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Emma Wood State Beach

Hwy 1, North of Ventura, Ventura, CA
+1 805-968-1033
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Great views

But no other facilities. Go up to Feria Beach for food, toilets, showers hookups etc. enjoy your... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Barbara K
Ventura, California
Not as it was

A recent trip to CA and old haunts was very disappointing, this was one of them, crowded, hard to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Fred V
Caldwell, Idaho
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“fire pit” (5 reviews)
“nice sand” (2 reviews)
Hwy 1, North of Ventura, Ventura, CA
+1 805-968-1033
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

But no other facilities. Go up to Feria Beach for food, toilets, showers hookups etc. enjoy your stay.

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A recent trip to CA and old haunts was very disappointing, this was one of them, crowded, hard to find parking, some areas fenced off, more rocks now and less sand, hard to get to the beach, not as pretty and sedate as it was...More

Thank Fred V
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We stayed here after flooding forced evacuation from another location but were very disappointed in the facility. Typical of many State parks, there were no services (power, water, sewer) but the paved part of the site was not very long and therefore was very difficult...More

Thank DnD1031
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I must say that even though this is a dry camp, this was by far one of if not our favorite campsite because of it's location. Yes, you do have to be self contained, but who cares when you have a view like this. There...More

2  Thank Rich B
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The group campsites are a great place for a large group to take advantage of the beach and beachtown. The sites are spacious with water taps throughout. You can easily walk under the train track to the rock bottom beach where kite surfing and other...More

Thank Wendyseestheworld
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We biked from our hotel on a fantastic beach bike path and stopped here to play in the sand. This was the perfect spot to bring a toddler as (being a weekday) was not busy at all and we could watch him enjoying himself in...More

Thank shawn h
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Emma Wood State Beach The location is nice, although mostly dirt so when the wind blows, get ready to get coated with dirt! The beach at the first 10 sites has some nice sand and the rest of the spots in the campground is covered...More

3  Thank Chuck B
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We love camping right on the water! But our vacation was ruined by a thief in the night! He came prepared to cut the lock on our generator, so if you have anything you want to keep, lock it up tight inside your rig!!!!!

Thank 2CAtravelers4ever
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Easy access to the designated beach... IF you are in the first 10 ish spots. Otherwise, there are boulders over most of the beach area. Parking is mostly back in. Some parallel. Parking on the walls can get wet at hi tide.

1  Thank Seghi
Reviewed 16 July 2016

We spent an hour and half walking on this trail and on the beach. It was morning and not too crowded. Beautiful scenery. We got out parking pass up at the north entrance and then drove back and parked at the south parking group camping...More

Thank teachertraveler28
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is space 48 a good site? Or is it one of the rocky beaches Thanks for any help
26 June 2016|
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Response from SquireDude | Reviewed this property |
None of the sites, in my opinion, are good at this park. It is a State Park that is a dirty parking lot that is under the freeway. It has a concrete wall between you and a very rocky beach. This is not a place to hang out... More
Does anyone have any specific recommended camp site numbers in Emma Wood or ones to avoid?
21 August 2015|
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Response from Dadickster | Reviewed this property |
The end sites are the best as you don't have anyone on either side. 72, 73, 74 are smallest. Be prepared to be sandwiched in on most sites and 100% dry camping, no dump station, water, toilets etc.
How is the bathroom/restroom situation at Emma Beach? We will be using a group camp site. Is there electricity source? Thank you.
9 March 2015|
Response from Pam L |
Their website says: Emma Wood State Beach offers primitive camping for fully self-contained vehicles ONLY. Tents are not permitted. No water, restrooms, electricity, fire rings, or phones or dump station are available... More