Make Concord your home base for the best outdoor adventure and camping spots in nearby NorCal!
Right in our Backyard
Concord is a great home-base for exploring NorCal. Not only do we have great camping right in our backyard, a quick trip can take you to some incredible spots and provide a much-needed escape. There is really nothing better than getting out in nature, breathing fresh air, and roasting s’mores over the campfire!
Mount Diablo State Park is probably the favorite local destination to enjoy a camping without traveling too far. The campsites are dog-friendly and have plenty of different trails for hiking, biking and horse riding. For a special treat, head to the summit for a breathtaking view that, on a clear day, can span nearly 200 miles. With so much to see and do, Mt. Diablo is always the ideal spot to explore your own backyard.
Close By Camping
Nestled across the bay in the Marin Headlands, the campsites at Kirby Cove at Golden Gate National Recreation Area are a bit of a secret spot for those looking to get away from San Francisco without traveling too far out. Kirby Cove offers incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, but with just five overnight campsites reservations do need to be made in advance. Day-use passes can be reserved and the beach and trails are open to the public for walking and picnicking. The steep, mile-long hike down to the cove is a bit of a trek, but the view is well worth the extra effort.
Located about an hour and twenty minutes away in Half Moon Bay, you’ll find the Francis Bay Campground where you can enjoy whale watching, fishing and surfing. The campground features 52 beachfront campsites with amazing ocean views and leashed pets are welcome. Advance reservations are recommended as spots do fill up quickly.
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Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland is a mere 30-minute drive away and offers variety of different options including family, group and equestrian campsites, as well as backpacking and hiking trails for all ability levels. Wildlife abounds at Chabot Park so keep an eye our for the gopher snakes, rattlesnakes, bobcats and wild pigs you may encounter along the trails. Check website for reopening date announcement.
With it’s incredible views of the city, Angel Island in San Francisco is a great, unexpected place to camp out. The longtime military base is now a state park where visitors can enjoy boating, biking, and hiking and with a variety of campsites for families and groups. Check website for reopening date announcement.