Cave Campground

Lassen National Forest

Manzanita Lake and Lassen Peak

Hat Creek Campground, Lassen National Forest

Cave Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Attractions and Activities

Campers at Cave Campground are near Subway Cave as well as only a short drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park.

  • Make an Auto Tour of the park, stopping at sites such as Sulfur Works, Bumpass Hell Overlook, Devastated Area, and Chaos Crags.
  • Hike 5 miles up to the summit of Lassen Peak.
  • Participate in Ranger-led Programs at the park, including nature walks, campfire programs, Starry Night ranger-led programs, astronomy programs, Lassen Dark Sky Festival August 11-13, 2017, and snowshoe hikes.
  • Tour Loomis Museum, which features historic photos of Lassen's last eruption.
  • Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center has wonderful exhibits about the park's volcanic activity. The Center includes both a cafe and a gift shop.
  • Venture into Subway Cave, located just north of the park. The cave is less than a half-mile long and reveals the underground world of a lava tube. Don't forget your flashlight.

Key Cave Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on leash and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the cave or on National Park trails.
  2. Off-road Vehicles may not be operated in the campground
  3. Avoid spreading pests by purchasing firewood locally.

Cave Campground

Cave Campground is in the Lassen National Forest north of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The campground has a prettier setting than Hat Creek Campground, 2 miles to the south. Cave Campground is across the highway from the access road to Subway Cave, a 1/3-mile long lava tube that makes an interesting adventure. Bring a flashlight.

All 46 of the campsites at Cave Campground are first-come, first served. Campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.

Cave Campground Basics
Cave Campground Location: Hwy. 89, 14 miles north of Lassen Volcanic National Park
Elevation: 4,330 feet
Nearby Cities: Redding - 62 miles, 1:06
Number of Sites: 46
Open - Closed: Site 1-16 are open year-round, others April through mid-October. (no water in winter months)
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 for each additional vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Hat Creek Ranger District: (530) 336-5521

No Reservations Available: First come, first served
Camping Limit: 14 nights
Max. RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $16
Check-in, check-out: any time, Noon

Cave Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, tap water
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets (vault toilets in off-season)
Showers and Laundry: no showers, laundry in nearby Old Station
Dump station: in Old Station
Nearby Facilities: Basic supplies in Old Station, Old Station Visitor Center, more in Burney, 24 miles north
Attractions near Cave Campground: Walk a portion of the famous Pacific Crest Trail and the Splatter Cones Trail. Fish along Hat Creek. Discover the wonders of Subway Cave. Spend days in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Drive to McArthur-Burney Fall State Park.

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