Backcountry: Designated Campsites

Free backcountry permits are required for overnight use of all seven of our backcountry camp areas. Our backcountry sites are listed from north to south. Each of them provide different experiences and have very different pros and cons. More detailed information for each site is provided and linked below.

The park's permit operations have moved online, permits are not being issued in-person at the visitor centers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of backcountry permits available may be reduced in order to follow health guidelines and best practices.
 

Backcountry Camps NORTH of the Klamath River

 
Grassy meadow with trees and a fire pit.
Forest and meadows at Little Bald Hills Camp.

LITTLE BALD HILLS CAMP (5 sites, horses and bikes allowed)
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  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked trailhead is on short access road off Howland Hill Road
  • Mileage to Campground: 3.3 miles
  • Difficulty Level: Strenuous, gradual 1,800 foot rise in elevation
  • Description: Fire pits, bear proof lockers, toilet, picnic tables, horse trough, and corral. Pack in water. Climb through old-growth forest to open prairies fringed by fir and pine trees. Free backcountry camping permit required.
 
Forest and brush lines a walking trail.
Brush and trees on the trail to DeMartin Camp.

DeMARTIN CAMP (10 sites)
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  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked north access is on east side of Hwy 101 at mile marker 15.6. Marked south access is opposite of Wilson Creek parking area.
  • Mileage to campground: From north access, 3.4. From south access, 3.5.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate, some steep grades and switchbacks.
  • Description: Picnic tables, bear-proof food lockers, fire pits, and toilet. Bring your own water. No ocean views because of the growing trees. Free backcountry camping permit required

 

Backcountry Camps SOUTH of the Klamath River

 
Three picnic tables and alder trees
Flint Ridge picnic tables.

FLINT RIDGE (8 sites)
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  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Marked west access is on the Coastal Drive. Marked east access is across from the Old Douglas Memorial Bridge site at junction of Alder Camp and Klamath Beach Road.
  • Mileage to Campground: From west access, 0.25 miles. From east access, 4.5 miles.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy from the west. East access is strenuous and climbs approximately 800 feet. Free backcountry camping permit required.
 
A grassy, open area with a picnic table and trees. Fog hides much of the distant view.
Hike and bike site at Gold Bluffs Beach.

GOLD BLUFFS BEACH Hike and Bike site (1 site available accommodating up to 2 separate groups/permits, 8 backcountry campers maximum per night)
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One "Hike/Bike" site located behind sites #19 and #20 at the Gold Bluffs Beach Campground has been designated as a backcountry campsite. A backcountry permit is required, available online)

  • Location: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Trailhead: Hikers: There are several different access points for this camp, the shortest being about 4.5 miles from Elk Prairie via Miners Ridge Trail. Bicyclists: Access is only from mile marker 132.9 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway (via Ossagon Trail -> Coastal Trail - Gold Bluffs Beach Section -> Davison Road) or Davison Road.
  • Mileage to Campground: Hikers: Depending on which access you choose, one-way mileage is a minimum of 4.5 miles via Miners Ridge Trail. Bicyclists: About 6 miles, one way, via Ossagon Trail -> Coastal Trail - Gold Bluffs Beach Section -> Davison Road; or, 5.3 miles via Davison Road from Elk Meadow.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate hike, some steep grades with switchbacks.
  • Description: One site within this developed campground has been redesignated for use by backcountry users only. Up to 2 groups and 8 campers allowed. Picnic table, food locker, firepit, and barbecue grill available, as are water, restroom, and solar shower facilities (quarter operated) shared by all campground campers. Free backcountry camping permit required.
  • Parking: Overnight parking for trail access is available only in the designated parking area across Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center. Overnight parking is not allowed on the Newton B. Drury Scenic parkway, just in the designated backcountry parking area (printed parking permit required).
  • Fee: $5 per person/per night camping fee required, payable on arrival at campground.
 
Picnic tables and fire pit
Picnic tables at Elam Camp.

ELAM CAMP (3 sites, horses allowed)
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  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Tall Trees Trailhead (additional permit required for access road), Redwood Creek Trailhead (summer only) or Orick Horse Trailhead.
  • Mileage to campground: 7 miles from the Tall Trees Trailhead, 3 miles from the Redwood Creek Trailhead or 6 miles from the Orick Horse Trailhead. Several loop options for horses on the Orick Horse Trails.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Description: Located in the Redwood Creek area, walk through old-growth redwoods to camp. Picnic tables, bear proof lockers, fire pits, toilet, non-potable water (treat from creek), and a corral. No more than 12 stock animals are permitted. Free backcountry camping permit required.
    • Redwood Creek footbridges will not go in until late May to early June. Without the footbridges being in place you must cross the creek by foot when starting at the Redwood Creek Trailhead or going from the Tall Trees side (east) of the creek to the Orick Horse Trail/Redwood Creek Trail side (west). Please be careful.
 
Picnic table and fire pit next to trees
44 campsites.
  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Tall Trees Trailhead (additional permit required for access road), Redwood Creek Trailhead (summer only) or Orick Horse Trailhead.
  • Mileage to campground: 3 miles from the Tall Trees Trailhead, 7 miles from the Redwood Creek Trailhead or 12 miles from the Orick Horse Trailhead.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Description: Located in the Redwood Creek area, walk through old-growth redwoods to camp. Picnic tables, bear proof lockers, fire pits. Treat water from nearby creek. Free backcountry camping permit required.
    • NO toilets available. Campers must use Leave No Trace ethics by digging a suitable cathole and packing out all used toilet paper.
    • Redwood Creek footbridges will not go in until late May to early June. Without the footbridges being in place you must cross the creek by foot when starting at the Redwood Creek Trailhead or going from the Tall Trees side (east) of the creek to the Orick Horse Trail/Redwood Creek Trail side (west). Please be careful.
 
 
A smooth flowing creek runs between banks of tall trees. Three hikers are walking on gravel.
Hikers walk along the edge of Redwood Creek.

Photo: Dave Van de Mark

REDWOOD CREEK GRAVEL BAR- Dispersed Camping (Max of 50 people allowed per night)
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  • Location: Redwood National Park
  • Trailhead: Tall Trees Trailhead (additional permit required for access road, summer only), Redwood Creek Trailhead (summer only), or Orick Horse Trailhead.
  • Mileage: 2.5 miles from the Tall Trees Trailhead (you must camp at least ¼ mile away from the grove), 1.5 miles from the Redwood Creek Trailhead or 6.5 miles from the Orick Horse Trailhead.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Description: Located along a stretch of Redwood Creek, the gravel bar offers the only area in the park where dispersed camping is permitted. Dispersed camping is allowed anywhere on the gravel bars no closer than ¼-mile (½-km) of the Tall Trees Grove and 1.5 miles from the Redwood Creek Trailhead (not accessible in winter due to high creek levels).
    • Hanging food or having your own bear cannister is required. All food and smelly items need to be properly stored at all times. Treat water from nearby creek. Campers are required to follow Leave No Trace Principles when in the park. Free backcountry camping permit required.
    • Redwood Creek footbridges will not go in until late May to early June. Without the footbridges being in place you must cross the creek by foot when starting at the Redwood Creek Trailhead or going from the Tall Trees side (east) of the creek to the Orick Horse Trail/Redwood Creek Trail side (west). Please be careful.

Last updated: May 9, 2021

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