Gold Country Camping Overview
Campgrounds in Gold Country, California number in the hundreds. Find Gold Country camping from Nevada City and Grass Valley to Angels Camp and Coulterville with conveniences like flush toilets and showers, as well as popular and unique campgrounds to help you narrow the choice. These include National Parks, State Parks, National Forests, State Forests, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Camping in Gold Country varies from the lush forests of the Sierra Foothills to riverside campsites and a campground by the lake. Gold Country campgrounds of notable interest include the Coloma Resort Campground situated where James Marshall first discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, The sacred ceremonial site of Indian Grinding Rocks State Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park where you can camp within a Giant Sequoia grove and New Melones Lake for camping by the lake and house boating. We've included as much detail as possible so you have a better idea of what to expect and whether camping reservations are required in advance.
BEARS: Metal bear-proof lockers are provided in almost all campsites where bears are a problem. California bears rarely attack people without provocation and should not be feared, but a great deal of space and respect should be given to a bear. Please visit our Tips page for more information on bears and other precautions to consider.
PETS: Dogs are allowed at almost all campgrounds but must be kept on a leash, picked up after, and never left unattended. Most beach camping allows dogs in the campground but not on the beach.
CAMPING CHECKLIST - download our checklist of common camping supplies and you won't forget anything at home.
REI - rents camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns and more.
Looking for some late night campsite entertainment? Check out www.seasky.org for their celestial calendar including meteor showers.