Camping at Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Location and Basic Information

Redwoods State Natural Reserve is located in California and is noted for its majestic coast redwood trees, which are some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world. The park system includes both state parks and state natural reserves within Humboldt County, which are collectively known as Redwood National and State Parks.

Camping Facilities

The specific facilities for camping can vary depending on the exact park location you are planning to visit within the Redwood National and State Parks. Here are a few options:

  • Jedediah Smith Campground: Situated along the Smith River, offering sites amidst old-growth redwoods.
  • Elk Prairie Campground: Located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, a place to camp among elk herds.
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground: Offers beachside camping, also in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Please Note: Not all state natural reserves offer camping facilities. Some are designated primarily for day-use to protect their natural resources.

Reservations and Campsite Details

Reservations: It is highly recommended to make a reservation, especially during peak seasons. Reservations can often be made through the California State Parks website or through ReserveCalifornia.

Campsite Details: Campsites may offer a range of amenities including fire rings, picnic tables, cleared areas for tents, and sometimes electric hookups. Facilities such as restrooms and showers are also typically available.


  • Hiking: There are numerous trails that take you through the pristine redwood groves.
  • Wildlife Watching: The parks are home to a variety of wildlife, including Roosevelt elk, black bears, and coastal birds.
  • Scenic Drives: Driving routes like the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway offer spectacular views of the redwoods.
  • Visitor Centers: Visitor centers provide educational exhibits and information on the redwood ecosystem.


  • Fire Regulations: Check for fire restrictions, especially during dry months.
  • Food Storage: Proper food storage is necessary to protect wildlife.
  • Pets: Understand the parks’ pet policies – pets may be restricted on trails.


  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and dress in layers.
  • Wildlife: Keep a safe distance from animals, including elk and bears.
  • Trees: Be aware of falling limbs, especially during windy conditions.

Preservation Efforts

As a visitor, you are encouraged to follow the principles of Leave No Trace to minimize human impact on the natural environment, ensuring that the redwoods and the surrounding ecosystems remain unspoiled for future generations.

Please be aware that park details, regulations, and facilities can change, so it's always best to check the official state park website or contact the park directly for the most current information before planning your trip.

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