Blooms Creek Campground

Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Big Basin Redwoods


Blooms Creek Campground, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Blooms Creek Campground

Big Basin Attractions

Hiking among the Redwoods

Various trails lead out from the center of the park to interesting areas of the park. Some of the most popular trails are listed here:

  • Berry Creek Falls is a 10.5 miles round-trip to the four cascades on Berry Creek, passing many of the largest redwoods.
  • Redwood Trail is a ½-mile loop, self-guided nature trail, passing some of the tallest trees in the park, including Mother of the Forest.
  • Sequoia Trail is a 4-mile loop connecting with Skyline to the Sea Trail, passing Sempervirens Falls, Founders Monument, and Slippery Rock.
  • Maddocks Cabin Site is 4-mile trail beginning on Skyline to the Sea Trail and returning on connecting trails, passing Maddocks Cabin Site, Opal Creek, and old-growth redwoods.

Activities and Programs

  • Join a guided Nature Walk through scenic areas of the park.
  • Attend interesting campfire talks.
  • Junior Rangers is available for children ages 7-12.
  • The Big Basin Nature Club is offered for kids ages 3-6 and their families.

Key Blooms Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Secure food in lockers or vehicles away from raccoons. There are no bears.


Blooms Creek Campground

The Upper and Lower sections of Blooms Creek Campground are situated on either side of Blooms Creek, about ½ mile from Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters. Soaring stands of old-growth coast redwoods in the park draw visitors from around the country. Trails vary from easy strolls to full-day hikes, some routes among the giant trees along creeks, others to waterfalls.

Blooms Creek Campground is one of the most popular in the park because of its proximity to many of the main attractions. The campground offers many fine amenities, including hot showers. Lower Blooms Creek includes sites #103 - #138, while across the creek the more secluded Upper Blooms Creek Campground contains sites #139 - #156. All sites are closed from November through late March. During the shoulder seasons (late March to mid-May and September 11 through October), the sites are only open on Friday and Saturday nights.

Blooms Creek Campground Basics
Blooms Creek Campground Location: 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236
Elevation: 970 feet
Number of Sites: 53 (#103 - #156)
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 if they fit (trailer is a vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (831) 338-8860

Reservations at Blooms Creek Campground
Reservations Available: Late April through October
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of your arrival date.
Walk-in, Tent Only Sites: 143, 144, 145, 153
Maximum Vehicle Length: 24 - 27 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #134, 135, 137, 139, 140
Favorite Campsites: #106, 108, 114, 122, 127, 128, 135, 138, 139, 154, 155, 156
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Blooms Creek Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Blooms Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: Located at campground entrance
Campground Map: Big Basin Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Blooms Creek Campground: Set off on any of many great hiking trails, including the Blooms Creek Trail and the Pine Mountain Trail. Spend time at the visitor center and the nature museum.

Headquarters at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Big Basin Headquarters and Visitor Center


ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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