Richardson Grove State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Located in the magnificent lowland redwoods of southern Humboldt County, Richardson Grove State Park is 7 miles south of Garberville and less than 9 miles south of Leggett. The Grove has 2,000 acres of beautiful redwoods bisected by U.S. Highway 101 and the South Fork of the Eel River. Here, you can view a variety of wildlife, including elk, wild turkey, eagles, deer, condors, bears, and more. The weather at Richardson Grove State Park often rains with morning and evening fog, but the temps are relatively mild year-round.

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Weather
Spring 40-78 F
Summer 50-95 F
Fall 40-83 F
Winter 39-50 F
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Nearby Cities
Garberville, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Richardson Grove State Park

You can listen to the sounds of nature as you fall fast asleep in the comfort of an RV. If you desire camping in an RV during your visit but don't own one, think about renting from RVshare where you can choose from various styles of rigs at a reasonable price.
Richardson Grove State Park offers 160 family sites that can hold up to 30-foot-long RVs. All campers have the right to use the fresh drinking water, showers, and more. The Richardson Grove sites fill up quickly, so here are three other campgrounds nearby.

Benbow KOA

Benbow KOA is around 5 miles from Richardson Grove State Park on the East Branch South Fork of the Eel River. The park has both back-in and pull-through sites for rigs up to 30 feet long. Here, you can enjoy putting the green at the nine-hole golf course, take a swim in the pool, or relax the aches and pains away in the Jacuzzi.
• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Cable TV, hot tub/sauna, restaurant, and dog park

Redwoods River Resort and Pub

Redwoods River Resort and Pub is about a 9-mile drive from Richardson Grove State Park. It offers some pull-through sites, but they fill up fast. Here, you can swim, hike, fish, sit by a campfire, and more. It has a full-service store on-site that offers firewood, ice, beverages, and other assortments of food.
• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Dump station, fire pit, picnic table, laundry room, and showers

Benbow Lake State Recreation Area

Benbow Lake State Recreation Area is not quite 5 miles from Richardson Grove State Park. The RV length can be no more than 30 feet for motorhomes and 24 feet for trailers. Here, you can hike the Thrap Mill Trail through the redwoods; the trailhead starts and ends at campsite 57.
• Water hookup: Yes
• Electrical hookup: Yes
• Sewer hookup: Yes
• Wi-Fi: No
• Pet-friendly: Yes
• Other amenities: Sanitation center, swimming pool, showers, and camp host

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What to Do at
Richardson Grove State Park

Richardson Grove State Park is not just for campers; it's excellent for those who love the outdoors. Start at the visitors center where you can handle selected natural items. Then, take a one-half-mile hike on the Grove Nature Trail where you will be able to view wildlife habitats and a 346-foot-tall redwood that is at least 40 feet around.

Inside Richardson Grove State Park

Boating – During boating season, you can enjoy the open waters on the South Fork of the Eel River. People often take drift boats out on the river to enjoy the open water where it's just you and your boat.
Fishing – The South Fork of the Eel River is an ideal place for fishing, especially during the fall and winter seasons. It is during these two seasons that the steelhead and spawning salmon return.
Hiking – You can enjoy a stroll along the nature trails with 300-foot redwoods in view. In these redwoods, you will see native birds and wildlife, but be careful as bears have visited on occasion. If you want to hike longer with steeper hills, Franklin K. Lane Grove Hiking Trail is just over 17 miles away.
Kayaking and canoeing – The Eel River is a prime area to go kayaking and canoeing. These waters are deep enough to row your oars through smoothly.
Swimming – The Eel River is a popular area for swimming, especially on a hot summer's day. The river can be quite refreshing and relaxing after a long hike. You can sit or float for hours in the sun as you watch all the activities around you pass by.

Outside Richardson Grove State Park

One of the greatest things about Richardson Grove State Park is how much entertainment there is to enjoy in the surrounding area. Since there are plenty of outdoor adventures, you will never run out of things to do. There are also plenty of restaurants, shops, and sightseeing spots nearby.

Restaurants

Eel River Café

Eel River Café is less than an 8-mile drive from Richardson Grove State Park. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here, you'll be able to taste the flavors of Mexican dishes like chicken tacos, steak rancheros, and chicken enchiladas. Top off your meal with a delicious dessert like caramel apple pie or lemon poppy-seed cheesecake.

Type: Mexican

Location: Garberville, CA

Cecil's New Orleans Bistro

Cecil's New Orleans Bistro is also less than 8 miles from Richardson Grove State Park. Here, you can get the great flavors of Louisiana meals like jambalaya, gumbo, and Cajun specialties. Another great perk about this place is the cocktails and spirits that can be ordered with your meal.

Type: Bistro

Location: Garberville, CA

Souji House

Souji House is about an 8-mile drive from Richardson Grove State Park. At the restaurant, you will be served with delicious Asian food, organic soft serve, Japanese sweets, and tea. They serve a variety of soups and salads, rice, katsu chicken, and more.

Type: Asian

Location: Garberville, CA

Shopping

Chautauqua Natural Foods

Chautauqua Natural Foods is in Garberville, which is just an 8-mile drive from Richardson Grove State Park. The grocery department offers 100% organic local produce, a variety of meats, seafood, and more. The store has a wellness department that has an assortment of vitamins and supplements. This is a great place to come for restocking your RV with food provisions and wellness supplies.

Location: Garberville, CA

Sightseeing

Confusion Hill

Confusion Hill is less than 9 miles from Richardson Grove State Park. Since 2010, this place has been recognized as a California State Point of Historical Interest. Here, you can see the world-famous gravity house, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and the redwood shoe house. There is a unique miniature mountain train ride where you can view the picturesque scenery. You will also have the chance to see redwood tree chainsaw carvings.

Drive-Thru Tree Park

The Drive-Thru Tree Park is about 16 miles from Richardson Grove State Park. Since 1937, this privately owned park has been the home of the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree. Travelers come from all over to view the tree and take pictures of their vehicle underneath it. Another thing you can do here is hike, picnic, visit the gift shop, or just relax on one of the benches and take pleasure in the scenery.

One Log House

One Log House is a short 1 mile away from Richardson Grove State Park. It was crafted in 1946 from a 2,100-year-old redwood that took about eight months to hollow out. The place has a café and gift shop conveniently located near the grounds. Here, you can experience a nature walk among the redwood trees. On the walk, you will learn local history as well as information about edible and medicinal plants and the local wildlife.

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How to Get to
Richardson Grove State Park

Richardson Grove State Park is off U.S. Highway 101 about 7 miles from Garberville. There's only one way to travel into the park, which is bisected by U.S. Highway 101 and the South Fork of the Eel River.

Entering Richardson Grove State Park

Richardson Grove State Park operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some campground facilities are open seasonally. Call ahead for specific details.

Per vehicle : $8

1-4 adults

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