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Mill Creek Northern Loop Campground Overview

Mill Creek Campground is located in Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park along the northernmost coast of California. It is part of a larger park system that includes Mill Creek Campground, which offers a dense redwood environment with access to numerous trails and scenic vistas. The Northern Loop is one section of the campground, generally characterized by its forested ambiance and proximity to Mill Creek.

Camping Reservation and Fees

Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak seasons when the campground can be fully booked. You can make reservations six months in advance through the California State Parks reservation system.

Fees: Camping fees vary depending on the type of campsite and the season. Expect to pay a nightly rate for standard campsites. Additional fees may apply for extra vehicles, day-use, or amenities like the use of showers.

Campsite Details

Campsite Amenities:

  • Each campsite typically features a picnic table, a fire ring, and a food storage locker.
  • There are usually no electric hookups, so be prepared for a rustic camping experience.
  • Drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets and showers are generally available throughout the campground.

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-In Time: Check-in time is typically in the afternoon (around 2 PM), but it's a good idea to confirm the exact time when you make your reservation.

Check-Out Time: Check-out time is commonly by noon. You'll need to vacate your site by this time on your departure day.

Campground Rules and Regulations

Maximum Occupancy: Each campsite usually has a maximum occupancy of up to 8 people.

Noise: Quiet hours are typically enforced from 10 PM to 6 AM to ensure a peaceful environment for all visitors.

Pets: Dogs are often allowed but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and cannot be left unattended. There are restrictions on pets on trails, so check the specific rules for the area.

Fires: Campfires and charcoal barbecues may be permitted within the provided fire rings, but check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your trip.

Wildlife: Store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife. Use designated food storage lockers when available.

Access to Trails and Activities

  • The campground is a gateway to numerous trails, one being the Mill Creek Trail, which winds through the lush forest.
  • Visitors can also enjoy access to the coastal beaches nearby, with opportunities for tide pooling and beachcombing.
  • The park is well-known for its old-growth redwood forests, providing an exceptional setting for photography and nature study.

Local Attractions

  • The Trees of Mystery, a popular tourist attraction with a gondola ride through the redwoods, is located nearby.
  • The Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park includes scenic drives along the coastal highway with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • The nearby Smith River offers fishing, kayaking, and swimming opportunities.

It's important to check the latest information before your trip since park policies, fees, and rules can change. For the most current information and to make a reservation, visit the California State Parks website or contact the park directly.

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