Local Camping: You can’t beat it. We have day camping, hike-in camping, car camping, cabin camping and group camping. What a great way to explore your neighborhood with minimal commitment, because you’re so close to home. Check out the amazing number of places.
State Parks in Marin www.marincounty.org
Camping in Marin www.parks.ca.gov
Kirby Cove Campground www.recreation.gov
Point Reyes National Seashore www.nps.gov
Angel Island State Park: I have only spent the day on this island in the bay and it is pretty spectacular. The beach is easy to walk to from the ferry and not much wake, so it is nice for little ones. We brought the whole gang over for a bike ride and picnic, listened to the park ranger discuss the prior use of the island and watched them fire the cannon. Even with proper preparation I was still caught off guard by how loud it was!
China Camp State Park: Super easy camping here. There is not much of a drive and there always seems to be space. We came one day with a big group and the kids all had bikes and wagons. The locals are aware of the local horror story that occurred in 1975. Bad Blood: A Family Murder in Marin County
Heart’s Desire Beach: Beautiful secluded beach. Its small and relatively quiet. Good for shell hunters.
Mount Tamalpais State Park: If you don’t want to hike to the top of Tam, you can drive and then take a short walk to the lookout tower. Great view, sometimes there is even snow!
Samuel P. Taylor State Park: Wonderful local car camping, in the redwoods. It’s tough to get reservations in the summer, so plan early. There is also a great group campsite. We stayed there once when the kids were small. Max, age two grabbed the fire ring. OUCH! Very short camping experience.
Steep Ravine Environmental Campground: This campsite overlooks the ocean and is right above Stinson Beach. There are some really cool cabins, which can be a good idea as it can get really foggy and windy. I had a tent pole break in the wind last time I camped there. Also beware of poison oak. We also used sticks we found to build a fire. Turns out they were poison oak. I guess it wasn’t the greatest experience after all.