Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

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About Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

If you know good combinations (i.e. chocolate and peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, etc), then you should understand that it’s the combination of an old-growth forest with 8 miles of rugged coast-line that makes Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park notably awesome. The rich, green scenery is a wonderful backdrop for any outdoor adventure (especially hiking). The large campground here is especially incredible as it lies amongst the population of tall trees, making the perfect place for a quiet overnight stay.

Campgrounds in Del Norte Coast Redwoods

Mill Creek Campground
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Kari: Out of all the campgrounds in the area this one has the most camp spots. The benefit of that is you...

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Hipcamper Kari

Out of all the campgrounds in the area this one has the most camp spots. The benefit of that is you are more likely to get a last minute spot in the high season. Even with all the people many of the camp spots have lots of vegetation making them feel private.

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Hipcamper Annie

Lovely campground and less crowded than the other redwood spots nearby. We didn't have a reservation and were able to snag an awesome spot here.

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Hipcamper Phillip

I stopped in here without a reservation on a cloudy August day and was pleased to find that there were still spots open. There was not a lot of privacy, but sites were separated enough to feel comfortable staying the night. My buddies and I spent the evening just south of this area at the DeMartin Beach picnic area and it was amazing. Even though we did not get a sunset, cooking sausages and smores backed by beach music and the sound of the surf with an incredible view was extremely peaceful. I would definitely go back here as it has that remote and rugged peaceful feel.

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There is a really neat amphitheatre of trees in this park - definitely worth checking out!

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There are nightly “ranger” presentations for campers on the big screen, usually really informative and interesting.

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Firewood is sold here by the rangers! (read: don’t bother lugging your own)

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You can use your parking permit from here to get into another park for free.

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History of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

The park, established in 1927, has approximately 50% old growth coast redwood and eight miles of wild coastline.
The mixed understory includes tanoak, madrone, red alder, big leaf maple, and California bay. Ground cover is dense with a wide range of species. Vegetation is predominately red alder which will eventually give way to fir and second growth redwood.
The topography is fairly steep with elevations from sea level to 1277’. The predominant mountain range is oriented in a north-south direction with steep cliffs adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, making the bulk of the rocky sea coast generally inaccessible except by Damnation Trail and Footsteps Rock Trail.
This park, along with Prairie Creek, Jedediah Smith, and the National Park Service's Redwood National Park, are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California.