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“Scenic Drive”

Salt Point State Park
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Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Jenner
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Owner description: Six miles along the Sonoma Coast, this recreational park includes hiking and horseback trails, plus an underwater reserve for divers.
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Traveling north on highway 1 from Jenner to Stewarts Point has beautiful scenery. When you pull out of the woods at Jenner, you're suddenly faced with the Ocean. Then all the way up the coast there's cliffs and crashing wave and large rocks protruding off shore. The road twists and turns and provides plenty of thrills besides the ocean.
We drove home on the road that reaches from Stewarts Point east to Healdsburg - that's a trip itself. It twists and turns, is sometimes single laned, goes through woods, hills, farms... but no towns. It's an adventure, it's beautiful, but not to be hurried.

Thank larhee
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

A lovely place to dive, and the campground is very accommodating for divers It's a bit of a drive from Santa Rosa, but is a lovely scenic drive.

Thank Mondra R
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Remember the movie The Goonies? Remember the scene where the pirate ship comes out of the cave and enters the ocean? That's the view that this state park overlooks. It's a very similar view to what you would see on the coast of the upper Northwest, where The Goonies was filmed. And, this view is absolutely amazing! It's absolutely worth the windy trip up (or down depending on where you're starting) Route 1.

If you're in the Bay area and looking for something a little different to do, head to Salt Point for the day. It will take you about an hour and a half to get there. We packed a picnic, waded through the tall grasses, and enjoyed watching the waves, birds, and other state park-goers. And, we stopped at a chili festival we found on the way home. It was a nice afternoon!

Thank Condolla
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We spent over an hour taking in the views as the waves crashed spectacularly against magnificent rock formations. We saw seals, pelicans and ospreys. We walked a small trail and if we had the time we'd have stayed much longer. It would have been a great place for a picnic. Only half the toilets were available as the others were closed to save money. This might be problematic when there were more visitors. Again we highly recommend a stop here.

2  Thank ilovetouring
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

Our family stayed at the Gerstle Cove Campground at Salt Point State Park on July 2nd & 3rd, 2010, as part of our Oregon/California coast road trip. We had pre-reserved a site online and when we checked in, we were greeted by a friendly female park ranger who told us to drive around and come back with our site of preference. We decided upon Site # 24 - it was further back from the sea than the other campsites, but there were a lot of trees, the space was large, and it offered some privacy.

After setting up our tent, we strolled over to check out the nearest restroom - about a 2 minute walk away. We were disappointed in the public unisex restrooms though - the toilets were old and rusty on the inside, there were a lot of spiders, and there was no soap provided. There were also no showers provided either, so that is what we liked the least about this place - the restrooms leaved something to be desired.

Firewood was available for $5.00 per bundle for about 6 pieces of wood, and a package of kindling was available for $1.00. We purchased the firewood from another campsite, where a long-term camper was staying and selling the wood.

We only had to walk a few feet west from our campsite to see the ocean meet the sky in the distance, so that was very beautiful! Also, just as it got dark, we were very surprised by a brave raccoon, who walked by us with no fear, so we made sure we locked away all of our items.

What we liked best about this place were the absolutely spectacular views! The sky was so blue and so was the ocean.

The campground was also a few minutes drive to Stump Beach, a lovely sandy and rocky beach with a crashing surf. There was a shallow freshwater stream that was warm to wade in, but the ocean itself was too cold, there was too much seaweed, and there was too much of a strong current for it to be safe to swim in.

Be sure to bring your camera because you simply cannot take enough pictures of this beautiful place! The morning that we left, we drove further down the road from the ranger station to South Gerstle Cove to check out the tidal pools. Make sure that you know when the tide is out, in order to fully enjoy the tidal pools. The view was stunning and we took lots of pictures of the waves crashing into the rocks. We saw a few cute tiny lizards on the sidewalk as we headed towards the tidal pools, but those things moved like lightning and they were never still long enough for us to take a picture of them. We didn't actually observe any marine life in the tidal pools though, as it was too rocky and steep for us to do much climbing. Make sure you bring some good climbing shoes if you want to have a look around.

We also encountered a friendly male park ranger, who was putting back some clams that he had confiscated from somebody who had been fishing them illegally. It was interesting to hear from him that California coastal clams are actually poisonous to consume during certain months of the year.

We would recommend this campground for a night or two at the most, due to the lack of showers and good restroom facilities. But you will fill up your camera with all the pictures you will take!

6  Thank PickleInHerHair
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