Sonoma Coast State Beach

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About Sonoma Coast State Beach

This 17 mile-long coastal property runs right along the famous State Route 1 and consists of a number of beautiful beaches. These long sandy beaches lay below rugged headlands, a craggy coastline with natural arches and secluded coves are features that make Sonoma Coast State Park one of California's most scenic attractions. Whether you are a beachcomber, fisherman, sunbather or picnicker, there is something to enjoy for everyone!

Campgrounds in Sonoma Coast

Bodega Dunes Campground

1. Bodega Dunes Campground

100% Recommend (17 Campers)

Wow. . . this place is HUGE! It’s an ok spread of sites and you will get some privacy, but you will also most likely see/hear your neighbors. You...

Bryn
Bryn: Some of these campsites are super cool and some are average. Plan to get there early in the day so you have your choice. Either...
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Wright's Beach Campground

2. Wright's Beach Campground

100% Recommend (3 Campers)

Brooke
Brooke: Beautiful beach! The camp site is packed with little privacy. Lots of RVs. Dogs allowed.
60 Saves
Willow Creek

3. Willow Creek

Jenn
Jenn: Do not listen to Google coming from the east side - instead drive the 116 past Duncan Mills all the way until you hit hwy 1 and...
29 Saves

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Hipcamper Bryn

Some of these campsites are super cool and some are average. Plan to get there early in the day so you have your choice. Either way, make time to go to the beach and check out the tide pools during your trip. And, of course, eat some seafood!

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Hipcamper Brooke

Beautiful beach! The camp site is packed with little privacy. Lots of RVs. Dogs allowed.

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Fun fact: scenes from Steven Speilberg’s The Goonies , were filmed at Goat Rock!

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Goat Rock is a beautiful beach and is more reminiscent of the Oregon coast than California.

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If you’re camping at Bodega Dunes, the walk from your campsite to the beach is fairly long and through deep sand, but is also insanely beautiful.

Hipcamper Jenn

Do not listen to Google coming from the east side - instead drive the 116 past Duncan Mills all the way until you hit hwy 1 and then make your first left just past Russian House (cafe). Try for one of the shaded sites if you have your pick.

Hipcamper Julian

Bodega Dunes has over 100 sites, but for good reason—it gets busy. Most sites are filled with sand, so just be prepared to get sand everywhere. The bathrooms/showers are really nice, well lit, and well maintained. They also have a 'station' at each bathroom area to wash your plates/dishes. Some sites are less windy than others, so if you're arriving during the quieter weekdays, drive around and pick one you like before heading back to the kiosk.

The campground is near the water and can get windy at times, even during the night, so bring some warm clothes. The wind is usually gone in the morning. A great place to do some camping with friends because it's only an hour or two from the bay area. Just reserve a site in advance.

Hipcamper Karolis

I lucked out with a great site (#19) that had a tent patch tucked away in the redwoods. Pitched a tent, put up a hammock and life's good.
Very spacious campground and you can walk to a beautiful and vast beach. Tons of people during the day, but it's so spacious that it didn't feel packed.

Hipcamper Dylan

As previously noted, this is a tightly packed campground. Strongly recommend getting a "premium" beach-facing site (sites 1 - 10) to offset the relatively crowded and noisy nature of the campground.

History of Sonoma Coast State Beach

Over 40,000 years ago Mammoths were believed to have roamed this area. You can still see some of their rubbing marks 1.6 km south of the Russian River. Fossils of these massive creatures have also been found at Bodega Head in the south end of the park.
The Pomo tribes and Coast Miwok were the first known tribes in the area. Archaeological finds were recorded on this property as early as 1849. These finds included prehistorical kitchen middens and other tribal habitation finds. They Pomo and Miwok resisted the drastic changes brought on by gold seekers, Spanish missionaries and fur trappers. However, eventually the tribes were nearly decimated. Today their descendants still occupy parts of their ancestral lands, keeping alive the old ways and passing them on to the next generation.