Campgrounds in Sonoma, California

Campgrounds in Sonoma, California
Sonoma County is a beautiful, seaside area north of San Francisco with an array of natural beauty between its forests and shorelines. County campsites in the area are available year-round and include a fire pit and picnic table. None of the county's campsites offer RV hookups. Individual campsites are $22 per night (price as of January 2010) and many parks offer discounts to county residents who provide proof of residency.

Stillwater Cove

Stillwater Cove is located 16 miles north of the small town of Jenner. The 200-acre park is made up of meadows, shorelines and coastal forests. The stunning stretch of the Pacific Ocean located in the cove itself is dotted with a number of natural rock formations, making for a striking horizon and excellent scuba diving and snorkeling. Kayakers are welcome to traverse the coastline and enjoy the scenery as well. Hikers often enjoy the mountain trail that leads to the historical one-room Fort Ross Schoolhouse.
Dogs are allowed on the campsite grounds, but they cost an additional $2 per night and must be kept on a leash at all times. Hiking and biking sites are available on the grounds and are only $5 per night (prices as of January 2010), but these sites cannot be reserved. Coin-operated showers and flushing toilets are available.

Stillwater Cove
22455 Coast Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 847-3245

Gualala Point Regional Park

Gualala Point is about 1 mile south of the town of Gualala and about 20 miles north of Stillwater Cove. The terrain here is also open meadows, coastal forests and shorelines, but the beaches here are more sandy, making them more ideal for swimming and boating. The park also offers guests unforgettable views and excellent seasonal fishing in the Gualala River, which flows through its boundaries. Trails are spread out, allowing hikers to explore the entire 195-acre park. The visitor's center offers information on the park and historical information on Native Americans and the turn-of-the-century logging industry that operated in the area.
While the park offers no RV hookups, it does feature a dump station. Hiking and biking sites are available here as well at the same rate as Stillwater Cove. The restrooms feature coin-operated showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets.

Gualala Point Regional Park
42401 Coast Highway 1
Gualala, CA 95445
(707) 785-2377

Doran Park

Doran Park is located south of Bodega Bay, much further south than the other two parks. The 2-mile long stretch of beach that makes up the park is popular for sunbathers, hikers, bikers, swimmers and boaters. The rocky jetty at the south area of the park is ideal for fishing and exploring tide pools. Coin-operated showers, electrical outlets and flush toilets are available, and hiker and biker campsites are available--also at the rate of $5 per night (January 2010 prices).

Doran Park
201 Doran Beach Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-3540

Article Written By Jill Harness

Jill Harness has written on a variety of subjects for more than 10 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "San Diego City Beat," "Mental Floss," Rue The Day! and Neatorama. Harness has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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