We've staid here several years in a row now, and we always book the same site. Most of the sites under the trees are a bit close, but there are a few along the outside off the lower loop that open out to this amazing valley. Each year something big has happened. One year we had a (roughly) two year old bear about 60 feet from our camp, just hanging out in the apple tree, eatting apples. This year there was a star gazing party and and astronomy club brought high powered telescopes and showed us all several beautiful things in the sky. The bathrooms are well maintained too, which is always a plus. This is currently my favorite camp ground.
My wife introduced me to this little gem about 8 years ago. She has been coming to this spot with her family since she was a toddler. The site was actually a fruit orchard prior to being sold and turned into a campground. Nestled on the Avenue of the Giants (Highway 101) and far enough off the main road to feel like you are a little lost is Albee Creek Campground. The large meadow in front of the camp sites has tall grass that helps hide the deer and bears that like to come out and eat from the fruit trees that produce during the summer time. It's not uncommon to stroll the meadow early morning or in the evening and see the Black Bears up the fruit trees munching away on apples and the Deer eating what the bear drop. Bull Creek that runs along Albee is a wonderful for a shady hike in the cool water while looking for frogs, turtles, snakes and salamanders. My boys love doing this and hanging out here most of the time. Just outside of Albee and next to Highway 101 is the Eel River which has some beach access areas where you can easily find a spot to relax with your feet in the river water while you sip on a cold one. GREAT PLACE!
Albee Creek is a decent little campground set in a beautiful area of Northern California.
The campground itself is relatively small with not a ton of cover between sites. We camped in spot #25 which was nice because we only had campers on one side of us. There were a lot of ticks in the field next to our site however, so I guess we ended up with more neighbors than if we had camped closer to other people.
The campground had bathrooms and showers, which were both in nice condition.
There are a few trail options right from the campground, which is nice. We ended up doing a 16.5-mile loop from the campground to the summit of Grasshopper Peak. It was a nice hike with about 3,100 feet of elevation gain, mostly on fire roads.
Firewood is for sale at the Ranger Kiosk and you are required to purchase your firewood there or somewhere else close by to prevent transmission of disease. The closest store for firewood and beer (aka camping essentials) was in Myers Flat. Stop on your way north if you can as it’s a 25-minute drive each way.
Albee Creek is a great little campground accessed via a bumpy but beautiful ride through old-growth redwood forest just off the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. We were towing a teardrop trailer, and though a sign said "trailers and RVs not advised," we and others made it just fine by taking it slow. The campground itself was clean and well-maintained. There are many sites under the redwoods but most there seemed to offer little privacy. We were in site 22, facing the meadow, and had a beautiful view during sunset and sunrise as well as prime stargazing. Personally I found 22 and 23 best in terms of privacy and views, but site 25, though pretty open, backs right up to the meadow itself. The frogs from the creek sing you to sleep, and there were deer that visited the meadow in the evenings. Nice hiking nearby and there's a great day use beach on the Eel River at the California Federation of Women's Clubs Grove. The vibe at the campground was very mellow with lots of families and kids riding bikes/scooters around camp.