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Camping near San Francisco (without car)

I'll be in San Francisco in April and looking to plan a weekend camping trip in the area, but we don't have a car. Any cool places to go using public transportation? Thanks! 

4 Answers

answered first by
John from Glencoe, Illinois

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  1. Angel Island (attraction)
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answered by
Erick from Sonoma County

Check out Muir Woods, amazing camping grounds and great nature. 

They have season bus shuttles there.

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  1. Muir Woods (attraction)
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answered by
Fritzi from San Francisco is the online transit planning site for SF. You input your location, where you want to go and the site provides alternate routes. 

I believe you can camp north of SF in Point Reyes Station, or south of SF in Pescadero. I know Pescadero better and have camped at Butano State Park and Memorial Park. Both are beautiful Redwood Forest parks. 

You will need to do the research to find out if they are served by public transit. Using Uber to reach these locations would be expensive, as they are somewhat remote. Also you need to book the campsite in advance via the state parks site, as camping is popular and sites book up in advance. 

I don't know if there are campsites closer to SF or even within the city. You are allowed to picnic at night and have bonfires at Ocean Beach, but I don't think camping is legal. 

Good luck with your trip.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Point Reyes Station (attraction)
  2. Pescadero (attraction)
  3. Butano State Park (attraction)
  4. Ocean Beach (attraction)
  5. Memorial Park (attraction)
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answered by
Dee from California

Be prepared that we're in for a wet April.

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