Redwood Camping & Backpacking

Camping in the Redwoods

Sleeping among the towering California redwood trees is an unforgettable treat. Local parks offer a variety of options for family and group camping. Whether you want the comfort of coming back to campground at night after an inspiring day hike or the solitude of backcountry camping, the local redwood parks have just what you need.

Plan your redwood camping trip today!

Plan a trip to camp in these beautiful forests. For summer weekends, plan ahead and be sure to reserve your campsite online or by phone.

California State Parks: call 1-800-444-7275 or reserve online

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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Campground sites: 146 family campsites
Backcountry areas or sites: Trail camps are open by reservation only
Group camping: 4 sites
Reserve online or call (800) 444-7275; For trail camps, call (831) 338-8861.

Butano State Park

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Campground sites: 21 drive-in campsites and 18 walk-in campsites
Backcountry areas or sites: First-come first-served camping, contact the park directly for information (650) 879-2040
Group camping: n/a
Reserve online or call Reserve America at 1-800-444-7275

Castle Rock

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Campground sites: n/a
Backcountry areas or sites: 20 trail camp sites at Castle Rock and 6 trail camp sites at Waterman Gap. Castle Rock site available first come, first served. Group camping: not available
Reserve: First-come first-served camping, or contact the park directly for information 408-867-2952. Waterman site reservations: call Big Basin Redwoods State Park (831) 338-8861

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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Campground sites: Total sites: 50; Tent-only: 3 (closed in winter)
Backcountry areas or sites: n/a
Group camping: 1 site
Reserve online or call (800) 444-7275 (TTY 800-274-7275)

Heritage Grove

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Campground sites: n/a
Backcountry areas or sites: The Sierra Club Hikers’ Hut
Group camping: n/a
Reserve: call 650-390-8411 x393.

Huddart Park

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Campground sites: n/a
Backcountry areas or sites: n/a
Group camping: 3 sites, each accommodating 50 people
Reserve online or call (650) 363-4021

Little Basin State Park

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Campground sites: 12 Cabins, 38 Tent Spaces
Backcountry areas or sites: n/a
Group camping: group of 20+, contact Little Basin Reservations at 831-338-3314
Reserve online

Memorial County Park

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Campground sites: 158 family camp sites
Backcountry areas or sites: n/a
Group camping: 4 group camping areas available
Reserve online or call (650) 363-4021

Mt. Madonna State Park

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Campground sites: 118 drive-in and walk-in sites, including 17 RV sites
Backcountry areas or sites: n/a
Group camping: 5 sites
Reserve online or call (408) 355-2201

Pescadero Creek County Park

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Campground sites: none
Backcountry areas or sites: Hike-in camps are provided for the backpacker, first come-first serve at the Memorial Park Ranger Station, at Shaw Flat and Tarwater Trail Camps
Group camping: n/a
Reserve online or call 650-363-4021

Portola Redwoods State Park

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Campground sites: 52 tent sites, 4 walk-in sites
Backcountry areas or sites: Six sites at Slate Creek Trail Camp available late spring through mid-autumn. For trail camp reservations, call Big Basin Redwoods State Park at (831) 338-8861.
Group camping: 4 group tent sites
Reserve online or call (800) 444-7275

Sam McDonald County Park

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Campground sites: 3 horse camp areas accommodate from 10 to 40 people.
Backcountry areas or sites: n/a
Group camping: Youth camp sites available.
Reserve online or (650) 363-4021

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

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Campground sites: n/a
Backcountry areas or sites: Trail campsites are located six miles from the trail camp parking lot at the West Ridge Trailhead. First-come first-served camping, contact the park directly for information.
Group camping: n/a
Reserve: 831-763-7062

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