McGrath State Beach campground is not messing around, with 174 campsites that is great for families and all types of visitors. The campground has normal amenities, including water spigots all around the park and quarter-operated showers. A major plus is that all the bathrooms have been renovated after the campground was shut down a little while back. Due to its size, the distance from each site to the beach varies, although the time will always be somewhere around 5-10 minutes. A great group campground as well as hike-and-bike sites are also available. There is a solid ranger show for kids at the amphitheater on Saturdays during peak season.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
133 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Interested in biking around the McGrath Beach area? We can’t blame you, as it’s beautiful and causes for a great ride. Not only...Read more


That 2 mile stretch of beach that McGrath offers is perfect for surf fishers alike. There is no fishing in the estuary nearby (...Read more


Hiking at McGrath is more along the lines of beach-strolling (which is always pleasurable, in our opinion), but trekkers can al...Read more


McGrath definitely has some dangerous rip currents and rough surf at times, but three breaks and a relatively uncrowded atmosph...Read more

Wildlife watching

McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in all of California. Period. With the Santa Clara Estuary Natural P...Read more


Natural features you'll find at McGrath State Beach Campground.

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January 8th, 2017

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McGrath State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(805) 968-1033
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34.228° N, 119.259° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 133 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)