Portola Redwoods
State Park Campground

San Mateo County

Portola Redwoods State Park

campground at Portola Redwoods State Park, CA

Portola Redwoods State Park Campground

Portola Redwoods Attractions

Portola Redwoods State Park is one of the newest in California's state park system. It offers a variety of attractions for visitors.

  • A rugged basin, forested with redwoods, Douglas firs, and live oaks
  • Eighteen miles of trails and two beautiful creeks
  • Sequoia Nature Trail along Pescadero Creek
  • Interpretive program in summer
  • Back country trailcamps along trails connecting to Castle Rock and Big Basin
  • Watch for wildlife such as deer, reckons, coyotes, and squirrels
  • Visitor center with displays and dioramas

Key Portola Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Scooters, skates, and skateboards are prohibited

Portola Redwoods SP Campground

Portola Redwoods State Park Campground is located off Highway 35 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 1½ to 2 hours from the Bay Area. Visitors will find a forested basin with stands of redwoods, miles of trails, and chattering creeks.

Note: During times of severe drought, showers and other water may not be available. Check the Portola Redwoods SP website before planning your trip.

A steep access road leads down to the park. Visitors should note that there is no gas station or store near the park. Reservations are recommended. The campground has amenities such coin-operated showers, but no RV hook-ups. Nearly all of the sites are designated for tents-only, including some walk-in sites. There is one RV-only site, and there are 5 standard sites for RVs, trailers, or tents. Four group tent-only sites are also located in the park.

Visitors should be aware that poison oak grows in the park.

Campground Basics
Location: Portola State Park Road off Alpine Road off Highway 35 in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Elevation: 400 feet
Camping season: April - October
Number of Sites: 53
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (650) 948-9098

Reservations Recommended: mid-May through Labor Day; other times campsites are first-come, first served
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length: Trailers 21 feet, RVs 24 feet
Accessible Sites: #53
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations: Portola Redwoods SP Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Portola Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Portola Redwoods SP Campground Map
Nearby attractions: Hiking trails, campfire programs in summer, visitor center

Reservations Tips

Reservations for all Portola Redwoods State Park campsites are available from 2 days up to 7 months in advance. Reservations become available in one-month blocks on the first of the month, 7 months in advance. For example, on January 1 campsite reservations become available for all of July.

group campground at Portola Redwoods State Park, CA

Portola Redwoods State Park Group Campground

Portola Group Camps

All 4 of the group camps are tents only (no RVs or trailers). A 50 to 200 yard walk is needed to reach the campsites from the parking areas. Group campsites must always be reserved ahead of time. A minimum of 9 people are required to reserve a group site.

  • Point and Circle Group Campgrounds: a maximum of 50 people and 12 cars.
  • Ravine Group Campground: a maximum of 25 people and 6 cars.
  • Hillside Group Campground: a maximum of 50 people and 12 cars.

Reservations: Portola Redwoods State Park Group Campground Reservations
Fees: $165 per night for Ravine, other sites $335 per night

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