I booked this trip back in January hopeful everything would just work out but it poured all weekend. We saw a few stars for about 40 minutes last night and went back inside because of the rain. However, the actual park is pretty nice. There's not much to the park but it offers incredible views of the night sky. There are two camping options: the airstrip campground that you reserve online and can have a fire and other white light things, or you can camp first come first serve at the observation field where you can only have red lighting and basically a tent or pop up. We stayed at actual campground across from the observation field. They have no flush bathrooms and a water pump in the center of the campground. Unfortunately we missed out on the stars but the park itself was nice and we are determined to make it back on a clear night.
Seeing the redwoods for the first time is incredible. This campground is in an ideal location, redwood forest, fern canyon and the beach. We saw elk on our drive into the park, at the campground and on the beach. The trails thoughout the park are incredible. The campground is small, there are bathrooms with pay showers. It's a basic campground but offers a chunk of the Redwood forest and Pacific Ocean! Absolutely incredible.
I stayed overnight on a cross country trip and our time was definitely memorable. The park offers vast 360 views of the canyons and rock formations. I remember feeling really small and very far removed from civilization and that was one of the coolest things about the park. After a full day of hiking we set up camp at the Cedar pass campground and watched the sunset and a lightning storm off in the distance. The campground has covered picnic tables to give you some shade from the sun and the bathrooms weren't too far either. Night came and we went into our tents but couldn't sleep long before we were woken up by the wind. We peaked our heads out and saw tents and canopies tipped over and blowing all over the place so we ended up going into the car that night. Turns out there was a tornado a few miles away from the park. The poles to my tent bent but I was just happy it didn't blow away! There was a large storm that night but it gets windy at night in general. Just a heads up!
The park has some good trails with amazing views, a beach area and Loyalsock creek. The campsite was a bit cramped and right next to the main road going in and out of the park. We reserved the site the night before without seeing a map and picked #19. The sites vary in size quite a bit and this happened to be one of the largest ones, made for a larger camper/motor home but also had a mulched area for tents which was nice. This site had electric hookups and the showers and bathrooms were a short walk away. Loop B offers more secluded campsites for tents with a few walk up sites as well. Our site was just a few feet away from the road which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but it still felt like roadside camping. However, it made for easy access to Loyalsock creek across the street and through the woods a bit.
I stopped here on a cross country tour in June 2012. The Grand Teton National Park is probably my #1 park in America as of now. If you like to hike, a lot, and climb steep mountains to find meadows and streams with all kinds of wildlife on top of mountains then this is it. Abdplutely stunning. The tent-only campground is located just off of Jenny lake in the pines. Table, fire ring, flushing toilets (no showers), bike path, store and a short walk to Jenny lake. A+
I was on a road trip and only spent one night at the park but we had a great time. The beach was just a short walk over the dunes from the campground, which was awesome. However, the campground itself was very cramped. When we got to the park and signed in, I asked if they had any sites that were a little more private and the park office said they are all pretty much the same. We went to the site we were given and we were sandwiched in between two large campers so we looked for a site we actually wanted and went back to the park office to switch them. We got lucky and found 3 empty sites on one of the loops and claimed the middle one. No one else came to use the other two so we were pleased. There were a lot of larger campers and families and they all seemed to know each other. We felt like we were new to town but they were all friendly nonetheless. Running bathrooms with showers are located in the center along with a playground. The beach access is through some trees and shrubs. The views are amazing and the sound of waves (and your neighbors) puts you to sleep. Very cool.
The park is absolutely beautiful. It takes a bit to get into the park and once you're on the top of the mountain you'll be greeted by incredible views of Crater Lake. The Mazama campground is a few miles down a curvy side of a mountain, not too far and you get to see the land surrounding the lake itself. Sign in at the office and grab some firewood. The campground has multiple loops and I was concerned about being on top of our neighbors but the campsites are pretty large and we felt secluded enough. Running bathrooms and water pumps were a short walk away as well. (Showers are at the office) We only stayed one night and left with anticipation for round two.