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San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

Petaluma, California


20 Rainsville Road
Petaluma, California 94952
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Sites: 307
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.27180
Longitude: -122.67744

Elevation: 47' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf yes
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Family friendly, petting zoo, animal farm, hay rides, Large recreation hall, kitchen, meals. Store with friendly people, In and Out burger near by. Nice and quiet, very wooded, big redwoods throughout the park. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

Petaluma was a nice campsite. The north side of the park was the older part of the park while the south side was the new and improved version. The staff was nice and friendly. The pool was AWESOME (warm). Some of the RV sites weren't that level. The TENT sites were great. My friends enjoyed it, The area is great. I would go back there again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

The only reason this park did not receive a 10 is because I feel it is priced a little high. But for the money you get a beautiful park with nice large sites and large shade trees. The pool was huge! The personnel were all very friendly. The park was very clean in every way. The store had anything a camper could want. It is one of the nicest parks we have stayed in. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

First I have to say that this is the only park we saw that was half way decent in the San Francisco area, but having said that it still isn't the best park we have ever been to. The in and out gates are awkward and somewhat hard to maneuver. There are too many nit picky rules. Extra car has to be parked out front before you come in the gate. This price only includes two adults. Extra people are $7 a day. You can't park on the grass but for the life of me I couldn't find any grass on our site. Only dirt. I don't generally like KOA's and this is no exception. Overpriced even for California. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $53.00
Overall Rating:

Most KOA's are parking lots but this one was actually pretty nice. The sites are paved but no grass. There are all kind of activities for kids including a petting zoo. They also offer tours to the city directly from the campground. The WiFi was another issue. It hardly ever worked at the site. It has been a real problem with campgrounds that advertise WiFi but you have to almost sit in the office to pick up the signal. I wish they were more honest about the WiFi. We stayed here because of its location to San Francisco. We did find a great dogie daycare/boarding called Fit N' Furry that was also open on Sunday so we were able to drop the dogs off, go into the city for a whole day and then also do a wine tour on Sunday without worrying about the dogs. Even though most campgrounds say "pet friendly" most of the rules include not leaving them in the motorhome alone so dog day care has been necessary for us when we are going to be gone for the whole day. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 229
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one night after picking up our new fifth wheel. The place was very hectic but if you ask, they will try to put you in a site away from the pool, game room, etc. The sites were tight with low hanging branches. Being new to RVing, we asked for an 'escort' in and out and the owners were very accommodating. There seemed to be plenty of staff around. The front desk and check-in were efficient and friendly. Generally, this wasn't a place I would normally stay in but was fine for one night. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

I would definitely recommend the San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA. It has everything. The campsites just below the store are the best – they seem very rustic with dirt and large redwood trees. The sites are pull-throughs and plenty big (we are 51' long when hooked up and we fit in our site without any problem), with lots of room for a picnic table and fire ring. On Tuesdays, they rake and hose down the sites, so they keep the grounds very clean. The pool is huge and not too cold. They also have a game room, two laundry rooms, a petting zoo, a wonderful playground, and also open space with cows, donkeys, and sheep. In the summer, they have activities planned throughout the day. On weekends, they have a country breakfast, coffee cart, live music at the pool, water slide, and several craft activities. Every day, they have a scavenger hunt, hay ride, ice cream social, bike (quad and banana) rentals, and kid and adult movies in the evenings. They also have a bus tour you can take if you want to see the SF sites. Historic Petaluma is nearby and there is also a small outlet mall if you want to escape for the day. The only drawbacks about this campground are the price ($60 per night for four people) and the nearby cows can be a little smelly if the wind is blowing in the right direction. We've loved it and will definitely be back. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed our stay at the Petaluma KOA. There are an abundance of activities at this park. The sites are fairly close together and most are on a slope. Huge redwood trees separate the sites so satellite reception was not a option for us. We would return if in the area again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice campground. Facilities are superb with a great swimming pool. Nice park for the kids. Good size sites. Great base camp for touring Sonoma, Napa and San Francisco. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

What can I say about this place? It was busy and noisy when we were here, but there was a bundle of things for the kids to do. Most people use this place as a base for watching the car races or sightseeing in San Francisco or Napa/Sonoma Valley wineries. We came to do all of the above, but also to experience a full-tilt, destination-style KOA. It didn't disappoint as far as kid-fun activities (petting farm with baby goats to cuddle, big pool, hay rides, ice cream socials, pancake breakfast) and it probably had the best playground I've ever seen in my whole life. It was appropriate for ages 1-11. (I think I saw 14 year olds having a blast on the older kid play structure.) Some sites are nicer than others. We got a site close to the bathrooms and the Rec Hall. There are pros and cons to that. The Pro is that you're near all the action and don't have to walk miles. Cons: it's a bit noisy and people constantly cut through your campsite. I would have prefered a site further away from that area, but my kids and husband liked that area, so I guess you can't please everyone. The staff ran that place like a well-oiled machine. (Check-in was, like, 30 seconds! Maybe less!) Everyone was helpful and all smiles. It's a pricey place, but I think it's well-worth the money if you need a place to stay in the area with kids. We spoke to our neighbors at this RV Park and they come back here every year. No kids and they love it, too. I'd love to come back here one day. One note to those with hay fever or seasonal allergies: bring some Claritin. Our allergies went wild here, (what with all the animals and grass). We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This park is good for families and group gatherings, as it is very kid-friendly and many large groups were setup across multiple sites and/or cabins. There were too few bathrooms given the number of people and they were only cleaned once a day. I don't plan on returning since there are other choices in the area and I prefer a more adult-friendly setting and cleaner facilities. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

At first I balked at the price but decided that it was convenient to Highway 101 and to our plans, so I reserved two nights. Staff efficient and friendly. We asked to be away from the pool and petting zoo. It was fairly quiet. The location is the best feature for me: close to San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Valleys, Bodega Bay. There were a lot of employees cleaning, pruning and asking if we needed anything. Restrooms/showers okay. The family from Indiana in the site next to us took the offered tour to San Francisco and said it was wonderful. This is a great place to park your rig and let someone else drive you through the streets of San Francisco. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2006 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Sites are a little close together and not as level as we'd like. Even with blocks, we weren't able to level out the coach without lifting wheels off the ground. Not all posts had 50 amp but it doesn't get too hot or too cold here so not an issue. Good water pressure and taste. Most sites are very shaded limiting dish use. Good basic cable, though. Good storage facility if that's a consideration. Almost 35 miles from Golden Gate and 30 miles from Napa but traffic moves pretty well here outside rush hours on freeway. Nice people. Very busy place - would recommend reservations. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2006 - $64.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at this campground for 3 nights. Extra person fee (2 Adults+) $5/night, a little steep, but after we saw how much there was for the kids to due, it paid for itself. The kids had so much fun they wanted to stay at the campground and not tour the area. We registered for what to turned out to be a fantastic tour of San Francisco (fee) that left right from the campground each morning. The staff was very friendly and helpful. WIFI connection was excellent from our site. We where in the back area behind the rec. hall. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2006 - $54.00
Overall Rating:

We really like this park about 2 hours from home. This was our third visit. It costs more than some other parks but that was probably the reason we were able to reserve 4th of July weekend with only a couple weeks notice. Our spacious and quiet site (#55) was in the "E" row redwoods section. At first they offered us a noisy site next to the water pump and activites tent. $10 extra to reserve a specific site. "Free" Wi-Fi worked well. The weather was perfect! The fog burned off by 9am with afternoon temperature right around 80. Inland just a bit more and you're getting into the 90s. About 30 minutes away is Pt. Reyes National Seashore. A nice hike there is the Bear Valley Trail (easy 4 miles each way to the coast through the trees), starting at the visitor center. You might also want to visit "Snoopy's Home Ice" arena in nearby Santa Rosa with its Charles Schultz cartoon museum. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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