MacKerricher State Park Campgrounds

Mendocino County

MacKerricher State Park

Mendocino Coast
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Mendocino enjoy driving along the coast and exploring the little beaches and rocky points. There are surprises around every corner.

  • Van Damme State Park with a nice beach for kayaking and diving and great inland hiking trails.
  • Point Arena Lighthouse stands on a rugged point of land. Take a lighthouse tour.
  • Mountain bike along dirt roads
  • Hike around the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Land.
  • Take a trip to Africa at the B. Bryan Preserve near Point Arena. See Africa's hoofed animals such as Greater Kudu, zebras, and giraffes.
  • Take an adventurous hike down to Bowling Ball Beach to see the amazing spheres of rock in the surf at low tide.
  • Visit the quaint town of Mendocino and walk along the Mendocino Headlands
  • Poke around famous Glass Beach near Fort Bragg and then stop in town for dinner.
  • Mendocino coast beaches are generally considered too dangerous for wading and swimming, but some sheltered beaches and inlets can be safe under favorable conditions. Always check with park rangers about the safety of a particular beach.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs: On leash, always attended. Dogs not allowed on Virgin Creek Beach, the northern half of Ten Mile Beach, the Seal Rocks harbor seal pup nursery area, and the walk-in tent campground.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

MacKerricher State Park Campgrounds

MacKerricher State Park Campgrounds are favorite destinations for visitors to the Mendocino County coast. The park extends for 9 miles along the ocean north of Fort Bragg. Park-goers enjoy several great beaches, a rugged point with tide pools and a seal watching station, miles of bike trails, and a lake.

MacKerricher State Park has 3 main campgrounds - West and East Pinewood and Surfwood. Within these campgrounds are 114 campsites. Seventy-five are designated for RVs, trailers, or tents. All of the East Pinewood Campground's 37 sites are tent-only. In addition, there are 10 walk-in, tent-only sites. MacKerricher also has two Group Campsites and a Hike & Bike campsite.

Campground Basics
Location: Highway 1, three miles north of Fort Bragg
Elevation: 100 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Willits - 43 miles
Santa Rosa - 103 miles
Number of Sites: 114
Open - Closed: West Pinewood open year-round
East Pinewood and Surfwood open early May through early September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 driven and 1 legally towed (fee for additional vehicles)
Pets: on leash, always attended
MacKerricher State Park (707) 964-9112

Reservations available: West Pinewood - late March through early September; other times first-come, first-served
East Pinewood and Surfwood - reservations available whenever open
Booking Window: Reservations taken 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 RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #27, 73, 74, 115, and 120
Fees: $45 per night($40 in off-season
Walk-in sites - $25
Hike & Bike - $5 per person
Reservations: MacKerricher State Park Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

MacKerricher State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, grill and fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Campground Map: MacKerricher State Park Campground Map
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Nearby attractions: Glass Beach, Pudding Creek Beach, Main Beach, Laguna Point with tide pools and seal watching station, Old Haul Road multi-use trail, Lake Cleone, Visitor Center, summer interpretive program, Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve, Inglenook Fen, Fort Bragg

MacKerricher State Park Group Campsite

MacKerricher State Park has two group, tent-only campsites. Cleone Group East can accommodate from 9 to 60 people and up to 20 vehicles. Cleone Group West can accommodate from 9 to 40 people and up to 15 vehicles. Reservations are available for camping dates from mid-June through early September.
Fee: Cleone East - $260 per night; Cleone West - $200
Reservations: MacKerricher Group Campground Reservations

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, purchase firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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