Madrone Campground

Richardson Grove State Park

Richardson Grove State Park

Madroine Campground, Richardson Grove State Park, CA

Madrone Campground

Richardson Grove State Park Attractions

Richardson Grove State Park is home to some of the most magnificent stands of old-growth coastal redwoods in California. Campers at Madrone Campground have the option of renting a cabin.

  • Take a stroll through the walk-through tree, visit the bat tree, and learn from the tree-ring study conducted in 1933.
  • Walk along the easy-going Race Track path which passes many unusual redwoods such as the chandelier tree with multiple trunks branching out.
  • Head to the Visitor Center and the nature store.
  • Attend ranger-led campfire programs and guided nature walks. Children always enjoy the Junior Ranger Program.
  • In the summer, tour the 1930s Richardson Grove Lodge.
  • Explore the Exhibit Trail, Tourney Trail, and Settler's Trail.
  • In late summer when water levels are safe, swim or wade in the Eel River.
  • In the winter, try fishing for steelhead trout.
  • Take your camera and hike up to Panorama Point and Lookout Point.
  • Gaze upward at some of the park's tallest redwoods such as Hartsook Giant.

Key Madrone Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided.
  2. Wood collecting in the park is not permitted, including twigs and leaves.
  3. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  4. Bicycles are only allowed on paved roads.
  5. Diving or jumping into the river is not allowed.

Madrone Campground

Madrone Campground is on the west side of Highway 101 in Richardson Grove State Park. Campers at Madrone can follow the Exhibit Trail to the Visitor Center, the swim beach, and other park features. Fishing is popular in the winter. In the summer when water levels are safe, swimming is a favorite activity. A number of informative, self-guided nature trails wind through the park.

Madrone Campground offers 40 campsites, sites #37-76. All of the sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.

Madrone Campground also has 4 cabins which may be reserved. One cabin sleeps 2 people, the other three cabins sleep 3. Several additional people can be outside in a tent or trailer. Those renting cabins supply their own bedding, dishes, and cooking supplies. No pets in cabins. $70-$80 per night.

Madrone Campground Basics
Madrone Campground Location: Richardson Grove State Park, Highway 101, southern Humboldt County.
Elevation: 490 feet
Camping season: year-round
Number of Sites: 40
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) 247-3318

Reservations for Madrone Campground
Reservations accepted: January through September; otherwise first-come, first-served
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 30 feet
ADA accessible sites: #40 and 44
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Madrone Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Madrone Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire grill
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, WiFi near the ranger station
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: Nearby
Campground Map: Richardson Grove Campground Map
Attractions near Madrone Campground: From Madrone Campground hike the 2.1-mile Durphy Creek Trail or the Lookout Point Trail which, of course, leads to Lookout Point. Fish or swim (when water levels are safe) in the Eel River. Tour the park's Visitor Center. Walk along self-guided nature trails, including The Grove Interpretive Trail.

log at Richardson Grove State Park, CA

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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