Right up the road from Van Damme State Park, this campground is a nice spot to stay if you plan to explore the Mendocino Coast. There are 29 campsites that are scattered along Russian Gulch Creek, and there is easy access to several trails and paths, including one to a charming waterfall not too far from the site.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
53 sites
Up to 40 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.


While the park doesn’t have many non-paved options, it does have a paved three-mile bicycle trail.


While motorized boating isn’t really a thing at this park, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy exploring the waterways! Grab your...Read more


Although there are some limitations for what you can fish for in the Russian Gulch, some fish that you can find (and keep) incl...Read more


Russian Gulch has some unbelievably gorgeous options for hikers. Whether you are into waterfalls, fern lined canyons, or Redwoo...Read more

Horseback riding

Russian Gulch State Park boasts its own horse camp. You can park your trailer at the designated horse site (located on the Eas...Read more


This is another great spot to get your kayak on! The Big River has an outlet to the sea, sea caves, and a great view of histori...Read more


Swimming at Russian Gulch shouldn’t be overlooked - the water here is extraordinarily blue, making it a great place for a casu...Read more


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Hipcamper Jess
Jess F.
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August 14th, 2019

27 is the best site - one of the largest, quietest & definitely the most private/ furthest from neighbours. Sites 25, 26 & 28 are also good for the same reasons. 22 and 23 would be our choices if all the above are taken (nice, but slightly smaller). 21 is ADA and not really space for a tent. 18, 19 and 20 are more exposed, & sites 29 & 30 are basically on the same plot, so no privacy. Sites 1-20 have a risk of noise from the highway, if you're sensitive to that kind of thing (21-30 are VERY quiet traffic-wise). Overall definitely a more peaceful alternative to Van Damme, with hiking trails directly from the sites, and just under a ten minute drive from Mendocino.

Hipcamper Shannon
Shannon S.
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March 31st, 2018

We stayed here. Our camp host, John was wonderful, even gifted us free firewood leftover from another camper, and mapped out a shortcut to the waterfalls (very helpful with three small kids!). The bathrooms were cleaned each morning and the showers were clean. One night, we had a loud, cursing neighbor who blasted his music, but overall, our experience was wonderful. The village of Mendocino is 2 miles away and fun to explore.

Hipcamper Lori
Lori C.
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June 18th, 2017

Campsite #25 is the most private spot as it doesn't face any other spots and is bordered on both sides with thick, high and lush plants. A quietly burbling creek runs directly behind the campsite. #25 has it's own potable water spigot, the food locker looks brand new and is very clean and the two closest bathrooms have flush toilets, plentiful toilet paper, sinks, mirrors and interior lights. They are well-maintained and didn't smell at all. The fire ring's grate is bent though. Firewood can be delivered for $7/bundle from the camp host.

Hipcamper Kristal
Kristal B.
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March 8th, 2017

Peaceful little campground near Mendocino. Encountered sea mammals and a couple of raccoons. It's under the highway, but you can't hear it from the campground. Cute little stream runs through the grounds. We stayed for two nights and really enjoyed this spot a few hours north of San Francisco! Great weekend getaway.

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Russian Gulch State Park
United States
Phone Number
(707) 937-5804
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39.331° N, 123.8° W
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Tent / Van: 26 Sites
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