Sonoma County is paradise for RV travelers — and with good reason. In this part of the world, RV camping offers the same diverse beauty as the landscape itself.
“We love traveling around Sonoma County in our RV,” said Sacramento-based RV travel journalist Janet Wilson, who writes and photographs as a team with her husband, Stu. “There are so many beautiful spots along the coast and just about everywhere else where you can pull over for lunch, take a hike, or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. We love the fact that there are so many well-run campgrounds and parks.”
Since RVing allows travelers to take their lodging with them, visitors can chart their own course through the county’s myriad wonders. Want to explore Russian River wineries and get lost in a redwood forest? You’ll find RV parks nearby. Interested in meandering slowly up the county’s gorgeous 55-mile coastline? You’ll find plenty of spots to hook up your lodging for a night or two — or longer.
Bringing your accommodations with you, rather than nailing down reservations in advance, allows you to be spontaneous and fancy-free. You’ll be able to concoct the perfect lifestyle blend to match your vacation’s mood (“Let’s see: how about one-quarter winery visit, one-half outdoor adventure, one-eighth history museums and sites, a hot-air balloon ride, some shopping, a spa treatment …?).
You’ll always spend the night in style — your style. You won’t have to eat every single meal in a restaurant. And you’ll travel with all the comforts of home.
And if you’re not towing a smaller runabout, you can transport yourself by RV to the scene of many activities. The parking lots of many wineries can accommodate RVs, and most state and regional park lots can accommodate your RV while you’re off beachcombing, hiking, or gazing from a mountaintop.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning that RV getaway. To assist in your planning, here are a few popular RV parks and campgrounds in Sonoma County, arranged in alphabetical order.
This beautiful campground is situated near the Russian River in scenic Alexander Valley. It offers access for swimming, fishing, and bicycling and has a convenience store on-site. Pet friendly. 2411 Alexander Road, Healdsburg, 707-431-1453
On the Pacific Ocean in Bodega Bay, this RV-only campground offers on-site facilities including a restaurant, restrooms and showers, coin laundry, game arcade, and dump station. 2001 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3701
This nicely laid out campground is situated on the Russian River, near the Pacific Ocean. Campground activities include outdoor movies, beach bonfires, and hayrides. RVs and tents are welcome. Convenience store on-site. Pet friendly. 22855 Moscow Road, Duncans Mills, 800-451-8400
Nestled in the hills above Alexander Valley, this 60-acre resort offers wooded tent and RV sites. Nearby are wineries, canoeing, fishing, towering redwoods, and the gorgeous Pacific coast. The Golden Gate Bridge is only 80 miles away. 1166 Asti Ridge Road, Cloverdale, 707-894-3337
Just south of Bodega Bay, Doran is situated on a stunning two-mile stretch of beach (family- and pet-friendly). It’s open year-round for camping, with 112 reserved and 20 first-come campsites. Access for fishing, crabbing. Boat launch. Dump station, but no RV hookups. 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3540
This stunning campground rests along a one-quarter-mile stretch of the Russian River just before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. It’s surrounded by towering redwoods and sheltered from the coast, with warm coastal breezes and cool nights. Find first-class amenities and activities for families and people of all ages. Enjoy private campsites along the river with spectacular flora and abundant wildlife. 25387 Steelhead Drive, Duncans Mills, 888-422-6736
On the northern coast, south of the town of Gualala and on the banks of the Gualala River near its mouth, this campground offers 18 reserved campsites. Dump station, but no RV hookups. 42401 Coast Highway 1, Gualala, 707-785-2377
Situated on a beach on the Russian River near downtown Guerneville (see photo at right). The beach below the campground has a snack bar plus canoe and kayak rentals (seasonal). The resort has a game room, laundry and barbecue area. RVs and tent sites available. 16241 First Street, Guerneville, 707-869-2022
A popular recreational area in the wine country’s coastal foothills, Lake Sonoma offers more than 2,700 acres and 50 miles of shoreline with lots of hiking, swimming, boating and fishing. Drive-in campground is available for tents and RVs; no electrical or water hook-ups. Pet friendly. 3333 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville, 707-431-4533
A scenic campground situated on a sheltered cove, it offers oceanfront site on the bluff or secluded camps tucked in the trees; located near Stillwater Cove Regional Park and Salt Point State Park. There is a boat ramp at Ocean Cove and a store nearby. RVs and tent sites available. Great place to watch a sunset. Pet friendly. 23125 Coast Highway, Jenner, 707-847-3422
Offers 58 RV sites on 16 acres along Bodega Bay. This park is near a marina with numerous hiking and other outdoor opportunities. Well-behaved dogs allowed at no additional fee (must be under owner's control, leashed, cleaned up after at all times). Dog walk area. Sports fishing center on site that allows dogs on their boats. 1500 Bay Flat Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2354
More than 50 acres of campgrounds are on the property and only available during major event weekends at Sonoma Raceway. 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 800-870-7223
Located in the Russian River Valley, this RV and tent camp is on the river itself, near Korbel Champagne Cellars and Armstrong Woods. Pet friendly. 11820 River Road Forestville, 707-887-7662
Consistently rated one of the state’s top RV campgrounds, this park offers 312 sites on 70 rural acres. Guided tours of San Francisco are available May through October. Summer fun includes a recreation program, inflatable waterslide, pool (see picture at right) and spa, mega playground, karaoke, hayrides and live weekend entertainment. 20 Rainsville Road, Petaluma, 707-763-1492
This RV park puts you within walking distance of the famed Sonoma County Harvest Fair (the nation’s largest regional wine competition) and many other yearly festivals and events. You’ll also be near the fairground’s golf course, Jockey Club, an off-track horse race wagering parlor and restaurant. 1500 Aston Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-293-8410
This campground boasts a calm Pacific cove with boat self-launch, fishing, and diving. RV and tent camping is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Electrical hookups available. Showers, restrooms. 21350 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3278
On the north side of Bodega Bay and away from crowds, this campground has a beautiful setting with more than 45 trailer and camper sites available. Dump station, but no RV hookups. 2400 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3540
For even more options, check our listings of campgrounds in Sonoma County.
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez