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Perched 163 miles away from San Francisco, Mendocino County is a picturesque wonder that holds some of Northern California’s breathtaking natural scenery. While the three-hour drive from San Francisco through the rugged coastline and past crashing waves can simply be described as phenomenal, nothing quite prepares you for the immense beauty and charm of Mendocino’s gem, the Russian Gulch State Park. To make your getaway even more unforgettable, search for an RV in Mendocino and uncover the hidden secrets of Northern California one campground at a time.

Tucked by the side of Highway 1 just north of Mendocino village and about seven miles away from Fort Bragg, the Russian Gulch State Park is a sight to behold. Enhanced by a collection of vibrant wildflowers, the park features more than 7600 feet of marvelous ocean shores and a waterfall so impressive that your mind will be blown. Sure the region is well known for its incredible array of hiking trails, but Russian Gulch will cure your wanderlust in a captivating way. The fact that the park is sandwiched in between the extensive Jackson State Forest and the Pacific coast defines it as a hotspot for ardent adventurers. What are you waiting for? Get yourself an RV rental in Mendocino and prepare for a fun time RV camping at Russian Gulch State Park.

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Getting Outdoors

When it comes to the sheer number of activities to keep you engaged during your vacation at Russian Gulch State Park, just know that you’ll not be having any dull moments. Boasting of a massive 15 miles of hiking trails meandering through the deep woods and the open sandy beach, the diverse terrain suits all kinds of people and moods. What sets the park apart from all other hiking destinations in the area has to be the majestic 36-foot waterfall that is hidden midway along the main loop trail. Despite having some pretty steep ascents, the two-mile trail leading to the falls is manageable by most hikers as it is well graded. Remember to leave your Mendocino camper rental with your camera as the small bridge located along the base of the waterfall provides some decent photo opportunities.

While hiking, don’t forget to pass by the Devil’s Punch Bowl which is situated along the Fern Canyon Trail. Carved out over a long time by the rough sea, the notorious sinkhole is one of the park’s best highlights. If you’re up for a picnic, the nearby picnic tables that overlook the Panhorst Bridge will work just fine. Locals and visitors as well identify the park as an awesome wild berry picking area, so leave some space on your backpack for some blackberries, huckleberries, and even salmonberries. Every so often you’ll spot a hiker with a pair of binoculars, and that is because the park offers amazing bird watching opportunities, especially during the migration seasons.

With nearly a mile and a half of beachside and a river that makes its way across the park, Russian Gulch State Park is a haven for the water sports enthusiasts. While the more extreme guys will go for windsurfing and scuba diving, more laidback adventurers can opt for a nice time beachcombing, exploring the tide pools, or even rock fishing. A beach wheelchair is available for use free of charge, but you’ll have to call for a reservation at least a week in advance. Since it doesn’t fold up, ensure you’ve got some space in your RV rental.

Camping at Russian Gulch State Park

So you’re planning to do some RV camping at Russian Gulch State Park? Rest assured that everything will go to plan. The 26 ample pull-thru sites are child-friendly, and you’ll not have to leave your furry friends behind as pets are allowed.

The campground also features barbeque grills, fire rings, and firewood is available. Campers also get access to drinking water and clean washrooms, not to mention food storage lockers. Because of its amazing features, the campground is often full, especially during the summer, thus it is strongly advisable to make a reservation. To be safe, you’re able to book even six months in advance.

Exploring the Area

Before leaving the park, you’ll want to have toured the nearby attractions since they’re just as exciting as the park itself. Have the ultimate family experience at the B. Bryan Preserve at Point Arena. Dedicated to preserving zebras, Greater Kudo, and even Gazelles, this is as close as the Serengeti you’ll get in California.

As you camp in an RV in Mendocino, take the opportunity to visit the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage. If you pop up during the right time of the day, you’ll even get to watch the monks doing their chanting rituals.

Last but not least, you shouldn’t leave the area before checking out the Point Arena Lighthouse. I45 steps up an old spiral stairway take you to a platform offering a stunning 360-degree view which is best enjoyed during a sunny day.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Russian Gulch Trail, CARussian Gulch State Park, CA
  • Jackson Demonstration Forest (Double Loop), CAMendocino, CA
  • Waterfall Loop Trail, CARussian Gulch State Park, CA
  • Big River Trail, CAMendocino, CA
  • Mendocino Headlands Trail, CAMendocino Headlands State Park, CA
  • Mendocino Cliffs Trail, CAMendocino Headlands State Park, CA
  • Mendocino Bay Viewpoint Trail, CAMendocino, CA
  • Caspar Headlands Loop Trail, CARussian Gulch State Park, CA
  • Manly Gulch Trail, CAMendocino, CA
  • The Ecological Staircase, CAFort Bragg, CA

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