All developed campgrounds in the Redwood National Park are operated by the state parks. There is some primitive camping in the park.
Four developed campgrounds and one overnight use area are available. No trailer hook-ups exist at any RNSP campground. Developed campgrounds are $12:00 per night year round. Day use fee is $2.00. Reservations may be made up to six months in advance by calling: 1-800-444-7275. For international calls, use: 916-638-5883.
Redwood National Park Primitive Camping in the north are DeMartin, Flint Ridge, Little Bald Hills and Nickel Creek, and Elam and 44 Camp in the south.
|Location / Comment|
|Jedediah Smith Redwoods||106||36
|Open all year. Highway 199 at Hiouchi in an old-growth redwood forest.
Restrooms, showers, dump station, bearproof lockers, and fire pits. Campfire programs, guided walks, and junior ranger programs offered.
|Open 01 Apr - 30 Sep. 6 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101 in a second-growth redwood forest.Restrooms, showers, dump station, bearproof lockers, and fire pits. Campfire programs, guided walks, and junior ranger programs offered.|
|Open all year. Off Highway 101 and on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in an old-growth redwood forest. Restrooms, showers, dump station, bearproof lockers, and fire pits. Campfire programs, guided walks, and junior ranger programs offered.|
|Gold Bluffs Beach||25RV
|Open all year. Located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park at the end of Davison Road (off Highway 101). Restrooms, solar showers, and fire pits. Campfire programs offered. No reservations. First come - first served.|
|Freshwater Lagoon Spit Overnight Use Area||Open all year. Located one mile south of Orick, CA on Highway 101. This is an extended gravel pullout area. Restrooms, solar showers, and fire pits. Campfire programs offered. No reservations. First come - first served. Fire pits, chemical toilets, and picnic area with grills provided. Check at the Redwood Information Center just north of this area for interpretive programs. Vehicles are $10.00 per night; bicyclists and hikers are $3.00 per person per night. No reservations. First come - first served.|
Bear precautions for all campgrounds: place all food and scented items, such as toothpaste, in the trunk of your car OR in metal food caches where available OR hang 200 feet from your tent off a branch 15 feet up a tree 10 feet out and 5 feet below the branch. Bear-proof canister are available to borrow from information centers.
Backcountry Camping Information
Seeing a park by automobile isn't for everybody. For those who crave quiet hours on the trail, a starlit sky at night, and sleeping to the sound of crashing waves, the parks have much to offer. Redwood National and State Park contains nearly 200 miles (320 km) of walking and hiking. Several excellent backpacking opportunities await those who would like to see the parks on foot.
These trails traverse a wide variety of natural habitats: old-growth redwood forests, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, prairies, streams, marshes, and unspoiled beaches. Backpackers stay in designated campsites except along the Redwood Creek gravel bars. Enjoy the forest or ocean for 5 consecutive days; 15 in a calendar year. Be sure to obtain a permit for camping and firewood collecting along Redwood Creek. Backpackers can collect up to 50 pounds of dead wood per day per campsite. Obtain your overnight backcountry permit at a park visitor center.
|Little Bald Hills Horse/Backpack Camp||5||Potable||Trail begins off Howland Hill Road in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.4.5 mile (7-km) trail to the camp features a strenuous, gradually ascending 1,800-foot (600 m) climb through old-growth forest and open prairies fringed by fir and pine trees. Five sites are available with picnic tables, fire pits, bearproof lockers, toilets, and a potable water spigot. Horse and bike accessible, with a corral and horse troughs.|
|Nickel Creek||5||No||Located alongside the Coastal Trail, access from south or north. From the north, Enderts Beach Road provides the easiest and quickest access with an easy .05 mile (1-km) trail to the site, picnic tables, fire pits, bearproof lockers, and toilets. Located .25 mile (�-km) from the ocean alongside a stream, this campsite features a lush coastal environment and the beauty of nearby Enderts Beach. Purify water from the stream before drinking.|
|DeMartin||10||Potable||Park at mile marker 14.4 on the east side of U.S. 101 (.5 mile hike in), at the north end of Wilson Creek bridge (3 miles to camp), or at the Hostel (3 mile hike in). They are on the ridge.The hike features a mixed conifer redwood forest.|
|Flint Ridge||10||No||Located just south of the Klamath River estuary along the Coastal Trail. Access from two trailheads along the Coastal Drive (exit just south of the Klamath River off Highway 101). From the west, hike a 0.5 mile (1-km), from the east hike 4.5 miles (7-km) This quiet section of the parks features outstanding wildlife viewing and one of the finest old-growth redwood stands. Picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, and toilets avalible. No nearby water is available, so bring your own.|
|Ossagon Creek||3||No||Bikes okay. Located in the northern section of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this camp is along the Coastal Trail and is accessible by several trailheads. Many loops of differing lengths are possible. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park charges $1 per person per night for backcountry camping. Inquire at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, and toilets. Purify water from the nearby creek before drinking.|
|Miners Ridge||3||no||Located in the southern part of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this camp is on a bluff above Gold Bluffs Beach. Access the camp by a 4.5 mile (12-km) hike from the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor Center. Sites are available with picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, and toilets. Purify water from the nearby creek before drinking.|
|Elam||3||non-potable||Located in the Redwood Creek area, this camp feature four loop possibilities and access and facilities for both horses and hikers. Loops of 3 hours (seven miles, 11 km), 7 hours (14 miles, 21 km), 2-day (20 miles, 29 km) and 3 day (32 miles, 50 km) are options from various trailheads, including the Orick Horse Trails and Redwood Creek Trail. Elam Camp is on the two shorter loops. Picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, toilets, non-potable water, and a corral. No more than 12 stock animals are permitted.|
|44 Camps||4||non-potable||located in the Redwood Creek area, this camp feature four loop possibilities and access and facilities for both horses and hikers. Loops of 3 hours (seven miles, 11 km), 7 hours (14 miles, 21 km), 2-day (20 miles, 29 km) and 3 day (32 miles, 50 km) are options from various trailheads, including the Orick Horse Trails and Redwood Creek Trail. 44 Camp is on the two longer loops. 44 camp is open to backpackers only until further notice. No stock allowed. No water available. Picnic tables, bearproof lockers, fire pits, toilets.|
|Redwood Creek Gravel Bars||Located along a stretch of Redwood Creek, the gravel bars offer the only area in the park where dispersed camping is permitted. Dispersed camping is permitted anywhere on the gravel bar between the first seasonal bridge and no closer than .25 mile (�-km) of the Tall Trees Grove. Be sure to obtain a permit for camping and firewood collecting at a park visitor center.|
Bear precautions for Redwood Creek: place all food and scented items, such as toothpaste, in the trunk of the car overnight OR hang items 200 feet from the tent, from a branch 15 feet up a tree, 10 feet out, and 5 feet below the branch. Also, bear-proof canister are available to borrow from Redwood Information Center. Secure all valuables before leaving your vehicle at the trailhead. Call: 707-488-3461 for more information.
Hiker-biker campsites are available year-round at Prairie Creek and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Campgrounds, and during the summer months at Mill Creek Campground in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. A $1.00 fee is charged. Reservations are not required.
The Six Principles of Leave No Trace
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
Carefully designing your trip to match your expectations and outdoor skill level is the first step in being prepared. Adequate trip planning and preparation helps to accomplish trip goals safely, while minimizing impacts on the environment and on other users.
Know the area and what to expect, including regulations and special concerns of the area.
Travel in small groups, during seasons or days of a week when use levels are low.
Bears may be present; balance safety concerns in bear country with ecological and social impact concerns.
Select appropriate equipment to help you Leave No Trace.
Repackage food into reusable containers, creating less trash to pack out.
2. Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces
Whenever you travel and camp, confine your use to surfaces that are resistant to impact.
In popular areas, concentrate use. In remote areas, spread use.
Hike on existing trails to minimize disturbance to wildlife, soil and vegetation.
Choose an established campsite, one with a slight slope so rain water can drain.
Use only designated campsites.
Store food so that it is unavailable and uninviting to bears and small animals.
Before departing, make sure your camp is as clean or cleaner than when you arrived.
3. Pack it In, Pack it Out
The Wilderness Act states that wilderness "... is recognized as an area... where man himself is a visitor who does not remain,...with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable..." People come to the wildlands to enjoy them in their natural state. Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts antlers, and other objects as you find them.
Minimize site alteration when camping, do not build structures.
Avoid damaging live trees and plants.
Avoid disturbing wildlife.
Leave natural objects and cultural artifacts for others to enjoy.
It is illegal to remove any cultural objects from North Cascades National Park.
Cultural artifacts are protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. All these "pieces of the past" contribute to our understanding of human and natural history, including the effects of disease, climate changes, and shifting animal populations on the land and her people. Removing these artifacts takes them out of context and removes a chapter from an important story. If you discover an artifact, enjoy it where it is. Leave it as you found it.
6. Minimize Use and Impact from Fires.
The use of campfires in the backcountry, once a necessity, is now steeped in history and tradition. Stoves are now essential equipment for minimum-impact camping trips because they are fast and eliminate firewood availability as a concern in campsite selection.
Use dead and down wood only.
In high use areas, build campfires in existing fire rings to concentrate impacts.
On the coast, build your fire below the high tide line.
Consider using a large wok, gold pan or other metal container to avoid making scars on the ground.
These principles and practices depend more on attitude and awareness than on rules and regulations; they must be based on a respect for and appreciation of wild places and their inhabitants.
|Del Norte Coast Redwoods
|145||27||Yes||Yes||7 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101|
|Jedediah Smith Redwoods||106||27||Yes||Yes||Highway 199 at Hiouchi|
Humboldt Lagoons State Park: On U.S. 101 south of Orick. Self-register at Stone Lagoon Environmental Camps. Sites: 6 accessible by boat only. Facilities include pit toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, and bear poles. Phone 707-488-2171 (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park) for site-specific information.
Patricks Point State Park: Turn off U.S. 101 5-miles north of Trinidad, onto Patricks Point Drive. Sites: 124 family, group site with up to 150, hiker/bicyclist sites. Facilities include no hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, showers, beach access, hiking trails, evening campfire talks during the summer, Native American (Yurok) village, tide pools, whale-watching, surfing, bookstore, and group day-use area.
|Campground||Sites||Rest Rooms||Showers||Max Trailer Length||Location|
|Elk Prairie||75||Yes||Yes||24||50 miles north of Eureka on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway; off Highway 101|
|Gold Bluffs Beach||24||Yes||Solar||24||3 miles north of Orick via U.S. 101, then 5 miles west on Davison Road (gravel)|
|Gold Bluffs Beach Environmental||3||Pit||No||No||Reg & pay at Prairie Creek VC or at Gold Bluffs Beach entrance station; get direction|
|Boise Creek||20||Accessible||Yes||1.5 miles west of Willow Creek on Highway 299|
|East Fork||Open Camping||Pit||No||6 miles west of Willow Creek on Highway 299|
|Gray Falls||33||Flush||Yes||12 miles east of Willow Creek on Highway 299|
|Tish Tang||40||8 miles north of Willow Creek on Highway 96|
|Big Flat||30||No||14.0 mi up South Fork Road off Highway 199|
|Grassy Flat||19||Yes||4.0 miles east of Gasquet on Highway 199|
Panther Flat Campground phone: 707-457-3131
Activities & Calendar
Address & Phone
Big Tree Wayside
Brochures, Maps, Written Info
California Conservation Corp
Drive Through Trees
Jobs, SCA, Volunteer Positions
Rivers & Streams
Size & Visitation
Copyright © 1995 - 2007 Hillclimb Media
This site is in no way associated with the United States Government, the Department of the Interior or the National Park Service