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Beautiful

Well maintained, beautiful campground. Easy access to the river. Nice bathrooms with showers. Each site has quite a bit of privacy and the redwoods are simply stunning. I have only stayed here in the off season so I haven't had to reserve a spot, but I'm sure it's a popular place in the summer so you might want to check out out in advance.

Exactly what we needed

Stayed in a tent here in November. Absolutely beautiful! We could see the ocean from our site and it only took around 2 minutes to walk to the water. It was $35 to stay one night which was a little more to pay than I'm used to, but very nice campground for tents or small campers and vans.

Running water in the bathrooms and there was even a shower. There was fire wood for sale for $8 and there was free wifi that actually worked. The camp host was very nice and helpful.

Fern canyon was about 2 miles down the road. Heads up there is a creek crossing that could be sketchy in a low clearance vehicle.

Will hopefully return very soon!

Ludlum house - good for a few, good for many!

The Ludlum House is a great place to go and escape the loud noises and bright lights. The yard around it is big enough for dogs to run around happily.(Mine did) The house is cozy and feels very homey. Make sure you bring plenty of wood if you come in the fall or winter. Bring your little family, or call in the siblings and cousins. It's a big, beautiful and peaceful place, for few or many to have a great time as a family or a company retreat. There is a couple little trails around the house, one leads to a nice little Creek(pics). Make sure you read and write in the House Journal, it's part of the experience!

Great bayside campground

Not fancy, but a great place to stay while checking out the beautiful scenery in and around Crescent City. Walking distance to lighthouse, downtown and restaurants and seafood markets at Crescent City harbor.

Great getaway

Tucked back in the forest, and right on the ocean. Campsites surrounded by trees and vegetation.. and fairly private. Beautiful!

Beautiful Redwood Setting

This is a wonderful redwood park geared toward tent camping. It not particularly well suited to RVs. There are herds of Roosevelt Elk throughout the park, grazing in the meadow outside of the camping area. The elk are accustomed to people, but keep your distance. There are nice restroom facilities with hot showers. Bring quarters. The sites are close together but there is lush greenery to create a sense of separation. The big complaint are the bear boxes. They are impossible to close quietly so be considerate and plan your late night snack and beverage needs in advance. Reservation absolutely required months in advance for the summer season. This is a great place to go off-season.

Camping in the redwoods

Loved the redwoods and the river.

Beautiful beach

Can’t beat the beach.

Like a Fairy Wonderland

Jedediah Smith Campground has some of the greenest forest I have ever seen. The forest is so thick and creates awesome privacy. It is backed up to an amazing river that is so blue.

It's tight, but nice

I got there late so it was a tight squeeze. I took the first campsite I saw and never saw another free one while paying. It was not "quiet" but with a full campground I didmt expect it. There is a chance I only found a spot because the spot is smelled strongly of skunk. Regardless, I slept under a redwood and could hear the ocean so it checked my boxes. Also they had great warm showers, water access every couple of sites and toilets.

One of my favorite

Patrick's point camp ground is one of my favorite state parks in California. There's plenty of hiking and things to see inside the park including Sumeg village…an old historic site that the Yurok tribe used back in the day. If you want to explore outside there is also plenty to do. However, I lived around this area for 11 years and camped here many times and still haven't seen anything there is to see here. The sites are cheap relative to to other state parks and there is cheap showers and very clean bathrooms.

RV friendly but 1 or 2 OK tent sites

Camped here one night, using van/tent. I would not usually come to an RV centered camp ground like this but there was little else available in the area. Its a 8 mile drive up a nice windy( paved) road from Brookings so not far from supplies and gas.

 I got extremely lucky in that the camp was almost full but i got space#11..which was the best i saw for tent camping. quite private..most of the other spaces are wide open. 

Hosts were not noticed..which i like, bathrooms were clean and flushing. Very near the roadwhich was surprisingly busy with large pick ups even after midnight..i guess heading to the ther river side camp sites further up into the forest.

Beautiful setting, but not much to offer for RV

Beautiful setting, most sites are under the redwoods. We did see elk in areas nearby, but not in the campground. We were there in a small travel trailer. There was no place to fill with water (bring your water bandit). And there is no dump station, the one at Patrick’s Point State Park is also closed. We were told to go to Emerald Forest RV to dump for $20 if you are in an RV you may want to consider a private RV Park for the price

Best in the redwoods!

This is by far my top place to camp in the redwoods! All the campsites are among the redwood forest and because of this the sites seem secluded and private. The campground has nice showers and bathrooms. Also, there is access to the river, which is a nice walk from your site! The fog in the morning was beautiful!

Most beautiful in the redwoods!

This campground is absolutely beautiful! I have stayed here multiple times and every time it’s beautiful. The campground is in the middle of the redwoods forest, and river access is available from the campgrounds. Nice bathrooms and showers available. In the mornings, it’s nice and foggy, which is a beautiful sight in the redwoods.

Rude staff and muddy, dirty mess

I have stayed here several times in the past but this will be the last. To get to tent sites you have to drive through muddy, swampy roads. The bathrooms were dirty and showers were broken and toilets clogged. We were forced to buy a new tent because they would not allow our small children to stay in their one person pup tent because we had more than 2 tents. The lady that called was rude and actually suggested that we get a third site to put our small children in. If you are in the area I wouldn’t waste money here. Go to Elk Country or Patrick’s Point.

Boise Creek

Bathrooms really nice. Sites big for tent camping. Creek is absolutely beautiful. Not great for swimming but good for a quick dip in the pools. It’s about a 1/4 mile hike down there.

Last Chance Camp in Oregon.

Harris Beach is the last state park campground before you hit California heading south. It has all the amenities you need, along with a lot of people, rv's, kids, views of the ocean, a beautiful beach, some minor nature trails, and is right in town.

Hiker/Biker camp area is fenced off and a little separated from the rest of camp which is nice. REI sponsored storage boxes, USB charging stations, Bike Tools and Rack are available along with shared fire pits, picnic tables and scatter bike racks. The area is fairly open to other hiker/bikers but with shade and close to the ocean.

One of the biggest highlights of the camp amenities is that the showers DON'T HAVE TIMED PUSH BUTTONS! Meaning you have to push the button every 35 seconds to keep the water flowing. It is just a regular shower knob so you can stand there like a normal person. Makes a huge difference after a long day of riding or hiking. 

There is a lot of beach, and some minor nature trails leading down to it. There are some benches along the trails that make for great wine drinking spots. The main campground area is packed in mid-june even during the early part of the week. Lots of families, groups and RVS. Town is only a few blocks away so there seem to be quite a lot of people who make this a meet up for family reunions. Not really camping but a nice camp all the same. And despite it's location town there have been recent bear sightings so keep an eye out.

Amenities include: 

  • Hot Showers & Flush Toilets
  • Hiker/Biker storage boxes with USB Charging stations
  • Bike Tools & Racks
  • Fire pits, picnic tables and firewood available.
  • Full wifi/cellular service
  • Beach/Ocean Access

Oregon Hiker/Biker sites are $7-8

*Pro-Tip: Bring a nice camp pad. The ground in Hiker/Biker looks flat but is lumpy.

Drive to everything. Misleading map. Don't confuse with day use area.

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.

Beautiful campground surrounded by redwoods and river

The trees are amazing and the river sparkling. Not to fear from the beach either. One of my favorite campgrounds.

Camping on the edge.

There is no place closer than Clam Beach to pitch a tent and watch the sunset from the ocean. We loved the ability to camp right on the beach with a beautiful wooden path walkway from camp we were more than pleased with this stop on our adventure.

Amazing

This is a surreal place. Stayed 2 nights. Tent camping spots were great everything was nicely maintained. Foot traffic was a bit heavy from noon-4pm. To stand amongst this beautiful trees it is very breathtaking. Hiking trails were great and maintained. The scouts trail was the busiest by far.

Nice little county park

Nice little campground in a Redwood Grove. Big stumps in the park remind you of the old giants. Sites are packed in, but laid out well. Sites have picnic table and fire ring.

Last site available

I would say this park is definitely geared more for those who have RV’s. It was a Friday at 2 pm and I got last site available. No trees, no grass, and the ground was so hard I had to soak ground to get stakes in for tent. It was pretty loud till at least midnight. There was a ton of dogs so if you don’t have one that’s trained I would suggest not taking it here. The bathrooms were kept clean. The river access is great and the day use space is nice with lots of picnics tables. You can pay with card at this place which was great cause I never carry cash.

Wonderful well maintained campground on the Oregon Coast.

Great hookups for campers, there is also a large tent area. A separate parking lot is available for cars and trailers. There are spectacular ocean views and trails.

OK for tents

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.

Beautiful

The campground was clean and had a lot to explore. We enjoyed seeing elk as we pulled in. We went on some nice walks around the pond and watched the otter swim in the water. Conveniently located near several nice beaches as well. Showers were basic but clean. The sites weren’t very private but overall we had a great time here. This was our second stay and we have liked it both times.

Spectacular 🥰

Can’t believe how gorgeous, this was my favorite part of my trip. Saw otters in the small lake🥰

Seemed like a nice spot

Was too full when we pulled in but seemed like a nice family campground in the woods. No cell service.

Was not able to find from the main road

No obvious signs for the campground, could not find