Memorial County Park Campground in San Mateo County is situated deep in the redwood covered Santa Cruz Mountains between the small towns of La Honda and Pescadero. Memorial County Park is located on 500 acres of land and has a large campground that is known in the area as a very family friendly camping destination on the San Francisco Peninsula. Several hiking trails surround Memorial County Park campground and connect campsites to a larger network of hiking trails in adjacent parks.
Each campsite includes a picnic table, food locker, fire ring, and access to bathrooms.
Memorial County Park Campground Bottom Line
Memorial County Park Campground is a very nice campground with excellent campsite spacing on and adequate privacy on the majority of the campsites, and would be a perfect campground, but it does not allow dogs. They actually have a sign that says “No Cats or Dogs”, leaving me really wondering why they are so concerned about cats camping, but really dogs and camping go together. We typically, like most dog owners, take our dogs camping with us every single time we go, but for some reason San Mateo County does not allow dogs in their parks, at all. Weird.
Beyond the no dog thing, Memorial County Park campground is great; it has great scenery with it’s spot in a redwood forest and good amenities for being in the middle of nowhere, with an onsite camp store. The campground is quiet and private feeling, given the number of campsites at Memorial County Park, this is somewhat surprising. Also, all of the amenities that you would expect from a big state park campground are there, and then some, including an onsite campground store.
In fact, Memorial County Park campground could be an ideal camping experience, if it were the ban on man’s best friend, and the fact that some of the campsites do not have good spacing or privacy. Well, at least Butano State Park campground is nearby, we can take our dogs and go over there, where they have no issues with them.
Memorial County Park Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||156 Campsites|
|RV/Trailer Length:||35 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station Available May-October|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Address:||9500 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar 94021|
|Nearest City/Town:||Pescadero, California|
|Location:||San Mateo County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||7.5 Miles to Pescadero, California
From the bay side of the peninsula (i.e. Palo Alto, San Mateo), use Highway 84 west from either Highway 280, 101 or 35 (Skyline Boulevard). Travel westbound down Highway 84 from Skyline Boulevard to Pescadero Road near the Town of La Honda. Turn left (south) on Pescadero Road. Follow Pescadero Road to the park entrance.
When coming to Memorial Park from the coast side (i.e. Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay), use Highway 1 to Pescadero Road. Follow Pescadero Road to the park entrance.
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||San Mateo County Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Reserve a Campsite Now|
When To Go
Memorial County Park campground is a nice place to camp year-round. Since the campground is out of the way and not easily accessible by a main highway or road, it is underutilized. It is not overly crowded, even during peak summer camping seasons.
Monday 03/25 100%
High 61° / Low 47°
Periods of rain early. Lows overnight in the upper 40s.
Tuesday 03/26 20%
High 61° / Low 51°
Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 03/27 80%
High 58° / Low 46°
Chance of Rain
Light rain early. Decreasing clouds with mostly sunny skies by afternoon. High 58F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Thursday 03/28 90%
High 58° / Low 44°
Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 58F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Friday 03/29 10%
High 61° / Low 44°
Sunny skies. High 61F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 03/30 10%
High 65° / Low 46°
Partly cloudy skies. High around 65F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
What To Do
Hiking – There are many hiking trails within Memorial County Park, many stretch into the neighboring Pescadero Creek County park, and those trails eventually connect to trails in Portola Redwoods State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park.