Hidden away about 1.5 miles from the Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters, the Wastahi Campgrounds are quiet and beautifully forested to offer more of a backcountry Big Basin camping feel. With a limited 27 campsites available, you'll feel one with nature and truly enjoy the scenic history around you. There are even a few campsites (86 and 97) that are nicknamed the “Honeymoon Suites" for their privacy. In addition to the smaller private sites, there are some large sites for big groups. The camp is usually busy with activity and one of the trails (the Sequoia trail) runs through the actual campground. Book your stay at Wastahi campground – you truly don’t want to miss out on this unique Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping experience.
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Campsite 85 is uphill but definitely secluded and had lots of space for our kids to run around. First night was super buggy, second night wasn't. No issues with animals at night. Beautiful space to camp. Ranger programs, great gift and camp shop and cafe.
Big Basin is beautiful, historic, and extremely family friendly (too family friendly for my purposes). Wastahi Campground is exceptionally hilly--few sites are remotely level--and partly due to this it's pretty loud. There is a lot of echoing of sounds, and the weekend I spent there seemed to have attracted particularly inconsiderate campers. There seemed to be little oversight on the site--music blasting at midnight--and toilet paper ran out early. If you are energetically sensitive like me, be aware that you are not out of the City sphere here. I could still feel the mass of people, and there are several airplanes per day that fly overhead.