Redwood Campgrounds

List of Campgrounds and RV Parks on the Northern California Coast

If you are planning to stay at one of the California State Parks you will need to make reservations. During the summer months especailly over the weekends some of these parks do get comletly filled up. You can call the state park reservation system at 1-800-444-7275 (park). Most of the county parks in Humbolt County are on a first come first serve basis.

Most of the parks along the California Redwood coast are dog friendly and dogs are permitted on the beaches, campgrounds and other developed park areas if they are leashed, except on the trails where dogs are prohibited.

Campground City Website Phone
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Orick (707) 465-7347
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground Orick (707) 465-7347
Sylvan Harbor RV Park and Cabins Trinidad (707) 677-9988
Patricks Point State Park Trinidad (707) 465-7347
Big Lagoon County Park Trinidad (707) 445-7651
Redwood Lake Resort Trinidad (707) 488-2181
Camp Kimtu Willow Creek (530) 629-2136
Six Rivers National Forest Willow Creek (707) 442-1721/td>
Clam Beach County Park McKinleyville (707) 445-7651
Widow White Creek RV Park McKinleyville Widow White Creek RV Park (707) 839-1137
Mad River Rapids RV Park Arcata (800) 822-7776
Redwood Acres Fairgrounds Eureka (707) 445-3037
Somoa Boat Ramp County Park Eureka (707) 445-7651
Eureka KOA Park Eureka (800) 562-3136
Humboldt County Fairgrounds Ferndale (707) 786-9511
Riverwalk RV Park and Campground Fortuna (800) 705-5359
River's Edge RV Park Rio Dell (707) 764-5420
Van Duzen County Park Carlotta (707) 445-7651
Redcrest Resort and Gift Shop Avenue of the Giants (707) 722-4208
Humboldt Redwoods State Park Avenue of the Giants (707) 946-2409
Dean Creek Resort Avenue of the Giants (877) 923-2555
Giant Redwoods RV and Camp Avenue of the Giants (707) 943-9999
A. W. Way County Park Petrolia (707) 445-7651
Richardson Grove State Park Garberville (707) 247-3318
Benbow Valley RV Resort and Golf Course Garberville (866)236-2697
King Range - BLM Lost Coast Shelter Cove (707)986-5400
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park Whitethorn (707) 986-7711

My Family has had the opportunity to visit the various parks along the Northern California coast north of Eureka many times as I grew up in the Redding area as well as raised my kids there. We’ve camped in Patrick’s point, and several locations in the Orick area at various times of the year. While the average temperature is a little cooler in the winter months than in the summer it’s the difference in rainfall that makes summer a better time to camp.

Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon

During the Summer months from May to September the average rainfall is only from .2 to .7 inches while it can get up to 11.5 inches in December and over 3.5 inches in January and February. If you are planning in heading back to Fern Canyon or staying at Gold Bluffs beach a little rain can be a good thing. The road through the redwoods gets a little dusty in the summer while everything looks fresh and clean in the winter time.

While you are driving down the dirt road to Gold Bluffs beach you will see some of the Redwoods that were used during the filming of Star Wars. You can almost see the Ewoks swinging through the trees. This is also a good area to check out the Roosevelt Elk. We’ve found them wandering through the campgrounds near the beach as well as in the trails around Fern Canyon.

Patrick’s Point

Another one of our favorites is Patrick’s point. There are several campgrounds that make up the state park campground. All of them are pretty nice. There is a path that winds around the top of the cliff that overlooks the beach below. Toward the north end of the park is Agate Beach. This is a great place to look for agates. If you’re not exactly sure what an agate is you can check out a bunch of samples at the campground check in booth. These campgrounds have tent only spaces as well as space that accommodate large motor homes and 5th wheel RVs.

In the Patrick’s point State park there is also a lagoon you can drop a family boat into and do some fishing. “Big Lagoon” is located in the Big Lagoon County Park.

Trinidad State Beach

Trinidad Beach is another nice area to wander around on the beach. It is usually pretty cool and windy so you will want to come prepared. As you head down to the beach you will see another road heading off to the left which leads to the pier as well as a restaurant. When the tide is low you can walk down the beach pretty far and there are some pretty cool rocks to climb on.

Fresh Water Lagoon

Just before you reach Orick you will find a long stretch of road that runs between a section of beach and Fresh Water Lagoon. At the end of this stretch of road is the Thomas Kuchel Information Center. This section of beach is a good place to do some surf fishing. My family has been able to pull many Red Tailed Perch out of this section of water. While I haven’t personally fished it, there is also the lagoon on the other side of the road where we often see small boats and people fishing.

Redwood Sculpture

If you are looking to take home a piece of the redwoods, Orick is a great place to look for redwood sculpture. You will find everything from small hand held pieces to large chainsaw artwork done in redwood burl. Common pieces are redwood bears and eagles as well as clocks, lighthouses and about anything else you can imagine.

Camping in the Redwoods

While it can get into the 80s expect it to be pretty cool while camping along the Northern California coast. Be sure to have jackets or long sleeve shirts as well as long pants. During the day you may also get some time where it is comfortable to wear shorts.

At night most of the camp sites allow fires. You won’t find wood around the camp ground so you can either buy some from the campground host or in Orick. If you have your own wood from home it doesn’t hurt to bring that. It gets cold at night so be sure to bring enough wood.


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