Portola Redwoods State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

The remote Portola Redwoods State Park is located 14 miles south of Sky Londa, California, and 30 miles southeast of San Jose, California. When you visit this park, you will drop down off the top of a hill into a large ravine filled with giant redwood trees. This park, a favorite with trail riders, hikers and mountain bikers, is located 8 miles southwest of La Honda, California. 

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Weather
Spring 37-69 F
Summer 48-84 F
Fall 41-75 F
Winter 33-57 F
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Nearby Cities
Sky Londa, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Portola Redwoods State Park

RVing is a fun way to explore this state park because you can camp in the beautiful outdoors with all the comforts you need. If you do not have an RV, then RVshare is a great place to find one to rent. 

Portola Redwoods State Park Campground

There are 55 family camping sites at this campground that is open from early spring to mid-autumn along with four group campsites and four remote campsites. The family camping sites that start at $43 a night are located under the large trees and very close to the park’s hiking trails. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Fire ring, food locker 

Toyon Campground

Located near Redwood City, this San Mateo County-operated campground features three large camping sites. These group camping sites can accommodate up to 50 people, and rates start at $107 per night. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Fire ring, food locker 

Francis Beach Campground

Located in Half Moon Bay, this campground offers 52 sites located near a 4-mile-long sandy beach. Rates start at $35 at this campground that also offers excellent fishing conditions. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Fire ring, food locker

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What to Do at
Portola Redwoods State Park

Inside Portola Redwoods State Park

Hike along over 18 miles of hiking trails past redwoods, ferns, and waterfalls at Portola Redwoods State Park. You may even want to join one of the ranger-led, backcountry hiking trips that leave from this state park. Visit the visitors center with its beautiful fireplace, ride your mountain bike, or steer your horse on a special path under the redwood trees. 

This park has a strictly enforced no-crumb policy as it is home to endangered seabirds that use the old-growth forest as their breeding grounds. Blue jays, crows, and other birds drive off the seabirds, so it is essential that the other birds do not learn that they can get food from the campers at this state park. 

Outside Portola Redwoods State Park

While you may have to drive a few miles, there are many things to do outside Portola Redwoods State Park. Many activities are focused on nature, like visiting nature preserves. There are also great dining and shopping experiences located nearby. 

Restaurants

Applejacks Inn

Play old-school bar games while enjoying an adult beverage and a casual meal at this restaurant. 

Type: Bar food

Location: 8790 Highway 84, La Honda, CA 94020

Alice’s Restaurant

Start your day with a hearty breakfast or try one of the burgers and a locally produced craft beer or wine at this casual dining restaurant, which first opened as a general store in the early 1900s. 

Type: Breakfast/Lunch

Location: 7288 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside, CA 94062

Parkside Grille

Set on a hill overlooking Portola Valley, this family restaurant offers beautiful views to enjoy while you're dining on American food prepared from local ingredients. 

Type: American

Location: 884 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

La Foret Restaurant

Enjoy the beautiful scenery while dining in this upscale French restaurant that is also a special-events venue. 

Type: French

Location: 21747 Bertram Road, San Jose, CA 95120

Bill’s Café

Since 1977, guests have been enjoying breakfast while sipping on cocktails at this diner that also serves salads and sandwiches for lunch. 

Type: Breakfast

Location: 2089 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95120

Shopping

La Honda Pottery

For over 35 years, this pottery shop has been making hand-thrown, large-scale ceramics for installation in homes and businesses. 

Location: 65 Cuesta Real, La Honda, CA 94020

San Gregorio General Store

Find a wide assortment of books, candles, wine, pottery and other things in this store that usually has a live band playing on the weekend. 

Location: 7615 Stage Road, San Gregorio, CA 94074

Bay Area Glass Institute

See hand-blown glass, home décor and ornaments created by local artists at this glass studio. 

Location: 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose, CA 95112

Petroglyph

Pick out your favorite pottery pieces, paint them with glaze and let this shop fire them for you. At this shop, you can also enjoy mouthwatering pastries. 

Location: 1140 Lincoln Avenue #5, San Jose, CA 95125

Antiques Colony

Over 48 vendors offer antiques and vintage items at this shop where the staff is very friendly. 

Location: 1881 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95128

Sightseeing

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

This 2,035-acre open-space preserve contains hiking, biking and equestrian trails. 

Castle Rock State Park

This park contains over 30 miles of multi-use trails running under redwood trees, and it contains some of the highest ridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

This is the oldest state park in California, and it contains the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco. You can explore more than 80 miles of trails with some linking to Castle Rock State Park and the Santa Cruz range. 

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

These 3,137 acres contain 10 miles of hiking trails, and it is one of the best places in California to see raptors.

Monte Bello Preserve

Unlike many preserves in this area, this one offers many open meadows and other areas to explore on horses, bikes and foot. 

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How to Get to
Portola Redwoods State Park

In order to get to this state park from Interstate 280 N, take exit 16, which is the El Monte Road exit. Turn left onto Moody Road. Then, turn left onto Paige Mill Road. Merge onto Alpine Road. Go 3 miles and turn on Portola State Park Road. When that road comes to a dead end, you have reached the park. Be aware that this drive will take you between 90 and 120 minutes, and there is no place to get gasoline along the way. 

If you are coming to the park from La Honda, then head west on Entrada Way. Turn left on California Highway 84W. Make another left once you reach Pescadero Creek Road. Merge onto Alpine Road. Go 3 miles and turn on Portola State Park Road to reach the state park. This drive will take you about 60 minutes, and there is no place to get gas along the way.

Entering Portola Redwoods State Park

The park is open from 6:00 a.m. to sunset, and the visitors center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Buses of up to 24 people are $50 to enter. Buses of more than 25 people cost $100 to enter. 

Per Vehicle : $10

Portola Redwoods State Park is a beautiful place to go camping, and you will likely enjoy hiking on the 18 miles of trails that run along with ferns and shrubbery under the redwood trees. If you have been hiking or camping at this state park, then the team at RVshare would love to hear about your experience. It can benefit other people who are thinking of coming to this remote park. You can send your photos to [email protected], and the site may share them via its blog.