Sky Meadow Group Campground

Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Sign at entrance to Sky Meadow Group Camp, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Big Basin Attractions

Hiking among the Redwoods

Multiple trails connect various parts of Big Basin with one another. Campers at Sky Meadow Group Campground are close to 2 trails connecting them to the center of the park.

  • 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

  • Informative Guided Nature Walks are offered at a variety of times.
  • Enjoy interesting Campfire Talks in the afternoon and evening.
  • Children ages 7-12 enjoy participating in the Junior Rangers program.
  • The Big Basin Nature Club is offered for ages 3-6 and their families.

Key Sky Meadow Group Campground Regulations

  1. No camping or games are allowed on the fragile meadow next to the group campground.
  2. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  3. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  4. To keep provisions safe from raccoons, secure your food in lockers or vehicles. There are no bears in Big Basin.

Sky Meadow Group Campground

Sky Meadow Group Campground is located on Sky Meadow Road, 3½ miles from Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters. Two group areas are primitive, walk-in tent sites. A 70-yard walk leads to campsites. A wagon would be helpful to assist in hauling gear to the campsite.

Sky Meadow Group Campground is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Changes in California State Parks Reservation System

California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."

Sky Meadow Group Campground Basics
Sky Meadow Group Campground Location: 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236
Elevation: 1,220 feet
Number of Sites: 2
People per Site: 9 - 40
Vehicles per Site: 15
Pets: no
Terrain: mountains, forest

Reservations at Sky Meadow Group Campground
Reservations Available: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Maximum Vehicle Length: 24 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $270 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Sky Meadow Group 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

Sky Meadow Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: pit toilets, tap water
Showers: None
Dump Station: Located at Huckleberry Campground entrance
Campground Map: Big Basin Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Sky Meadow Group Campground: Visit nearby Sempervirens Falls and Slippery Rock. Hike the Sequoia Trail and the Shadowbrook Trail. Enjoy redwood groves. Spend time in the visitor center and nature museum.
Common Wildlife: Raccoons, deer, woodpeckers, quail

Shelter along trail leading to to Sky Meadow Group Camp, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Log shelter erected along the trail leading to Sky Meadow Camps

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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