Cooking dinner on the grill, falling asleep under towering redwoods, waking up to miles of premier trails to explore: that's state-of-the-art camping in Butano State Park. This gem of a campground on the San Mateo coast is set in a canyon canopied by second-growth redwoods that quietly creak their welcome when you arrive.
The 18 walk-in sites are ideal for a car-camping experience that doesn't resemble a tailgate. A 50- to 200-foot walk to your site is just enough to feel like you're roughing it without the constant hum of RV generators. Butano is home to a variety of trails that make exploring easy and accessible. Talk to the friendly camp host for the full beta on where to go and what to do. The 5-mile Mill Ox loop hike is a classic, passing through redwoods, climbing to views of the Pacific, and — especially after rains — crossing paths with a slew of banana slugs and newts.
The park is on the San Mateo Coast, off Highway One. Three miles northeast of the Gazos Creek Coastal Access Point by way of Gazos Creek Road, and about 4.5 miles southeast of Pescadero by way of the Pescadero and Cloverdale Roads. The park features miles of hiking trails, 21 drive-in campsites and 18 walk-in campsites.