Camping at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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Overview of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, located in California, is known for its sizable population of ancient coast redwoods as well as its rich biodiversity. It's a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to hike, camp, and experience nature.

Camping Information

As of my knowledge cutoff date in 2023, it is important to consider that Big Basin Redwoods State Park suffered significant damage due to wildfires in 2020. Therefore, camping options and information may be affected. Here's some general camping information that you can further explore:

Campground Reservations:

  • Campsite reservations are typically required and can be made through the California State Parks reservation system.
  • Campsites usually have a picnic table, fire ring, and a food locker to protect from wildlife.

Types of Camping:

  • The park offers backcountry trail camps for those looking for a backpacking experience.
  • There are also designated camping areas for family camping with more amenities.
  • Group camps are available for larger gatherings or events.

Facilities and Amenities:

  • Depending on the campground, you may find restrooms, showers, and potable water.
  • Some campgrounds offer RV hookups, though these may be limited.

Regulations and Safety:

  • Campfires may be allowed in designated areas, but it is always important to check for seasonal fire restrictions.
  • Store food and scented items properly to avoid attracting wildlife, particularly bears.
  • Be aware of park rules regarding pets, quiet hours, and maximum stay lengths.

Wilderness Permits:

  • For backcountry camping, wilderness permits may be required.
  • These permits help manage visitor impacts on the environment.


  • Certain campgrounds may offer accessible facilities for people with disabilities.
  • Check the park's official resources for up-to-date accessibility information.

General Tips

  • Check Current Conditions: Before planning a trip, check the latest park condition updates, especially post-wildfire recovery status.
  • Reservations: Book well in advance as campgrounds in California State Parks can fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons.
  • Pack Out Trash: Be prepared to pack out all your trash, following Leave No Trace principles.
  • Wildlife Precautions: Take all necessary precautions to avoid conflicts with wildlife, like proper food storage.
  • Prepare for Weather: Coastal weather can be unpredictable, so bring layers and waterproof gear.
  • Navigation: Bring a map and compass or a GPS device, as cell service may be spotty.

Recent Changes and Future Visits

  • Check for information about trail closures or ongoing restoration work following the wildfires.
  • Review the state park’s official website or contact the rangers’ station before visiting for the most updated information on what will be open and accessible to visitors.

Important Note: Due to damages and recovery efforts, the available amenities, regulations, and camping operations mentioned here may change. It is highly recommended to get the latest updates directly from official sources or the California State Parks website before planning your visit.

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