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.
Recently camped at the Agate Campground, spot 87, which was located at the top of the road towards the beach trail. It was a convenient and mysterious site. Mysterious because our tent was nestled in a sort-of-like hobbit hole nestled in the trees. The proximity of the showers/toilets were within 200ft of the site. The camp host was also in this area, and they sold wood; however, the wood we purchased was way too wet to burn. Showers are $1.00 for 10 minutes, which is plenty of time to clean up. There are flushing toilets with adequate toilet paper, but make sure to bring hand soap…it’s not here. The views are SPECTACULAR, and the overall inhale is worth the trip!
many things make this a favorite spot of mine. camp hosts are always helpful and aren’t in your business. Spots are all beautiful and haven’t really found a bad one yet. Showers and bathrooms are maintained Well. (coin op showers) well posted signs daily’s or high/low tide and activities in the area. a must see for anyone even thinking about visiting.
nice location and beautiful hiking trail overlooking the ocean. dump station at a rest area less than a mile away.
Beautiful scenery. I love that your right on the coast but have redwoods all around. The state park is well maintained.
This is one of the nicest and quietest California State Parks in the system. The individual sites are separated by foliage and everything is green. The walk to Agate Beach is a must, where you can find interesting drift wood and other interesting beachcombing stuff. Need to reserve your campsite early, however you might luck out if you just show up. The staff is very 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.