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Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground

1. Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground

100% Recommend (10 Campers)

Get in on a little secret that lies just across the Golden Gate Bridge for Mount Tamalpais camping. Let us introduce you to the elusive Steep...

Ryan
Ryan: -Cabins 7/8 closest to water. -Has cell service there so it's good for coordinating groups, can still get your 'grams in, but...
842 Saves
Pantoll Campground

2. Pantoll Campground

100% Recommend (8 Campers)

Just off of Panoramic Highway in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, the Pantoll Campgrounds are about 100 yards from the parking area. Feeling wild? Try...

Sasha
Sasha: Follow Old Mine Trail to the Easy Grade Trail for a *spectacular* place to watch the sunset. It takes less then 20 minutes to...
398 Saves
Camp Cruz Group Retreat
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3. Camp Cruz Group Retreat

100% Recommend (18 Campers)

Privately located on 4 acres in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Cruz is a premium group campground with all the basic...

Leslie
Leslie: We are 12 families from Sunset Coop Nursery School in San Francisco. Cruz Camp totally exceeded our hopes and expectations! ...
307 Saves
Wildcat Camp

4. 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.
271 Saves
Kirby Cove Campground

5. Kirby Cove Campground

100% Recommend (5 Campers)

An amazing retreat into nature, Kirby Cove boasts the best view of the Golden Gate bridge. This campground is a walk-in that may be tough to...

Jason
Jason: Site #1 is the most scenic by far. Views of the city, bay, and Golden Gate Bridge from your tent & from your camp. But, if you...
262 Saves
The Cottage
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6. The Cottage

Walk 15 minutes to the Russian River. Drive 20 minutes to stunning Sonoma County beaches or renowned Sonoma wineries. Enjoy the incredible hiking,...

Pierre
Pierre: Peace and tranquility: that's how I'd describe the ambiance at the Cottage and its area. It's a very comfortable and cosy...
249 Saves
M.C.C. Sheltered Campfire
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7. M.C.C. Sheltered Campfire

100% Recommend (26 Campers)

Our camp is rugged, beautiful and easy going. We are environmentally minded and encourage you to camp lightly, use biodegradable soap, conserve...

Aeron
Aeron: Close by Pescadero but being deep in the hills feels like a world away from the coast. Short hike up the mountain to this super...
223 Saves
Tomales Bay

8. Tomales Bay

100% Recommend (3 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...
222 Saves
Portola Redwoods Campground

9. Portola Redwoods Campground

100% Recommend (4 Campers)

Don’t be fooled by late July heat and leave your rain fly behind. Go camping in the majestic Portola Redwoods State Park prepared for the kind of...

Katey
Katey: This place can be a real gem if you get a nice secluded spot close to the creek/river. Otherwise, you'll be cramped next to...
215 Saves
Bothe-Napa Valley Campground

10. Bothe-Napa Valley Campground

Once a private resort frequented by Bay Area elite from 1935-1959, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park camping is ideal for those looking to hike, swim,...

Sasha
Sasha: There's tons of poison oak in the park, which means there's tons around the campsite. If you have kids/pets, make sure you keep...
170 Saves
Independence Camp Santa Cruz
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11. Independence Camp Santa Cruz

100% Recommend (55 Campers)

Independence Camp is on the edge of a meadow surrounded by Oak and Redwood Groves on a 100 acre parcel a few minutes drive to world renowned...

Sabrina
Sabrina: I visited the Oakgrove with my boyfriend for a quick weekend getaway. Dayle was an excellent host; he showed us around the...
170 Saves
Madrone Cabins

12. Madrone Cabins

Set slightly away from the fray—the site is located near the Madrone group campsite, and across a road from the main site itself—this is a nice...

Anna
Anna: Check out the Barnabe Peak hike for a gorgeous six miles alone in the mountains with sweeping views of Marin - hidden gem!
167 Saves
The Cowboy Room
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13. The Cowboy Room

100% Recommend (6 Campers)

The Cowboy room is our most rustic room with a queen log bed and fireplace, ensuite bath, and private deck. The room is on the second floor,...

Karen
Karen: This was my first time staying at FlipJack Ranch and definitely will not be my last. Robin and David treated us like family...
165 Saves
Geodesic Dome - West Sebastopol
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14. Geodesic Dome - West Sebastopol

100% Recommend (9 Campers)

We have a geodesic dome that looks out onto a tiny pond. Unique, cozy and peaceful. There are two cots for sleeping, but please bring your own...

Kiran
Kiran: A night’s stay in this clean and cozy dome was just what I needed! The inside includes: hardwood floor, two cots, pillows,...
165 Saves
Bootjack Campground

15. Bootjack Campground

100% Recommend (6 Campers)

After being closed for 40 years, the Bootjack Campground was recently renovated and reopened for premiere Mount Tamalpais camping. Bootjack sits in...

Ryan
Ryan: Bring cash! Payment is self service via an envelope drop. It was $25 / night. An extra $8 for additional vehicles. No...
149 Saves
Sky Camp

16. Sky Camp

100% Recommend (5 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...
149 Saves
Vista History Garden Yurt
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17. Vista History Garden Yurt

100% Recommend (16 Campers)

So it's March and Spring is sneaking into Winter's digs. But, wait. Winter is still the master here at the Mare Island Preserve. Join us for a...

Madison
Madison: This is one of my favorite Hipcamp properties, hands-down. It's perfect for a midweek adventure, being a 45 minute drive or...
145 Saves
Gerstle Cove Campground

18. Gerstle Cove Campground

100% Recommend (5 Campers)

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...

Kiran
Kiran: Love this campsite! If you go during the week it feels extra quiet and secluded. You can even hear sea lions faintly barking...
141 Saves
Juniper and Live Oak Campground

19. Juniper and Live Oak Campground

100% Recommend (3 Campers)

If you’re looking for a Bay Area camping getaway filled with expansive views, climbing, and hiking, head to Mount Diablo State Park. Choose from...

Kim
Kim: Wouldn't recommend using the food lockers. They are terrible and do not close all the way. Raccoons will definitely get in. We...
117 Saves
Castle Rock Trail Camp

20. Castle Rock Trail Camp

The Castle Rock Trail Camp offers intrepid backpackers 20 primitive sites perched on a ridge. The campground is a quick 2. 6 mile hike from the...

Alex
Alex: The higher numbered sites are all heavily wooded, you can see into one other site from some place in your campsite if you try,...
114 Saves
Cozy Up To The Redwoods
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21. Cozy Up To The Redwoods

100% Recommend (9 Campers)

Our forest home is directly adjacent to Fall Creek State Park, a 2,500 acre forest with miles of quiet paths. This site is perfect for hikers who...

Madison
Madison: Only an hour and a half out of San Francisco and we found ourselves completely secluded, surrounded by towering redwoods on a...
110 Saves
Enchanted Forest Yurt
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22. Enchanted Forest Yurt

100% Recommend (14 Campers)

Glamping at its' finest! Isolated on a hilltop overlooking the bucolic Coleman Valley, this secluded 24 foot diameter Pacific Yurt has private...

Steph
Steph: The yurt was such a treat! Extremely well equipped and conveniently laid out. We comfortably fit 5 people in there. The couch...
100 Saves
Glamping In The Redwoods
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23. Glamping In The Redwoods

Cabin 1 to 3 now open for cozy winter camping. Sleep in the comfortable tent cabin, enjoy the modern kitchen and bathrooms surrounded by redwoods....

Erika
Erika: Nestled in the redwoods, Waldhaus is a gorgeous property with 4 tent cabins surrounding a main building that consists of...
94 Saves
Camp Taylor Area

24. Camp Taylor Area

100% Recommend (11 Campers)

When it comes to camping at Samuel P Taylor, this is really the main event. More than 50 campsites with restrooms, hot pay showers and piped...

Alex
Alex: Sites 2-17 all have a frustratingly clear view of the major roadway Frances Drake Blvd, would recommend staying away if you're...
91 Saves
Big Basin Tent Cabins

25. Big Basin Tent Cabins

100% Recommend (3 Campers)

No tent, no problem. These spacious cabins are the most luxurious place to stay on your next Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping adventure. The...

Jamie
Jamie: The tent cabins are perfect for winter camping weekends. It got pretty cold and rainy and the heater kept us nice and toasty....
87 Saves
Red Tail Point Camp
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26. Red Tail Point Camp

100% Recommend (16 Campers)

Creek. Located on Chanslor's rolling mountain hills, overlooking the ocean. Fireplace and picnic table at this site. Houses up to 4 tents and 12...

Maggie
Maggie: We ended up switching campsites and camped at Shelter Rock instead. This was a really good decision because the rock gave us...
80 Saves
Bodega Dunes Campground

27. Bodega Dunes Campground

100% Recommend (9 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...
76 Saves
River Bend, Magic Bus
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28. River Bend, Magic Bus

The Magic Bus is a restored bus (wheels still intact!) that has been on our property for over 50 years. The bus interior has been rebuilt with...

Lisse
Lisse: The River Bend Resort is a beautiful and spacious property. Upon arrival, you check in at the General Store, which conveniently...
62 Saves
Coast Camp

29. Coast Camp

100% Recommend (6 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...
62 Saves
The Cowgirl Room
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30. The Cowgirl Room

100% Recommend (6 Campers)

Our most comfortable room, the Cowgirl features a premium king size bed, fluffy down comforter, ensuite bath and private entrance. Wake up tray...

Nick
Nick: So great! Had a very relaxing weekend here, the property is both bustling with (animal) activity and at the same time quiet and...
60 Saves