Thirty miles north of Eureka, Patrick’s Point State Park sits on a lushly forested promontory beside the Pacific Ocean.
The one-square-mile park is densely packed with potential adventures. On a short walk around the perimeter of the park, you can hunt for agates, explore tidepools, and walk through a jungle of shrubs and trees as you peer out at seals, sea lions, and migrating whales. In the park’s interior, you’ll find a visitor center, a native plant garden, and a reconstructed Yurok plank-house village. You can picnic or wake up to birdsong at one of three campgrounds. In summer, you can witness a traditional ceremony at Sumêg Village or take a hike led by a docent or professional naturalist. Patricks point camping is dog friendly.
Patricks Point is beautiful, and the location is awesome for exploring the entire area - Trinidad, Redwood National Park, and the Beautiful State Park itself. Tons to do, and good facilities.
Beautiful views and tide pools to explore.
Patrick's Point is always a favorite stop when cruising my way back down the West Coast. It's eerily beautiful to wake up among the Redwoods, where the morning mist hangs low & thick to mute most other camp noises. Facilities are well maintained & most other campers are quite considerate in the grounds. They even have site storage-boxes for your firewood & food. Each site is wonderfully private, enclosed by mystic trees.
If your stamina permits, the descent (and climb back up!) is worth the shakey-leg syndrome some might encounter at the point to the left of the campground. The tide pools are always magical; vultures and hawks float among the cliff sides in the coastal updrafts, the sea breeze carries echoes of the sea lions that dot the inaccessible offshore crags, anemones & barnacles & starfish (oh, my!) decorate the rocky shores.
The one improvement which could be made is more attentive rangers; there are some groups of folks who unfortunately don't understand, or blatantly disregard the necessity of "leave it better than you found it" (let alone the signs declaring how imperative it is to leave inhabitants of the tide pools where they are). We left early due to some people (adults!) terrorizing the tide pools, after reminding them of the sensitive ecosystem.
Overall, definitely a must-stay. Be sure you have what you need for camp cooking- markets aren't too close! Campground fire pits have a cooking grate to pivot over the fire for some good eats, water spigots easily accessible as well.
This place is beautiful! Bathrooms and showers were close by. Showers are coin operated and dark though so bring quarters and a flashlight! My family greatly enjoyed hiking to participate in the eduquest. I highly recommend it if you have kids!
When I can't get a spot at Prairie Creek Campground (which is frequently since they book out very far), I can often find one at Patrick's Point, which is almost as lovely. Big, beautiful camp sites that fit two families easily. Cute trails that run throughout. Tons of beautiful trees. Views from the bluff of the ocean. Nice bathrooms. The whole experience is absolutely perfect. Exactly what I want from a camping trip.
This is an awesome campground north of Eurika CA. They have several sites, but it is a very popular campground so book in advance. The walk down to Agate beach is a long one, down a lot of steps. It is worth it though. I could lay in the sand for ever looking for agates. Make sure to check the tide tables, the bottom steps on the trail are sometimes under water during a high tide.
Nice campground with access to the rocky coastline.
We just spend a day here, but did check out the campgrounds for future coastal endeavors. The sites were semi-private but the bathrooms were great! I thought they were above average for a campground bathroom. The park itself has some great hikes that we checked out and the beach is, of course, amazing.
It would be so easy to drive right past the turnoff for this park on your way down the coast. I'm glad we didn't make that mistake! The coastline scenery is exceptional, and the park offers a nice variety of activities: beachcombing, short or long hikes, scenic overlooks, paved loops for kids to bike around, and so on. We were lucky enough to see a pod of whales frolicking within easy eyesight of shore, even though it wasn't the whale migration season.
The campsites are tucked into little pockets scattered around the park, which gives it a really nice uncrowded feeling, much better than being shoulder-to-shoulder with every other camper in the place. Highly recommend this park for either a day trip or overnight.
This campground is awesome. I pulled up in May without a reservation and found a bunch of sites to choose from! We picked one near Agate beach where we spent the morning beach combing and eating wild beach strawberries. Later we checked out the Indian village and Wedding Rock. Totally worth a second a trip!