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Manchester State Park Campground Professional Review and Guide
"How beautiful! And how the wind does blow! No matter what time of year, this campground is ski-jacket country. And summer can be the worst. The winds blow so hard out of the north that you want to tie your tent to the car (seriously, bring extra rope to strategically tie your tent to nearby coyote brush and ceanothus). But when it’s sunny, especially in winter or fall, Manchester State Beach can melt your heart. Nowhere is the coastline so beautiful. Nowhere does the lighthouse stand so starkly against the sea and sky. And probably nowhere are the locals as friendly as they are here."
--Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai, The Best In Tent Camping: Northern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
Our family loves to camp here at MacKerricher. It is gorgeous, and you can walk to the beach from your site. There are 3 different loops. One is mostly redwoods, the second has some other trees, and the last is near the cost, and has mainly cypress trees. Any of them are beautiful. The service here is great. They have bathrooms, showers, fire pits, and I think some sites even have barbeques. Reserve ahead if you're going on a summer weekend! Sites fill up, and you'd be lucky to get one on a first-come first-serve.
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