Humboldt Redwoods State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

is located along the Eel River in northern California, 30 miles south of Eureka. It is home to Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world, as well as some of the world's most majestic ancient redwood groves. The state park is a popular place for tourists and locals alike, as it also offers more than 250 camp sites, 100 miles of hiking, biking, and riding trails, and the scenic 32-mile Avenue of the Giants. It is also the resting place of the famous Kellogg Travel Log—the world's first RV, which was carved out of a fallen log and driven cross-country four times.

Among its 53,000 acres, you can spot wildlife such as black-tailed deer, California ground squirrels, gray fox, and raccoons. When planning a trip to the state park, visitors should come prepared for any type of weather, particularly in summer when temperatures can vary dramatically (as much as 30 degrees). Keep reading to find out all there is to know about campgrounds, in-park activities, how to get there, and more.

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Weather
Spring 40°F - 74°F
Summer 49°F - 90°F
Fall 42°F - 86°F
Winter 38°F - 61°F
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Nearby Cities
Eureka, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Humboldt Redwoods State Park

If you’re thinking about staying in or near Humboldt Redwoods State Park, why not do so in an RV? Unlike tents, RVs provide you with a soft, comfortable bed, as well as your own private bathroom and fully-stocked kitchen. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget or needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park has more than 250 developed family campsites at Albee Creek, Burlington, and Hidden Springs Campgrounds. There are no electrical hookups in the park, however, and spaces can fill-up quickly.

Here are some additional campgrounds within the area also worth considering:

Giant Redwoods RV & Camp

Located just ten minutes’ drive from the state park is Giant Redwoods RV & Camp, which is situated on a 17-acre parcel on the Eel River. Whilst staying here, you can enjoy activities in the river such as fishing, swimming, or kayaking, or simply enjoy the tranquillity that the redwood forest has to offer. Rates start at $55 per night.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, laundry facilities, convenience store, picnic tables, fire pits, cable, sports fields, dog park, and playground.

Ancient Redwoods RV Park

If you would prefer to stay on the state park’s doorstep, then the Ancient Redwoods RV Park is for you. It’s located on the Avenue of the Giants and has 49 level-paved, big rig friendly spaces with room for slide-outs, 50-amp hookups, and more. Rates start from $40.50 per couple, per night.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: N/A
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry and shower facilities, picnic tables, fire pits, dump station, gift shop and convenience store.

Redcrest Resort

Redcrest Resort is a family owned and operated resort featuring wood cabins, a campground, and RV park. Situated on the Avenue of the Giants, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the stunning redwoods that make this region so famous. Rates start at $45 per night, per couple.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: N/A
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: shower facilities, playground, pet play area, hot tub, fire rings, picnic tables, and gift shop.

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Inside Humboldt Redwoods State Park

While camping at Humboldt Redwoods State Park is impressive, it’s the activities on offer within the park that has tourists flocking here all year round. With 100 miles of hiking, biking, and riding trails, the scenic 32-mile Avenue of the Giants, and Eel River within its boundaries, you can enjoy all sorts of fun and family-friendly activities.

Hiking: There’s a long list of hikes to enjoy within the park, including hikes ranging from easy to difficult. Between May and October, the park also installs summer footbridges at multiple locations to give visitors access to backcountry hiking.

Biking: The park’s paved roads and multi-use trails offer more than 75 miles of magnificent riding. There’s level riding over paved surfaces on the Avenue of the Giants and Mattole Road.

Kayaking and canoeing: The South Fork of the Eel River and the Main Stem of the Eel wind over 30 miles through the park and offer excellent opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. Visitors are advised to check flow conditions at the USGS Miranda River Gauge at the south end of the park before they set out.

Swimming: The Eel river is an idyllic place to cool down, especially on days when the water is calm. There are also a number of good swimming holes, including Lansdale Bar, Eagle Point, Williams Grove, Garden Club of America Grove, Gould Bar, and Leatherwood Bar.

Fishing: Fishing for salmon and steelhead is a popular activity within the park throughout the year. While fishing in tributary streams is prohibited, visitors can sink a line on the South Fork and Main Stem of the Eel. All fishing is catch-and-release only.

Horse riding: The park has over 80 miles of trail open for horse riding. Good staging areas include Cuneo Creek Horse Camp, the Old Mill Site, and Blue Slide Day Use Area.

Outside Humboldt Redwoods State Park

When you’re staying at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, it’s also worth spending some time outside of the park to take advantage of the incredible attractions within the region. From stunning sights, to quirky restaurants and must-visit shops – northern California has so much to offer.

Restaurants

Gill's By the Bay

Gill's By the Bay is a family owned and operated seafood restaurant located just south of Eureka on the bay in King Salmon. You can enjoy a delicious meal before watching the wildlife and boats from the observation deck, or why not take a stroll through the flower garden?

Type: Seafood

Location: Eureka, CA

Shamus T Bones

If a relaxed, country-style restaurant and bar serving a menu of grilled steaks, pit-smoked BBQ and burgers is more your thing, then this is the place for you. At Shamus T Bones, you’ll find everything from an impressive list of beverages, to kid-friendly meals, happy hour, and more.

Type: Country food restaurant

Location: Eureka, CA

The Daily Grind

If you’re craving a coffee or a bagel during your stay or simply want to treat the kids to a delicious milkshake, then The Daily Grind won’t disappoint.  It’s literally just minutes from the state park too, so you won’t have to travel far to satisfy your tastebuds. 

Type: Coffee shop

Location: Myers Flat, CA

Shopping

Legend of Big Foot

This quirky shop is just half an hour’s drive from the state park and sells unique souvenirs, including wood carvings and Big Foot themed pop culture references. It’s a great place to purchase a keepsake from your trip that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Location: Garberville, CA

Bayshore Mall

If you’re in need of some retail therapy or forgot essential supplies for your trip, then Bayshore Mall is one of the largest malls near the state park. You can enjoy a wide range of shops, as well as food and beverage options.

Location: Eureka, CA

Sightseeing

Avenue of the Giants

The famous Avenue of the Giants passes through part of the state park, but it’s totally worth getting in your car to explore the entire avenue. You can admire the 300-foot-tall redwoods and explore the lush forest, whilst stopping at places such as the Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone and Founders Grove.

Location: Myers Flat, CA (southern entrance) / Scotia, CA (northern entrance)

World Famous Tree House

the World Famous Tree House is a tourist attraction in a gigantic redwood tree. The tree is over 250 ft. tall, approximately 4,000 years old, and since the 1920s, has been turned into a room – complete with doors and windows. 

Location: Piercy, CA

Black Sands Beach

In just over an hours’ drive from the state park, you can visit California’s only black sand beach. You can enjoy activities such as hiking, beachcombing, bird watching, and picnicking, but just keep in mind you can’t swim here, as the waves and rip current are too powerful.

Location: Whitethorn, CA

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How to Get to
Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located in northern California along Highway 101. State Route 254, the Avenue of the Giants, is a scenic alternate to Highway 101. All Highway 101 exits for Humboldt Redwoods State Park (with the exception of the Salmon Creek exit) allow easy access to the Avenue of the Giants and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Entering Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park does not charge an entrance fee, and there is no admission fee for the Visitor Center. Day use fees are only charged at Williams Grove Day Use Area, starting from $8.00 per vehicle. 

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!