The campsites at Kirby Cove Campground may have a very unique view of one of the world’s most iconic structures and the entrance to San Francisco Bay, all while backed up against the rugged and scenic Marin Headlands. Kirby Cove Campground offers 4 environmental campsites that are within steps of a coarse sand beach. Each campsite includes a food storage locker, grills, and access to a vault toilet. Access to the Kirby Cove campsites is via a mile-long hike along an access road, which can be steep at times.
Each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, and access to bathrooms with showers.
Kirby Cove Campground Bottom Line
Kirby Cove Campground is great camping experience. You get to camp in a remote location, which many people on this planet will never visit, are provided with amazing views of the bridge and the city, and you are still close to civilization; making it a very easy, quick camping escape if you are in the bay area. Given the location of the campground and the fact that it is a walk-in campground you get a very good sense of solitude here. Getting a reservation for Kirby Cove Campground can be tough, between March and November it is often book well in advance.
The National Park Service has a locked gate on the road leading to Kirby Cove Campground. Upon making a reservation, you are provided the combination. The National Park Service is also nice enough to provide wheel barrows at the parking lot to help you haul your gear to your site. Each reservation allows you to bring in three cars and ten people maximum.
Wildlife is abundant at Kirby Cove. There are often deer that stroll through the campground, raccoons looking for a feast (use the food lockers, keep your campsite clean!) and I have heard rumors of possible bobcat and coyote sightings. While nature is visible everywhere at Kirby Cove Campground, you can hear the fog horn loud and clear from the Golden Gate Bridge, you may want to bring some ear plugs to sleep with.
The best campsite at Kirby Cove Campground is number 1, which up by the cliffs. It’s got great views and the majority of the site is behind a hill, which provides some shelter from the wind. Campsite number 2 is in middle up on the ridge, and it can be VERY windy at times. Campsite number 3 is below the ridge, and is spacious and sheltered from the wind. Campsite number 4 is closest to the parking lot, which is not really a problem at this campground due to the limited access and number of campsites.
Kirby Cove Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Environmental|
|Number of Campsites:||4 Campsites|
|Cost:||$25/Night + $9 reservation fee|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||No – Pack-in/Pack-out|
|Cell Phone Service:||All Major Carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year round|
The fog horns on the nearby Golden Gate Bridge can easily be heard from Kirby Cove. Ear plugs are recommended for campers.
Coyotes, deer, racoons, and bobcats are active in the area. Food locker use is a must. Wearing scented items or using scented lotions/perfumes is not recommended.
|Address:||Kirby Cove Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965|
|Geo Coordinates:||37.827624, -122.489887|
|Nearest City/Town:||Sausalito, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||5.7 miles to Sausalito|
|Directions:||From US 101 North exit at Alexander Ave. From US 101 South take the Sausalito exit. Turn left at the stop sign. Turn right and head up Conzelman Road, which is a steep hill right before the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge. Drive on Conzelman Road for about a quarter mile and you will see the entrance to Kirby Cove campground on the left. Look for the 3 poles at the end of a gravel pull-out and a locked white service gate.Follow the mile-long dirt road which is steep, narrow, and winding, to the campground parking lot.|
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|Reservations:||Reserve a Campsite Now|
When To Go
Summer – The weather will be nice and hiking opportunities and the risk of rain is lower.
The summer months at Kirby Cove Campground can be foggy, but the site has mild weather throughout the year, with highs in the mid-low 60’s and lows in the mid-low 50’s.
Battery Kirby, a former military gun post, lies between the campsites and the beach. The battery housed a 12-inch barrel disappearing gun and was in use from 1900-1941.
Kirby Cove Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson