Woodside Campground Review Summary
Woodside Campground is located just inland from from the nearby Gerstle Cove Marine Sanctuary in Salt Point State Park, is a large, pine tree shaded campground with 79 campsites. While many of the campsites in Woodside Campground are pretty private as it is, there are 20 walk-in campsites within the campground that can offer some additional privacy. Woodside Campground is crisscrossed with multiple hiking trails leading across Salt Point State Park and down to the beaches and cliffs overlooking the sea. Each campsite in Woodside Campground includes a picnic table, fire ring, food locker, and access to bathrooms.
Woodside Campground is only open through September 3rd in 2012 and will reopen at the end of June in 2013. Like Gerstle Cove Campground, even with reservations you select your campsite only upon arrival to the campground. 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.
Woodside Campground Bottom Line
Woodside Campground is a nice place to stop for the night while on a trip up the Northern California coast, however if you want scenic coastal views from your campsite you will not find them at this campground. The nearby Gerstle Cove Campground is a better alternative for scenic Coastal views. However, Woodside Campground is a good family camping destination due to the size of the campsites, the many hiking opportunities, and access to the nearby Gerstle Cove Marine Sanctuary.
Woodside Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||79 (20 Walk-in campsites)|
|Dogs Allowed:||Yes at standard campsites, dogs not allowed at walk-in campsites|
|Beach/Lake Access:||Yes, via 1 mile trail hike|
|RV/Trailer Length:||31 Feet Maximum Vehicle Length|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||June – September (typically)|
|Other:||Firewood is available for purchase at the campground host|
|Address:||25050 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.569299, -123.320729|
|Nearest City:||Jenner, California|
|Location:||Sonoma Coast – Sonoma County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Approximately 10 Miles|
|Directions:||The campground is 20 miles north of Jenner on the east side of 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
Mid -Summer – Woodside Campground season is limited to summer and campsites are usually available throughout the operating season.
Monday 10/20 10%
High 62° / Low 45°
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the mid 40s.
Tuesday 10/21 0%
High 64° / Low 49°
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 64F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday 10/22 10%
High 65° / Low 53°
Partly to mostly cloudy. High around 65F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 10/23 80%
High 63° / Low 52°
A steady rain early...then remaining cloudy with a few showers. High 63F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
Friday 10/24 60%
High 65° / Low 51°
Chance of Rain
Overcast with rain showers at times. High near 65F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday 10/25 40%
High 62° / Low 46°
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 62F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Just west of the Woodside 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.
Woodside Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson