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Camping at Woodside Upper Loop Campground

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Location and Access

Woodside Upper Loop Campground is located within Salt Point State Park, which spans the rugged Northern California coastline. The state park is approximately 20 miles north of Jenner and about 90 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1.

Campground Features and Facilities

Woodside Upper Loop Campground features a number of campsites suitable for tents, trailers, and small RVs. Here are some of the key features and facilities you can expect:

  • Campsites: Each site typically includes a picnic table, fire ring, and food storage locker.
  • Restrooms: The campground offers restrooms with flush toilets.
  • Showers: There are no showers in the Woodside Upper Loop.
  • Potable Water: Visitors have access to potable water throughout the camping area.
  • Accessibility: Some sites may be more accessible than others. Check specific site details when booking.

Camping Experience

Visitors to Woodside Upper Loop Campground can enjoy a more secluded experience, as this campground is often less busy than the Lower Loop. It's situated in a wooded area, providing shade and a serene setting for campers.

Activities and Recreation

Salt Point State Park offers various recreational activities such as:

  • Hiking: There are over 20 miles of hiking trails, connecting to the rugged coastline, pygmy forests, and tafoni sandstone formations.
  • Fishing: Anglers can try their luck at fishing along the rocky shorelines.
  • Diving: The park features a marine reserve where divers can explore kelp forests and marine life.
  • Wildlife viewing: Keep an eye out for local fauna such as deer, raccoons, birds, and maybe even a glimpse of whales off the coast.
  • Tide pooling: At low tide, the rocky shores reveal tide pools teeming with marine life.

Reservations and Fees

Campsites at Woodside Upper Loop can be reserved online through the California State Parks reservation system or by phone. It is often recommended to book well in advance, especially during peak seasons. There is a fee for overnight camping, and prices vary, so check the current rates when planning your trip.

Rules and Regulations

It's important to follow the park's rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone:

  • Check-In/Check-Out: Make sure to adhere to the check-in and check-out times.
  • Quiet Hours: Observe quiet hours, typically from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and store food properly to avoid attracting animals.
  • Fires: Follow any fire restrictions and use designated fire rings for campfires.
  • Pets: If allowed, pets must be kept on a leash and may not be permitted on trails or beaches.
  • Preservation: Leave natural features undisturbed and pack out all trash.


Woodside Upper Loop Campground in Salt Point State Park offers a rustic camping experience amid the scenic beauty of the Northern California coast. Whether you're looking to hike, fish, dive, or simply relax by the campfire, it's a destination that provides a variety of outdoor activities in a peaceful setting. Always remember to book ahead and familiarize yourself with the park's guidelines to make the most out of your camping adventure.

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