Panther Flat Campground

Six Rivers National Forest


Smith River


Panther Flat Campground, Six Rivers National Forest, CA

Panther Flat Campground

Redwood Empire Attractions

The Redwood Empire includes a number of state and national parks with magnificent groves of old-growth coastal redwoods. Visitors at Panther Flat Campground intimate campsites close to the Smith River. Other attractions around the Redwood Empire are nearby.

  • Explore the trails in Jedediah Smith State Park. Fish or swim in the Smith River.
  • Spend a day at beautiful Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park which spreads over 14,000 acres. Watch for wandering herds of elk, enjoy old-growth redwoods, and hike up the Fern Canyon trail.
  • Explore the scenic wonders of Patrick Point State Park. Stand on Wedding Rock and venture down to Agate Beach.
  • Richardson Grove State Park offers magnificent redwoods and excellent campgrounds.
  • Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is a secluded redwoods park off the main highway.
  • Drive south to Humboldt Redwoods State Park with the Avenue of the Giants.
  • Visit Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.


Nearby Campgrounds

Six Rivers National Forest


Del Norte County


Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park



Panther Flat Campground

Panther Flat Campground is along the beautiful Middle Fork of the Smith River in the Six Rivers National Forest. The campground is directly off Highway 199, 16 miles east of Highway 101. Visitors to the area enjoy top-quality steelhead trout fishing in winter months and great rafting and swimming in the summer when the water levels are safe. Two swimming holes are near the campground, one with a sandy beach.

Panther Flat Campground has 38 campsites, both of which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There is one double site. The recently modernized campground features large parking aprons, making all of the sites wheelchair accessible. The campground is set in a mature forest of Douglas fir, cedar and Pacific madrone trees. Some sites are first come, first served.

Panther Flat Campground Basics
Panther Flat Campground Location: Off Highway 199, 16 miles east of Highway 101
Elevation: 480 feet
Miles/Driving time: Crescent City - 21 miles, 30 minutes
Redding - 233 miles, 4:42
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 38
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (707) 457-3131

Reservations for Panther Flat Campground
Reservations available: available up to 6 months in advance for late May through early September, otherwise first come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: all
Fees: $15
Reservations: Panther Flat Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Panther Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water; no hook-ups
Showers: Yes, coin operated
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Panther Flat Campground: Take advantage of the nearby Panther Flat Picnic area along the river with grills, water, a horseshoe pit, and eight picnic tables. The Visitor Center at Gasquet Ranger Station provides free maps and brochures of the area. A botanical trail to a unique Darlingtonia bog is just a mile away. (The Darlingtonia is a carnivorous plant.)


General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Campground reservations become available 6 months in advance.

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