Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

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About Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

Standish-Hickey is called the "gateway to the tall trees country," AKA the majestic Humboldt county and all of the national forests up north. This park features a little sneak peek of Norcal; you would never guess that only a few feet from the freeway is an ancient old-growth redwood forest. On top of that, the Eel River and some steep canyon bluffs make this a unique redwood hotspot definitely worth checking out.

Campgrounds in Standish-Hickey

Redwood Campground

1. Redwood Campground

This campground is the cream of the crop in Standish-Hickey, but be warned that it might be closed. It’s now open during the summer, after being...

Michael
Michael: If your biking through on the coastal route, you've either just climbed a brutal section or your about to, so... Go...
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Hickey Campground

2. Hickey Campground

This campground is wheelchair accessible even though it’s located right next to the steep bluffs looming over the Eel River! It features a picnic...

Alyssa
Alyssa: Loved it here. We were in #34 and #35 with a decent sized groups. The campsites are bigger than they look initially and the...
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Rock Creek Campground

3. Rock Creek Campground

Surrounded by awesome steep bluffs and Rock Creek, this is the smaller campground of the three and is reserved for those coming on bike or foot....

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Lots of swimming holes here if you want to cool off! And the Eel River is the premier swimming spot

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BBQ oysters at the Peg House across the street are to die for

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Thankfully the Redwood campgrounds are open again during the summer (July-September), after being closed due to limited state funding

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Hipcamper Melia

The main swimming hole is one of the best I have ever seen on the Eel River! Definitely worth setting at least a day or two aside for hanging out by the water's edge.

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Hipcamper Alyssa

Loved it here. We were in #34 and #35 with a decent sized groups. The campsites are bigger than they look initially and the facilitates are awesome (they have lights!). Quick walk to the water, right across the street from an awesome shop (Peg Store). Loved it

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Unfortunately, this park is right near the highway and separated only by a chain link fence… but that helps to add some character and show that nature is only a few steps away!

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Watch out for poison oak!

Hipcamper Michael

If your biking through on the coastal route, you've either just climbed a brutal section or your about to, so...

Go immediately across the street from the Standish-Hickey rec area for some DELICIOUS and reasonably priced sandwiches.

Hipcamper Michael

There's also a general store across the street, very helpful for those forgotten items. :)

Hipcamper Christina

Beer garden across the street is excellent as is the main swimming hole here. Rocky hiking but a short drive to Avenue of the Giants too.

History of Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

Standish-Hickey began as a campground acquired by the Save-the-Redwoods League in 1922. In the late 1950s, the family of Plymouth Rock pilgrim Captain Miles Standish, donated over five hundred acres, and additional acquisitions through the years has increased the park’s total acreage to over 1,000. The park was named to honor Edward Ritter Hickey, son of a local lumberman who died of influenza while caring for the victims of the epidemic of 1918.
The park’s premier arboreal attraction is the Captain Miles Standish Tree, a scarred 225-foot tall, 13-feet-in-diameter giant, estimated to be 1,200 years old. The tree honors one of the early Pilgrims; his descendants, the Standish family, along with the Hickey family, donated much of the acreage to form the park.