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 chain of charming little beaches separated by rocky points. Among them are some of the most popular coastal towns in the area. Campers at Salt Point State Park Campgrounds are close to some of the most breathtaking scenery along the California coast.

  • 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.
  • Head out mountain biking along dirt roads.
  • Windsurfing 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 sites 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 Salt Point State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Mountain bikes are permitted on fire roads from May 1 through October 31.
  2. Dogs must be on leash, always attended. Dogs are not permitted on most trails. They must be kept in a vehicle or tent from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  3. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.
  4. Obtain firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.
  5. Fires are allowed only in established fire rings or camp stoves. Fires are not permitted on the beach.
  6. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 6 am.
  7. Generators may only be operated between the hours from 10 AM to 8 PM.

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 Campgrounds are found in two areas - Woodside Campground and Gerstle Cove Campground. 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.

Changes in California State Parks Reservation System

California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."

Salt Point State Park Campgrounds Basics
Salt Point State Park Campgrounds 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 at Salt Point State Park Campgrounds
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
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Salt Point State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
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
Attractions near Salt Point State Park Campgrounds: Look out on Gerstle Cove Marine Reserve (an underwater park). Choose from among 20 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. Brave the Pacific for scuba diving and abalone fishing. Visit Fisk Mill Cove, Gerstle Cove, and Stump Beach. Try fishing (with great caution). Tour the Visitor Center. Enjoy the flowers in Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve. Drive 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 from ReserveCalifornia:
Salt Point State Park Group Campsite Reservations

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.

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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