If you plan to camp, reservations are required at least 7
advance for summer. The rest of the year, this is a first-come,
first-serve campground, open Fri thru Sun only. This is primitive
camping with no water or restroom facilities (not even the chemical
kind). No tent camping is allowed and all RVs must be self-contained.
The train also passes through frequently with the tracks slightly above
Most of the 90 campsites are not level and may contain a mixture of asphalt, dirt, cobble and ocean debris. Gravel and large stones separate the campsites from the sea.
A sandy beach is accessible
towards the entrance of the campground and a bit of a walk if your
campsite is on the opposite side.
Emma Wood Campground: $20.00 per night. $8.00 day use, per vehicle.
Ventura River Group Campground: $66 per night. Hike-and-Bike Camping:
$5.00 per person.
Reservations: Click Here
Historical Fact: Pre Rincon Highway the road to Santa Barbara was no more than a cow trail along the beach made passable in four places only by low tide on wet sand. The other option to Santa Barbara was over Casitas Pass, an uncomfortable winding narrow mountain road which was impassable during winter months. In 1912, R. Gird Percy paved the first Rincon Highway, a clay road which cost the county $1500. His work earned him the good pay of $5.00 per day.
Getting There: From U.S. 101 North, exit State Beaches, the road leads underneath the 101 freeway and leads you onto old Rincon Hwy. Turn left into the campground at the base of the hill. From the U.S. 101 South, exit Seacliff. Turn right and continue south to Emma Wood Campground.