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Discover the best camping near San Rafael, California

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Camping near San Rafael

Mountain views, coastal hikes, and nearby wine country make this North Bay hub the perfect home base.

Outdoor stays for every style

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Set amid the rolling hills of the North Bay area, San Rafael has an undeniable charm. Sprawling bays, wine country, and the roaring Pacific coastline surround he Marin County seat. When you camp here, some of the best outdoor playgrounds of Northern California are at your fingertips. Just 15 miles from San Francisco, San Rafael offers plenty of spots to pitch a tent or park your camper. China Camp State Park is perched right on the bay. Big draws include the fishing dock, a sandy beach, and trails for hiking and horseback riding. Want to get out on the water? Set sail for San Francisco Bay to enjoy boating, fishing, or kayaking. For a wilderness adventure, head to the coast to explore Point Reyes National Seashore. It's hard not to get psyched about the 150+ trails and secluded backpacking sites. Mt. Tamalpais is another spot with rugged mountain trails and jaw-dropping views. McNear's Beach is a local favorite in San Rafael. The county park has a sandy bay beach and a public pool that opens in the summer. A short drive north brings you to Sonoma wine country. Enjoy scenic drives, or stop by a few vineyards for good old-fashioned California wine tasting. Outside the state parks, you find a number of private campgrounds and RV parks near San Rafael. These spots offer picnic tables, fire pits, hookups—the works. You can also find tipis, historic cabins, and yurts nestled in the hills. The mild climate on the California coast allows for year-round camping in San Rafael. If you're traveling during the summer and fall, camp responsibly—this is the peak of wildfire season. Follow your campground's fire regulations, and keep an ear on the radio for fire notices.

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