Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is located next to the sand dunes, literally only a few hundred yards away from the beach. There are 25 campsites here, each with a fair amount of space and access to fire pits, picnic tables, showers and restrooms. If you’re not going to be right on the beach, this is about as good as it gets. A great spot for a sandy camping experience.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
26 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Biking in a park filled with redwoods is a one-of-a-kind experience, and having the coastal strand as an option only adds to th...Read more


All the hikes are great, but try taking Irvine trail to Fern Canyon to Gold’s Bluffs Beach, then return via Miner’s Ridge trai...Read more

Horseback riding

Right by to the park are some great guide-led horseback rides just waiting to be had. If there is anything that beats riding a...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Open your eyes, wildlife watchers! Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a great place to sneak a peek of some furry friends. S...Read more


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Hipcamper Piper
Piper V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 2nd, 2016

What a place! The drive to get to Gold Bluff beach is such an adventure! The road takes you up and down a 6-mile, single-lane dirt road that takes about 30 minutes, twisting and winding through towering redwoods. To our surprise, there were still quite a few camping spots available. (We visited mid-October.) Gold Bluff has clean restrooms, a couple solar heated showers, and big bear boxes right at each campsite. After backpacking the Tetons the week prior, we felt like we were living a life of luxury! Amazing sunset. And sunrise. And only a handful of people around for miles. Go there!

Such an awesome sunrise. Don't forget your rainfly! So much moisture!What a cool little campground. Only 24 sites. There were a bunch of available sites when we were there in mid-October.Amazing sunrise on the Pacific.Elk roamed around near the campground both days.
Hipcamper Monica
Monica S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 30th, 2015

One of my absolute favorite campsites. Not mentioned here are the wild elk roaming around the campsite and the amazing Fern Canyon that's just around the corner. Where Jurrasic Park was filmed, by the way!

Hipcamper Shanley
Shanley M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 29th, 2017

Loved this campsite. The drive in was dramatic - the sun was flickering through the redwood trees and casting pillars of light alongside the road. We drove slowly with the windows down, smelling the scent of the moist October forest with our jaws dropped wide open at the scenery and all-around perfectness of the Fall day. When we reached the grounds we had a few different choices of campsites and elected one at the far edge of camp to have some extra privacy. The sunsets could only be described as triumphant and there are just a few precious moments when the sun drops to the right level that you must turn around to face the bluffs - you will find them in their namesake state - as GOLD AS GOLD! Can't wait to return!

At the edge of the camp we had quite a bit of privacy and the perfect spot for long discussions over late night campfiresWhy they call it GOLD BLUFFS!Golden state golden sunsets
Hipcamper Nicholas
Nicholas M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 7th, 2015

Camped here in April on a trip I took while camping along the whole PCH. Got there just in time for an incredible sunset over a fog soaked beach. I camped in a spot closest to the water and could walk right to water. Too cold for a swim though (or too chicken, maybe).

Site were well tended and there's a camp host. No reso's taken but it was mid-week for me, so I was fine getting in late.

It can get windy apparently, but most sites have barriers to put your tent behind. Though it wasn't a problem when I was there.

And there's elk. Just trapesin' around.

The road there snakes through a giant redwood forest. Fern Canyon is incredible and some of the oldest plant species in the world are here. An incredible walk through time.

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Hipcamper Katy
Katy H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 26th, 2016

Hands down the most beautiful campground I've ever stayed in. Right on the ocean and easy access to some amazing redwood hikes. Beautiful bluffs and really no better place to enjoy a good sunset.

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Hipcamper Marley
Marley S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 20th, 2016

such a great time! only stayed a night but we plan to go back for so much more! gorgeous elk and a gorgeous sunset! bathrooms were also super clean

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Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 16th, 2016

Gorgeous campground right on the beach and very close to Fern Canyon. Access to running water, bear boxes and toilets were very convenient. There are two options when staying here: backwoods camping (what we did) and car camping.

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Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 5th, 2016

Beautiful, unique campsite. Be ready for lots of wind and sand. You'll need major sand stakes, maybe even some short rebar stakes! Bring an extra tarp to use as a wind break.

Don't miss the hike up nearby Fern Canyon. One of the most magical places I've ever been.

Gold Bluffs Beach CampgroundAustere, beautiful Gold Bluffs BeachFern Canyon 👌🏼The creek through Fern Canyon has about 15 temporary board bridges you can use to cross the creek although you will still want to wear some shoes you can get wet.
Hipcamper Emily
Emily G.
recommends this listing.
July 27th, 2017

Making you work for the views, you first travel down a pretty long (and pot hole filled), gravel road around the bluffs to then enter one of the best campgrounds on the coast! Pitching a tent right off the ocean you have instant beach access the second you wake up. You'll be sure to spot some elk on your way in and out of the grounds.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
United States
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41.383° N, 124.07° W
Tent / Van: 26 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)