DeMartin Backcountry Camp

A brown bearproof box, a pile of wood and picnic table next to brush and trees.
DeMartin Backcountry Camp is situated among mixed Sitka spruce and alder forest with few redwoods.

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
North-east of the mouth of Wilson Creek
Backcountry Camp
National Park

Fire Pit, Grill, Picnic Table, Toilet - Vault/Composting

DeMartin Backcountry Camp

Backcountry camp at Redwood National and State Parks.

The shaded DeMartin Backcountry Camp is a two- to three-mile hike from US 101.



  • Access to the Coastal Trail - DeMartin Section and DeMartin backcountry camp generally require crossing the busy U.S. 101 highway. Please proceed with caution!
  • When parking at trailheads, secure items of value and keep them out of sight; better yet, leave them at home! Lock vehicle doors, roll up windows, and engage anti-theft devices.
  • Northern access: 3 miles to camp from Coastal Trail - DeMartin Section Trailhead (U.S. 101 milepost 15.7). Look for small Coastal Trail sign on east side of highway.
  • Southern access: 2.5 miles to camp from Wilson Creek Picnic Area (U.S. 101 milepost 12.8). Trailhead is located on east side of highway just north of Wilson Creek Bridge, marked by small Coastal Trail sign.
  • Southern access (seasonal—requires crossing Wilson Creek): 2.5 miles to camp from Wilson Creek Picnic Area (U.S. 101 milepost 12.8). Cross to east side of highway (on foot), then continue approx. 200 ft. on Wilson Creek Road; turn left (north) at junction—this side road may be chained-off to prevent vehicle access—and continue to Wilson Creek. Triangular orange signs on both sides of creek indicate trail crossing.

Designated Sites

  • 10 campsites available; maximum of eight (8) people per site.
  • Camp only in designated sites.


With the exception of service animals, bicycles, horses, and/or pack animals are not allowed on trail or in camp.

Disposal of Garbage and Human Waste

  • Composting pit toilets for human waste only—do not dispose of garbage in toilets.
  • Pack out all trash/garbage when leaving camp.

Food and Garbage Storage

  • Store food, garbage, cooking gear, and all odorous items in food storage lockers.
  • When cooking and/or eating, do not let wildlife access food and/or garbage.
  • Never Feed Wildlife (that includes birds, too!) It’s illegal, and dangerous to you, other humans, and the fed animal.
  • Keep a clean camp, store food and other smelly items responsibly, and properly dispose of all garbage—even crumbs!


No treated water source or reliable natural water source available—pack in drinking water.

Fires and Firewood

  • Campfires are restricted to designated fire rings, only.
  • Up to 50 pounds of dead and downed wood per day per campsite may be collected within 1/4-mile of camp for campfire use only.
  • Do not leave fires unattended or smoldering.

Leave No Trace

Understand the importance of Leave No Trace practices in the redwoods.

Redwood National and State Parks

Last updated: June 28, 2023