Portola Redwoods State Park 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: Even after the 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. Portola Redwoods State Park 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.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
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 is 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