Humboldt Redwoods State Park

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About Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Here’s the thing about this park: it’s home to the tallest trees in the world. As in, on this planet. Reaching more than 300 feet to the sky, they dwarf their surroundings, and are inherently impossible to describe. In fact, when asked about redwoods, California native John Steinbeck once said, “No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree...The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” If you aren’t sure exactly what he means, you will understand once you make a visit to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which spans nearly 53,000 acres with more than 17,000 untouched old-growth coast redwoods. Miles of meandering hiking trails and campsites set in the lush woods provide endless opportunities to wander through and discover the ancient groves, which are home to trees more than 2,000 years old. One of the best places to experience the redwoods, this is definitely a do-not-miss California camping spot.

Campgrounds in Humboldt Redwoods

Hidden Springs Campground
Marley
Marley: had a great time hiking and swimming here! campsites are very private for as many as there were! Had...
Williams Grove Group Camp
Alyssa
Alyssa: This campground is simply incredible. If you can round up a big group of family or friends, do it....
Albee Creek Campground
Julian
Julian: Albee Creek is about 5miles up on Mattole Road: filled with ruts and potholes, so it seems like you're...
Cuneo Creek Campground
Equestrians, this is the spot for you. This campground is reserved for visitors who bring their horses...
Baxter Environmental Camp
Like its sister site, Hamilton Barn Environmental, Baxter is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, and...
Burlington Campground
Ross
Ross: Convenient base on Avenue of the Giants, but is used by many RVs. Also, wetter than the SF bay area,...
Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp
Jennifer
Jennifer: Super secluded. Had the entire campground to ourselves. Not a popular spot for families, HUGE plus for...
Marin Garden Club Group Camp
Smaller than its fellow group campground, William’s Grove, Marin Garden Club has room for 40 people,...

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Hipcamper Alyssa

This campground is simply incredible. If you can round up a big group of family or friends, do it.

The ancient redwoods and the easy access to the beautiful Eel River make for a magical adventure. Plus the campground offers massive grills and tables (at both sites), which is really special for a big group gathering. Get both sites if you can!

Fair warning, even though you are in the middle of woods and nowhere near anyone else, we had the 10pm quiet time curfew strictly enforced by an angry ranger (at 10:05pm).

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Hipcamper Jennifer

Super secluded. Had the entire campground to ourselves. Not a popular spot for families, HUGE plus for us! Went in July. Warm days, cool nights. Sun-ripened blackberries everywhere! Even saw a bear eating apples in a tree (near campsite 5). Rec: Campsite 4.

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It seems like old news, but trust us, the visitor’s center is absolutely worth a visit.

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Mosquitoes love the damp ground and shade, so be sure to remember insect repellant.

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Word on the street is that the wood you can buy at the park is redwood and difficult to light, so it might be a good idea to bring your own.

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Go to Avenue of the Giants and stare in awe. It's ok...go ahead and take that cliché photo of you standing next to it.

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Hipcamper Ross

Convenient base on Avenue of the Giants, but is used by many RVs. Also, wetter than the SF bay area, so be prepared.

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Hipcamper Julian

Albee Creek is about 5miles up on Mattole Road: filled with ruts and potholes, so it seems like you're heading somewhere less-than-awesome. But the campground is a great destination, and you'll be greeted with a campground host if you arrive before 8-10pm. Try to arrive before sunset. The sites are underneath redwood trees and overlook a huge open field with tall mountains in the background. The bathrooms/showers are well maintained and heated when it gets cold overnight. About .5 miles back down the road towards Hwy 101 is 'Big Trees' area where you can see some enormous redwoods. Worth the short walk or at least stopping by before you head off. A beautiful campground where everyone seems to be having a great time.

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Hipcamper marley

had a great time hiking and swimming here! campsites are very private for as many as there were! Had more then enough space to hang up a hammock and relax after a long day!

Hipcamper Christina

Stayed at site 25 for a couple nights. Lots of RVs and right by the road, but there was surprisingly little traffic and it wasn't too loud overnight. Right in the middle of Avenue of the Giants, close to Founders Grove and next to the main visitors center with an exhibit and lots of maps and helpful advice. I took my dog who was allowed in the site but not on any of the adjacent hiking trails. Worth stopping in Miranda for groceries, not too much in the smaller towns and Weott and Myers Flat

Hipcamper Sully

The quietest campground I've ever been in, though admittedly, it was February and rather rainy. So atmospheric in and amongst nature's cathedrals, just spectacular. The whole campground is very shady nestled amongst the redwoods which makes it deliciously cool in summer but a little chilly in winter.

Hipcamper Eoin

Williams Grove Campground is surrounded by some of the biggest, oldest trees in America. Their majestic nature is best summed up by our friendly park ranger: "this is God's country".

Situated on the Avenue of the Giants, this campground might be the best large group campground in all of California. There are two sites (40 person and 60 person) with sprawling places to lay your tent throughout the forest and near the riverside. If you can, book both!

The riverside is a great place to lounge about through the daytime, and on both sides of the river there are great trails for a hike or a run through the forest.

When the eel river has a good flow, this is an excellent place for a paddleboarding or kayaking adventure.

Hipcamper Mark

There is sediment in the water system from winter storms.. Potable water is not currently available.

Hipcamper Brandi

Albee Creek is a great little campground accessed via a bumpy but beautiful ride through old-growth redwood forest. We were towing a teardrop trailer, and though a sign said "trailers and RVs not advised," we and others made it just fine by taking it slow. The campground itself was clean and well-maintained. There are many sites under the redwoods but most seemed to offer little privacy. We were in site 22, facing the meadow, and had a beautiful view during sunset and sunrise as well as prime stargazing. Personally I found 22 and 23 best in terms of privacy and views, but site 25, though pretty open, backs right up to the meadow itself. The frogs from the creek sing you to sleep, and there were deer that visited the meadow in the evenings.

Hipcamper Gihane

Stayed at campsite 38 for just 1 night. I have to say, though the campground was beautiful and most other sites appeared flat, this specific site was on a steep hill and very uncomfortable to camp on. My other complaint was that there was no swimming hole, and while there was a path to access the river, by mid July even on a year with high rainfall, the water was barely calf deep. I would consider staying here again #1 if it were at a different site and #2 if it were earlier in the year before the low river and algae blooms set in. Otherwise a truly gorgeous setting providing easy access to the avenue of the giants. Just a few miles down the road from Founders and Women's Federation Grove, where I've heard the swimming is much better.

History of Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The Sinkyone people lived in the area of Humboldt Redwoods State Park’s southern region for thousands of years before European contact. The boundaries of Sinkyone lands extended east to the main stem of the Eel River and the river’s South Fork, south beyond today’s town of Leggett, and west to the ocean.

The name Sinkyone was assigned by 20th- century ethnographers to classify separate political groups who spoke the same dialect of the Athabascan language family. Each distinct political group maintained its own geographic area and self- identity, but all groups formed a larger economy that delivered goods as far as the Eastern United States.

This area was likely more densely populated before European incursion than it
is now. Today more than ten percent of the population of Humboldt County are Native American, including many people of Sinkyone descent who live along the north coast.

The traditional practices passed down through generations of Sinkyone experience created a highly productive environment. Conservation and restoration projects headed by local tribal groups, using time- tested methods, have been instrumental in bringing healing to the landscape.


Beginning in the 1850s, European settlers in the area began to cut large
stands of redwood trees to clear the land for pastures and farms. Lumber soon became a vital industry, and forested land suddenly increased in value. Many people, however, believed that the huge old redwood trees were inherently significant and should be held in perpetual trust. In 1918, the Save the Redwoods League was formed to accomplish what their name implies—the salvation of one of the world’s great wonders. Thanks to the League and its supporters, more than 189,000 acres of California’s redwood forest lands have been preserved for future generations of park visitors to enjoy.