Fort Bragg is located in northern California, just 10 miles from Mendocino. It’s become a popular area full of campsites for every personality and budget.
Here, we’re talking about ten of our favorite Fort Bragg camping sites to help you narrow down your search. But with plenty to choose from beyond this list, we know you’ll have a great trip no matter what spot you decide to pitch your tent.
About Fort Bragg
Fort Bragg used to operate as a lumber town and its industrial past gives the area a lot of its charm. For example, the old railway trestle is now a beachside boardwalk and what used to be the company store is now a small collection of shops and restaurants.
Previously unknown to outsiders, Fort Bragg is quickly becoming a travel destination, especially for the outdoorsy type who loves to camp.
The famous Glass Beach isn’t far from any of these Fort Bragg camping grounds and MacKerricher State Park is just three miles north. Plus, with the Pacific coast not far away, you might see some friendly harbor seals and tiny crabs.
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There’s the perfect camping spot here for you whether you love coastal tent camping or driving your RV to a redwood forest.
With plenty to do in town, from riding the historic long-haul train called the Skunk Train that takes you all the way from Fort Bragg to a town called Willets to going whale watching at Pomo Bluffs Park, couples, families, and solo travelers can have an incredible time camping at Fort Bragg.
Best Fort Bragg Camping Grounds
From environmental campsites that require you to hike there and spend the night totally off the grid to RV parks that allow you to keep you cable TVs and wifi running, there’s something for every kind of camper in the Fort Bragg area.
Here’s our quick list of the 10 best Fort Bragg camping grounds we could find to help you plan your next visit to the northern California coast.
Little Jackass Creek Camp
Don’t let the name deter you because this first come, first served Fort Bragg camping site has lots of attractions. With the creek only a few steps away, it’s the perfect resting spot of adventurous backpackers or couples who enjoy the quiet. It is relatively isolated but sometimes, you really just want to get away.
Tents and vans are welcome as are campfires, but there are only eight sites on the grounds so you might want a backup plan in case things fill up. It should also be known that Little Jackass Creek Camp is a hike-in site. Toilets and picnic tables are available and pets are allowed.
Howard Creek Campgrounds
This is another first come, first served Fort Bragg camping ground and you’ll want to stay here for the scenery. It may not be the total package in terms of the amenities provided. But for a shorter stay and for that picture-perfect view you’ll wake up to, it’s worth stopping by.
Howard Creek Campgrounds has 85 sites allowing eight guests per site. Vans, trailers, and RVs are allowed but from there, you’re mostly on your own.
Nestled next to steep, gorgeous bluffs overlooking the Eel River, Hickey Campground has a picnic table, campfire center, summer programs, and other conveniences.
It features 155 sites and has toilets and portable water available. Pets and campfires are allowed and it’s the perfect Fort Bragg campground to bring either a tent, RVs, trailers, or vans. But, if you’re staying in a tent, you may want to steer clear of the sites next to the highway.
Hidden Pines RV Resort and Campground
This Fort Bragg camping ground has huge sites and ocean views. With full and partial hookups available, it’s a remote yet comfortable getaway. All sites include a fire ring and picnic table and the grounds have flushing toilets, hot showers, wetsuit and fish cleaning stations, free cable and wifi, and even an indoor pool.
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Hidden Pines RV Resort and Campground has more than you probably need from a campground but it makes for a convenient vacation deep in nature with some of the luxuries of city life.
Sportsman RV Park
Located in the stunning Noyo Harbor, Sportsman RV Park includes free parking and shuttle bus service, wifi, and pets are allowed. The park also has a bar and restaurant on-site and the beach is always only a few steps away.
Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay while spending your days kayaking, abalone diving, fishing, and swimming along the Mendocino Coast.
Harbor RV Park
Harbor RV Park makes our list because it’s essentially what you would expect from a campground – and sometimes, just giving you what you want, nothing more and nothing less, is the best one could ask for.
Pets are allowed and you’ll be comfortable near the water. The area has tons of nearby restaurants including Silver’s on the Wharf and Django’s and you’re never too far from Noyo Beach.
Needle Rock Camp
If you’re looking for more incredible views, then Needle Rock Camp is a prime spot. With amazing views of both Needle Rock and Double Rock that jut out of the ocean, this Fort Bragg camping ground is convenient while also making you feel in touch with nature.
Located at the northern part of the Sinkyone, there’s lots to do from fishing to horseback riding. The sites come with picnic tables and toilets and campfires and pets are allowed. Bring your tents or vans to this hike-in site and enjoy on a first come, first served basis.
Woodside RV Park and Campground
Another great Fort Bragg camping area is Woodside RV Park and Campground. With 68 campsites up for grabs, visitors are welcome to use various amenities including restrooms, fire pits, laundry facilities, wifi, showers, trash service, a general store, and a playground.
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There’s lots to do in the area, too. Check out MacKerricher State Park, Mendocino Coastal Botanical Gardens, Guest House Museum, Sea Glass Museum, Triangle Tattoo and Museum, and the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.
Westport Beach RV Park and Campground
If you’re looking to camp directly on the beach near Fort Bragg than the Westport Beach RV Park and Campground is for you. With wifi and a general store, there are big rig hookups available and pets are welcome.
You’ll be able to ride bikes, go scuba diving, fish, surf, play volleyball, and check out the local wildlife. Let the ocean soothe you to sleep, enjoy the fresh, salty air each every morning, and watch the spectacular sunsets over the water. It’s a dream California camping ground.
Pomo RV Park and Campground
To round out our top ten we have Pomo RV Park and Campground. Situated on 17 wooded acres, these large sites are secluded and perfect for when you just need a retreat in nature. With cable TV, fire rings, picnic tables, wifi, and more – it’s one of the best Fort Bragg camping areas.
Visitors note that Pomo brings it back to basics and allows you to unplug in a way that some of the newer campgrounds make difficult. So, if you’re looking for a true camping experience (but without totally going off the grid), Pomo could be a great option.
Have you been to any of these campgrounds? What has been your favorite site and why? Do you like to unplug or do you prefer more luxurious amenities even while camping?