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