Drive-in Campgrounds


California > Redwood National and State Parks

Select a campground to see a detailed review. Only park-owned campgrounds are shown; not listed are the many privately-owned campgrounds, which tend to be more RV-oriented.

★★★★★

Jedediah Smith Campground

Jedediah Smith

Open all year · $35/night + $8

The only place in Redwood National and State Parks where you can actually camp among old-growth redwoods.

★★★★

Mill Creek Campground

Del Norte Coast

May–Sep · $35/night + $8

Bigger sites make this campground feel less crowded, but you have to get in your car and drive to go anywhere.

★★★★

Elk Prairie Campground

Prairie Creek

Open all year · $35/night + $8

A pleasant, woodsy campground conveniently located near some great redwood trails.

★★★

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground

Prairie Creek

Open all year · $35/night + $8

A popular campground next to a huge, deserted beach.

★★★

Sue-meg State Park

Open all year · $35/night + $8

Try this park if the campgrounds in Redwood National and State Parks are full. It’s a 15-minute drive away and it has three nice, large campgrounds.

★★

Florence Keller Regional Park

Open all year · $20/night · no reservations

A cheap place to stay in the redwoods that usually has spots available.

Big Lagoon County Park

Open all year · $25/night · no reservations

A small, densely packed campground about a 15-minute drive south of Redwood National Park.

Ruby van Deventer County Park

Open all year · $20/night · no reservations

A small campground in a thin strip of second-growth redwoods between a road and the Smith River.

Sand Camp River Access

Six Rivers National Forest

Open all year · Free · no reservations

This isn’t actually a campground, but in the Six Rivers National Forest, you can camp anywhere that’s away from a road, trail, developed area, creek, or meadow. Tent camping only.

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★★★★

Flint Ridge Backcountry Campground

Redwood National Park

Open all year · Free

Actually a backpacking campground, but a lot of non-backpackers use it because it’s only a five-minute walk from the parking lot.

★★★★

Alfred A. Loeb Campground

Alfred A. Loeb State Park

Open all year · $29/night · no reservations

A nice RV-centric campground in Oregon, a 40-minute drive from Redwood National and State Parks and next to the northernmost redwood grove.

Site 80 in Jedediah Smith Campground

Surfer and dog next to Camel Rock, seen from Luffenholtz Park, Trinidad


 

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