Sempervirens Campground

Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Sempervirens Campground, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Sempervirens Campground

Big Basin Attractions

Hiking among the Redwoods

A wonderful variety of trails lead away from the center of the park. Many of the most popular trails are listed here.

  • 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.
  • Berry Creek Falls is a 10.5 miles round-trip to the four cascades on Berry Creek, passing many of the largest redwoods.

Activities and Programs

  • Guided Nature Walks are offered at various times.
  • Enjoy interesting Campfire Talks.
  • Children ages 7-12 can participate in the Junior Rangers program.
  • The Big Basin Nature Club is for ages 3-6 and their families.

Key Sempervirens Campground Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours extend from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  2. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  3. Generators may only be operated from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  4. To keep provisions away from raccoons, secure your food in lockers or vehicles. There are no bears.

Sempervirens Campground

Sempervirens Campground is at the confluence of Sempervirens and Blooms creeks, ¾-mile from Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters. The beauty and grandeur of the park's redwood forests have been attracting visitors for more than a century. With so many places to explore and things to do, Big Basin is a premier camping place for families.

Sempervirens Campground offers comfortable campsites, usually well-spaced and with good privacy. Excellent amenities include hot showers. The campground is closed November through late March. During the shoulder season (late March - mid-May and after Labor Day through October), the campground is only open for Friday and Saturday nights.

Sempervirens Campground Basics
Sempervirens Campground Location: 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236
Elevation: 990 feet
Number of Sites: 31 (#157 - #188)
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 if they fit (trailer is a vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Terrain: mountains, forest

Reservations at Sempervirens Campground
Reservations Available: Late April through October
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of your arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 24 - 27 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #163, 187
Favorite Campsites: #158, 159, 160, 165, 168, 170, 176, 177, 178, 182
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Sempervirens Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon
Park Headquarters: (831) 338-8860

Sempervirens 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 Huckleberry Campground entrance
Campground Map: Big Basin Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Sempervirens Campground: Hike the Shadowbrook Trail, Visit park waterfalls. Stroll through redwood groves. Spend time in the visitor center and nature museum.
Common Wildlife: Raccoons, deer, woodpeckers, quail

Trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

One of many Big Basin Trails

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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