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We are needing a clean/safe area near San Francisco to camp.  We are wanting to drop the [email protected] off & head into San Francisco for the day.  I saw a couple of decent places in Bodega Bay but was wondering if there was anything more convenient.  We are planning to head towards Yosemite.  I know the fires have affected lots of the areas.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated. 

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  • MarcelineMarceline Posts: 252Member
    It's about an hour from the campground at Olema to SF. There is also plenty to explore at Pt Reyes. 
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  • DurangoTaBDurangoTaB Posts: 713Member
    We were supposed to fly into SFO around 10/5, meet my brother in Bodega Bay (which is normally beautiful), then drive up the coast to meet friends who retired near Newport, OR.  The original plan was to take the [email protected], but it’s a LONG drive to get there.  We know 2 families who’ve lost their houses in Santa Rosa...if it isn’t obvious, I’d stay away from that area for quite a while (roads blocked, limited services, smoke, fires still being fought, etc).

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  • pthomas745pthomas745 Posts: 457Member
    Cal Fire has the latest on road closures and active fire efforts.

    http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents


  • TorzanneTorzanne Posts: 30Member
    There's a KOA in Petaluma that would be closer than Bodega Bay but it might be full with people who had to evacuate the fires or lost homes. 
  • TammaraTammara Posts: 34Member
    edited October 2017
    There have been a large number of people who have gone to surrounding campgrounds (Bodega, Olema, coastal areas north of SF) to escape the fires and smoke.  Most of the mandatory evacuations have been lifted, so people are returning to their homes in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, etc.  I would recommend going south of San Francisco. I would recommend Big Basin near Santa Cruz. Close to the coast, redwoods, and not a bad drive to SF proper. Do avoid the commute times--they are killer.  Between Santa Cruz and SF is Half Moon Bay.  I have not stayed there overnight, but have friends who have. Also a nice area.

    Oh, and East Bay... Mount Diablo State Park. Several campgrounds at different elevations. Lots of hiking and great views. About an 45 min to hour drive into SF. Or go to Walnut Creek BART station and take BART in.  (There are also some nice regional parks. Not sure how they are for camping; we lived in the area so were there on day trips.)

    Link to East Bay Regional Parks campgrounds http://www.ebparks.org/activities/camping/family 
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  • DalehelmanDalehelman Posts: 1,529Member
    Check out Candlestick RV park a little expensive but it is San Francisco.
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  • SGH0004SGH0004 Posts: 57Member
    We ended up staying in  Bodega Bay. I was actually surprised how well traffic flowed through Santa Rosa area. It was definitely devastating in areas but it was only spotty. The detour signs on Hwy 1 have been covered. Now needing a recommendation between SF and Yosemite 
  • ChrisandAlexisChrisandAlexis Posts: 90Member
    @SGH0004, you might want to check out if Groveland on Hiway 120 has any camping. I have only stopped to get gas in town and driven through so I do not have any recommendations for camping. If I remember right it is the last town before getting to the entrance to Yosemite.

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  • MarcelineMarceline Posts: 252Member
    SGH0004 said:
    We ended up staying in  Bodega Bay. I was actually surprised how well traffic flowed through Santa Rosa area. It was definitely devastating in areas but it was only spotty. The detour signs on Hwy 1 have been covered. Now needing a recommendation between SF and Yosemite 
    It's only about 3.5hrs from SF to Yosemite. Why not drive straight through? 

    Tom Stienstra’s book gives decent (7) ratings to the campgrounds at Melones Reservoir and Lake Tulloch but I can’t personally vouch for them. 
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  • MarcelineMarceline Posts: 252Member
    edited October 2017

    We were supposed to fly into SFO around 10/5, meet my brother in Bodega Bay (which is normally beautiful), then drive up the coast to meet friends who retired near Newport, OR.  The original plan was to take the [email protected], but it’s a LONG drive to get there.  We know 2 families who’ve lost their houses in Santa Rosa...if it isn’t obvious, I’d stay away from that area for quite a while (roads blocked, limited services, smoke, fires still being fought, etc).
    The impacted area is relatively confined. The fires are not a reason to cancel a trip to NoCal unless you were coming to visit specific wineries that are now closed. They are certainly not a reason to cancel a trip up or down the coast. 
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  • LibrarydragonLibrarydragon Posts: 99Member
    We have a fire in Boulder Creek right now. No threat to Big Basin, but the smoke here is bad!
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  • MarcelineMarceline Posts: 252Member
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  • VernaVerna Posts: 4,639Administrator
    Thanks, @Marceline, for the news report. I have a favorite wine, Gnarly Head from Lodi or Manteca, CA and I sure hope to be able to find their wines.  It’s great to see the wineries, and other local businesses are recovering. Of course, I wish that for all businesses who have been hurt the recent natural disasters throughout our great country. 
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  • TammaraTammara Posts: 34Member
    Verna said:
     I have a favorite wine, Gnarly Head from Lodi or Manteca, CA and I sure hope to be able to find their wines. 
    Good news. Gnarly Head (in Lodi) is in the Sacramento Valley and about a 100 miles from the fires. (I like their pinot grigio).
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  • SGH0004SGH0004 Posts: 57Member
    We ended up staying in Samuel P Taylor State park.  Actually a pretty nice campground.  They were remodeling the restrooms next to our spot but other than that was great.  Approx 45 minute drive to San Francisco from there. 
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