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Camping at Hendy Woods State Park

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Overview of Hendy Woods State Park

Hendy Woods State Park is situated in the heart of the Anderson Valley in California and is notable for its two groves of towering redwoods. These ancient and majestic trees are the park's central attraction and offer a serene and awe-inspiring environment for visitors. The park spans approximately 845 acres and provides an array of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, picnicking, and camping.

Camping Information

Reservation System

  • Most campsites in Hendy Woods State Park are available through reservations, which can be made through the official California State Parks reservation system or ReserveCalifornia.com.
  • Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but it's best to make reservations to ensure you get a spot, especially during the peak season.

Campsites and Amenities

  • The park offers family campsites equipped with amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and food lockers.
  • Restrooms with flush toilets and coin-operated showers are available in the camping areas.
  • Should you require it, some campsites also offer accessibility features for wheelchair users.

Campground Rules

  • Campfires and cook stoves must only be used within designated fire rings and areas.
  • It is important to store food and scented items properly to avoid attracting wildlife, specifically in the provided food lockers.
  • Quiet hours are typically from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, and generators are only allowed to operate between certain hours to minimize disturbances.


  • Camping fees vary depending on the type of campsite and the season. Check the official park website or reservation system for accurate pricing.

Maximum Stay

  • There is often a limit on the consecutive number of nights campers can stay, often not exceeding a week or two in most state parks.

Outdoor Activities


  • Hendy Woods offers about 5 miles of trails that weave through redwood groves and along the Navarro River.
  • Trails cater to various skill levels, from easy, family-friendly walks to more moderate trails for avid hikers.

Wildlife and Nature Viewing

  • The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife and offers fantastic opportunities for birdwatching and nature photography.

Park Regulations and Conservation

Protecting Redwoods

  • To maintain the health of the redwoods and surrounding ecosystems, certain areas may be off-limits for visitors to protect root systems and habitat.

Litter and Waste

  • Always pack out everything you bring in to maintain the park's cleanliness and protect the wildlife.
  • Use designated disposal facilities for waste and recycling.

Seasonal Considerations

Weather Conditions

  • The park's weather can vary, so visitors are advised to prepare for a wide range of temperatures and conditions.
  • Rain gear is recommended during the wet season, while sun protection is necessary in the summer months.

Peak Seasons

  • Summer months are the peak season for the park, and campgrounds can fill up quickly so plan accordingly.
  • Off-peak seasons might offer a quieter experience but with potentially limited services.

Contact and Emergency Information

In the event of an emergency within the park, contacting park personnel or calling 911 is imperative. For non-emergency inquiries and additional information, the park office or visitor center can provide maps, guides, and resources to help ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience. Always check for the most current information before your trip, as conditions and regulations can change.

Map of Campgrounds in Hendy Woods State Park
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