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.

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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

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 156 Campsites
Cost: $35/vehicle/night
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: No
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: 35 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station Available May-October
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round
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Getting There

Address: 9500 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar 94021
Geo Coordinates: 37.276767,-122.296755
Nearest City/Town: Pescadero, California
Elevation: 120 Feet
Location: San Mateo County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 7.5 Miles to Pescadero, California
Directions:

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

Memorial County Park Map

Connect

Phone: 650.879.0238 Facebook:
Web: San Mateo County Parks Twitter:
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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.

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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.

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Memorial County Park Campground Photos

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Image Credits: Justin Wilson

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Justin is an IT Professional, focused on cloud, mobile, and infrastructure management and security with his consulting business, as well as chief bottle washer for this website. In addition to NextCampsite.com, Justin also runs and writes for the technology infrastructure-focused blog OddJobsInTech.com, and the mobile device-focused blog EnterpriseMobileDevice.com.

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