The 4 Best Places For Camping In San Francisco

Imagine pitching your tent directly across from the Golden Gate Bridge. Here we present the best camping sites found in San Francisco and directly across either the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, or easily reachable by ferry. There's no need to travel to Yosemite National Park, these campgrounds will have you waking up to a morning chorus of breaking waves, fog horns, and birdsong.

From Rob Hill, San Francisco's only urban campground, you can see the lights of Golden Gate Bridge, hear the ocean waves, yet have dinner in the city just a short drive away. At Kirby Cove, just across the bridge, you can camp, roast marshmallows by the fire, and swing from the rope at a beach with stunning views of the bridge and the bay. Whatever campsite appeals to you, be warned, you must book well in advance, reservations go quickly!

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Kirby Cove

Kirby Cove

What to Expect
• coarse sand beach
• campfire rings
• food storage locker
• outdoor grills
• parking
• picnic area
• vault toilets

Tucked away in a grove of cypress, eucalyptus & pine trees, Kirby Cove is a secret hideaway location, a mere 8 miles away from downtown San Francisco.

At $25 a night, this is one of SF's best bargains. Each tent site can accommodate up to 10 people making it ideal for a group or family reunion. Best part? The campsites are wheelchair accessible. In fact, there are wheelbarrows provided in the parking lot to transport your supplies from your car to your site.

Make sure to hike down to the beach for stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The beach is easy to get to and is always impeccably clean. Make sure to take a turn on the beach rope swing! With just five tent sites, Kirby Cove is in high demand. Reservations are available up to three months in advance. Don't want to camp? No problem, you can get visit the cove for an impromptu picnic and day hike.

Kirby Cove allows stays of only three nights per season. The site is open seasonally from April 1 to November 30.

How to Get to Kirby Cove

From highway 101, take Alexander Ave exit. Turn left at the stop sign, then just before the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge take a right on Conzelman Road. The campground entrance is on the left on Conzelman Road. Important landmarks are three poles at the end of a gravel pull-out. Be warned. Kirby Cove road is not wide enough to accommodate RVs.

Rob Hill Campsite

Rob Hill Campsite

What to Expect
• fire pit
• freestanding BBQ grill
• picnic tables
• restrooms (no showers)
• parking
• picnic area
• vault toilets

Perched on the highest point of the Presidio, Rob Hill has the distinction of being San Francisco's only campground located in the city. Due to the Presidio's unique micro climate, be prepared for fog and cold weather. Bring plenty of warm clothes, sit by your roaring camp fire and watch the fog blow in off the bay and through the eucalyptus trees.

In 2010, Rob Hill received an overdue facelift, with upgraded group campsites — new restrooms, accessible pathways, and an education center. The modern amenities and location make it ideal for urban campers. Maximum stay of 3 nights. The site is open seasonally from April 1 to October 31.

There are two group campsites available, each site can accommodate up to 30 people. You must make a reservation well in advance and secure a permit.

Bicentennial Campground

Bicentennial Campground

What to Expect
• picnic tables
• open year round

Wake up to the sunrise and views over the Golden Gate Bridge with a cup of camp coffee! There's a lot of things to praise about at this picturesque campground — spectacular views of Golden Gate Bridge & Bonita Cove, picnic grounds, a short drive from the city but best of all, it's free!

There are just three sites, suitable for one tent each (with a max of three people), making it ideal for small groups. This campground boasts spectacular views of the bay, a picnic area, and it's close enough to the city to get to in less than 30 minutes.

Even though it's free, you must reserve your spot in advance, at least one month before your visit. No fires but camp stoves are acceptable. Maximum stay of 3 nights.

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Angel Island National Park

Angel Island National Park

What to Expect
• drinking water
• picnic tables
• fire ring/grill

Wake up to views of the San Francisco Bay & the city! How romantic is that?

The island, located between Alcatraz and Sausalito, is only reachable by ferry or private boat. Space is limited, with just 11 environmentally friendly campsites. But, you have to work to be rewarded, the camps are a couple of miles walk from the ferry dock. Of course, you can always book the kayak-only accessible site.

Although the camp sites are somewhat primitive, there are a number of services including a restaurant, convenience store and golf course nearby. Board the ferry from Pier 41, near Fisherman's Wharf, or from downtown Tiburon. Maximum stay of 3 nights, open year round.

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San Francisco RV Resort

Just 15 minutes south of the Golden Gate Bridge in Pacifica (off California Highway 1), the San Francisco RV Resort has paved sites, a club house, swimming pool and even a store to stock up on basics.

The location is superb, on a 60-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Pets are welcome. There's a BBQ area, picnic tables, laundry facilities. Tents & truck campers are not allowed. Open year round.

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