Northern California Beach Camping
and Bonfires

by Annitta
(Sacramento/Elk Grove, CA)

California Beach Bonfire<br><small>Photo courtesy of Mike Fernwood | Flickr.com</small>

California Beach Bonfire
Photo courtesy of Mike Fernwood | Flickr.com

California Beach Bonfire<br><small>Photo courtesy of Mike Fernwood | Flickr.com</small> View from a campsite at Wright's Beach<br><small>Photo courtesy of Bobbi Mercouri | Flickr.com</small> Beach at Coast Camp, Point Reyes National Seashore<br><small>Photo courtesy of Mateo Williford | Flickr.com</small>

Question: Are there any beaches close to Sacramento where you can camp overnight and have bonfires?


Answer: There are two places close to Sacramento that offer both camping and beach bonfires.

In the Bay Area, Point Reyes National Seashore is wild and beautiful, with some of the most scenic beaches on the coast. Point Reyes camping is not accessible by car, but Coast Camp is an easy 1.8 mile hike. The camp isn't right on the beach, but is only a few hundred yards away. You'll need a permit for a beach fire, and you're allowed to collect a "reasonable" amount of driftwood for your fire. Point Reyes is about 101 miles from Sacramento.

If car camping is more your style, Wright's Beach in Sonoma Coast State Park offers camping right on the beach, and the campsites all have fire rings. Both RV and tent camping sites are available. Wright's Beach is about 117 miles from Sacramento.

If you should ever want to venture a bit farther, check out Clam Beach County Park in Humboldt County. There's camping right on the beach and beach fires are allowed, which is the case with most parks operated by Humboldt County. However, at about 307 miles, this beach is a considerable distance from Sacramento.

Joan


Photo credits:
California Beach Bonfire
View from a campsite at Wright's Beach
Beach at Coast Camp, Point Reyes National Seashore

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