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Madrone Cabin Area Campground is one of the multiple camping options available within Richardson Grove State Park, which is located in Humboldt County, California. This park is known for its towering groves of ancient redwoods situated along the scenic South Fork of the Eel River. The Madrone Cabin Area offers a different experience from the traditional tent and RV camping, providing cabin accommodations surrounded by a rich natural environment.

Location and Access

Madrone Cabin Area Campground is located within Richardson Grove State Park:

  • Address: 1600 U.S. 101 #8, Garberville, CA 95542, United States
  • Accessible via Highway 101, which runs through the park

Cabin Features

  • Cabins: The Madrone Cabin Area provides wooden cabins with varying amenities. Some may include electricity and basic furnishings, while others might be more rustic.
  • Capacity: Confirm the capacity of each cabin before booking, as it can range from smaller cabins suitable for couples to larger ones for families or groups.
  • Amenities: Depending on the cabin, amenities might include beds, electric lighting, a heater, and sometimes a small kitchenette, but details should be verified when booking.

Facilities and Services

  • Restrooms and Showers: Common restrooms and shower facilities are usually available for cabin users.
  • Water: Potable water access is typically found within the campground.
  • Food Storage: Often, food storage lockers are provided to protect against wildlife.

Activities and Attractions

  • Hiking Trails: The park has many trails that range from easy to challenging, including trails through the old-growth redwood groves.
  • Swimming: The Eel River offers opportunities for swimming and cooling off during warmer months.
  • Visitor Center: Learn more about the redwoods and the local ecosystem at the park's visitor center.
  • Nature Programs: There may be ranger-led walks and educational programs available depending on the season.

Reservations and Cost

  • Booking: Reservations are typically recommended especially in the peak season and can be made through the California State Parks reservation system.
  • Fees: Cabin fees vary based on the time of year and specific cabin amenities; always check the current rates when planning a trip.

Rules and Regulations

  • Check-In/Out: Verify the check-in and check-out times for cabin rentals.
  • Maximum Stay: There may be limits on how long you can stay; check the park's policy.
  • Pets: Pet policies vary by cabin; some may allow pets while others do not.
  • Fires: Fire regulations depend on current conditions, including restrictions during high fire danger periods.

Seasonal Considerations

  • Weather: The area can be subject to seasonal changes, with wet winters and dry summers. Always prepare for the expected weather conditions.
  • Availability: Some cabins might be available year-round, while others may only be open seasonally.

Safety and Preparedness

  • Wildlife: Properly store food and dispose of waste to minimize wildlife encounters.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Cell reception might be spotty, so plan ahead for emergencies.


Madrone Cabin Area Campground within Richardson Grove State Park offers a unique accommodation option for those looking to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the redwood forest in a more comfortable setting than traditional camping. Always check the most current information with the California State Parks or the park's official website before planning your visit.

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