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Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

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This remote state park is ideal for hiking.

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Usal Beach Campground - Great Place in Off-Season and Mid-Week

Usal Beach campground (Usal Camp on maps) is located at the southern end of the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park and the King Range National Conservation Area Directions From... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Don F

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13 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Usal Beach campground (Usal Camp on maps) is located at the southern end of the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park and the King Range National Conservation Area Directions From Fort Bragg turn left (north) off Highway 1 at milepost 90.88 onto Usal road (unmarked) two hundred yards past Cottoneva Creek Bridge. Do not confuse this with the West Fork of Cottoneva... More 

Thank Don F
Alamo, California
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Well, I went there this past April , on a tuesday, after reading the horror stories of all the youngster idiots that frequent the place on the weekends ! I was the only one there ... well except for 3 geese ! .... very nice and relaxing ! I only stayed for the day , cause I was staying at... More 

Thank SoberMike
Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for nothing but nature this is the right place. Its absolutely beautiful but be veeeery careful on those roads. Try not to bring a low to the ground car and make sure you have a full tank of gas.

Thank Julie T
San Anselmo, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

I have been coming here for years prior to our last visit in 2013. Every time had been quiet and serene. Ever since the State Parks budget cuts (right before our last trip) the un-policed campground has been overrun by local young punk/rednecks. Garbage and human waste everywhere...loud, amplified music all night long, gun-shots, off-road trucks driving literally everywhere, even... More 

3 Thank anonymousV6620ND
gardnerville, nv
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88 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

I drove out to the visitor center once a week while working in Redway for a few months. The last 3 unpaved miles take about 25 minutes in my AWD. You are in the woods until the very last when the canopy opens and here is a gorgeous sloping meadow to he ocean. The visitor center is rustic. There are... More 

2 Thank totineke
northern california
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

The road from the highway to the campground has recently been graded so it is passable with a passenger car, although I would not attempt the drive in the rain or shortly after it rained. The river is currently running at one to two feet deep prohibiting access to the beach except at low tide. The pit toilets are in... More 

1 Thank chiggers99
Bern, Switzerland
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88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 556 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

I have to agree with the previous reviewer, Usal Beach isn’t peaceful or pristine. We headed there one Saturday in November after a fellow guest at the ranch where we were staying inspired us with tales of elk rutting on the sand. While we weren’t expecting to see any elk we were hoping to spend a quiet day soaking up... More 

6 Thank wucie
El Cerrito, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

The Usal Beach end of the park gets five stars for beauty, one star for terrible management by California State Parks Dept (an inexcusable lack of management that leaves Usal Beach overrun by obscenely inconsiderate off road vehicle users who shoot guns, do donuts all over the place, and shoot fireworks well past midnight many nights of the week -... More 

10 Thank Jonathan G
Lakeport, CA
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Fourth annual Lost Coast trip for our Jeep group. We took Usal Rd from Hwy 1 to Shelter Cove, stopping at Usal Beach along the way. We spent the night in Shelter Cove, with most of the group camping at Wailaki Campground. We had planned to take King's Peak Road to Honeydew; however it was closed due to a wildfire... More 

1 Thank infineon2004
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

really fun, and cold trip. The road in is not to difficult to drive, just have to take it slow, I would not recommend a car going down there but it is possible . The campsites are good sized and manny have great views of the beach and ocean. There are no services so make sure you bring everything you... More 

2 Thank ulitimo

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