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Camping at Outer Loop Campground

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Location and Overview

Outer Loop Campground is situated within Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, which is located in the northernmost region of California near Crescent City. The park is home to old-growth redwoods, providing a stunning natural setting and a tranquil camping experience surrounded by ancient forest giants. The campground is one of several in the park and offers access to the Smith River, trails, and a variety of natural attractions.

Campsite Details

The campground features a range of sites suitable for tents, RVs, and trailers, though size limitations may apply. Here are some details you should consider:

  • Each campsite typically comes with a fire ring, a picnic table, and a food storage locker.
  • There's a limit on the number of vehicles and people per campsite.
  • Some sites are reservable, while others might be available on a first-come, first-served basis, particularly during non-peak seasons.


Amenities at Outer Loop Campground may include:

  • Restrooms with flush toilets
  • Potable water throughout the campground
  • Showers available (could be coin-operated)
  • A dump station for RVs and trailers
  • Accessibility features for visitors with disabilities


The park and campground offer a variety of outdoor activities:

  • Hiking: The park has a network of trails, including the famous Boy Scout Tree Trail, which allows campers to explore the redwood forest up close.
  • Fishing and Swimming: The Smith River provides opportunities for fishing and swimming during appropriate seasons.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is rich in wildlife; visitors may see black bears, deer, and a variety of birds.
  • Ranger-led Programs: During peak seasons, park rangers often lead educational programs about the local ecosystem.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations are recommended, especially during the summer season, when the campground is busiest. They can typically be made up to six months in advance through the California State Parks reservation system.
  • Fees vary depending on the time of year, type of campsite, and amenities offered. It's important to check the current fee structure before planning your trip.

Rules and Regulations

  • Due to the presence of wildlife, food storage regulations are strictly enforced.
  • Quiet hours are typically set for the nighttime to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Campfires must be confined to fire rings, and firewood collection within the park is usually prohibited. Firewood can often be purchased at or near the campground.
  • Pets may be allowed but must be kept on a leash and are not permitted on trails or in the backcountry.

Access and Contact Information

  • Outer Loop Campground is accessible by car, and the park's main entrance is on Highway 199.
  • The nearest town with full services is Crescent City, where visitors can stock up on supplies.
  • It's always a good practice to check the park's official website or contact the park directly for the most recent updates on campground status, road conditions, closures, and alerts.

Please note that the information provided is based on the knowledge up to early 2023 and is subject to change. Always verify the latest details before planning your trip.

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