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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Salt Point State Park has breathtaking bluff trail hikes, mostly flat, that provide you with one beautiful cove or rock outcropping after another. The bluffs have round "tafoni" features in the rocks, very interesting. Just be safe and don't climb anywhere foolish. We also did a short hike in the Kruse Rhododendron Reserve, down into a gully with dense ferns and trees, lovely, no rhododendrons in bloom in late summer, pleasant, above average.

The Woodside campground provides a lot of sites with trees around them and also wide open sites for people who want to see where their children are. Because the campground is on hilly ground, there is a lot of variety in the size and configuration of the sites. You don't reserve a specific site, just choose between Gerstle Cove (exposed but with ocean views, often booked up) or Woodside sites (among the trees) and then drive around and check back in with the ranger or camp host when you have chosen one. We had Woodside site 91, which held our 14-foot-long tent just fine and provided trees on three sides. We noticed that site 95 had a pull-through driveway and could accommodate a very long RV trailer with slide-outs pulled by a very large pickup.

The campsites provide picnic tables, fire ring, nearby water spigots and trash bins, restroom and hand sink (they clean these every day). There is no dishwashing in bathroom sinks and there are no showers. There may be some local parks or private campgrounds with showers 5 or 10 miles away but we didn't feel like hassling it...brought a solar shower...meh.

Regarding critters, because there are no bears, they do not provide a bear locker. Thus, you need to watch your food or keep your food in the car lest raccoons open your coolers and boxes. There are a ton of birds, many different sorts, and they will likely wake you up. Some lovely quail families strutted by like a Bambi film and one type of woodpecker is a lovely shade of brown with white. We saw a fleeting bobcat on the edge of our campsite one night (they don't hang around humans) and we heard a wild boar rooting around in the bush at bedtime one night. The only truly obnoxious animals we saw were the ravens which are very loud and annoying in the morning time.

There is no cell signal in the park or pretty much anywhere near it. Oddly, we found that we got a signal on the edge of the bluffs from time to time.

This park was on the closure list back when California had some financial issues during the recession because it is not heavily visited. There are lots of campsites to choose from and lots of room, which makes it a great place to visit if you don't mind the curvy drive up from Bodega Bay. However, you can tell they have budget issues...ranger leaves at 3pm, ranger talk only on Saturdays in summers, etc.

Salt Point is also very close to Fort Ross, which is the furthest south the Russians settled in North America before retreating. Very interesting history with a couple of original structures and others recreated and also has lovely ocean views. There is an historic Russian Orthodox cemetery next to it.

We took a day trip to Guerneville, driving along the Russian River on Hwy 116. There are a number of places and ways to rent kayaks for the day in the region, whether on the river or on the ocean.

We had a very nice, peaceful and restful stay at Salt Point State Park

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank whenyoudream
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

This was my favorite park from our trip. All kinds of beauties of the sea the day we went. Wear sturdy sneakers or boots to get up / down the big boulders to get up close with the ocean. It was windy and chilly but the sun made it all right!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank melwine1995
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Reviewed June 28, 2018

Walk out to the fence at the top of the bluff, and beyond! We saw Sea Lions basking on the rocks, and wandered for over an hour just listening to the ocean. Be sure to check your clothes and limbs and dog for bugs... we found a couple of ticks (but no bites).

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank HedgehogsOnTheWing
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

The Fisk Mill Cove trails are overgrown and should be avoided IMHO, but between Gerstle Cove and Stump Beach are well-maintained and spectacular. Especially during the spring wildflower season.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ronks
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

We camped here for a weekend and found it to be full of things to do - great hike to the beach from the campground - we stayed at Woodside. Rock formations and tide pooling a must! I would HIGHLY recommend the visitors center - they are a wealth of information and guidance and have some interesting things in their cute abode! Also did the rhododendron forest - another great hike!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Kim H
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