Where to find available campsites in the Bay Area for the Jul 4th?
June 18, 2017 9:08 PM   Subscribe

I've been struggling to find available campsites in driving range from the SF Bay Area over the July 4th long weekend. Does anyone have any suggestions for places to find campsite inventory or places which may not require a permit?
posted by touareg to Travel & Transportation around San Francisco, CA (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I hate to recommend Hipcamp, which is basically an overpriced AirBnB for camping on private land (although lots of state recreation areas in California also use it, I think dating back to when they were defunded in 2010ish), but it exists and isn't bad if you don't mind paying $60 to, for example, stay in someone's unimproved field in Napa.
posted by tapir-whorf at 9:24 PM on June 18 [2 favorites]


Hendy Woods has availability, is gorgeous, and is about 2.5 - 3 hours from the city, depending on where you are. (Weirdly, on my phone it's showing lots of available sites, but on desktop it's not...except when I search on individual sites there is availability. Obvs. a glitch so maybe call them?)
posted by BlahLaLa at 9:29 PM on June 18


It's not ideal, but there are parks that have "first come, first serve" only campsites. There is a list of some here. I believe Junction Camp at Mt. Diablo is also first come, first serve.
posted by primalux at 9:35 PM on June 18


If Hendy Woods has available sites, yes, go there. It's lovely.
posted by rtha at 11:55 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


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