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Campground in the redwoods at Butano State Park

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For many people the secluded Ben Ries Campground is the high point of a visit to Butano.

Butano State Park, California

August 27, 2015
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Huckleberry Campground at Big Basin

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Big Basin has a total of five campgrounds, with many sites in old growth redwood forest.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California

April 1, 2013
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Big Basin State Park

RV camping on the beach at Seacliff

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RV camping right on the beach one of the few places this is possible on the California coast

Seacliff State Beach, Aptos, California

January 31, 2013
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Seacliff and New Brighton Beaches

New Brighton campground on the clifftops

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The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) built this picnic ramada and other structures in the state parks along Monterey Bay

New Brighton State Beach near Capitola, California

January 31, 2013
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Seacliff and New Brighton Beaches

Campground on the bluffs at Sunset Beach

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Stabilized sand dunes hundreds of feet high back this stretch of Monterey Bay

Sunset State Beach, near Watsonville, California

January 31, 2013
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Sunset and Manresa State Beaches

Camping in redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur

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Restoration area in the redwood grove campground at Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park, California

January 7, 2006
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Campground along Limekiln Creek

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On the Limekiln Creek Bridge, Cone Peak rising a mile above

Limekiln State Park, California

January 9, 2006
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Limekiln Creek

Kirck Creek Campground on the Big Sur Coast

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Kirk Creek Campground, Los Padres National Forest, California

February 14, 2013
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Ponderosa Campground on the Nacimiento Road

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Ponderosa Camp is a pleasant opening in the dense forest and chaparral along the Nacimiento Road.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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Nacimiento Road

Plaskett Creek Campground next to Sand Dollar Beach

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An idyllic campground run by the forest service, on the broad coastal terrace across Highway 1 from Sand Dollar Beach. The grass here is kept green by fog drip from the pines and cypresses.

Plaskett Creek Campground, Los Padres National Forest, California

September 16, 2015
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Plaskett Point and Jade Cove

Camping on the ridgetop at San Simeon Creek

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The ridgetop Washburn Campground has a view of the Santa Lucia mountains, the Hearst Ranch rangelands, and the coast north to Point Piedras Blancas.

San Simeon State Park, north of Cambria, California

April 5, 2012
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Morro Bay State Park has a campground and a museum

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The Morro Bay State Park Museum

Morro Bay State Park, California

February 24, 2006
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Morro Bay State Park

The campground at Montana de Oro is a short walk from this beach

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Montana de Oro State Park, California

April 26, 2008
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Montaña de Oro State Park

The campground at Oceano is right behind the dunes

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Dunes behind the beach at Oceano

Oceano, California

June 10, 2010
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Oceano

The compact campground at Jalama is right on the beach

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Jalama Beach County Park offers coastal access, camping, and a small store

Jalama Beach County Park, California

June 10, 2010
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