campground
Hipcamper Rob
Rob G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 22nd, 2015

Better in winter than summer. Gets crowded during abalone season; great diving in Gerstle Cove itself. Nice trails right out of camp.

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Hipcamper Margaret
Margaret H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 30th, 2016

Such an amazing spot. You feel secluded even if the campground is full.

Hipcamper dennis
Dennis M.
recommends this listing.
March 16th, 2017

Lock all foodstuffs in your car at night when not cooking or eating. Racoons are mercilous!

Hipcamper Taryn
Taryn B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 8th, 2017

I know this isn't a review buuuut I'm wondering about anyone's experience with the first come first serve here? I'm headed there Saturday and want to know my odds (if any) of getting a site and how early I should try to get there by.

Hipcamper Andy
Andy P.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2017

Can get windy, foggy and cold in Spring and Summer but some sites have views of the Ocean.

Gerstle Cove CampgroundView from the trail along the coast.
Hipcamper Cody
Cody H.
recommends this listing.
April 6th, 2018

Amazing views, but EXTREMELY windy. If you want a short walk to the ocean, this is a great spot. I would suggest you to choose one of the camp sites the farthest from the ocean. It will make your camp cooking much more enjoyable and less windy.

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Hipcamper Alicia
Alicia V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 13th, 2018

Great campsite. Huge sites, and great proximity to the coast. It was a little chilly, so bring layers!

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Hipcamper Khanh-Dan
Khanh Dan T.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2018

Nice and roomy campground, bathrooms were clean. We walked from our campsite to the marine reserve and spent the day climbing over and around the tide pools. Saw a lot of cool stuff like abalone and seals. Lots of trees around the sites so not ideal for stargazing, but we still got a pretty great view before the clouds or fog rolled in.

Park
Salt Point State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(707) 847-3221
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
38.569° N, 123.325° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 1 Site
(Up to 40 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 106 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)