North Coast Camping Overview
Campgrounds on the North Coast of California number in the hundreds. Find North Coast camping 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, State Beaches, National Forests, State Forests, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Camping on the North Coast varies from mountain locations of several National Forests to those in Giant Coast Redwood parks and on headlands overlooking the ocean. North Coast campgrounds of notable interest include Prairie Creek Redwoods Campground with its mix of Giant Redwoods and oceanviews, Van Damme Campground with kayaking and tide pool exploration and Sonoma Coast Campground for its multiple secluded coves. 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.