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RV Camping in Humboldt Redwoods State Forest is a great way to see the giant redwoods in Northern California. There is a lot to do and see here from driving along the Avenue of the Giants to taking in all that nature has to offer. Including seeing some of the black bears in the area.
This article provides a good review of Humboldt Redwoods State Park and everything you need to know for a great RV camping trip!
Which Campgrounds in Humboldt Redwoods State Park accommodate RVs?
There are three developed campgrounds in Humboldt Redwoods State Park that can accommodate RVs and trailers. The maximum length for RVs and trailers at all campgrounds is 24 feet. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers and RVs so be sure to check the length requirements of each site when you book.
If your rig is too large for the park campgrounds, there are private campgrounds located just outside of the park. A few of these parks are along the famous Avenue of the Giants. The rates at these locations range from $45-69 per night for full hookups.
Two campgrounds close to Humboldt Redwoods that can accommodate larger rigs are Giant Redwoods RV and Camp Destination and Ancient Redwoods RV Park.
Are Reservations Needed?
Camping in Humboldt Redwoods is popular, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance and it is highly recommended that you book early. To reserve, call (800) 444-PARK (7275) or book online at http://www.reservecalifornia.com Please note that reservations cannot be made at the park.
Are There Hookups at the Campgrounds?
There are no electrical or water/sewer hookups in any of the campgrounds within the park. Generators are allowed for daytime use between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. All developed campgrounds all have flush toilets and coin-operated showers. Potable water is also available.
Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. While there are no dump stations in the park, there is a Shell Gas Station in Fortuna with a dump station.
Camping in Bear Country
Black bears live throughout the Humboldt Redwoods so proper precautions must be taken with food. Bear lockers are provided at each campsite. Food in your hard-sided travel trailer or RV is permitted, but there should be no food in any tents or vehicles. If you have a pop-up camper you will need to store your food and scented items in the bear lockers.
Keep in mind that these precautions are taken to protect the bears and prevent them from becoming used to human food. Negative interactions between bears and humans are extremely rare in California. If you are concerned, speak with the ranger when you arrive regarding bear activity in the area.
Which Campground is Right for You?
Albee Creek Campground
Located just a few miles away from the Avenue of the Giants, Albee Creek is a quiet, 40-site campground that is very popular.
The sites are located in either a second growth redwood forest or an open, sunny meadow. If you prefer a shady spot instead of a sunny one, be sure to check out the images of each campsite provided when booking.
Albee Creek provides both trail and creek access. It is very close to the Rockefeller Grove of Redwoods. Because it is not on the Avenue of Giants, it is quieter than the campgrounds at Burlington and Hidden Springs. Keep in mind that this campground is only open mid-May through mid-October and is not always staffed.
Albee Creek Campground Map: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/425/files/albee%20creek%20map.pdf
Burlington Campground is centrally located within the park in the middle of old growth redwoods. It is very convenient to activities and trails. The campground has 57 sites in old and second growth redwoods and is adjacent to the Visitor’s Center and the Avenue of the Giants.
Because it is alongside the main road through the park, it is not as quiet as Albee Springs. If this is a concern, select a site on the far side of the campground, away from the road.
During the summer months, the Visitor’s Center offers numerous ranger talks, hikes, and programs that are all just a short walk from your campsite. A small creek wraps around the park and there is a nature trail that leads to the river for swimming and fishing. A seasonal bridge during the summer months gives you direct access to more trails across the river.
While Burlington is a great spot for smaller RVs, campers, and tents, the access road into the campground has many tight turns around the trees and parking can be quite challenging depending on the site. If you have limited experience parking your travel trailer or RV, you may want to consider one of the other campgrounds.
Burlington Campground Map: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/425/files/burlington%20map.pdf
Hidden Springs Campground
Like Burlington Campground, Hidden Springs Campground is located along the Avenue of the Giants. There are 154 campsites set among the trees, making it the largest campground in the park.
There are many hiking trails around the campground and a swimming hole is nearby. Hidden Springs Campground is only 5 miles from the Visitor Center making it convenient for activities.
The campground is only open during the summer months, beginning in early May and closing after Labor Day weekend.
The campground loops are on a hillside and have many twists and turns that may be a challenge. Each campsite is unique and private, making for a lovely stay in the redwoods.
Hidden Springs Campground Map: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/425/files/hidden%20springs%20map.pdf
What is the Weather Like in Humboldt Redwoods State Park?
Humboldt Redwoods is open year round with highs in the 50s during the winter months and 70s to 80s during the summer. Even during the summer, cooler weather is possible and temperatures can vary significantly throughout the day. While most rainfall occurs during the winter and spring, plan for rain no matter what time of year you visit.
Best Time of Year to Visit Humboldt Redwoods State Park
The summer is the best (and busiest) time to visit the Redwoods. Temperatures are pleasant and you can cool off on hot summer days with a dip in the crystal clear Eel River.
July and August are the busiest months in the park. A visit in May, June or September will allow for you to enjoy the warm weather without as many crowds.
If you would like to have the park to yourself and don’t mind cooler weather and a bit of rain, fall is a pleasant time of year to visit the area.
The Avenue of the Giants
The main attraction at Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Avenue of the Giants. This 32-mile drive takes you through one of the most well protected old growth redwood forests in the world.
Plan for several hours, or even an entire day to complete this drive as there is so much to do along the way.
Along the Avenue are many great spots to picnic, hike, or take a dip in the lovely Eel River. Pick up a park map at the Visitor’s Center to help you find these spots. Restaurants, inns, and private RV parks are also located along the sections of the route that are outside of the state park.
Outside of the park, you will find many tourist attractions such as the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree in Leggett, the One Log House Gift Shop and Chapman’s Gem, Mineral Shop and Museum. You can also pick up redwood products such as carvings, boxes, furniture, and clocks.
This attraction has been popular with visitors to the area since it opened in 1937. A $10 admission fee gives you access to a drive through a redwood grove and the chance to have your photo taken with the drive-thru tree. There is also a gift shop, picnic area, and a few hiking trails.
Most vehicles will fit through the tree but if you are towing your trailer or driving your motorhome you will need to park in the available lot. You can still have your photo made with the tree. You can also ask the employees at the entrance if your vehicle will fit through the tree.
This unique stop is, well, a one log house! The café and gift shop are housed in a huge redwood log that is over 7 foot high and 32 feet long. Here you can pick up redwood crafts along with coffee, a smoothie or a sandwich. It definitely makes a great stop for a one of a kind photograph.
Chapman’s Gem, Mineral Shop and Museum
This family museum and store has been popular with travelers to the area for many years. The free museum contains a vast collection of gems and minerals collected by the Chapman family.
The gems and minerals are from all over the world, with many from the local area. You can also take home your own treasure from the shop at the museum.
Popular Day Trips
This quaint Victorian town is only 21 miles north of the Avenue. Many people visit to take in the charming architecture. There are also many wonderful antique stores, art galleries, and shops.
Trees of Mystery
The Trees of Mystery is a popular day trip from the Humboldt Redwoods area. Located 100 miles north of the Avenue, this stop has a little bit of everything! From a huge statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe to hiking trails, gift shops, and the famous gondola ride. There is also a café and motel.
A ride on the gondola over the redwoods and up to the observation deck is free with your admission. This is the highlight of the attraction and makes for a memorable experience in the redwoods.
Admission is $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and $9 for kids 6 and up. Children 5 and under are free. There is also RV parking available.
How Much Does it Cost to RV Camp at Humboldt Redwoods?
All campsites in the Humboldt Redwoods are $35 per night. This includes one vehicle. If you have additional vehicles there is an $8 fee. Additional vehicles may not be able to park at your campsite due to space limitations.
Things to Do in the Humboldt Redwoods
Interpretive Visitors Center
The Visitors Center is a great place to begin your time in the park. It is well staffed with volunteers on hand to answer your questions. They can also lead you to the best trails, swimming holes, and attractions based on your needs.
The Center has a variety of exhibits on the wildlife and geography of the area along with a gift shop. They also offer ranger talks, programs, and ranger-led hikes.
Located just off of the Avenue of Giants, the Founders Grove features some of the biggest trees in the park. A 1.3-mile trail takes you through this impressive grove. You can also view the fallen 362-foot Dyerville Giant. This trail gets crowded so try to visit early in the day to beat the crowds.
The Rockefeller Loop
This short hike (.7 miles) winds through some of the oldest trees in the park. It is also less crowded than the popular Founders Grove trail. If you are traveling with children, stop by the Visitor’s Center to pick up a scavenger hunt activity to complete on the trail.
Federation of Women’s Clubs Grove
This quiet area features hiking trails, a picnic area, restrooms and excellent river access for swimming. The river is calm here and great for children. This section of the river is also popular for tubing.
RV Camping Tips for Humboldt Redwoods State Park
If you need cell service during your stay, keep in mind that service is unreliable in much of the park. It is possible to make calls in many locations while other areas have no service. Pay phones are located at each campground.
While there are markets in the area of the park, the nearest supermarkets are located in Redway and Fortuna. Miranda Market is a well-stocked market with reasonable prices.
Dogs are not allowed on trails within the park and must stay within developed areas such as the campgrounds.
You can take your 4WD vehicles on the river bars within the park. Be sure to check out the gravel trails to the river bars before driving down as many vehicles get stuck in the rocks.
Poison Oak is present throughout the area, including at many of the campsites. Educate your family and make sure everyone knows to avoid this plant.
Mosquitos are active during the summer months. Bring your mosquito repellent and a citronella candle.
Park Map: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24250
Park Map: https://humboldtredwoods.org/map
There is a nice PDF Topography map here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/425/files/HumboldtRedwoodsSP_WebBrochure2014.pdf
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