Hickey Campground

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area


Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area


Hickey Campground, Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, CA

Hickey Campground

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area Attractions

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area in northern Mendocino County offers a range of recreation activities and natural wonders. Those who pick Hickey Campground are close to many of the attractions in the park.

  • Swim in the South Fork of the Eel River when water levels are safe.
  • Stroll along the Grove Trail and enjoy the virgin redwood stands. Visit the 225-foot Miles Standish Tree.
  • Hike along the Taber Nature Trail and the Mill Creek Loop Trail.
  • Watch for black-tailed deer, gray foxes, and river otters.
  • Overhead watch for osprey, woodpeckers, owls, eagles, and hawks.
  • Enjoy a picnic in the day-use area.
  • In the fall and winter fish for salmon and steelhead.
  • Attend a summer interpretive program at the campfire center.


Key Hickey Campground Regulations

  1. Diving or jumping into the river is not allowed.
  2. Dogs must be kept on a leash and must be confined to a tent or vehicle at night.
  3. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  4. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  5. Bicycles are only allowed on paved roads.

Hickey Campground

Hickey Campground is one of three in Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area off Highway 101 in northern Mendocino County. Standish-Hickey marks the southern edge of what is called the Redwood Empire, which stretches north to the Oregon border. Visitors to Hickey Campground enjoy well-shaded campsites on the bluff above the South Fork Eel River. By mid-summer the river is usually low enough for wading. Across the river, trails lead through groves of redwoods.

Hickey Campground has 63 campsites. Fences protect campers from the edge of the steep bluff overlooking the river. Some campsites are rather close together while others offer more privacy. All of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Some campsites are kept as first-come, first-served sites or may be reserved directly through the park. See Attention Campers below.

Hickey Campground Basics
Hickey Campground Location: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, Highway 101, 1½ miles north of Leggett
Elevation: 885 feet
Camping season: year-round
Number of Sites: 63
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (707) -925-6482

Reservations for Hickey Campground
Reservations recommended: Mid-May to mid-October
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: Trailer 24 feet, RV 27 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: #56, 62, 66, 79
Fees: $35 per night, plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Hickey Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Hickey Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire grill
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Standish-Hickey Campground Map
Attractions near Hickey Campground: Swim in Eel River when water level is safe. Try fishing in the river. Enjoy hiking trails and redwood groves. Drive to the nearby Smithe Redwood Grove. Stop in at the Drive-Thru Tree Park. Visit a tourist favorite, Confusion Hill.


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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