Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods works in partnership with California State Parks to operate and maintain Austin Creek State Recreation Area. Nestled amongst the rolling hills, oaks, and grasslands of this beautiful park are three unique backcountry campsites for nature lovers to enjoy:
- Tom King: A spacious wooded glen, at 3.5 miles from the trailhead
- Mannings Flat #1: A picturesque wildflower meadow, 4.5 miles from the trailhead
- Mannings Flat #2: A secluded alcove in the redwood trees, 5 miles from the trailhead
The backcountry sites are $25 a night, work on a first-come-first-serve basis and are only accessible by hiking trails. Each site can accommodate parties of up to 16 people, and comes equipped with a picnic table, food locker, fire ring, and outhouse. Proper backpacking gear is a must, and you must be prepared to pack out your own trash and filter your water from the surrounding streams. We are sorry, dogs (except active service dogs) are not allowed in the backcountry.
All sites must be paid for up front with cash or credit card ONLY (no checks). You must obtain a camping permit from a Field Operations staff member before entering the backcountry. All campground rules and regulations apply.
Please be advised that fire bans can go into effect at any time, and access can be prohibited due to bad weather or road closures. It is recommended that you check conditions prior to your stay.
With the upcoming rain and cold temperatures, the fire ban will be lifted in Bullfrog Pond Campground on 11/3/17. The ban in the backcountry will remain until we get more sustained wet weather systems coming through.
All campersare required to sign a fire permit and agree to adhere to all campfireregulations.
For more information, call 707/869-2015 or email us at camping(@)stewardscr(.)org.
Hipcamp Promo Codes and other discounts cannot be applied to Bullfrog Pond Campground as it is run by the State, and is not a Hipcamp Landshare property.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Fantastic campground! Some campsites are closers to each other, some more private. Note that sites 1-20 are shaded in the woods, while sites 21-24 are open on the pond, two totally different feelings. Loved the croaking of bullfrogs at night!
Very much echo what Chelsea Gaynor said before me: secluded campground but sites are very close together. For best seclusion, book 24, 21, 20, or 8. The bathrooms were in perfect shape, the staff was super nice, views were phenomenal. Bring bug spray.
We went camping on the Easter weekend. We loved the campground. Far away from civilization. Its already fun driving up the curvy road to the top. Great view and hikes. The Pond was almost dried out. We stayed on site 9 and really liked it. Felt nice & secluded
Rustic campground with spacious sites and clean bathrooms. There a 3 categories of sites in the main campground (not including the hike-in sites):
1. The drive-in sites (1-8) are along the main road when you first enter the campground. They are forested and slightly closer together than other sites, providing less privacy. There is a path that runs from around site 1 to around site 17 to get to the toilets. My choice for this set of sites would be 8, since it's on the end and gives the most privacy.
2. The reservable sites in the main area of the campground are forested. The toilets are between sites 18 and 20. The sites on the end provide the most privacy (9, 19, 20). Sites 14 & 15 and sites 16 & 18 are closer together than the other sites. We stayed in site 17 and thought it was one of the best in the area (despite having people walk by to get to the bathroom). It is a very large site, so we could only really see the neighbors on site 15 (site 19 was separated by a grove of trees).
3. Sites 21-24 (reservable) are located in the lower portion of the campground along the pond. The toilets are located across the road from site 23. Site 21 has a little bit of shade from the trees behind the site, but sites 22 & 23 are fully exposed to the sun with little privacy. Site 24 seems to be the best of the lot. It is tucked away from everything else, down a long path. There is an open area for setting up camp, but there is also shelter from the sun.
General notes on the campground:
- Bring bug spray! Around dusk, those little buggers are relentless - especially in the wooded areas on the campground.
- Make sure you check out the sunset from the upper viewing point (before you enter the campground). It's spectacular!
- No need to bring TP - it's provided in the well-kept bathrooms.
- If you want your food secured in the food locker, you'll need to bring your own lock (latches to keep critters out, but not hungry neighbors).
Pros: Right outside of Guernville, feels isolated, great views, cool setting in the forest. Cons: most campsites are very close together and have little to NO privacy. Be prepared for long, steep, one way drive into the hills, but worth the adventure! We stayed on Valentine's Day. HipCamp sent around red roses for all the campers! So cool! We will definitely come back!
- campsite #9, #21, and #24 are the most private...#24 being my favorite
- great sunset spot at the vista point on the main road just before the campsites
*if you're a light sleeper you might want to bring earplugs as the bullfrogs can be pretty vocal throughout the night
Beautiful camp site! The first-come-first-serve sites are big and have a bit of privacy. The pond is no longer a pond, and the camp ground is on a very strict fire ban (since 7-3-15). Dogs are allowed! Came Saturday at noon and there were 3 sites left.
Great experiences we had last year camping at bullfrog. The 2-3mls drive up to campsite was scary but worth it! Great outlook about 400 feet from campground entrance where you get to sit down and enjoy the sunset and edge of mountain and trees below your feet!