11 Golden Coast Campgrounds Runners Will Love

11 Golden Coast Campgrounds Runners Will Love

Ever dream of running the California coast? You can make it happen, and these shoreside campsites can help. Here's where running enthusiasts should go camping in California.

Carlsbad South Carlsbad State Beach
15 miles north of San Diego

After soaking up sun at this San Diego beach, enjoy a scenic coastal run along the large blufftop campgrounds. Camp in South Carlsbad State Park?

San Onofre San Onofre State Beach
3 miles south of San Clemente

Beach and nature trails abound in this state beach. After your run, take one of the trailheads down to the sandy shores. Camp at San Onofre State Beach?

Doheny Doheny State Beach
3 miles west of San Juan Capistrano

Near the Dana Point Harbor and only a few miles away from Mission San Juan Capistrano, this oceanfront campsite will enrich all your senses during your run. Reserve a Spot at Doheny State Beach?.

Bolsa Chica Bolsa Chica State Beach
7 miles north of Huntington Beach

Run through two state beaches in one trip at this popular Orange County camp site. Traverse the trail and bike-way that connect to Huntington State Beach. Stay at Bolsa Chica State Beach?

El Capitan El Capitan State Beach
17 miles west of Santa Barbara

Follow the bike path above the bluffs for a scenic run, often filled with monarch butterflies that make their home on this state beach. Camp at El Capitan State Beach?

San Simeon San Simeon State Park
35 miles north of San Luis Obispo

San Simeon is one of the oldest California State Parks. Enjoy its rich history along the trails that run through natural preserves and wildlife. Camp at San Simeon State Park?

Sunset State Beach Sunset State Beach
16 miles south of Santa Cruz

Tucked away in Santa Cruz, this state beach is as beautiful as it sounds. When you're not watching the sunset, be sure to check out the Rincon Fire Road Trail. Camp at Sunset State Beach?

Half Moon Half Moon Bay State Beach
Half-mile west of Half Moon Bay

The multiuse Coastside Trail on this site links the three miles of shore and four beaches together and offers breathtaking views for your pleasure. Camp at Half Moon Bay State Beach?

Sonoma Coast Sonoma Coast State Beach
30 miles west of Santa Rosa

Arches, coves and rock formations abound in this popular northern California state park. Enjoy your surroundings, but stick to the trails to stay safe from bluffs and jagged coastline. Camp at Sonoma Coast State Beach ?

Mackerricher Mackerricher State Park
3 miles north of Fort Bragg

Once a part of the Mendocino Indian Reservation, Mackerricher now serves as the home to several habitats--a treat runners can appreciate. Camp at Mackerricher State Park?

Patrick's Point Patrick's Point State Park
25 miles north of Eureka

Set in the heart of redwood country, Patrick's Point features a stark contrast of sandy beaches to steep cliffs. Trails about in these parts--perfect for the adventurous runner. Camp at Patrick's Point State Park?

Discuss This Article