The closed Mill Creek day-use area has access to trails through old growth redwoods. This Mill Creek campground has limited access to a few short trails. See notes below.
WARNING: Trestle Loop Trail is not a loop (since 2018 according to CH). The first bridge when hiking clockwise is in excellent condition. The second crossing is at a wide section of creek without any bridge or trail markers. The third crossing is impassible due to a ~6ft abrupt drop. Aug 2019 there was a single laminated sign on the trail floor stating "Stay on trail," an A-frame marker tied to a tree by caution tape over 100ft away from the abrupt drop.
Caution: The campground map dated 2006, rev 2019 is missing important campground details and vaguely marks the path of the Trestle Trail.
Most disappointing, this campground has no old growth redwoods and no immediate hiking access to old growth, rivers, lakes, or beaches and ocean.
The map provided on paper, PDF, and on signs is inaccurate. The good: There are many potable water sources on both north and south loops, not just one as on the map. Some of the bad:
1/ Several camp sites have stairs.
2/ Many camp sites are generously graveled making tent camping less comfortable and difficult to drive stakes.
3/ Site 27 is currently (summer 2019) the end of the Trestle Trail. Expect guests passing through.
4/ Camp sites vary significantly. This could be a positive if documented accurately: Some are stacked with one entrance path deeper into the forest. Some have stairs leading to tent sites above road grade. Some have both such as 5, 6, and 7. Recommendation: Read each site detail on ReserveCalifornia carefully or ask the camp staff at the entrance kiosk.
5/ A few sites are inaccurately placed on the map such as site 20 which is on the main loop, not on the side road.
6/ The map is missing trail details such as another creek crossing and switchbacks on the west side which would be helpful progress indicators.
7/ Especially for RVs and trailers: The campground map makes no mention of the poor entrance road conditions. In addition to a steep grade and tight turns there are several small sections of uneven roadway due to slides. A small section is washed out and only graveled. There are also abrupt speed bumps near the kiosk.
8/ The campground map includes info for some nearby trails, but only the Trestle Trail is indicated on the map. Nearby trails are accessible only from the WEST entrance to the Trestle Trail across from camp site 8.
Huge trees, slugs, and the ocean. Perfect campground. Out first day there we were mesmerized by the elk we saw. So beautiful. Definitely recommend if you love the redwoods.
We camped with Rv,campsite were amazing with fireplace,shower and clean toilet
After climbing up, up, up along the coast, the Mill Creek access road takes you twisting down into a valley among the trees.
Upon arrival the rangers assigned me a campsite but worked hard to figure out which is the available sites best suit my needs. We settled on a site along an out of the way loop. On a Thursday night mid-September there were many open campsites and the campground was pretty quiet. It was incredible just to wander around the campground and wonder at the trees. Mill Creek is in a second generation forest. The old growth trees had been cut for logging years ago but their awe-inspiring stumps are scattered throughout the campground. The trees that grow today are impressive in their own way.
Roughly 20 minutes from Crescent City, there's relatively quick access to the beach and coastline. Check out the Battery Point Lighthouse which can only be accessed at low tide. The campground has flushing toilets, drinking water, and pay showers. There are also fire pits, picnic tables, and large bear lockers in each campsite. The roads down to the campground and throughout are a little rough, keep an eye out for big dumps and dips. The campground hosts sell firewood and have quarters for the showers and are incredibly friendly. I loved staying at Mill Creek and had a wonderful experience yet, $35 dollars a night feels a little pricey.
Definitely my favorite campground in the redwood area. I will be back!
We stayed here three nights, the first night we stayed in spot 57, which was uncomfortably close to 58, only a large log separating the two, would be awesome for two groups, the next night we moved across to 59, better, but very small spots. the high teens, low 20's of this campground have wonderful spots, and I think my review would have been 5 stars had we stayed in one of those spots. Overall in was a good campground, rangers were friendly and knowledgable, there are giant redwood stumps throughout the campground for kids to play on. Good location, close to crescent city and Stout Grove.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the Redwoods, this is the campground for you. I’ve been camping here for more than half my life and I just can’t get enough! Here’s why…
Set down in a little Redwood valley just south of Crescent City, CA to the east of Hwy 101 is what I describe as heaven on earth. As you turn off the highway, you head down the mountain on a paved road for about a mile and a half. You’ll take a short stop at the Ranger Station to check in and get the latest updates on weather, Ranger Talks, tide schedules and anything else you need to know for your stay. Head down another mile and you’ll enter the campground.
At the stop sign, you can either go left or right. The spots to the right will hug you next to the mountain and along the creek that runs through the campground. The small and cozy amphitheater also sits among these spots for the ranger talks and activities for the kiddos. These spots are a bit more open and let you interact with your fellow campers. There a few loops to choose from so you’re sure to get the perfect one for you.
Turn left at the stop sign and you’ll find my favorite loop. These spots vary widely from more open spots to more secluded ones. Some are by the creek, some are back in little nooks of the mountain and some have a short hike to get to. I’ve stayed in all kinds and have never been disappointed. They feel a bit more secluded, though it could just be me romanticizing my favorite place on earth.
Whatever loop you choose to stay in, rest assured you’ll be in the heart of the Redwoods. Lush ferns, new and old growth trees and beautiful flora surround every site. You can join the Ranger Talks, take a hike on one of the trails around the campground or just sit and relax, taking it all in.
Bonus points always go to this campground for coin operated showers (perfect after a long day of adventuring) amazingly friendly and knowledgeable camp hosts and a stellar location to venture out from on your daily adventures.
Thiugh my favorite time to visit has always been August (to escape the heat of the valley), any time of year is a good time to go.
Book your stay through Reserve America, and don’t forget to start mapping out your adventures!
This campground is quiet and family friendly. Large trees, beautiful views and Mill Creek. This campground is close to so many amazing adventures like beaches near Crecent City, Smith River and Jebidiah Redwoods Parks.
wonderful sites, clean bathrooms with dump station
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is a beautiful location with a wonderful campground. The campground is intertwined among a pretty dense redwood forest. There are a lot of sites (145) in a pretty small area, but with the number of trees and dense undergrowth of ferns each site feels quite private.
There aren’t a ton of hiking options from the campground, but you can take the Trestle Loop Trail or Alder Basin Trail around the campground and perhaps combine the two with the Hobbs Wall Trail which takes you out to Highway 1 in a big loop of about 6.7-miles and about 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Another trail, which I did not hike when I was there, but looks nice is an out and back along a trail that parallels the West Branch Mill Creek leaving from the north end of the campground between sites 108 and 109. If you go all the way to the trails end at Hamilton Road the trail will be 4.5-miles round trip with 1,200 feet of elevation gain.