Sempervirens is an attractive campground, but the northern loop’s 24 sites are the most densely-packed in Big Basin, and on weekends can get noisy with people talking late into the night. The southern loop, with only 7 sites, is much less dense, although some of the sites are really close to Big Basin Way.
Much of the campground is among fairly impressive old-growth lowland redwoods. Sites 164–173 are in a partially-logged area with large stumps scattered around.
The camground also isn’t as convenient to the visitor center as Blooms Creek.
The best site is 163, which is on the quieter southern loop; it’s a nice shady site under some good-sized redwoods next to a creek. On the northern loop, site 176 is good-sized and has more privacy than most.
RVs up to 27 feet and trailers up to 24 feet can be brought in, although there aren’t any hookups. Each campsite has a firepit with a cooking grate and a bear box.
The campground is open from the week before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. In April, May, September, and October the campground is open Friday and Saturday nights only.
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