5 Best California State Parks For Camping

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California has 280 state parks, most of which you can enjoy camping, hiking, or cycling. They are full of fantastic living organisms like animals and plants. These are the best state parks in California that have the best camping grounds and other outdoor activities.

Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay is at 138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. It is the only island in Tahoe and has several outdoor activities you can do. You can hike along the Rubicon trail, scuba dive, kayak to Fannette Island, and then camp at the Eagle Point Campground.

Ensure you arrive before 10 am on the weekends to find a parking spot. However, you can also park your car by the roadside or near Eagle falls park entrance.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

It is at 17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571. It has the oldest and tallest living organisms in the world and also coastal redwoods. You get to enjoy magnificent views of the towering trees along the Avenue of the Giants. You can hike along the Founders Grove before walking up to the 2,000 years old Dyerville Giant. It is alright to camp anywhere as long as it is not near the tall trees Grove.

Crystal Cove State Park

It is at 8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 9265. It has a 3.2-mile beach, canyons, and tide pools. Pick a spot and set your camp before enjoying a drink at the Bootlegger Bar or The Beachcomber restaurant.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

It is at 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. It is the oldest state park with the tallest and oldest livings things like trees in the world. Enjoy your walk along the Redwood Loop Trail. You can see also hike up to the Berry Creek Falls.

It has four campgrounds with 142 sites. None of the sites is the same, ensuring that campers get a unique experience on every site.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

It is at 52801 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920. You can enjoy camping, hikes in this magnificent park. There is also a waterfall from the McWay Creek onto the golden sand.

Remember, you cannot go to the actual beach, but take the trail and enjoy taking pictures of the beautiful waterfall.

It only has two walk-in campsites that are tent only, and you need to make reservations beforehand. You must bring your firewood, water and pack out your trash.


Always check the websites of these parks to confirm the rates and the time they require you to book in advance to enjoy all the activities these parks offer.


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