The Best Campgrounds in Northern California

The Best Campgrounds in Northern California
Northern California is best known for its majestic redwoods, lush national forests and, of course, an array of lakes that invite boaters and anglers. Finding the best campgrounds in northern California is simple --- if you keep in mind the needs of the campers in your party. Youngsters enjoy a night under the stars until it gets cold, and it is a good idea to have a cozy cabin as a backup. Handicapped campers do not have to give up their enjoyment of the outdoors. RV campers, who enjoy smaller venues rather than the big commercial parks, are sure to find a gem or two among the state's campgrounds.

Redwoods River Resort for Family Cabin Camping

Seven cabins at the Redwoods River Resort allow parties of two to six campers to find a home away from home. Each cabin comes equipped with a television, linens, towels, a microwave and a two-burner stove, toaster, coffee pot, cooking and kitchen utensils and a dorm-style refrigerator. Wood- or gas-burning fireplaces come standard, and the campground offers the firewood free of charge. Outside you find a fire ring for campfires and also barbecues.
The Redwoods River Resort is excellent for family cabin camping, especially if the kids are still too young for tent camping, or the weather is turning too cold for staying outside overnight. The resort's summer season runs from May through October, During this time, the heated swimming pool is open for business. During its winter season, from November to March, the primary draw is the steelhead fishing at the Eel River that winds its way through the resort's property.
The resort offers campers the opportunity to attend group campfires and ice cream socials, play bingo in the recreation hall, drop off the kids for a children's movie night or scavenger hunt, or enjoy a game of pool or air hockey. At the resort's mini mart you may buy items you might have forgotten to bring along, or rent an inner tube for fun on the Eel River.
During the summer season, you may not bring along a pet.
Rates start at $120 per cabin per night, but increase depending on the size of the cabin. During the winter season, two cabins open up to guests with dogs; the rates start at $139. All cabins are smoke-free at all times. Campers, who are members of the Good Sam Club or AAA, enjoy additional savings.

Redwoods River Resort & Campground
75000 Highway 101
Leggett, CA 95585
(707) 925-6249

Handicapped-Accessible Camping at Gold Bluffs Beach Campground

Gold Bluffs Beach campground is in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. includes it in its list of best northern California campgrounds, lauding its sandy beaches. The accessible campsites feature firmly packed dirt and also gravel. Handicapped-accessible restrooms and shower facilities are available, too.
Five trails are specifically designed with the needs of handicapped outdoor enthusiasts in mind. Designers optimized Revelation Trail in particular for visually impaired visitors, while Big Tree, Campfire Center, Redwood Access and Prairie Creek trails all offer accessible parking spots and paths.
Enjoy nature with its huge redwood trees, rhododendron bushes and wildflowers. Elk, deer, foxes, and other wildlife make their homes in the state park, but you may also encounter mountain lions, bears and coyotes, Caution, then, is always a good idea. Picnic areas and fire rings make beach cookouts fun on any day.
Campsite fees vary by season and location, but generally they start at $11 per night.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
127011 Newton B. Drury Parkway
Orick, CA 95555
(707) 465-7347

Kid-Friendly RV Camping at Fawndale Oaks RV Park

Fawndale Oaks features 33 pull-through sites with full hookups. The park is close to Shasta Lake, two golf courses, Water Works theme park and the hiking and mountain-biking trails at the Whiskeytown National Recreation area. There is also a big swimming pool that allows for inner tube rides and water sliding, a playground and also a recreation room that features table tennis and arcade games.
There are several picnic benches under a canopy of shade trees, so you may take your lunch or dinner outside. The California Travel Park Association named Fawndale its park of the year in 1998.

Fawndale Oaks RV Park
15015 Fawndale Road
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 275-0764

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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