Sonoma California: A Spot for You and Your RV

Sandy Cove Beach, Jenner CA.
Sandy Cove Beach, Jenner CA.

RV and Camping in Sonoma County

By Anna Yan

Looking for a getaway this summer? Sonoma County California is a wine country that is also home to wide-open spaces filled with hidden gems, secret hideaways, and secluded destinations for camping, glamping, and RV trips.

Grove of the old trees, Sonoma, California.
Grove of the old trees, Sonoma, California.

RV TravelThe county’s regions are filled with beautiful spots along the coasts and redwoods where visitors can pull over for lunch, enjoy a leisurely hike, or sightsee away from the crowds.

Here’s a selection of RV parks and campgrounds all over Sonoma County.

Coastal RV Campsites

The Sonoma Coast stretches 55 miles along the Pacific Ocean, and there are plenty of places to park an RV, set up a tent, launch a boat, or just relax as ocean waves smash into the rugged coastlines.

Time to hop on the CA-1 and venture north!

The Westside Regional Park on Bodega Harbor is a great place to park an RV and launch a boat, making it ideal for fishing excursions.

Nearby are ample fishing stores and boat rental shops to grab supplies for a day in the ocean. Enjoy a picnic with coastal views on-site, or enjoy the ocean-fresh chowder and crab sandwiches at Spud Point Crab Company just minutes away. 2400 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, CA website

Spud Point Crab Company, Bodega Bay, Sonoma California
Spud Point Crab Company, Bodega Bay, Sonoma California

Timber Cove Boat Landing and Campground is a calm cove in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, providing options for camping on the beach, RV parking, and tents.

Easy beach access invites frequent sightings of wildlife and boat launch areas offer fishing and kayaking opportunities.

Visitors can wander away to discover hiking trails to the sandy beaches and through coastal bluffs, or head over to Coast Kitchen at Timber Cove for a glass of wine and BBQ salmon wings with an ocean sunset view. 21350 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA  website

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Timber Cove Resort

Bluffs over the Pacific

Private and secluded, Ocean Cove Store & Campground is the perfect camping getaway on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

This site is surrounded by state and county parks and includes a boat launch access to the sheltered cove.

RVs, tent campers, and day-use visitors are all welcome to pick from oceanfront campsites or one that is hidden in the trees.

Explore the rugged coastline of undeveloped land, relax and watch the early morning fog roll in, or go scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean at sunset. 23125 Coast Highway, Jenner, CA website

The northernmost campsite on the Sonoma Coast is at Gualala Point Regional Park, which has 195 acres of open meadows mixed with coastal forests. Just north of The Sea Ranch community, this oceanfront park features a small campground set among the Gualala River redwoods, where campers can prop up a hammock between trees for ultimate relaxation.

Gualala Point Regional Park Gualala Sonoma_
Gualala Point Regional Park Gualala Sonoma California.

Seasonal fishing is available here, along with picnic tables, hiking trails, and coastal vistas. 42401 Coast Highway 1, Gualala, CA website

Ocean Cove Lodge, Jenner California
Ocean Cove Lodge, Jenner California

Buried in the Redwoods, Off the Beaten Path

Sonoma County is known for its famed redwoods and Russian River. From hiking to canoeing, these campsite options that allow visitors to rest in the midst of both are the perfect retreat into nature.

Burkes Canoe Trips and Campground invites visitors to hop into Sonoma County’s famed Russian River for a relaxing picturesque float on a kayak or canoe. Located in Forestville, campers can set up their lodging on the banks of the river underneath towering redwoods.

Burke’s offers a ten-mile self-guided canoe trip through the redwoods, where adventurers can detour into a picnic, swim or sunbath with otter spottings and other wildlife all around. 8600 River Road, Forestville, CA website

Stand-up paddling at Johnson's Beach, Guerneville, California.
Stand-up paddling at Johnson’s Beach.

Russian River Tradition

Tucked away in the eclectic town of Guerneville, Johnson’s Beach campground is a Russian River tradition for over a century, as a summer favorite for both locals and visitors.

This campground offers vintage cabins from the 1920s, a lodge, and urban campground options.

Complete with BBQ pits and canoe rentals, this is the perfect laid back getaway surrounded by towering redwoods. Close to the Armstrong Redwoods Nature Reserve and wine tasting rooms. 16215 First Street, Guerneville, CA website

Comfy RV Resorts and Camping in Sonoma 

Enjoy all of the traditional camping experiences with luxurious glamping options in Sonoma Wine Country. This family-friendly glamp-sites offer up the cozy firepit feel of camping with a full suite of amenities – all surrounded by the beauty of Sonoma County and hidden in natural escapes.

Family camping at San Francisco North/ Petaluma KOA Campground.
Family camping at San Francisco North/ Petaluma KOA Campground.

Just north of downtown Petaluma is one of the top RV and camping parks in the nation – San Francisco North/ Petaluma KOA Campground is just about 40 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose from over 300 RV sites, tent sites, cabins, and tiny house lodges on KOA’s 70-acre full-service campground for family or group vacations.

Summer fun at this RV resort includes a rec program, rock wall, pool and cabanas, karaoke, and hayrides. Explore the local wineries, craft breweries, and artisanal cheese farms, or grab the whole group for a hike into Sonoma County’s famed redwood trees. 20 Rainsville Road, Petaluma, CA website

Safari Style Tents

Enjoy Safari-style tents right on the Russian River at the new Wildhaven Sonoma. With comfy queen size beds and cots for kids to lay down sleeping bags, this glamping spot located just north of Healdsburg is family-friendly and filled with traditional camping experiences with the comfort of glamping.

Autocamp, glamping in Sonoma, California
Autocamp, glamping in Sonoma, California

Bring your river tubes, kayaks, or canoes for a day on the river, and fishing from the banks are also an option. Wildhaven is in close proximity to some family-friendly wineries, Lake Sonoma, and hiking/cycling trails. 2411 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA. website

A luxurious Airstream trailer at the Autocamp Russian River Guerneville, California. Eric Feinblatt photo.
A luxurious Airstream trailer at the Autocamp Russian River Guerneville, California. Eric Feinblatt photo.

AutoCamping

Tucked away in the redwoods of Guerneville, AutoCamp Russian River offers a unique Airstream glamping retreat for travelers on the road.

The grounds offer spacious bathrooms, showers, futons, and built-in heaters for the whole family, and gathering around the fireplace making smores under the canopy of tall ancient trees feels cozy in this enclave.

With just a 7-minute drive to the famed Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve, and walking access to the river beaches this getaway, there is ample outdoor activity to enjoy. 14120 Old Cazadero Road, Guerneville, CA website

Anna YanAnna Yan is a public relations and marketing professional currently living in Sonoma County. She hails from Los Angeles and worked in entertainment, events, and nonprofit communications. Anna also has a background in health and wellness, championing outdoor yoga and hiking, and curating wellbeing experiences with The Yoga Van.

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