BONUS HIKES: Spend the day strolling through Bluff Top Coastal Park and along the Bluff Top Trail, heading south on a 0.75-mile multi-use path that connects the campground to dog-friendly Poplar Beach, with views of the towering Mavericks surf to the north. For some of the best bird watching in the county, continue south from Poplar onto the Bird Trail at Wavecrest—a 0.33-mile extension through the most important site on the San Mateo Coast for wintering raptors, along with white-tailed kites, purple finches, barn owls, and Savannah sparrows. Watch your head: Blue herons and red-tailed hawks are known to swoop down onto fences and benches!
The campground is located at the end of Kelly Ave. off Hwy. 1 in Half Moon Bay. Tent sites can be reserved and start at $35/night. Hike- and bike-in camping is $7, however you cannot park in lot for the campground. Day parking is also available for $10 at any of the beach trailheads. Francis Beach Campground and trails are dog-friendly, but no dogs allowed on beaches, with the exception of Poplar Beach, which is dog-friendly!