This is a beautiful campground in the redwoods and on the Eel River. Lots of hiking trails of all levels in or near the campground. River access is just under the road and there are a few nice spots you can set up a pop-up tent and spend the day letting the kids play. The campground offers the Junior Ranger Program for kids and has different talks/movies in the amphitheater. Some sites are larger or more private than others. If you are ever in the area, drive through so you can see the sites for yourself. Heading this way in a couple of weeks.
I've been camping here for 30+ years - lots of memories. Years ago, Samuel P. Taylor State Park campground was on the books to be closed down due to funding. As a result, this place has gone through changes over past years and not for the better. This place is ALWAYS booked throughout the summer so reservations are a must. You can find late cancellations online once in a while but booking 9 months in advance is best. Sites are smaller than they used to be, instead of 8 people allowed per site it's now 6, nightly fees are higher, and they charge a nightly fee for a 2nd vehicle. Last year because of the water levels and the fish, creek access was closed off. Raccoons and Jay's get worse each year so use the food lockers. Poison Oak is all over and not maintained like it used to be so be on the lookout if you're allergic. Not what it used to be but still a fun spot close to the beach and close to Bear Valley Visitor Center. Sites 1-4 are right on the creek and good size for a family but little to no privacy.
This is a great campground in Mendocino NF. It's about an hour away from Willows, CA on I-5 but you feel like you're hours away from civilization. Campsites have pull-through's for trailers and back-in's for tent campers. The pit toilets are very clean, trash service is twice a week, and right now there is no water as there is a leak in the pipes they haven't been able to find. There are 2 ponds for fishing trout and the upper pond is usually stocked each year. The campsite #12 has a beautiful meadow behind it with deer that pass through. The downside for us is there isn't much nearby to do. A great place to spend a night or day or a great place if you're looking for quiet in nature. No reservations and I haven't ever seen this campground full. It does get busier around deer season with hunters.