Camping in Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park has four developed campgrounds: Jedediah Smith and Del Norte Coast (Mill Creek) campgrounds in the North, and Elk Prairie and Gold Bluffs in the South. We ended up at Mill Creek Campground in the Del Norte Coast State Park section, and I am so glad we chose this site!

The Mill Creek campground is one of the more centrally located campgrounds within the national park, with Jedediah State Park above it, and Prairie Creek State Park below it. So it was very easy to get around within the park. From our campground, it was between 20-40 minutes to get to the other sections of the park.

Mill Creek Campground is located on Hwy 101, right across the street from this park entry sign/scenic overlook, where we stopped for a quick picture and to watch the sunset.

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Even with power lines photobombing the scene, it was still a very awesome sunset. The way the light reflected off the ocean looked so pretty!

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Mill Creek Campground was so cool!! It seriously felt like we were camping in Endor (a Star Wars reference, for all you non-geeks out there). I guess all the Ewoks were hiding though, cause we didn’t see any…

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It probably felt like Endor…because it is Endor!! They filmed the Endor scenes from “The Return of The Jedi” in Redwood National Park. Woooo!!! I had no idea it was filmed here, but as a devout Star Wars fan, I was pretty darn excited!

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The campsites come equipped with a picnic table, fire pit, and a bear locker, which you do have to use. There are a ton of bears in this park, so make sure anything scented (even your make up and toiletries) are stored in the bear locker or buried deep in the trunk of your car.

There are pay showers in the campground, but the plumbing was pretty sketchy. The toilets clogged up daily during our stay, and I paid for a 12-minute shower, but the water shut off after only 2 minutes. Luckily my best friend was in the shower next to me and let me finish showering with her (true story- that actually happened). That is true friendship right there! So maybe bring extra quarters when you shower, in case your water shuts off way early too. No electrical outlets though.

It was a fun campground, and we enjoyed our stay. The fire pits have a fire grate, which came in handy for helping us heat up cans of soup (because we were far too lazy to wash a pot to heat the soup properly). Cooking it this way totally works though!

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And enjoying beer by the campfire…

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Driving from Del Norte State Park to Prairie Creek State Park, you pass by these wonderfully large statues of Paul Bunyon and Babe. They are located out in front of the Trees of Mystery museum and gift shop, which we didn’t actually visit, but seemed pretty cool. They had a lot of Sasquatch merch, because apparently this is one of the areas in which he has been frequently sighted. We had no such luck on our visit. But we did enjoy the giant Babe!

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During our stay in Redwood National Park, we visited every section we could get to, and I truly believe this is the best campground in the park. Not only were the actual campsites beautiful and spacious, but the location made it super easy to divide our time between the North and South sections.

For more information on the campgrounds in Redwood National Park, click here.

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Author: Natalie Bates

LA-based freelance writer | Blogger | Craft beer drinker | Rock 'n roll girlfriend | Adventurer | Lover of tattoos, red lipstick, and popcorn | World traveler | Compassionate human | Photography enthusiast | Eco warrior | Celtic babe ❤️

3 thoughts

  1. I have been eyeing Redwood National park. Looks lovely 🙂 thanks for the information. I often research camping trips well, well, well too much in advance and this cleared up some questions I had about the different campgrounds.

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  2. Hi! I know this is super random, but do have an approximate gps location for that park sign? I’ve been trying to find out where it is (the only ones I’ve found have been the smaller ones) and have had the worst luck.

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