Gerstle Cove Campground is located on the rugged Northern California coastline and is a beautiful spot within Salt Point State Park. Gerstle Cove Campground is not a a big campground with just 28 campsites, with some more private than others. About half of Gerstle Cove Campground is shaded under a pine tree canopy while the other half is located in a grassy meadow dotted with pines. There are some easy trail hikes down to the nearby beaches and marine sanctuary.
Each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, food locker, and access to bathrooms. Gerstle Cove Campground offers advance campsite reservations much of the year, however you do not choose your campsite when reserving. Upon arrival to the campground you select your site and let the rangers know which one you chose. There are also self-contained overflow campsites available when the campground fills up. The overflow sites do not provide any amenities and tents are not allowed.
Gerstle Cove Campground Bottom Line
Gerstle Cove Campground is one of the best campgrounds along the northern portion of California Highway 1, and is great as a camping destination or stop on road trip up the scenic California coast. It offers lots of hiking opportunities and scenic views of the ocean and pines. This campground is good for family and group camping trips because of the size of many of the campsites, however do not expect much in the way of campsite privacy.
The biggest draw back for Gerstle Cove Campground is the wind. It can be pretty windy much of the day at the campground, with the winds calming down after sunset. The upside of the wind is that it keeps the bugs away. In fact this is one of the few campgrounds that the NextCampsite team has been to in the summer time that did not require applying copious amounts of bug replant in the evenings to keep the mosquitoes at bay. However, if wind is not your thing, but you still want to camp in Salt Point State Park, you should check out the nearby Woodside Campground.
Gerstle Cove Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||29|
|Cost:||$35/night + $8 fee when reserved online|
|RV/Trailer Length:||31 Feet Maximum Vehicle Length|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Open All Year – On reservations 3/15 – 9/30, First-come-first-served when not on reservations|
|Other:||Firewood is available for purchase at the campground host|
|Address:||25050 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.570113, -123.323872|
|Nearest City:||Jenner, California|
|Location:||Sonoma Coast – Sonoma County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Approximately 10 Miles|
|Directions:||Gerstle Cove Campground is 20 miles north of Jenner on CA-1|
|Phone:||707.847.3221||Facebook:||Salt Point State Park Facebook Page|
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Reserve a Campsite Now|
When To Go
Summer – With the wind, Gerstle Cove Campground can be very chilly in the afternoon and evenings.
Just west of the Gerstle Cove campground in Salt Point State Park is one of the first underwater parks in California.
Sandstone from Salt Point State Park was used in the construction of San Francisco’s streets and buildings throughout the mid 1800’s. The rocks at Gerstle Cove still hold eyebolts where the ships anchored while sandstone slabs were loaded aboard ships. Although the rocks were quarried over 150 years ago, quarried rocks can still be seen scattered along the shores north of Gerstle Cove.
Gerstle Cove Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson