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Redwoods Camping | Your Guide to Redwoods National Park Camping

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Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth, but did you know those majestic trees are also what makes Redwoods camping some of the best in the USA? The immense, and I mean 5-10 foot shrubs and ferns around many of the campsites in the park, make you feel like you’re camping in a lush green cave. The privacy, solitude, and quiet is amazing.

While you’re setting up your tent think about where you are. The park isn’t just protecting you, it’s also protecting vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks manage these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all.

What Is The Redwood National And State Park (RNSP) System?

The Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) is a complex of several state and national parks located in the United States, along the coast of northern California. The system includes Redwood National Park (established 1968) and California’s Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks (dating from the 1920s). The four combined parks contain 139,000 acres, and feature old-growth temperate rainforests.

The entire RNSP system is located entirely within Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, and all-together, the parks protect 38,982 acres, or about 45% of all remaining coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) old-growth forests.

Nature Scenery –

These trees are one of the most massive tree species on Earth, but they’re not the only things the parks protect. Other indigenous flora, fauna, grassland prairie, cultural resources, portions of rivers and other streams, and 37 miles of pristine coastline also fall under the parks’ protection.

In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres of the California coast. We almost lost all of the forest. By the time Redwood National Park was created in 1968, nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged. The National Park Service (NPS) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) administratively combined Redwood National Park with the three abutting Redwood State Parks in 1994 for the purpose of cooperative forest management and stabilization of forests and watersheds as a single unit.

Ecosystem –

The ecosystem of the RNSP also preserves a number of threatened animal species such as the tidewater goby, Chinook salmon, northern spotted owl, and Steller’s sea lion. In recognition of the rare ecosystem and cultural history found in the parks, the United Nations designated them a World Heritage Site on September 5, 1980 and part of the California Coast Ranges International Biosphere Reserve on June 30, 1983.

Now you know why so many people, park rangers, and organizations work so hard to keep Redwood National Forest as safe as possible.

Redwoods Camping

The only way to spend the night in Redwood National Park or any of the RNSP system, is to stay at one of the four developed campgrounds (reservations recommended), or hike to a backcountry campsite (free permit required). There are no hotels or lodges inside the park. As of August 2017 California State Parks has transitioned to a new reservation system. To make a reservation call:

Phone 1800-444-7275
8am-6pm (PT)

All campground reservations for California State Parks will be made through ReserveCalifornia.com. All existing reservations previously made through Reserve America for stay-dates through February 2018, will be transferred to the new system. Please note that reservations are only available for camping between mid-May and September 30. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and no sooner than 6 months before your anticipated camping date(s). After September 30, all camping in developed campgrounds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only until mid-May.

Jedediah Smith – Redwoods Camping

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Sites: 86 tent, TR or RV: RV ≤ 36 feet; TR ≤ 31 feet
Fees: Contact https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/ for rates

Amenities include:
● Dump Station
● Fire Pits
● Showers
● Accessible Restrooms
● Visitor Center

Located just 10 miles NE of Crescent City, Calif. on U.S. 199 Jedediah Smith Campground is one of the best old-growth settings in the park system. The park is the last in a long string of redwood parks that stretch up Northern California’s coast. A few miles inland from the ocean, the park is densely forested with huge ancient trees. In fact, it contains seven percent of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world. No roads or trails mark “Jed Smith’s” core—just pure, primeval majesty. They have seasonal campfire and Jr. Ranger programs. You don’t need a tent or RV to enjoy this campground. There are four cabins, with electricity, heat, and lights but no bathrooms, for rent as well. No pets allowed.

Mill Creek Campground Del Norte Forest – Redwoods Camping

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Phone: 707-465-7335
Season: Closed September–April
Sites: 17 sites
Fees: $8 per site

Amenities include:
● Dump Station
● Accessible Restrooms
● Showers
● Fire Pits

Mill Creek Campground in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is located south of Crescent City. This campground makes the perfectbase campp for exploring the remote, 8-mile-long swath of coastline, as well as three other parks that make up the Redwood National and State Parks group. In two short, steep miles, Del Norte’s Damnation Creek Trail leads from the cool, shaded fern-festooned redwoods down to rocky tidepools and crashing waves. A scenic stretch of California’s 1,200-mile-long Coastal Trail runs the length of the park as well, a treat for bicyclists as well as hikers.

Elk Prairie – Redwoods Camping

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Phone: 707-465-7335
Season: Closed September–April
Sites: 75 tent, Trailer, or RV sites, RVs up to 27-feet, trailers up to 24-feet
Fees: $35 per site

Amenities include:
● Dump Station
● Accessible Restrooms
● Showers
● Fire Pits
● Visitor Center

Located 6 miles N of Orick, Calif. on the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, this campground is situated among both old-growth and a prairie setting. Seasonal campfire and Jr. Ranger programs. Elk Prairie Campground is situated near an open meadow with most of the campsites far beneath the redwoods. Campsites have access to showers, bathrooms, picnic tables, fire pits and food lockers. Campsites closest to the meadow give campers the best chance at getting an up-close-and-personal look at roaming elk.

Gold Bluffs Beach – Redwoods Camping

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Phone: 707-465-7335
Season: Closed September–April
Sites: 29 tent sites or 25 RV sites for RVs up to 24 feet in length and 8 feet width; trailers are prohibited
Fees: $35 per site

Amenities include:
● Solar showers
● Restrooms
● Fire pits
● Picnic tables
● Bear proof lockers
Nestled in sand dunes recently cleared of unwelcome beach grass, along a beautiful 10-mile stretch of wild beach, Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is a starting off point for lots of recreational opportunities. Visitors can stroll along the beach, fish, or watch wildlife (elk and grey whales are commonly seen.) Swimming, however, is not an option due to dangerous currents and cold, rough seas. Instead, head up to Fern Canyon, located a short distance north of the campground.

Directions –

To reach the campground turn west off of U.S. 101 onto Davison Road, about 10 miles north of Orick, CA. Follow Davison Road six miles to the beach and north to the campground. Davison Road is unpaved and may not be suitable for all vehicles, particularly in poor weather.
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is for tent and truck campers only.Dogs on leash are allowed in the campground and on the beach, but not on Redwood National and State Parks trails.

Primitive Camping In and Around the Redwood National Park System

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If you prefer primitive camping, or just can’t find commercial or public campgrounds that have open sites, you’re in luck. There are dozens of primitive sites in these parks:

● Redwood
● National and State Parks
● Humboldt Lagoons
● State Park
● Smith River
● National Recreation Area
● Six Rivers
● National Forest

Backcountry camping does require a free permit available from Crescent City Information Center, Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center (near Orick, Calif.), and seasonally from Hiouchi Information Center. Park officials ask that you camp only at designated backcountry camps (inquire at visitor centers, visit www.nps.gov/redw, or call 707-465-7335 for locations and more info.) or at dispersed sites on Redwood Creek gravel bars per conditions of a valid permit. No pets allowed. Proper food storage required.

Redwoods Camping South of Orick, Calif.

Dry Lagoon has six seasonally available walk-in environmental sites with pit toilets, picnic tables, fire pits, and bear poles. No pets are allowed.  Register and pay the $20 camping fee at Patrick’s Point SP kiosk.

Stone Lagoon has six boat-in sites available year-round on first-come, first-served basis with picnic tables, fire pits, bear boxes, and pit toilet. Self-register and pay $20 fee at Stone Lagoon VC. Call 707-677-3570 for info.

Camping In and Around Redwood National Park System

Unless specifically prohibited (such as at the South Fork boat launch site), primitive camping is allowed throughout Six Rivers National Forest and Smith River National Recreation Area. The use of a campfire, stove, barbecue, and/or gas lantern requires a free permit available from the U.S. Forest Service office in Gasquet, Calif. or Crescent City Information Center. Campers must camp at least 1 mile from developed campgrounds, and pack-out all trash.

There are no toilets in the backcountry, so bury human waste 6-8 inches deep and 100-feet from any water source. Store your food and scented items properly – preferably from a bear bag. Call 707-457-3131 for more information. Please keep in mind that setting up hammocks on any of the trees is not allowed. The use of hammocks and ropes can damage and mutilate the trees’ bark.

Public Campgrounds Outside Redwood National Park

Big Lagoon Humboldt County Park – Redwoods Camping

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Park website
Big Lagoon Humboldt County Park is located 13 miles South of Orick, Calif. on U.S. 101
Phone: 707-445-7651
Sites: 25 tent, Trailer or RV: Narrow road may prevent access by larger Trailers/RVs
Situated near the Pacific Ocean and a freshwater lagoon. There is a boat ramp, showers, accessible restrooms, fire pits, and day use ($5 a day). $20 (1 site w/ elec.: $25)

Clam Beach Humboldt County Park – Redwoods Camping

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Located 6 miles South of Trinidad, Calif. on U.S. 101
Phone: 707-445-7651
Season: Year-round
Sites: 9 tent, 9 Trailer or RV
Great sites among the dunes to watch the sun setting along Pacific Ocean beach.

Bayside RV Park

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Park website
750 U.S. Hwy 101 South
Phone: 707-464-9482 or 1-800-446-9482
Season: Year-round
Sites: 110 RV up to 60 feet
The Bayside RV Park adjoins the Crescent City Harbor and provides walking access to a wide range of local attractions.

Blumenstrauss RV

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10700 U.S. Hwy 101 North
Phone: 877-487-0203
Season: Year-round
Sites: 20 RV up to 70-feet
Park Blumenstrauss RV Park near Smith River California offers full hookup RV sites catering to long term guests with a few short term sites available adjacent to US 101.

Crescent City Redwoods KOA – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
4241 U.S. Hwy 101 North
Phone: 707-464-5744
Season: Year-round
Sites: 30 RV sites and 30 tent sites, 17 cabins
This KOA is close to some great hiking trails in the Redwood National and State Parks as well as many beautiful beaches and four major rivers. Area highlights include the Trees of Mystery, Battery Point Lighthouse, Ocean World, Tour Thru Tree, Fern Canyon and Oregon Caves. Some sites located among the redwoods.

Harbor RV Anchorage – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
159 Starfish Way
Phone: 707-464-1724 Year-round
Season: Year-round
Sites: 117 RV up to 40 feet
Redwood Harbor Village is located in the Harbor District of Crescent City in Northern California, just minutes from the tallest redwoods, and Crescent City’s beautiful South Beach.

Hiouchi RV Resort – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
2000 U.S. Hwy 199
Phone: 707-458-3321
Season: Year-round
Sites: 120 RV up to 60-feet, 6 tent sites
The Hiouchi RV Resort borders both the Redwood National Park and the Jedediah Smith State Park. The campground is just minutes from Crescent City, and only 5 miles from the junction of Hwy 101 and Hwy 199.

Lucky 7 Casino – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
350 North Indian Road
Phone: 707-487-7777
Season: Year-round
Sites: 12 (no hookups) RV up to 30 feet (all sites are free)

Orman Guest Ranch & Stables – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
750 Humboldt Road
Phone: 707-464-4434 Use email as they don’t answer the phone when busy.
Email: OrmanRanch@gmail.com
Season: May 1 to Sept. 30
Sites: 40 (no hookups) No maximum stay.
The Orman Guest Ranch & Stables is a working Ranch/Stables as well as an RV park. The daily schedule, including checking in campers, is subject to animal emergencies.

Salmon Harbor RV Resort – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
200 Salmon Harbor Road
Phone: 707-487-3341
Season: Year-round
Sites: 88 RV up to 42 feet, 8 tent
Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village and Resort, formerly Ship Ashore and Salmon Harbor Resorts. North park is open for business, but call first.

Shoreline RV Campground – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
900 Sunset Circle
Phone: 707-464-2473
Season: Year-round
Sites: 191 RV up to 90-feet, 20 tent sites
Sites are paved and have grass lawns. 44 pull-thru sites and 15 back-ins, includes full hook-ups, very fast Wi-Fi, Cable TV, water, power, sewer. Wi-Fi was recently upgraded to 50Mx8 with 4 new masts. Their cable TV has over 75 channels, and satellite will work from any of their sites. Eureka is situated on the Bay and has a full-service Harbor.

Sunset Harbor RV Park – Redwoods Camping

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205 King Street
Phone: 707-464-3423
Season: Year-round
Sites: 69 RV

The Redwoods RV Resort – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
6701 U.S. Hwy 101 North
Phone: 707-487-7404
Season: Year-round
Sites: 102 RV up to 65-feet, 40 tent sites
Located along “The Redwood Highway,” the Redwoods RV Resort is located minutes from Redwood National & State Parks, Redwood National Forest, Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, and Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park.

Village Camper Inn – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
1543 Parkway Drive
Phone: 707-464-3544
Season: Year-round
Sites: 135 RV, 20 tent (no max stay)
Located between the Redwoods National Parks and the Pacific Ocean, Village Camper Inn guests enjoy both the majesty of untouched old-growth forest and the adventure of wild coastal beaches. The RV Park campground is nestled in a quiet forest setting–so close to nature, yet we’re only two minutes from the services and conveniences of Crescent City on California’s Highway 101.

Blackberry Patch RV Park – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
401 Terwer Riffe Road
Phone: 707-482-4782
Season: Year-round
Sites: 40 sites for tents or RVs up to 38 feet
Blackberry RV Park is one of the premier RV parking locations near Crescent City, CA. They see guests from Klamath and the other nearby cities, and also have cabins and lodges and RV storage.

Camper Corral RV Park & Campground – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
18151 U.S. Hwy 101 South
Phone: 707-482-5741
Season: Year-round
Sites: 120 RV, 100 tent
Located at the north end of the Golden Bear Bridge on Hwy 101. With over 50 riverfront acres in the heart of the Redwoods National Park, 3000 feet of river frontage, and a sunny location that is just beyond the prevailing fog line, Klamath’s Camper Corral is the ideal base camp.

Chere-ere Bridge Campground – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
151 E. Klamath Beach Road
Phone: 707-482-0604
Season: Year-round
Sites: RV 60, Tent No max.
The Klamath River is known as one of the best salmon rivers on the planet. Tens of thousands of fish swim by the Cher-ere Bridge Campground every year. Winter steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout and Pacific lamprey are in the lower Klamath River from December through April. Spring Chinook, summer steelhead, and sturgeon come next, riding spring rains and snow melt to destinations throughout the watershed. The peak of fishing season begins in July and runs through mid-October.

Chinook RV Resort – Redwoods Camping 

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Park Website
17465 U.S. Hwy 101 South
Phone: 707-482-3511
Season: Year-round
Sites: 5 tent sites, 72 RV full-hookup sites
Each site has cable TV and 30 – 50 amp hook-ups. Chinook RV is a full service resort with river frontage, mild summer temperatures between 70 to 80 degrees, boat docks, small boat ramp, boat rentals, tackle shop, community fire deck overlooking the river, laundry, propane, clean restroom & showers, and a store with convenience groceries, beer & wine, gifts and RV supplies.

Golden Bear RV Resort – Redwoods Camping

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17581 U.S. Hwy 101 South
Phone: 707-482-3333
Season: Summer
Sites: 53 tent or RV sites, RV up to 70-feet

Kamp Klamath RV Park & Campground – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
1661 W. Klamath Beach Road
Phone: 707-482-0227
Season: Year-round
Sites: 45 RV up to 50 feet, 72 tent
Most RV sites at this campground are separate from tent sites. They do have some “hybrid” sites available where you may set up a tent next to your RV. All RV sites are full hookup with free cable TV and WiFi. Back-in and pull-through sites available. Fire rings & picnic tables available. Free hot showers. Laundry facilities on-site. Groups are welcome. Pets are welcome.

Klamath River RV Park – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
700 W. Klamath Beach Road
Phone: 707-482-2091
Season: Year-round
Sites: 98 RV up to 60-feet, 10 tent
The Klamath River RV park is located right on the Klamath river directly adjacent to the California National Redwoods Park with nearby beautiful ocean beaches and hiking trails.

Mystic Forest RV Park – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
15875 U.S. Hwy 101
Phone: 707-482-4901
Season: Year-round
Sites: 30 RV, 14 tent No max.

Requa Resort & RV Park – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
190 Lower Requa Road
Phone: 707-482-1309
Season: June 1 – November 1
Sites: 30 RV up to 27-feet, 6 tent
Located on the majestic Klamath River. Fishing, boating, boat tours, a drive-through Redwood tree and more.

Riverside RV Park – Redwoods Camping

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Park Website
17505 U.S. Hwy 101
Phone: 707-482-1111
Season: Year-round
Sites: 49 RV up to 42-feet, 10 tent sites
Riverside RV is located in the heart of the Redwoods minutes away from several local attractions, including the Drive Thru Tree, Klamath River Jet Boats and Redwood National Park. Direct access to the Pacific Ocean.

Steelhead Lodge – Redwoods Camping 

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Park Website
330 Terwer Riffe Road
Phone: 707-482-8145
Season: Year-round
Sites: 24 RV, tent as available
The famous Steelhead Lodge is known for the best margaritas & BBQ in the county and next to the Klamath River, a world class fishing destination. Located where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean in the heart of the Redwoods this resort is just minutes away from the Roy Rook Launching facilities. This unique resort offers a delicious menu with steaks, ribs, lobster and fish, full bar, eight motel rooms with kitchenettes and 24 RV spaces.

Terwer Park Resort

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641 Terwer Riffe Road
Phone: 707-482-3855
Season: Year-round
Sites: 98 sites RV up to 32-feet,
This campground offers a boat launch, fishing, shaded sites and is pet friendly.

Azalea Glen RV Park & Campground 

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Park Website
3883 Patricks Point Drive
Phone: 707-677-3068
Season: Year-round
Sites: 35 RV up to 40 feet
Azalea Glen is a fully non-smoking park providing old-fashioned hospitality and clean air.

Emerald Forest of Trinidad

Park Website
753 Patricks Point Drive
Phone: 707-677-3554
Season: Year-round
Sites: 50 RV, 30 tent

The Emerald Forest of Trinidad offers proximity to Trinidad Harbor, great restaurants nearby, fire rings & picnic tables, clean cabins & courteous hosts with a desire to make your stay a warm, memorable experience.

Sounds of the Sea 

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Park Website
443 Patricks Point Drive
Phone: 707-677-3271
Season: Year-round
Sites: 70 RV up to 42-feet, 4 tent
This campground sits on 13 Acres some 300 ft. above the rocky Pacific ocean. Guests can access the beach via a pathway into Patrick’s Point State Park (walk ins are not charged) There is also parking outside the park, for walkers and surfer access. Guests enjoy the comfort of full hookups, laundry, store, gym and Spa. Lagoons, tide pools and redwood parks are close by.

View Crest Lodge

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Park Website
3415 Patricks Point Drive
Phone: 707-677-3393
Season: Year-round
Sites: 37 RV up to 36-feet, 15 tent
Located on the back half of 11 beautiful acres, View Crest Lodge’s secluded RV park and campground is a quiet, private location. Long-term and short-term RV tenancy, are offered. Visitors and tenants will enjoy amenities, such as fire rings, picnic tables, laundry facilities, indoor restrooms and showers in this campground nestled in the trees.