Gaviota State Park Campground California

Gaviota State Park Road
Goleta, California 93117
805 968-1033
Lat / Long:

34.47281, -120.22842

Gaviota State Park is another one of California’s great State beaches and located about 33 miles north of Santa Barbara on U.S. Highway 101. The campground has 39 single-family (mixed-used) campsites for tents, trailers and RVs. All are short walk to the ocean, beach and pier.  Access to the beach is via a trail under the iconic Southern Pacific railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota creek above the day-use parking lot.

The campground also has a camp store, drinking water, flush toilets and showers. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grill. Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host.

Gaviota State Park Info

Gaviota State Park has a variety of outdoor recreation activities to enjoy. At the ocean you can beach comb, swim, surf, kayaking and explore tide pools. The pier is also open for fishing. Other activities include hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Two nice hikes include up to Gaviota Peak (1,325 feet in elevation) and also to the Gaviota Wind Caves (actually sandstone formations).

El Capitan State Beach is just 13 miles to the south.

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Best Campsites

7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 25, 29, 31, 35, 38, 39

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

Year Round



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  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Camp Store
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service Fair
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Fishing Pier
  • Grills
  • Ice
  • Pay Phone
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pier
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling Center
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Snack Bar
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Body Surfing
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kite Surfing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skin Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Surf Fish
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

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  2. Larry S. says:

    First time visiting Gaviota last week and we loved it. Met great neighbors and loved the showers and beach. Thanks to the host and State employees.

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