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Lower Loop Sites 1-21 at Benbow State Recreation Area

Overview: Benbow State Recreation Area, located in Humboldt County in Northern California, is known for its beautiful landscapes, which include the backdrop of the South Fork Eel River. This park offers various outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, picnicking, and camping, with its Lower Loop camping area being particularly popular among visitors for its accessible location and amenities.

Lower Loop Sites 1-21 Specifics:

Reservation and Fees:

  • Booking: Sites at Benbow State Recreation Area, including Lower Loop sites 1-21, usually require reservations, which can be made online through the California State Parks reservation system or by calling their toll-free number.
  • Fees: Camping fees vary based on the site and season but expect to pay for vehicle entry and nightly camping. Fees may also differ for residents and non-residents.

Site Features:

  • Campsite Specs: Lower Loop sites 1-21 typically include a picnic table, fire ring, and sufficient space for tents. They may accommodate RVs or trailers up to a specific length, so checking the maximum vehicle length when reserving is crucial.
  • Hookups: These sites typically do not have utility hookups, so campers with RVs should be prepared for dry camping.
  • Restrooms: Restroom facilities with flush toilets are usually available.
  • Showers: There might be coin-operated hot showers available for campers.


  • Quiet Hours: Strictly enforced quiet hours are generally from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  • Pets: Pets are usually permitted but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and should not be left unattended.
  • Fire Regulations: Fire restrictions can vary with the season and fire danger levels; sometimes, campfires are only allowed in designated rings.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Eel River: Offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, and boating.
  • Hiking Trails: There are day-use areas and trails for walking and exploring within the park.
  • Historic Benbow Inn: Located nearby, this historic hotel from the 1920s offers dining and additional recreational options.


  • ADA Accessibility: Some sites might be ADA accessible; it's best to check the reservation system for details on each site's accessibility features.

Tips for Camping:

  • Environmentally Sensitive Area: It’s important to follow Leave No Trace principles to protect the natural environment.
  • Wildlife: Store food and scented items properly to avoid attracting wildlife to your site.
  • Seasonal Considerations: Be aware of the season you plan to camp, as the weather in Northern California can be varied, with rain and cooler temperatures in the off-peak months.

Before You Go: Before heading out to Benbow State Recreation Area, check the latest information on fire regulations, any alerts or closures, and seasonal weather conditions. Ensure to follow any guidelines provided by the park to have a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

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