Carter Meadows Campground

Klamath National Forest

Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Klamath National Forest features many scenic and interesting places to explore. Campers at Hidden Horse Campground are along a fork of the Salman River and near several great riding trails. Those venturing south can take advantage of all the recreation at beautiful Trinity Lake.

Trinity Lake

  • Trinity Lake cover more than 17,000 surface acres and has 145 miles of shoreline. The lake is popular for boating, waterskiing, and fishing.
  • Follow scenic hiking trails deep into the Trinity Wilderness.
  • The Trinity River is popular for rafting.
  • Spend time at the Joss House State Historic Park in Weaverville.
  • Pick any of Trinity Lake's marinas for boat rentals.

Klamath National Forest

  • Fish along the beautiful Klamath River.
  • Get your thrills river rafting on the On the Klamath River with an experienced rafting company: River Country Rafting, Klamath River Rafting
  • Hike from the Happy Camp Town Trailhead for views of the local area.
  • Saddle up for a trail ride starting at the Grider Creek Trailhead. The trail follows Grider Creek south for approximately 12 miles through old growth forest and eventually crosses the Kelsey National Recreation Trail.
  • Enjoy a picnic at the covered shelter at Grouse Gap Picnic Area. Take in views of Mt. Shasta.
  • Spend time touring some of the local botanical areas such as Sutcliffe Creek (featuring old growth Port Orford-cedar), Rhododendron Patch, and Preston Peak Botanical Area (featuring a variety of conifers).

Nearby Campgrounds

Klamath National Forest Campgrounds

Key Carter Meadows Campground Regulations

  1. Do not tie horses to trees living or dead. Do not tie to corral rails or posts.
  2. Campers must bring certified weed-free feed for horses.
  3. Obtain firewood locally to avoid the spread of invasive pests.
  4. Secure food and scented items so that bears cannot get to them.
  5. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  6. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.

Carter Meadows Campground

Carter Meadows Campground is a single-site group equestrian campground along a fork of the Salmon River in the Klamath National Forest. The campground is 13 miles west of the small community of Callahan on Highway 3, north of Trinity Lake. Campers at Carter Meadows find a variety of trailheads nearby with enjoyable riding trails leading both north and south to scenic mountain lakes and peaks.

Carter Meadows Campground can accommodate up to 25 people with 25 horses. The group site includes an area for dispersed tent or trailer camping. A number of tables and a large group BBQ are available. There are 3 sections of corrals of varying sizes: seven 1-horse corrals, three 2-horse corrals and three 3-4 horse corrals. Equestrians will also find a gated entrance, a gravel parking area for at least 10 vehicles, a hitch rack, and a mounting ramp.

Carter Meadows Campground Basics
Carter Meadows Campground Location: Off Cecilville Road just west of Carter Meadows Summit, 13 miles west of Callahan
Elevation: 5,940 feet
Mileages from gateway cities: Weed - 50 miles
Redding - 121 miles
Number of Sites: 1
Open - Closed: June through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 25 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 10
Pets: on leash, always attended
Scott River Ranger District: (530) 842-6131

Reservations for Carter Meadows
Reservations Required Reservations may be made from 2 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $50 per night
Reservations: Carter Meadows Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 10:00 AM

Carter Meadows Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, group BBQ; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Carter Meadows Campground: Ride the Pacific Crest Trail from nearby Carter Meadows Summit. Riders can make a loop that includes Long Gulch Lake and Trail Gulch Lake or take the Pacific Crest Trail and connect to trails to Hidden Lakes or South Forks Lakes. Drive to Callahan and then south to Trinity Lake for boating, waterskiing, and fishing.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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