Forests, shorelines, and towering trees boast big camping energy in Sacramento.
Calling all campers to California’s capital for water, wilderness, and redwood trees. Historically known for California’s gold rush, Sacramento is now filled with a beautiful blend of cityscapes and nature nooks. With San Francisco sitting southwest and Sierra Nevada to the east, the city provides a central location for day trips and weekend camping excursions to lush landscapes like Eldorado National Forest. Or head to the coast of Point Reyes National Seashore to explore cliffs, sand dunes, and tidepools. Then, venture out to Samuel P. Taylor State Park where trails weave through native redwood trees. Choose from campsites on beautiful beaches or under a canopy of trees—the opportunities are endless in Sacramento.
Escape to Eldorado National Forest to explore lakes, canyons, mountains, and trees. Set about 60 miles east of Sacramento in Sierra Nevada, the forest also hosts over 50 developed campgrounds throughout its diverse landscapes. Then, bike, boat, or rock climb along the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Eldorado campers can explore natural attractions with ease from campsites, glampsites, cabin rentals, and more. With forty campgrounds to choose from, Eldorado National Forest offers lakeside camping with boat launches, full hookups, fire pits, picnic tables, and potable water.
Head to the coast at Point Reyes National Seashore featuring dozens of beaches and Pacific Ocean views. Nestled north of San Francisco, the shoreline stretches for 80 miles. Campers can explore its diverse coastal features including cliffs, sand dunes, and tidepools. The Point Reyes Lighthouse is a must for history lovers and boat watchers too. Then, spend the night—the seashore offers boat-in and hike-in backcountry camping on-site. Cabin rentals, tent sites, and RV parks with full hookups are also nearby.
Slip away to Samuel P. Taylor State Park—just seven minutes inland from Point Reyes. Tree-covered trails weave through the area full of towering redwoods and old growth. Highly sought after campsites and cabin rentals in the park offer a cozy stay near the shoreline. Campers can also expect hot showers, potable water, and fire rings, though there aren’t any sites with RV hookups. After setting up camp, hike or bike the Cross Marin Trail, which leads explorers along Lagunitas Creek, the old North Pacific Coast Railroad, and into Golden Gate Recreation Area.
Sacramento’s mediterranean climate creates suitable camping conditions year-round. The coastal breeze brings warm summers and mild winters. Summers see average highs above 90°F—sunscreen and hydration are a must. Temperatures begin to cool down from November to March with temperatures dropping to the mid 50s or low 60s during the day and 40°F overnight. Campers can enjoy the quieter times of the changing seasons with springtime blooms and fall foliage as well.