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Camp Out at the Beautiful Spots of Petaluma!


Camp Out at the Beautiful Spots of Petaluma!

Sharon Monticello

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Oct 8 6 minutes read

Welcome to a quick guide to camping vacations in Sonoma, and get ready to pitch your tent or park your RV in one of the most beautiful spots on earth!

Camping in Sonoma County is amazing and you can choose among steep mountains, broad valleys, lakes, rivers, marshes, sandy beaches on flower-filled meadows, and groves of redwood trees. Campgrounds in Sonoma County are located in beautiful locations.

Here are some options, ranging from DIY to luxury choices.

Sonoma County's State Park Campgrounds

With redwood forests, mountains, streams, lakes, rivers, beaches, and other natural wonders, Sonoma County’s 11 state parks capture the county’s beauty and diversity. Four state parks offer camping.

Salt Point State Park

20 miles of hiking trails, more than six miles of rugged coastline, a pygmy forest, and an underwater park. The many recreational activities here include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and skin/scuba diving. There are two main campgrounds, as well as sites for group camping and those who hike or cycle in:

To learn more about Salt Point’s campsites and/or to reserve a site, make a reservation online at Reserve California or call 1-800-444-7275. 

Sonoma Coast State Park

A series of beaches, separated by rock bluffs and headlands, this park offers some of the most beautiful campsites you’ll ever find anywhere. Campsites are in three locations.

Wright’s Beach has 27 developed campsites adjacent to the beach. Maximum trailer length is 27 feet; no hook-ups available. Reservations recommended.

Bodega Dunes offers 98 campsites with hot showers, flush toilets, and a trailer sanitation dump station. Maximum trailer length is 31 feet; no hook-ups available. Campfire and Junior Ranger programs held during the summer. Day use area includes a disabled-accessible boardwalk out to a classic sandy beach. Reservations recommended.

Willow Creek Environmental Campground, closed in winter, offers 11 primitive campsites with fire rings, pit toilets and tables, within one-quarter mile of the parking lot. No running water. First-come, first-served.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Nestled into the majestic Mayacamas Mountains between Sonoma and Napa valleys, Sugarloaf Ridge has a 33-mile-long Sonoma Creek, a 25-foot seasonal waterfall, and 2,729-foot Bald Mountain.

The nearly 4,000-acre park is known for fabulous hiking through tree-covered ridges and a canyon redwood forest. Sugarloaf has 47 family campsites in a large meadow; sites accommodate RVs up to 27 feet long and campers up to 23 feet. Each site has a table and fire ring; flush toilets and drinking water are nearby. A group campsite, capable of handling 50, is available. Visit Reserve California or call 1-800-444-7275. 

Sonoma County’s Regional Park Campgrounds

Sonoma County’s regional park system has more than 50 parks — including trails and open spaces — and nearly 60,000 acres. Six of the regional parks offer more than 250 campsites. Here are some of them:

Doran Regional Park

Just south of Bodega Bay, Doran is situated on a two-mile-long beach; The campground is open year-round, with 112 reservable, first-come campsites and one hiker/cyclist group site. Restrooms with electrical outlets, flush toilets, and coin-operated showers; no RV hook-ups. A free EV charging station is located in the Cypress Day-Use parking lot. Download a Doran campsite map, or visit 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay, and call 707-875-3540.

Gualala Point Regional Park

The campgrounds are under redwood trees beside the river within walking distance of the crashing surf. There are 18 reservable campsites, as well as non-reservable sites intended for hikers and cyclists. Amenities include flush toilets, electrical outlets, coin-operated shower, dump station; no RV hook-ups. Download a map of Gualala Point Regional Park, visit 42401 Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95497, and call 707-785-2377.

Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

Around 2,000 acres on the northern end of Sonoma Valley, Hood Mountain offers 19 miles of hiking trails with sweeping views as the trails ascend. Camping here, with four environmental campsites reachable after a two-mile hike from a parking lot, is geared to backpackers. You must carry in drinking water and campfires not allowed. Luckily, cooking stoves are permitted. Download a Hood Mountain map, or visit 3000 Los Alamos Road, Santa Rosa and call 707-539-8092.

Spring Lake Regional Park

Spring Lake is the most-used regional park in the county, thanks to its beautiful setting, swimming lagoon (with a floating water playground), seasonal café, small boating lake, hiking trails, and other activities. The park’s 30 individual campsites are available on weekends and holidays during the pandemic. A group campground is available, by reservation only, throughout the year. For camping or cabin reservations, call 707-565-2267 or go to 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa, 707-539-8092.

Stillwater Cove Regional Park

Stillwater offers fabulous ocean-view hiking, a beach launch suitable for kayaks and other small boats, and immensely popular abalone diving. Amenities include coin-operated showers, flush toilets, a dump station, and electrical outlets; no RV hook-ups. Download a Stillwater Cove park and campground map or visit 22455 Highway 1, Jenner and call 707-847-3245.

That's about it from the numerous options, and of course as we encourage safety first do visit The Sonoma County Health & Environment safety site to ensure a seamless and safe experience.

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