Secluded camping under the redwoods and by a creek … now that’s a good pitch! Get to it at newly re-opened Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground, an absolute gem within Sonoma Coast State Park. This walk-in only, 21-site campground has hillside options and spots closer to the creek.
Campers seeking extra quiet space should hike in to campsite 13, the only one with a private pathway up the ridge. Creekside preference? Grab site 14 or cross the wooden bridge to sites 17–19.
Relax in the company of redwoods or head out for a 6-mile (round-trip) hike on Pomo Canyon Trail to Shell Beach on the coast. The trail starts near the parking lot and passes campsites 1–5. There are currently small water crossings over seasonal streams as you make your way up and through the forest, emerging to coastal grasslands. Soak in the marvelous views of the Russian River and the Pacific, then grab some beach time at Shell if tides are in your favor.
To access the campground from the south, turn right off Hwy. 1 onto Willow Creek Rd. Follow Willow Creek Rd. to the right, continue past the farmhouse (also on your right) and take the next right, which will end in a parking lot. The sites are first-come, first-served, and a fee of $25 (cash) is required for overnight camping, which is payable at the parking lot in the self-service station. Pit toilets are available as well as campfire rings. Water must be carried in. No dogs.