Like most of the reviews, the campsites are roomy but little privacy. The bathrooms are clean and showers are nice for people who aren't big into camping.
There are lots of old redwood stumps to explore and climb on for kids. The Gould nature hike is easy and informative with lots of interesting sites. Walk down to the river for stone skipping, wading fun. Also the river hike on the opposite side of the river was amazing, we didn't run into another hiker, so peaceful.
Also the rangers there were awesome. Our car wouldn't start when leaving (due to leaving car doors open). But the rangers had a battery starter pack. Saved us hours of waiting for AAA.
1. Spacious campsite
2. Bathrooms clean
3. Close to visitors center
4. Close to several hiking trails
5. Sites are shaded
Nice campground for trailers and tents with relatively large sites interspersed in the redwood trees. The shared bathrooms have showers (25¢/minute for water) and are all clean and updated. There are fire pits and picnic tables in each site. The summer charge was $35/night.
Probably my favorite campground due to the ingenious ancient trees surrounding the entire area. Plenty of hiking super close to the campground. We visited in Winter and had nearly the entire place to ourselves. Quiet and peaceful, perfect for the entire family. Highly recommend and would stay here again
The spots are best suited for trailers, with little dirt area to pitch a tent. The spaces are cramped if the area is full. There are two indoor single showers and men's and women's bathrooms (two stalls in the latter) in a facility on site. $25/night. Camp host was friendly and informative.
This was the first stop on a drive from San Francisco to Seattle. The river access is pretty sweet!! We stayed in site 26 with our van, it was decent size, on the end of the row and across from the bathroom. It’s just a couple minutes walk to the river. We rolled in on a Friday evening and there were tons of spots available. There are a few big loops, some spaces had water front access but those were all snagged. The third loop was set back away from the river and very private and shaded but the highway noise seemed loud when we checked it out. This camp ground is VERY kid friendly, probably a bit more than we were after since we left our 2 kiddos out of this trip for some solo time. Bathrooms are super clean, quarter showers, I think it was $1.50 for 5 minutes. The toilet stalls have electrical outlets and mirrors too which is nice. The spots are super tight to one another so not a lot of privacy. Staff was helpful and friendly, a bundle of wood was $8. The river is very rocky! Bring your water shoes
Great spot at the entry to one of my favorite backpacking spots. Camped here for a night in transit to SD from Seattle, was super remote but the drive in itself was an adventure! Loved how close to the ocean the sites were and got uber lucky with a beautiful sunset and sunrise.
Definitely come here if you’re looking for a quiet spot with rugged ocean views! Happy camping!
Incredible area, so remote you gotta commit to it!
No water at the site but we got some on our way at the county park between Honeydew and the campground. Could probably get water in Petrolia too. Plan ahead for that!
Plan ahead for lots of sun — we camped in mid-July and had a full day of sun! The ocean water was super cold (and dangerous) but the river was just right. Nice to have options.
Most stunning was these massive cliffs that open into this wild California coast. You can hike to the (non-working) lighthouse and enjoy yourself with a driftwood fire at night. Camping on the side away from the very close by beach was smart as you get a little reprieve with some shade from the shrubs and hedges (with some wildlife running through).
Animal proof trash on site, recycling too. Toilets were fine (hand sanitizer in them!) and generally pretty quiet.
One of the best little hidden gems I’ve ever camped at.
This campground is an excellent stopping point along the 101 Highway and the South for of the Eel River. It has great access to the River for swimming/fishing, and the camp sites are well spaced and many are very privately tucked down in the trees. There is a bunch of wildlife including river otters which we saw while here, and some bald eagles! Nearby are some great hiking trails, some of which travel through groves of redwoods. Sadly while we were at this location the opposite bank of the river which usually houses a whole other section of campground and is much closer to the River was closed for renovation/construction purposes. However we still enjoyed this beautiful location.
If you find yourself traveling through the redwoods while driving the Avenue of the Giants this is a really nice little campground to stop in and spend the night. They have first come, first serve for any unreserved spots, and during the week there are typically a few available. However, they can only be used for one night at a time.
The campground has access to the South Fork of the Eel River right across the street for swimming and fishing, and hiking trails nearby. Much of the campground is surrounded by huge redwoods and the stumps left from fallen or logged trees, which are in themselves enormous, and so much fun for kids to play on! There is also a nearby town, Myers Flat which has a store and the awesome Drive Thru Tree! The only downside to this campground is the size of the sites, which are crammed together and don’t have much privacy.
Look. If you are in to big trees and misty mornings, this is the place. I kinda wanna give it 2 stars so that it won’t be crowded next time I go. Walk to the river, stroll through the woods. There was a rednecky family that pulled in the last day with a large group of shitty kids and barking dogs. (I like kids and had my dog with me, these were the shitty kind though). Other than that it was idyllic. Hot showers, well mainly sites. Courteous hosts and rangers. And a 15min drive to a little grocery/gas station, the Murrish Market.
we stayed in the group site with friends a while back. the park is about 15 miles from the coast but still is heavily influenced by coastal weather. the fog can stay in the river valley and keep the campground cold even in the summer. the river is nice earlier in the year before the water warms and it fills with algae. theres swimming and hiking on site as well as the ranger station to explore. the redwoods are beautiful but the campground is directly adjacent to highway 36. luckily, its a low volume road, but the noise can be a bother still. we will be back even if its just for a day trip to swim.
we stayed there the last weekend in may and enjoyed the mild weather and the lack of other campers. the views of the cove are great and provide decent fishing from the bank. we were in for a show with a lightning storm as it moved in from the northeast. it rained, but the tree canopy did a decent job of providing coverage so we werent immediately. the site is truly primitive and while its advertised as having water available, its marked non-potable. its a bit of an adventure driving in, but well worth it.
MacKerricher was absolutely amazing. I went with my best friend and had a blast! The beach was gorgeous and spent most of our time exploring the area. One thing that did suck was that there was a raccoon in the bushes near our campsite that popped out at us both nights as well as stared from the bushes. Scary.
Other than that we had a lot of fun!
This campsite is part of Humboldt State Park and is nestled right in the middle of a grove of giant redwoods. We left our tent fly off so that we could look straight up and see the redwoods towering over us, and the stars were also amazing. Within the state park you can go on several walks through famous redwood groves and see humorous trees such as the "Flat Iron Tree" and "Giant Tree" (lol). This was a one night stop for us on the way to more of the redwoods north up the coast.
Would definitely stay here again
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
We're motorcycle campers and this is one of our favourites. It is a good 25 minute drive each way to Myers Flat for provisions so stop on the way. Last time we were there the road in was all broken up but I hear that it has been re-paved in the summer of 2018.