We checked out these grounds on our way to the Burlington campground as this site is just east off the same exit. While it might be an excellent place if you’re not too picky about sloping sites, we were very pleased to be staying at Burlington which ended up being nice and flat. Excellent facilities otherwise
This campground is one of our favorites. We try and get here at least once a year. Campground is built on the side of a mountain so there are some really cool sites. No hookups but lots of sites for smaller trailers. There are also a ton of sites in this campground with a lot that are first come first serve. Restrooms are always pretty clean and staff is super friendly. Not to mention it’s right off the Avenue of the Giants which is an amazing drive.
I just kept driving up and up and up. Sites are small and crammed in. The site I was in get like I was parked in the middle of the road, and the water spigot was right out my back hatch. Other sites seemed better situated.
Large state park campground that was completely sold out, but offered a small section of non-reservable tent campsites. We checked in on a Monday when there were only a few other sites around us occupied, but by the time we were leaving on Thursday most of the non-reservable sites were full.
The campground is very well maintained with bathrooms and showers that were cleaned every morning. They allow campfires in fire rings and sell firewood on site for $8 a bundle.
There is a redwood grove hiking trail behind the campsites that takes you from one end of the campground to the other. You can also walk across Avenue of the Giants from the entrance to a trail that leads you down to the South Fork Eel River. We stayed in July when the water was warm enough in which to swim and the fish are very playful. Bring a blanket or pad to sunbathe, the scenery is beautiful. Careful hiking around the area though, poison oak is abundant.
There’s a small town called Meyers Flat just south of the campground on Avenue of the Giants where you can get some last-minute camp supplies, beer and ice. The market does have some groceries, but not enough to do all your shopping there. I also recommend taking a drive North on Avenue of the Giants to Ferndale or Eureka for a day trip.
Definitely a great summer spot with the river, and a great anytime spot for a place in the Redwoods. You will hear traffic from the Highway 101 in the evening and morning, but it quiets down enough at night you wont even think about it.
Came here on a last minute trip. Everything else was booked up, but this was available. The campground opens up quite a few tent sites (probably over 50 sites) on first come first serve basis at 2:00 pm. Most sites did not fill up. Felt like we had hiked out to the woods with no one else around. Surrounded by redwoods and aspens. Clean bathroom and showers. Great location to explore the redwoods.
Just returned from a long 4th of July weekend (amid all of the C19 pandemic craziness) with our family of 4 and had an absolute great stay. If you've been dreaming about what it's like to live, camp and sleep underneath the tallest trees in the world, then this a great and convenient place to experience second-growth Redwoods (you'll have to look elsewhere for first-growth!).
Hidden Springs is 1 of 3 campgrounds in the Humbolt Redwoods State Park, and it, like its sistern property, Burlington, located just due north, are both located right off Highway 101 and Avenue of the Giants, which is one of the most scenic drives in Cali, if not the country. While this is a strong positive, the most critical bit of feedback I would provide is this - you're camping next to both a highway and a road, the latter you can't hear, but the former produces its own steady stream of whirring cars. So if you don't mind that, then for the most part, this is a great campground. For those that really want to escape all the noise, I would recommend you look at the 5 star Albee Creek Campground, which is a 40 minute drive off of Hwy 101 to the west on Mottole Road (note: this premium campground books up well in advance, so plan accordingly, and while more in-tune with nature, this site lacks the privacy that you can find at other campgrounds).
Back to Hidden Springs - not every site here in this campground is created equal! So you'll have to look long and hard for a great site to reserve (and unlike many other campgrounds in the state reservation system, the Humbolt Redwoods SP don't seem to be as difficult to reserve). I relied upon http://www.redwoodhikes.com to help me select the best site to book, and I have to say, while a great resource, the site we ultimately picked #62, due to it being located furthest from traffic, wasn't a fit for us as the site had a steep downgraded path followed by multiple steppes that wouldn't accommodate our 12 person tent. Thankfully, the park ranger at the front desk was accommodating and we were able to swap out for #146, which apart from its proximity to the swooshing of cars on the Avenue, was a fantastic little piece of land.
The campground itself is a very welcoming 'suburb' of interlocking loops of campsites. What is somewhat unusual about this campground as despite it being in the Redwoods, which generally means not a whole lot of privacy (as unlike other forests, Redwoods mean little to no shrubbery around each campsite), but there are a number of sites that provided a decent amount of seclusion from your neighbors, which was our experience. We felt pretty isolated from the rest of the camp and really enjoyed the large plot of land, which was ample for our 2 tents, complete with a picnic table (which was in need of a serious power spraying!), a decent size fire ring and parking. The public bathrooms (note: bring quarters! 5 quarters gets you 5 minutes) are just mediocre, but fairly clean (for pristine private bathrooms and showers, head towards the coast to Van Damme SP!), which due to C19, seemed to be cleaned more often than usual. All in all, a really great Redwoods camping experience - but be sure to bring EVERYTHING you need with you as there really isn't a whole lot in the way of restaurants or grocery stores anywhere nearby.
Before signing off, be sure to check out these nearby sites: Southfork Eel River for a refreshing dip alongside water otters and multi-colored fish; Giant Tree where you can scale some of these fallen wood soldiers to get across the creek.
Huge accommodating campsite. I enjoyed being nestled inside the redwoods.
An authentic redwoods campground. Many different loops in the park and we found a great large site with no neighbours so extremely quiet and private but a short little walk to the washroom
I have stayed at site 26 at the Hidden Springs Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park twice. For my first stay I chose site 26 on a whim, using the campground map and online campsite photos to try to find a secluded spot. Secluded it is! There is a paved space to park above the campsite, and a narrow little path leading down into the site - maybe 10-15 yards, it’s not far at all. The site is completely surrounded by redwoods, and you cannot see the neighboring sites at all - it’s perfect for me. This seems to be true of many other sites in the campground, though some are more open.
The site has a picnic table, a wooden bin/food locker to store things in, and a fire ring with a grate (we always travel with a small collapsable grate, but appreciate when the fire ring has the real thing). The bathrooms were clean and plumbed, and the facility had nice, clean, hot, coin-operated showers. The ranger kiosk sells wood.
The redwoods in the area are simply stunning - the views from Highway 101 and the Avenue of the Giants are beautiful. There are a bunch of different hiking trails around the campground area, and the Eel river is right next to the campground.
It was extremely hot and humid the last time we visited, and the mosquitos were AWFUL. I’ve never had so many bites in my life, but that’s mother nature for you. The temperature will drop off later in the evening, making it more pleasant for sleep.
If you love the redwoods, you shouldn’t be disappointed, the campground is beautiful!
Plumbed Toilets: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Showers: Yes (coins)
Picnic Table: Yes
Cooking Grates: Yes
Cell Service: No
The camp sites felt a little close together, but the grounds as a whole were beautiful. Warning for and campers with disabilities, even a lot if the handicap sites are very steep and rugged to get from your vehicle to the actual site, so just be careful.