Salt Point State Park Campgrounds

Sonoma County Coast

Fisk Mill Cove

Gerstle Cove, Salt Point State Park

Gerstle Cove

Sonoma Coast
Attractions and Activities

The Sonoma Coast has a string of beautiful little beaches interspersed with rocky points. Among them are some of the most popular coastal towns in the area.

  • Visit historic Fort Ross
  • Discover all the trails, beaches and overlooks around Salt Point State Park.
  • Stroll around the streets of Bodega Bay.
  • Try whale watching from Bodega Head
  • Take advantage of public access trails along the Sea Ranch coast.
  • Mountain biking along dirt roads
  • Wind surfing and kiteboarding are popular in the waters of Bodega Bay
  • Enjoy the protected south-facing beach at Doran Regional Park.
  • Visit dramatic Arched Rock Beach.
  • Using caution to avoid sleeper waves, take in the sights at Duncan's Cove and Rock Point.
  • Journey up the Russian River to Guerneville and other favorite spots along the river.
  • Drive out to have a look at Goat Rock and spend the afternoon on the adjacent beach
  • Many Sonoma coast beaches are 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. Bicycles: Mountain bikes are permitted on fire roads from May 1 through October 31.
  2. Generators: may only be operated between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
  3. Dogs: On leash, always attended. Dogs must be in vehicle or tent at night.
  4. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  5. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

Woodside & Gerstle Cove Campgrounds

Salt Point State Park is on the wild and rugged Sonoma County coast, north of Fort Ross. Along Salt Point's 9 miles of coastline are inlets, bays, jagged points, sea stacks, caves, and a scattering of sandy beaches. The ocean is too dangerous for wading or swimming, but visitors enjoy an impressive coast, inland trails, and the beauty of the adjoining Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve.

Salt Point State Park has two campgrounds - Woodside and Gerstle Cove. Woodside Campground is inland, divided into two loops, while Gerstle Cove is closer to the shore. Campers at Woodside Campground appreciate the available shade and its distance from highway noise.

Combined, Salt Point State Park campgrounds have 109 campsites, 30 at Gerstle Cove and 79 at Woodside, including some walk-in tent sites. Other than the walk-in tent sites, all of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Gerstle Cove Campground is open year-round, while Woodside is only open April through early September. Campsite reservations are non-specific, which means you may choose either Woodside or Gerstle Cove campground, but your specific campsite will be assigned upon arrival. Gerstle Cove is first-come, first-served October through mid-March.

There is also a Group Campsite at Gerstle Cove Campground and 10 Hike & Bike campsites located separate from the two campgrounds.

Campground Basics
Location: Highway 1, eight miles north of Fort Ross and 20 miles north of Jenner
Elevation: 60 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: San Francisco- 67 miles
Santa Rosa - 36 miles
Number of Sites: 109
Open - Closed: Gerstle Cove Campground open year-round
Woodside Campground open April through early September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
State Park Information (707) 847-3221

Reservations available: Gerstle Cove - March 15 through September, otherwise first-come, first served
Woodside - April through early September
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival date. New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 31 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: available in Woodside Campground
Fees: Standard sites - $35 per night
Walk-in tent sites - $25
Reservations: Salt Point State Park Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Salt Point State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Campground Map: Salt Point State Park Campground Map
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Gerstle Cove Marine Reserve (an underwater park), 20 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, scuba diving, abalone fishing, Fisk Mill Cove, Gerstle Cove, Stump Beach, fishing, Visitor Center, Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, 8 miles to Fort Ross

Salt Point State Park Group Campsite

Salt Point State Park has one group campsite at its Gerstle Cove Campground. The group site can accommodate between 9 and 40 people and 10 vehicles. Dogs are not permitted at the group site.
Fee: $200 per night
Reservations: Salt Point State Park Group Campsite Reservations

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on weather 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, firewood should be purchased 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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