The vibe at River Back Pack Campground
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Very nice if you can get a site near the gravel bar. It is impacted so choose your site carefully so you don't end up camping in a mud puddle! Shade, river, and an easy hike in all make this very worthwhile.
No potable water, No fires are allowed, No toilets, but pets are allowed as long as they are on leash. (Potable water and toilets are in the main campground.)
This camping area is about one mile away from the main campground next to the visitor center. The area is beautiful and our group were the only group in the entire area. You do have to backpack in, however the hike in is very easy and worth it to be away from the crowds.
Primitive camp sites are slightly under a mile from the trailhead, and you must pack in all gear and water. The trail is shady and flat, so it's an easy hike for beginner back packers. Peeks of the river can be seen all along the trail, and the tail connects to other park trails that will take you to Gorman Falls. Camp sites are private and far enough apart that you will not see other campers (though you may hear them, so hopefully they are courteous).
The hike out to the primitive site is a gentle one, as others have said, but it is long enough to remove you from the sights and sounds of the drive-up campsites. Being located right on the river is a blessing and curse. We went over 4th of July weekend and it was hot as hell. Having the river right next to us was nice for cooling down and filtering water, saving us the need to hike it in with us. The flipside is that mosquitos and riverside bugs flocked to any source of light after the sun went down and the humidity was high.
On the whole, I still enjoyed myself a lot and this park has so many great things to offer that it's worth the trouble. Just go in ready to sweat.