I believe Cleone CG is probably the best private campgrounds north of Ft, Bragg. Has well-provisioned general store at the entrance of Hwy 1. Generally clean and very well-maintained. Some of the RV sites are nicely tucked away for extra privacy. Given the cavalier and dubious manner that nearby State campgrounds will be managed this coming year, Cleone's proximity to beaches north of Ft. Bragg will make it difficult to get reservations. I would book now if you are entertaining a June or July camping excursion for 2010. Since the last owner recently retired from campground management, Cleone may be re-opening in 2010 under a new business name.
Having been mislead by ReserveAmerica as to site availability in the nearby State Park: we were fortunate to find a site here after driving over 200 miles. My family and I were grateful to Emerald Cove for giving us a site for 3 nights without a prior reservation. This park is clean and the pull-through sites were easy to navigate. The town of Trinidad is just a few minutes down the road for groceries, gas, sightseeing, etc. With State campgrounds now charging ridiculous fees for no-hook-ups sites, I would rather pay for a site in a private facility like Emerald Cove where I can have every convenience that makes camping a pleasant experience.
This resort is huge and a seemingly well laid-out campground. We and friends stayed in the off-season in sites 131 & 132 (Cedar Loop). Office staff was friendly and accommodating. First thing we noticed was the sewer hookups are awkwardly set up for travel trailers. It was necessary for us to run septic hose under our trailer to the entry side: needed an extra 10 feet of hose to accomplish this. The Wi-Fi signal was very strong in the central area of the campground. Restrooms with showers were very clean and well lit. Point Reyes Station is about 3 minute drive to the north and has general and hardware stores, a Wells Fargo Bank and speciality (nick-knack) stores. We will return and camp here again, but I will be sure to find a site where the septic connection is more conducive the plumbing standards found on 75% of modern travel trailers.