Summer is almost here, with the weather getting hotter and the days getting longer here are 5 Campgrounds you'll want to visit before the summer is over.
1. Rob Hill Campground (Presidio of San Francisco, California)
Perched on four wooded acres above Baker Beach at the Presidio's highest point, Rob Hill is one of just two campgrounds in San Francisco. It offers a national park camping experience just minutes from the city. Here, you can see the lights of Sutro Tower, smell the ocean, and hear owls in the Cypress trees. Rob Hill has four group campsites that can accommodate up to 30 people each. Open from April 1 through October 31 for the 2022 camping season.
2. Angel Island (Belvedere Tiburon, California)
Located on San Francisco Bay’s largest natural island, this state park boasts unrivaled views and miles of scenic hiking trails. Guests ferrying into the park will enjoy activities like biking, fishing, beach swimming, snorkeling, boating, and more. Campsites include options for families and large groups. There are restrooms and a camp store on-site, as well as a café. The island has a richly diverse history involving the native Coast Miwok tribe, Spanish Invaders, Chinese immigrants, foreign WWI and WWII prisoners of war, and US military operations.
3. Sonoma Coast State Park (Bodega Bay, California)
Seventeen miles of beach, secluded coves, and grassy headlands form Sonoma’s craggy coastline. Bodega Harbor is a popular park destination for crabbing along the rocky jetty. Atop the headland forming the harbor are hiking trails, where visitors can spot the migration of gray whales, or meander to hidden coves. There are several beaches along the state park, each featuring a different attraction. Goat Rock beach is home to a colony of seals, Shell Beach is a fun place to explore tide pools and beachcomb, and Salmon Beach is popular for its lagoon, fishing, and great surf. There is a campground designated to hikers and bikers only, as well as three drive-in campgrounds equipped with primitive campsites.
4. China Camp State Park (China Camp Village in San Rafael, California)
As a first stop, guests to the park should spend some time at the ranger station and visitor’s center. Interactive exhibits and docents provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the park’s natural history, the Coastal Miwok tribe, and the historic China Camp Village. Within the park, fifteen miles of hiking, road biking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails loop the San Pablo Bay. The bay itself offers recreational activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing. Launch areas are equipped with picnic tables, restrooms, and parking. The campground offers 33 walk-in, tent only campsites. Visitors may enjoy the luxury of wheeled carts to help transport gear. Food lockers, fire rings, and picnic tables are provided.
5. Kirby Cove Campground (Marin Headlands Visitor Center in Sausalito, California)
Located at the historic Kirby Battery, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the cove boasts views of San Francisco and its surrounding coastline. Steep bluffs, craggy coastal terrain, and native trees paint themselves against a backdrop of ocean blue. The cove’s beach is nestled at the bottom of Marin Headlands, a mile-long trek down from the Battery Spencer parking lot. The path is surrounded by Blue Gum eucalyptus trees, Monterey pine, Cyprus trees, and coastal sage. Tent-only camping, fire pits, picnic areas, barbeques, and food lockers are located on the grounds. Guests can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, bird watching, and berry picking. Water access and pit-style toilets are supplied.