Six "Must See" Campgrounds Within Two Hours of San Francisco


Debbie Sipe

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from Santa Cruz northward to Duncan Mills


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 2014 Travelers from across California and around the world come to San Francisco each summer to see its historic landmarks and sample its fine restaurants and bakeries.


But Bay Area residents also have a variety of attractive vacation options of their own, which could involve everything from riding a historic steam engine through the redwood forests near Santa Cruz to river tubing on the Russian River or even taking a boat ride through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


With Bay Area residents in mind, has identified six must seecampgrounds within a two-hour drive of San Francisco. 


These are campgrounds that are ideal mid-week or weekend escapes for families who simply want a chance of pace while exploring some of the beautiful sites that are just outside the Bay Area,said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which hosts



Here are Camp-California.coms must seecampgrounds near the Bay Area:


Santa Cruz / North Monterey Bay KOA in La Selva Beach: This campground features Airsteam trailer as well as park model cabin rentals. Amenities include a KOA Express Fun Train, an outdoor movie cinema, a jumping pillow and 21-foot-tall climbing coconut palm trees. Activities include tie dye t-shirt making and ice cream socials.


Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort in Felton: This scenic campground is located in the redwood forests along the San Lorenzo River next to Henry Cowell State Park. The campground offers both RV and tent sites as well as bathrooms with showers. Nearby attractions include the Roaring Camp Railroad (, which offers narrow gauge, steam powered railroad tours through the redwoods and to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.


Stockton Delta KOA in Lodi: This 400-site campground is located next to Tower Park Marina on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Campground amenities include a new resort swimming pool with waterside. The park also has a hot tub and boat rentals. RV and tent sites are available as well as park model cabin rentals.


Snug Harbor in Walnut Grove: This is a privately owned RV and camping resort and marina on the historic Steamboat Slough of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Activities include boating and fishing. RV and tent sites are available as well as park model cottage rentals.


San Francisco North Petaluma KOA in Petaluma: This Wine Country campground is famous for its Karaoke nights, which take place on weekends throughout the summer months. RV and tent sites are available as well as rustic and fully furnished park model cabins. Onsite amenities include a swimming pool, horse shoe pits, bocce ball, a ring toss area, a 30-foot climbing wall and a petting farm with chickens, goats, horses and miniature donkeys. The campground also offers outdoor movies, hay wagon rides and a dog park.


— Casini Ranch Family Campground in Duncan Mills: This campground has been owned and operated by the Casini family since 1965. It is located along the Russian River and includes RV and tent sites. Activities include swimming and river tubing and watercraft rentals are available. The campground also offers movie nights, hay rides, ice cream socials and guided hikes on holiday weekends. The campground includes a large convenience store as well as The Moscow Barn, a restored historic barn, which is used as a recreation hall by clubs and large groups, such as family reunions and weddings. Restrooms and hot showers are located throughout the park.


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