Visitors to Mendocino enjoy driving along the coast and exploring the little beaches and rocky points. There are surprises around every corner. Campers at MacKerricher State Park Campgrounds are near many of the most popular Mendocino coastal destinations.
Visit 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. Before entering the water, always check with park rangers about the safety of a particular beach.
Key MacKerricher State Park Campground Regulations
Dogs must be on leash and always attended. Dogs are 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.
Fires may only be built in provided fire pits.
Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.
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 seal watching stations, miles of bike trails, and a lake.
MacKerricher State Park Campground include three main camping areas - West and East Pinewood and Surfwood. Within these three 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. While most of the campsites are attractive, some were burrowed out of dense foliage and have a closed in feel to them. MacKerricher State Park Campgrounds also have two Group Campsites and a Hike & Bike campsite.
Attractions near MacKerricher State Park Campgrounds:
Explore popular Glass Beach. Spend the day on beautiful Pudding Creek Beach. Stroll along scenic Main Beach. Head out to Laguna Point with tide pools and a seal watching station. Walk or bike along the Old Haul Road multi-use trail. Fish in Lake Cleone. Tour the Visitor Center. Enjoy summer interpretive program. Explore Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve and Inglenook Fen. Shop and dine in Fort Bragg.
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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.
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
MacKerricher State Park Group Campsite
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.