Ever dreamed of unzipping your tent to a rugged coastline with insane ocean views? too! You're in luck, because Gerstle Cove your place. This small campground is outside of Jenner on Highway 1. Its 28 campsites book up quickly, so advance planning is required.

As far as the layout goes, half of the sites are shaded by beautiful pine trees and others are in a grassy meadow. There is access to a system of trails close by, each of which is equally awesome. Every site has a standard picnic table, fire ring, food locker, and access to bathrooms. For coastal camping, it doesn't get much better than this!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
110 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Mountain bikes must stay on paved or fire roads, however, fire roads are closed to bicycles from October 31 to April 30. Bikes ...Read more


Motorized boating isn’t really available at this park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the water! Grab your paddle and chec...Read more


Salt Point is a very good spot for surf fishing. In the Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve and the Stewarts Point State Marine R...Read more


Salt Point has a ton to offer for the adventurous, but even a casual in hike in the park is pretty darn epic. There are over 20...Read more

Horseback riding

There are over 20 miles of hiking and equestrian trails to explore in Salt Point State Park. Trail maps are available at the en...Read more


Gerstle Cove is a protected launch site that kayakers often use to make their way out of the cove and into the open ocean for...Read more


Salt Point is known for its climbing, particularly its bouldering (which to date has over 30 problems to work on). The climbing...Read more

Wildlife watching

At Salt Point State Park, visitors can spot an array of birds such as pelicans, ospreys and woodpeckers. On land, visitors may ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Gerstle Cove Campground.

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Hipcamper Khanh-Dan
Khanh Dan T.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2018

Nice and roomy campground, bathrooms were clean. We walked from our campsite to the marine reserve and spent the day climbing over and around the tide pools. Saw a lot of cool stuff like abalone and seals. Lots of trees around the sites so not ideal for stargazing, but we still got a pretty great view before the clouds or fog rolled in.

Hipcamper Alicia
Alicia V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 13th, 2018

Great campsite. Huge sites, and great proximity to the coast. It was a little chilly, so bring layers!

Hipcamper Cody
Cody H.
recommends this listing.
April 6th, 2018

Amazing views, but EXTREMELY windy. If you want a short walk to the ocean, this is a great spot. I would suggest you to choose one of the camp sites the farthest from the ocean. It will make your camp cooking much more enjoyable and less windy.

Hipcamper Andy
Andy P.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2017

Can get windy, foggy and cold in Spring and Summer but some sites have views of the Ocean.

Hipcamper dennis
Dennis M.
recommends this listing.
March 16th, 2017

Lock all foodstuffs in your car at night when not cooking or eating. Racoons are mercilous!

Hipcamper Taryn
Taryn N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 8th, 2017

I know this isn't a review buuuut I'm wondering about anyone's experience with the first come first serve here? I'm headed there Saturday and want to know my odds (if any) of getting a site and how early I should try to get there by.

Hipcamper Margaret
Margaret H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 30th, 2016

Such an amazing spot. You feel secluded even if the campground is full.

Hipcamper Rob
Rob G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 22nd, 2015

Better in winter than summer. Gets crowded during abalone season; great diving in Gerstle Cove itself. Nice trails right out of camp.

Hipcamper Kiran
Kiran U.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 25th, 2015

Love this campsite! If you go during the week it feels extra quiet and secluded. You can even hear sea lions faintly barking from the coast while you relax in the woods.

Salt Point State Park
United States
Phone Number
(707) 847-3221
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38.569° N, 123.325° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 1 Site
(Up to 40 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 109 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)