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Camping Guide California State Parks


From breathtaking waterfall views to tranquil forest hideaways, California’s beloved state parks system boasts over 14,000 campsites. Whether you prefer to sleep under the stars, get cozy in a cabin, or spend the night in a yurt, there’s a state park campsite for everyone.

  • How to make a reservation
  • Ideas on where to camp in northern, central, and southern California
  • Tips for camping
  • Camping checklist

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Not sure where to camp?

With so many things to do in the hundreds of state parks, it can be tough to choose which to visit!


We’ll help you get started!

After 50 years of caring for state parks, we’ve got the inside scoop.  Get our insider’s list of some of the best camping spots – with suggestions from all of us at California State Parks Foundation.




California State Map with Camping Locations by Region

Camping in California State Parks

Have you ever dreamed of camping on a beach in California? Have you always wanted to sleep among the towering redwoods? Check out Salt Point State Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park or San Onofre State Beach — just to name a few of the spots you’ll find in this great guide.

Find California state parks campgrounds near you! We have something for everyone!

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Make the most of California’s state parks!

From incredible underwater marine preserves to staggering giant redwoods, California’s state parks are arguably the nation’s most diverse collection. Our state park system includes 1.3 million acres of land, protects nearly a third of the coastline and maintains over 14,000 campsites and 4,500 miles of trails.


About California State Parks Foundation

California State Parks Foundation is an independent, member-supported nonprofit that protects and preserves the California state park system, for the benefit of all. We mobilize a diverse network of Californians to be active champions for our 280 state parks and beaches.

California State Parks Foundation is supported by generous contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, bequests, and other planned gifts.