January 10, 2017 at 9:59 pm #3149Team YOLO !Keymaster
At Usal, you can set up camp in a coastal meadow, surrounded by redwoods, Douglas firs and wild blackberry bushes.
From there, you can hang out at Usal Beach nearby or embark on day hikes along the South Coast Trail—like the steep,10-mile (16 km) roundtrip trail to Anderson Gulch.
Venturing further inland, you can go mountain biking on the 7-mile (11 km) Hotel Gulch trail to Wheeler Camp. Or off-roading on Usal Road, a rugged dirt road that extends 19 miles (30.5 km) through the Sinkyone wilderness (the road is open April thru mid-November only).
Tent sites $25; first-come, first-served (25 sites in all); $8 fee for each additional vehicle at a campsite; only 8 people are allowed per campsite
Picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilet
The road to the Usal Campground is steep, narrow and unpaved. Given this, traveling here with an RV or trailer is NOT recommended. And if rain is in the forecast, it is wise to come in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, because during and after a rainstorm, the dirt road can turn to slush.
There is no potable water here so bring plenty of your own water or a water purification kit. You must bring your own trash bags and toilet paper; and drive all of your trash out of the park when you leave. Campground quiet hours are 10pm-6am. Fires are only permitted in designated fire rings, using only driftwood from the beach or wood bundles you bring with you. At camp, dogs must be on a leash (6 ft | 1.8 m or less) at all times and in a tent or vehicle at night. Food and scented items should be stored in airtight containers so as not to attract raccoons or black bears.
Keep a wide and safe distance from the Roosevelt elk that call Sinkyone home. They are fast-moving animals and deadly when they or their calves are threatened.
From US Highway 1, turn north onto Usal Rd (county road 431) and drive 5.5 miles (8.8 km) to the campground
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