To s’more, or not to s’more, that is the question…
Nothing connects a family as fast as when they are allowed to unplug and get back to nature.
To help with thy unpluggin’, we have created a list of what we think are some of the top campgrounds and RV Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond.
Northern California offers some of the best camping and RV parks in the United States. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat in the mountains or a scenic coastal getaway, you’re sure to find a park that suits your needs.
Here is a quick list of some of the top RV Parks and tent camping:
- Yosemite National Park: Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular camping destinations in Northern California. The park has 13 campgrounds, and reservations are required for most of them.
- Lassen Volcanic National Park: This park is located in the northeastern part of the state and offers stunning views of volcanic landscapes. The park has eight campgrounds, and reservations are required for some of them.
- Redwood National and State Parks: This park is located along the northern coast of California and is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. The park has four campgrounds, and reservations are recommended.
- Lake Tahoe: This popular vacation destination offers plenty of camping options. Some of the top campgrounds in the area include Tahoe Valley Campground, Camp Richardson, and Zephyr Cove Resort.
- Big Sur: This scenic coastal region offers several campgrounds, including Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and Limekiln State Park.
- Shasta Lake: Located in northern California, Shasta Lake is a popular destination for boating and fishing. The lake has several campgrounds, including Bridge Bay Campground, Lakeshore East Campground, and Clikapudi Trailhead.
- Mendocino Coast: This picturesque region on the northern California coast offers several RV parks and campgrounds, including Caspar Beach RV Park, Van Damme State Park, and Manchester Beach KOA.
- Half Moon Bay: Has a number of beach front Propeties that offer tent camping as well as RV parking. For more information, select the Half Moon Bay tab below or for an even more complete list go to https://explorer1.com/halfmoonbay/places-to-stay/camping-and-rv-parks
Overall, there are plenty of amazing camping and RV park options in Northern California.
To refine your search and focus exclusively on a specific travel destination, e.g., Lake Tahoe or Shasta Lake, please select the desired vacation location from our Destination Explorer and search away!
Big Sur Campground and Cabins – Big Sur Camping
This is a privately operated, year-round campground RV park. Located in the redwoods trees along the Big Sur River, it amenities include: store, laundry, playground & basketball court. Tent camping with hot showers. RV camping with water & electric hook-ups as well as a dump station.
Major rating websites rate Big Sur Campground and Cabins 3.5 to 4.4 stars out of 5.
Address: 47000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone: (831) 667-2322
Fernwood Resort and Campground – Big Sur Camping
Located in the redwood forest along the Big Sur River, it a 60-unit campground. Available facilities: tent camping, tent-cabins, and RV Parking.
Major rating websites rate Fernwood Resort and Campground 3.5 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
Address: 47200 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone: (831) 667-2422
Ventana Big Sur Campground
Ventana Campground a combination of rustic camping with modern facilities. Three bath houses have hot showers, electrical sockets, and flush toilets. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and running water is a short walk from all sites.
Major rating websites rate Ventana Big Sur Campground 3.5 to 4.2 stars out of 5.
Address: 48123 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone: (844) 595-5351
Saddle Mountain Recreation Park
They are located on 89 acres of forest land off Carmel Valley Road, just 5 miles from HWY 1. Nestled within oaks, Monterey pines, and redwoods, Saddle Mountain offers a great peaceful getaway for those seeking a break from the bustle of life. They offer cabins, RV parking, luxury tents and camping sites.
Major rating websites rate Saddle Mountain Recreation Park 4 to 4.2 stars out of 5.
Address: 27625 Schulte Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
Phone: (831) 624-1617
Dolphin Isle Marina and RV Park
A quiet R.V. park located about one mile from Hwy 20 on the beautiful Noyo river. Located one mile from the ocean on the Noyo River, they have 150 ocean access boat slips, 85 full hookup RV sites. Additional services include: Fuel Dock – Propane – Fish Cleaning Station – Deli – Showers – Laundry Room – Bait – Tackle – Beer – Wine
Major rating websites rate Dolphin Isle Marina and RV Park 3.5 to 4.3 stars out of 5.
Address: 32399 Basin St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 964-4113
Westport Beach RV Park & Camp Ground
Meander Shoreline Highway One 17 miles past the glittering jewels of Ft. Bragg’s Glass Beach and you will come across the quiet solitude of unassuming Westport. A few quaint century-old buildings come together where Wages Creek meets the ocean. Here you will find beach-side camping in the sand, on grassy sites and along the creek. Cottages, cabins, RV park, and tent campsites.
Major rating websites rate Westport Beach RV Park & Camp Ground 3.5 to 4.4 stars out of 5.
Address: 37700 CA-1, Westport, CA 95488
Phone: (707) 964-2964
Half Moon Bay
Costanoa Tents, Cabins and Lodge
Surrounded by acres of undisturbed wilderness, rolling coastal hills, and secluded beaches, you can explore the extraordinary beauty of California’s scenic coast with a variety of accommodation options from a luxury suite to our scenic RV campground.
Connected to four State Parks – 30,000 acres of hiking trails – and a vibrant wildlife reserve – Costanoa offers the unique opportunity to experience outdoor living in comfortable stylish surroundings. Special features include on-site spa services – horseback riding – mountain bike rentals – children’s activities – and a general store and cafe.
Major rating websites rate Costanoa a solid 4.4 stars out of 5.
Address: 2001 Rossi Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone: (650) 879-1100
Francis Beach Campground — Half Moon Bay State Beach
Four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out to welcome visitors to Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer.
has a campground with 52 individual sites, some suitable for tent camping, others for trailers or recreational vehicles. Some campsites have electrical hookups. Water and sewer hookups are not available, but there is a dump station and a water filling station. Rental RV’s are not allowed to be dropped off or picked up from the park.
Coin-operated hot showers are also available. (approximately 2 minutes per quarter)
Directions: The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. There are three parking and beach access points: Francis Beach, at the end of Kelly Ave. in the City of Half Moon Bay. Venice Beach, at the end of Venice Blvd. off Highway 1. Dunes Beach, at the end of Young Ave. off Highway 1.
Major rating websites rate Francis Beach Campground a solid 4.4 stars out of 5.
Address: Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (800) 444-7275
Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Tahoe Basin Overview Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe’s beautiful, sapphire-blue waters are straddled by the California-Nevada state line. The Lake’s elevation averages 6,225 feet, and is surrounded peaks reaching heights of up to 10,880 feet.
The area’s #1 attraction is the Lake. With a maximum depth of 1,645 feet, it is the second deepest lake in the United States — trailing only Crater Lake in Oregon. It is approximately 22 miles long and 12 mile wide — creating 72 miles of shoreline that vary from beautiful golden and white sandy beaches on the South, West and North side of the lake to rugged rock outcrops.
Camp Richardson — Privately Operated RV Parks & Campgrounds
Camp Richardson features a variety of accommodations including: 220 campsites, 110 RV sites, historic hotel with deluxe rooms, year-round cabins, beachside Inn, a marina duplex on the lake, and a restaurant.
Camp Richardson can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long. RV hook ups are available that range from water, electricity, and sewer to only water and/or electricity.
Major rating websites rate Camp Richardson a solid 4.3 stars out of 5.
Address: 1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (800) 544-1801
D.L. Bliss California State Park — Camping
D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks Cover 1,830 acres in California’s Sierra Nevada and include some six miles of Lake Tahoe shoreline. From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe. From the top of Eagle Falls, in Emerald Bay State Park, you can see a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe, and the distant Nevada shore.
D.L. Bliss’ campgrounds offer over 150 campsites, and it can accommodate campers up to 21 feet long and trailers up to 15 feet. Sorry, no RV hook ups are available, but the park does have showers and flush toilets.
Major rating websites rate D.L. Bliss California State Park a solid 4.6 to 4.7 stars out of 5.
For more information on the park and its campgrounds visit their Web site. The park’s campsites can be reserved by calling the California State Parks reservation hotline at (800) 444-PARK, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) seven days a week.
Address: 9881 CA-89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 525-7277
Emerald Bay State Park
Family Campsites, Boat-in/Floating Camps, RV Access
Emerald Bay State Park’s Boat Camp campground has 20 campsites with mooring buoys. Boaters can either sleep on board their boat, or camp in a designated site on shore. Each campsite has a table, storage locker, and fire ring. Water is available in the campground, and there are chemical toilets. There are no showers.
The Boat Camp is normally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending upon weather conditions. All campsites–with buoy–are available on a first come, first served basis, and require a nominal fee and registration. For more information on the campgrounds, campsite fees, regulations, and reservation system, visit their Web site or call (530) 525-7277.
Emerald Bay State Park also features the Vikingsholm–one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. Touring the Vikingsholm is like a stepping back into medieval times. The Vikingsholm home may be toured from mid-June thru Labor Day. Tours are given from 10:00 am thru 4:00 pm, every half hour.
Major rating websites rate Emerald Bay State Park 4.8 to 5 stars out of 5.
Address: 138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Caspar Beach RV Park & Campground
Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground is a beach front camping and RV facility on California’s Mendocino Coast between Fort Bragg and Mendocino. The facility offers newly remodeled facilities, a variety of amenities for your comfort and leisure, recreation at your fingertips, and much more. Cabins, RV Park and campgrounds.
Major rating websites rate Caspar Beach RV Park & Campground 2.5 to 4 stars out of 5.
Address: 14441 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 964-3306
Veteran’s Memorial Park – City of Monterey
This 50-acre park with overnight group camping, walking trails, BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf playfield, is located in Monterey. The Park has a basketball court, limited hiking trails, and a large lawn area which can be used for Frisbee, kite flying, football, softball and relaxing.
Major rating websites rate Veteran’s Memorial Park 3.5 to 4.4 stars out of 5.
Address: 1200 Veterans Dr, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 646-3865
Castle Crags State Park — Camping / RV accessible
Named for 6,000-foot glacier-polished crags, the park is perfect for swimming, fishing, rock climbing and hiking. It features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness. The park has 76 developed campsites that are each equipped with a picnic table, food locker, and a fire ring. Flush toilets, showers, and drinking water are available near each campsite. Picnic sites are located along the Sacramento River and at the awe-inspiring Vista Point.
Major rating websites rate Castle Crags State Park 4.3 to 4.7 stars out of 5.
Located: Six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5.
Address: 20022 Castle Creek Rd, Castella, CA 96017
Phone: (530) 235-2684
KOA of Mount Shasta RV Park
The legendary Mount Shasta presides over this scenic alpine campground, set at 3,500 feet on the base of the majestic peak. Clean air, pure water and cool nights create an idyllic camping experience.
Major rating websites rate KOA of Mount Shasta RV Park 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5.
Address: 900 N Mt Shasta Blvd, Mt Shasta, CA 96067
Phone: (530) 926-4029
Bothe-Napa Valley State Historic Park — Camping
Located 5 miles north of St. Helena, the park’s 2000 acres is ideal for walking and hiking. Some of the more popular trails lead to nearby Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park and a grove of redwoods. Also, a horseback riding concession operates out of the park during summer and fall.
Bothe Park is also among the best places to stay in the area, with many different options and camp sites to choose from.
Stay amongst the redwoods in a private cabin with a full kitchen and bathroom, enjoy your own space in one of two different sizes of yurts, select your perfect tent camping site, or pull the RV into one of our spacious campsites.
Major rating websites rate Bothe-Napa Valley State Historic Park 4 to 4.6 stars out of 5.
Address: 3801 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone: (707) 942-4575
Skyline Wilderness Park
There are 39 spaces available in the park. 19 spaces with full hookups and 20 spaces with water and electricity only.
Tent camping area has space available for up to 20 tents that are available by special arrangement only.
Major rating websites rate Skyline Wilderness Park 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
Address: 2201 Imola Ave, Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707) 252-0481
Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park (Upper Yacht Harbor)
Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park is a premier destination for RV parking in Santa Cruz. Located in the Santa Cruz North Harbor, you can enjoy convenient access to numerous beaches and restaurants, downtown Santa Cruz, Capitola, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Major rating websites rate Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park 4 stars out of 5. A few reviews gave it as low as 2.5 stars, but the vast majority gave it 4 stars.
Address: Brommer St. & 7th Avenue, 7th Avenue Brommer St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 475-3279
Costanoa Tents, Cabins and Lodge
See their listing under Half Moon Bay
Antlers RV Park & Campground
Located on beautiful Shasta Lake, they offer a multitude of amenities for your enjoyment from a full-service convenience store/snack bar to Sunday Pancake Breakfast. They have Full Hook-up RV sites. Level and Shaded Tent sites.
Antlers Resort & Marina is located adjacent to us, and they offer boat slip and watercraft rentals.
Major rating websites rate Antlers RV Park & Campground 4.2 stars out of 5.
Address: 20682 Antlers Rd, Lakehead, CA 96051
Phone: (530) 238-2322
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Lower Pines — Open March through October (approximately)
Located in the east end of Yosemite Valley near Curry Village at 4,000 ft (1,200 m). Lower Pines Campground contains 60 campsites with tent and RV space. In addition, there are two small group campsites (sites 10 and 11) that can accommodate seven to 12 people each, and one double campsite (sites 6 and 8), that can accommodate up to 12 people.
Major rating websites rate Lower Pines Campground 4.3 to 4.7 stars out of 5.
Address: 9000 Southside Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389
Phone: (209) 372-8502
Upper Pines — Open All year
Located in the east end of Yosemite Valley near Curry Village at 4,000 ft (1,200 m). Upper Pines Campground contains 238 campsites with tent and RV space.
Major rating websites rate Upper Pines Campground 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
Address: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389
Phone: (209) 372-8502
Grand Sierra Resort
Ideally situated in the heart of America’s Adventure Place, the RV Park at Grand Sierra Resort offers great rates and complete hook-ups on 164 easily-accessed pads, many with river views.
Major rating websites rate Grand Sierra Resort 4.3 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
Address: 2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89595
Phone: (800) 501-2651
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas RV Resort
Las Vegas RV Resort is a 390 site RV Resort restricted to guests 18 years of age or older, with a great location just minutes from the action of ‘The Strip’. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, guests immediately sense the bustle of big city entertainment while experiencing a soothing vacation in the relaxed environment of our welcoming RV Park.
Major rating websites rate Las Vegas RV Resort 4.3 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
Address: 3890 S Nellis Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (702) 451-8005
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