Campgrounds in Sonoma County, California

Campgrounds in Sonoma County, California
Sonoma County is known for its wineries, but it also has some of the most picturesque beaches in Northern California. In the winter, campsites in the area are ideal for fishing, hiking and surfing. In the summer, swimming, hiking and biking are popular in the coastal areas and on inland trails.

Stillwater Cove Regional Park

Stillwater Cove is a 200-acre park that spans coastal forests, meadows and rocky shorelines. A number of natural rock formations give the park an unusual coastline. These formations allow for exploring tide pools and traversing the underwater caves with scuba and snorkel gear. Kayaking and surfing in the area can be risky due to the rock formations, but both activities remain popular. A long historical trail spans the inland area of the park and allows hikers to explore the Fort Ross Schoolhouse. Coin-operated showers and flushing toilets are available. Dogs are allowed for an extra fee, but must be on a leash at all times. Hiking and biking campsites cannot be reserved.

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

Gualala Point Regional Park

The small town of Gualala is about 20 miles north of Stillwater Cove, and just outside this town is the Gualala Point Park. While the inland area of the park is similar to that of Stillwater Cove, adorned with meadows and coastal forests, the shoreline is strikingly different. Swimmers, sunbathers and boaters prefer this coastal area, as the beach is sandy. Seasonal fishing is permitted in the Gualala River, and the hills in the 195-acre park provide views for hikers. RV camping is permitted and a dump station is available, but there are no hookups. Hiking, biking and tent sites are also available. Restrooms with coin-operated showers, flushing toilets and electrical outlets are located on the main campgrounds.

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

Spring Lake Regional Park

Spring Lake is farther inland and south than the other two parks, but it is no less scenic. For hikers, the park's trails extend into neighboring parks, creating an 8-mile trail through chaparral, forests and meadows. There are 2.3 miles of paved bicycle trails and even more dirt paths. Picnic tables and barbecues are available. Fishing, swimming and boating are popular activities in the lake, and boats are available for rent at the pier. Restrooms with showers are available. A dump station is offered, but there are no hookups.

Spring Lake Regional Park
5585 Newanga Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 539-8092

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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