Redwood National Park RV Camping

Redwood National Park RV Camping
To spend time looking up at old-growth redwood giants--Sequoia sempervirens--is a privilege only Pacific coast travelers can experience. The Redwood Park area is an amalgam of national and state parks established to conserve the tallest living trees on the planet. Many roads through the redwood groves are fine for RVs. Camping is plentiful. As if the forests themselves were not enough, the region also contains the Smith River, a paddler's delight, Fern Canyon, herds of Roosevelt elk and the glorious Pacific Ocean. The state of California manages the public campgrounds within these parks.

Redwood National Park

The large area designated Redwood National Park contains no developed campgrounds, but visitors flock to the abutting California State parks with RV-friendly campgrounds and take day trips into the groves of the national park.

You can stay some 20 miles away in campgrounds administered by the U.S. Forest Service in the Six Rivers National Recreation Area. It is recommended to make reservations in advance for some of the parks in the busy months between May 1 and Sept. 30.

Redwood National and State Parks
1111 Second St.
Crescent City, CA 95531


Jedediah Smith Campground

Open all year, Jedediah Smith Campground sits on the banks of the Smith River in the redwood forest. Nearby, you will find trails, swimming and fishing.

There are 86 sites for self-contained RVs up to 36 feet, trailers to 31 feet, tents and a hiker/biker area. Amenities include showers, restrooms and a visitor center. There are no hookups.

Jedediah Smith Campground
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Hiouchi, CA 95532
10 miles east of Crescent City on U.S. 199

Mill Creek Campground

Deciduous and young redwood trees shade 145 campsites for RVs or tents at Mill Creek Campground. There also is a hiker/biker area.

Mill Creek Campground is open May 1 through Sept. 7. Mill Creek has showers and restrooms but no hookups. RVs up to 31 feet and trailers to 27 feet are accepted.

Mill Creek Campground
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
7 miles south of Crescent City
on U.S. Hwy. 101

Elk Prairie Campground

In an old-growth redwood forest, Elk Prairie Campground is open all year. It has 75 campsites without hookups and a hiker/biker area. RVs to 27 feet and trailers to 24 feet are welcome. There are showers, restrooms, a bookstore and a visitor center.

Elk Prairie Campground
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
6 miles north of Orick
on Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is more remote and is on the beach near the redwoods. There are 26 regular campsites for tents or self-contained RVs to 24 feet and a hiker/biker area. Recreational trailers are prohibited.

There are solar showers, restrooms, beach access, nearby hiking and biking trails and Fern Canyon. Reservations are not available.

Gold Bluffs Campground
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
10 miles north of Orick
on Davison Road


Article Written By Lani Johnson

Lani Johnson is a hiking, writing musician. Recent published work includes journalism, poetry and research. See her online writing at or at

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