Within the park, all the campgrounds are located in the backcountry, accessible only by foot, bike, or horseback on land and by kayak or boat for shore sites. Car and RV camping is only available in nearby campgrounds outside the park.
Campgrounds within the park have vault toilets and faucets with potable water. Family sites for 1-6 campers have a picnic table, one food storage locker, and a charcoal grill. Group sites have double the capacity of family sites. Permits are required for camping within the park, and reservations can be made only during business hours at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. If you plan to arrive after the visitor center close, you can arrange for your permit to be left out for you in a drop box.
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The campground is located within 200 meters/yards of the beach and tidepools and rests in a shallow grassy valley. It is reached by either the Laguna and Firelane Trails (2.9 km / 1.8 miles slightly uphill) or the Coast Trail (4.3 km / 2.7 miles easy, flat, open to bikes). There are 12 family sites and 2 group sites.
This wooded camping area rests within a deep valley away from the ocean breeze. Camp is reached via the hiking-only Bear Valley Glen Trails (moderately challenging 7.4 km / 4.6 miles) or via the bikeable Stewart Trail, Glen Trail, Glen Camp Loop route (strenuous 10.1 km / 6.3 miles). The campground offers 12 family sites, groups, horses, and pack animals are not allowed. The closest beach is at Wildcat Campground a hilly 4 km / 2.5 miles away.
Sky Camp is known for its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Drakes Bay, and Point Reyes, seen from its elevation of 310 meters / 1025 feet up the western side of Mt. Wittenberg. The campground is best accessed by the Limantour Road from the Sky Trailhead (2.2 km / 1.4 miles slightly uphill). The beach is a moderately strenuous hike of 6.4 km / 4 miles. There are 11 family sites and one group site.
The campground is situated within a meadow on a bluff with great views of the ocean. The beach is close and Alamere Falls can be reached on a 3.2 km / 2 mile round-trip hike. The camp can be accessed by hiking from Bear Valley (10 km / 6.3 miles) or from Palomarin via the Coast Trail (8.8 km / 5.5 miles) or by biking via the Stewart Trail from the Five Brooks Trailhead (strenuous 10.7 km / 6.7 miles). There are 5 family sites and 3 group sites.
Boat Camping in Tomales Bay
Boat-in camping is allowed along the beach on the west side of Tomales Bay north of Tomales Bay State Park's Indian Beach. Pit toilets are available at Marshall Beach or Tomales Beach, campers at other beaches are required to bring portable facilites and pack out all human waste. There is no potable water at the boat camping sites.
Cooking over stoves is preferred to campfire cooking, but if you feel you need to experience a campfire during your visit, please adhere to the following guidelines: