Redwood National Park Experience
Best Campgrounds in Redwood
Within a 30-minute drive of Redwood National and State Parks there are nearly 60 public and private camping facilities. None of the four primitive areas in Redwood—DeMartin, Flint Ridge, Little Bald Hills, and Nickel Creek—is a drive-in site. You will need to get a free permit from any visitor center except Prairie Creek before camping in these campgrounds, and along Redwood Creek in the backcountry. Bring your own water, since drinking water isn't available in any of these sites. These campgrounds, plus Gold Bluffs Beach, are first-come, first-served.
If you'd rather drive than hike in, Redwood has four developed campgrounds—Elk Prairie, Gold Bluffs Beach, Jedediah Smith, and Mill Creek—that are within the state-park boundaries. None has RV hookups, and some length restrictions apply. Fees are $35 in state park campgrounds. For details and reservations, call 800/444–7275 or check www.reserveamerica.com.
Elk Prairie Campground. Roosevelt elk frequent this popular campground adjacent to a prairie and old-growth redwoods. On Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy., 6 miles north of Orick in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 800/444–7275.
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. You can camp in tents or RVs right on the beach at this Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park campground near Fern Canyon. At end of Davison Rd., 5 miles south of Prairie Creek Visitor Center off U.S. 101 707/465–7335.
Jedediah Smith Campground. This is one of the few places to camp—in tents or RVs—within groves of old-growth redwood forest. 8 miles east of Crescent City on Hwy. 199 800/444–7275.
Mill Creek Campground. Mill Creek is the largest of the state-park campgrounds. East of U.S. 101, 7 miles southeast of Crescent City 800/444–7275.
Nickel Creek Campground. An easy hike gets you to this primitive site, which is near tide pools and has great ocean views. On Coastal Trail ½ mile from end of Enderts Beach Rd. 707/465–7335.
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