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 cool fog and occasional summer rain that makes the park so abundantly fertile. You can find 52 family sites, one accessible site and four walk-in environmental sites, all of which can be reserved from late spring through mid-autumn. Portola also offers four group campgrounds, holding a maximum of 50 people at its largest site. Hot showers and flushing toilets are available, but no hookups are provided at the sites themselves. Nothing can beat the magic of sleeping under a canopy of redwoods and though some sites are more private than others, no camper will miss out on the peaceful cover of this ancient growth and accessible trails that take them on explorations into Portola’s mystery. Expect mountain roads with a steep incline for the last six miles into the park. Take your time as you wind away from the grind of city accelerator pedals - it’s worth the wait!
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
57 sites
Up to 50 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


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Hipcamper Ian
Ian M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 14th, 2019

Easily one of my favorite camp spots of all time... we arrived on a Monday and stayed for three days and we were virtually alone in the camp. Misty foggy mornings and amazing hikes through the ancient redwoods were unforgettable. A short trip to Pescadero is very much worth it, as is traveling down to the beaches just 20 or so minutes away. I could literally live here forever. 10/10

Hipcamper Cody
Cody M.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2019

This place is special, simple but special. Getting there is a bit of drive but if your looking to hang out and camp at a low key site in the middle of the redwood forest this is for you! An awesome getaway from Silicon Valley.

Hipcamper Shannon
Shannon M.
recommends this listing.
February 7th, 2017

The creek is fantastic and the hiking rocks.
Mosquitoes June-August--bring that repellent!

Hipcamper Neil
Neil B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 6th, 2016

We decided to take our almost 2 year old and our dog camping for the first time and come to Portola Redwoods. We were lucky and found a Friday night opening at site 46 just a few days ahead of time.

The spot was nice - the trees are beautiful and the site is very large. While I wouldn't call it secluded - it didn't feel too close to the neighbors either. It was very hot during our stay so the shade was much appreciated.

It did get pretty noisy at times with other families but we weren't complaining having a toddler ourselves. Bug spray is also a must in the evenings. Also note that you can't take your dog on any of the trails. Overall though a great stay and definitely recommended!

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 27th, 2016

We had a great time in the Ravine group camp site. So shaded and lovely. Only downside was that the walk to the bathroom was a little treacherous after a recent rain and washed out some of the slope down. Not bad during the day, but at night when you are groggy, not so great. Otherwise the site was great with lots of spots for tents. It was April and a few trees had been felled on the site which took up a couple of our tent spots, we could not have put the full 25 people on the site, but luckily we didn't need that. We loved this site. This is a great getaway.

Hipcamper Agnes
Agnes C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 27th, 2015

We were at site 42, which felt nice and private. There is lots of shade, and a number of lovely hiking trails close by (Eat it, Muir Woods!) We went in April and it was COLD overnight! 40 degrees... bring your wool socks! Also, lots of kids around.

Hipcamper Serena
Serena W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 10th, 2015

We've camped at the Circle and Point group camps here for the last 3 years. Buggy at dusk, animals don't seem bad (except for those Stellar Jays!) Great hikes for all ability levels, great Ranger and Naturalist programs for families and the river is great too!

Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 24th, 2015

We decided to test the waters and take our dog on his first camping trip to Portola Redwoods SP. We were in campsite 48, which seemed a bit bigger than the other sites and also more secluded. It's great if you have dogs because of the natural redwood barriers!

Hipcamper Katey
Katey W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 13th, 2015

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 families. Some of the sites are on a hill so if you're a rowdier group, stay closer to the water so your voice doesn't carry.

Portola Redwoods State Park
United States
Phone Number
(650) 948-9098
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37.254° N, 122.216° W
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