RV Park Review – Sportsman RV Park, Fort Bragg, CA
A very basic/rustic, but very friendly RV park in a great location to explore Fort Bragg, CA
- Site quality = 2.5/5
The sites here are super-basic side-by-side dirt sites. Total 22 sites arranged in 2 rows, one facing the other in a small rectangle. The sites have full hookups (50 Amp/water/sewer), but there is no real separation, privacy or site landscaping. Hookups are good, although water pressure was a tad low when we were here. A few picnic tables around and some movable fire-pits (which had firewood in them, a nice touch I thought), but not every site has them. Plus space-wise it is tight. When the park is empty there is lots of space to hang, but if the park were full I imagine it would get very tight in here and, since swing-room is somewhat limited, big rigs may (or may not) be able to get in. So, if you’re “beast size” like us I recommend calling ahead for space before making the twisty drive out on Hwy 20 or 128.
- Facilities = 1.5/5
No real on-site facilities. There is a single flush toilet (on the way to the Rough Bar) which was fine, but no showers.
- Amenities = 2/5
There are no fancy amenities here. No laundromat, no pool, no “extras”. What you do get is a little shop/visitor center, a wooden happy hour porch by the waterfront (which is very nice and definitely worth a few points!) and a very cute, little book-swap. There IS free on-site WiFi, but it was unusable the whole time we were here, so sadly no points for that one.
- Location = 5/5
Location is definitely what this place is all about. You are in the heart of Noyo Harbour which is a cute little spot with lots of seafood restaurants and water views. If you’re feeling energetic you can walk up the short, steep hill right next to the park and into town or across the bridge into Noyo Headlands (pretty hiking area), otherwise it’s a short, easy drive to everything and there is LOTS to see and do in Fort Bragg -> Check out the gorgeous Botanical Gardens, the stunning Headlands, yummy North Coast Brewing and the very fine Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. No end of hiking, exploring or eating around here.
- Pet friendliness = 5/5
Very paw-friendly spot. Not much space for doggie to hang out in camp, but he/she is welcome everywhere else including the happy hour porch and the restaurant next-door (Rough Bar). Plus you have a GREAT, off-leash doggie beach just 3-mins walk from camp(!) It doesn’t get much more dog-friendly that this!
Overall Rating = 3.2
BONUS ALERT: Camp walking distance to beach, beer & ocean!
Summary: This is one of those parks that may not appeal to everyone, but definitely appealed to us. The campground itself is very basic/rustic and not much to write home about. It’s really nothing more than 22 dirt sites with full hook-ups arranged side-by-side in 2 rows around a small rectangle. Sites are very tightly spaced together and there is NO separation, privacy or fancy landscaping and definitely no amenities (no showers, no laundromat etc.). There are a few colorful picnic tables and some fire-pits around and that’s pretty much it. Plus swing-room is limited so if the park is full it might be difficult to get big-rigs in ( for “beast” size rigs I’d recommend calling ahead for space). What makes the park interesting however, is everything else. The owners and camp host are SUPER friendly, the whole area is SUPER dog-friendly and there are lots of cute touches around camp (a small book-swap, a nice little store, lots of little nautical decor). Also the large, wooden water-front happy hour porch (which is locked and only open to guests) is simply fabulous and makes a great spot to hang for an afternoon libation. Plus the location in Fort Bragg rocks. You are right on the water in the middle of Noyo Harbour, only 3-mins walk to a completely off-leash friendly dog beach, stumbling distance from the lovely Rough Bar (owned by the same friendly guy who owns the campground) and you’re either walking distance (if you don’t mind a steep hill) or easy driving distance to downtown and everything there is to see in Fort Bragg. If you prefer more manicured RV parks, I definitely wouldn’t recommend this place. In our case, we don’t need “fancy” RV amenities, and really liked the laid-back feel of this place. Plus we absolutely loved how dog-friendly everything was (and how easy it was to get to the doggie beach). We totally enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay here again if/when we come back to the area.
Extra Info: Decent cellphone signal (2 bars ATT LTE, 2 bars Verizon LTE. Signal), but at times the towers got overloaded and it slowed down quite a bit. Free on-site WiFi, but it wasn’t usable (at all) the whole time we were here. $40/night (full hookups) -> when we stayed here they were offering a deal to pay for 3 nights, get 4th free. Total 22 sites. Big Rigs should call ahead to check space before coming since swing-room is tight if the park is full.
Extra, Extra Info: OTHER CAMPING: There are a few other decent camping options in the Fort Bragg area if Sportsmans doesn’t suit your interest.
- MacKerricher State Park -> This is a very nice state park just north of town, but it is ONLY for smaller rigs, 35-footers and below. I drove through and it’s nice, but there is definitely NO WAY we could fit here. Even 35-footers only have a select numbers of sites available to them (most sites are 25-foot). Walk-in in low season, reservable in high-season. Sites cost $35/night. Click HERE for park info.
- Pomo RV Park -> On the south end of town this looks like one of the best-kept campground in Fort Bragg, can fit all rigs and gets good online reviews. If you’re looking for something a little more “manicured” I think this is your spot. Full hookups cost $47/night. Click HERE for park info.
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