Penn Creek Campground

Patrick's Point State Park


Agate Beach


Penn Creek Campground, Patrick's Point State Park, CA

Penn Creek Campground

Patrick's Point State Park Attractions

Patrick's Point State Park along the rugged Humboldt County coast offers a variety of recreation and sight-seeing opportunities. Visitors to Penn Creek Campground find a quiet place to relax within easy walking distance of the Visitor Center.

  • Visit Sumeg, a recreated Yurok Village; tour a Native American plant garden.
  • Stop in the Visitor Center and tour exhibits.
  • Hike out and up to the summits of Ceremonial Rock and Lookout Rock with spectacular vistas.
  • Take the trail to the top of popular Wedding Rock.
  • Stroll through spruce, hemlock, pine, fir, and red alder forests.
  • Gaze across meadows of wildflowers in the spring.
  • Explore tide pools and search for agates.
  • Watch for migrating whales from the high bluffs.


Key Penn Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Inside the state park wood collecting is not permitted. Not even twigs or leaves may be gathered.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Bicycles are only allowed on paved roads.

Penn Creek Campground

Penn Creek Campground is the smallest of 3 campgrounds at spectacular Patrick's Point State Park, 25 miles north of Eureka. Visitors to Penn Creek Campground are close to the Visitors Center which serves as a good resource for learning about all the wonders of the park from the trails and vista points to Sumeg, a recreated Yurok Village. A short drive takes campers to the Agate Beach day-use area and trail down to the beach.

Penn Creek Campground has 14 campsites arranged in a single loop. All of the campsites in Penn Creek Campground are tent-only. Some sites may be available as first-come, first served. Beach Creek Group Campsite is located near Penn Campground.

Penn Creek Campground Basics
Penn Creek Campground Location: 4150 Patrick's Point Drive, Trinidad - 25 miles north of Eureka
Elevation: 120 feet
Camping season: Late May through early September
Number of Sites: 14
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) 677-3570

Reservations at Penn Creek Campground
Reservations accepted: Whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 31 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated accessible restroom
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Penn Creek Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Penn Creek 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: Along main road
Campground Map: Patrick's Point Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Penn Creek Campground: Begin with a tour of the Visitor Center. Children can join the Junior Ranger program. Enjoy ranger-led Campfire Programs. Explore the tide pools. Hike out to Patrick's Point and Palmer's Point for ocean views. Visit Sumeg Village. Follow the trail down to beautiful Agate Beach. (Swimming is not advised.) Take the 2-mile Rim Trail. Stop by Ceremonial Rock, Lookout Rock, and Wedding Rock.

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.

Wedding Rock, Patrick's Point State Park, CA

Wedding Rock


Beach Creek Group Camp

Beach Creek Group Camp is located close to Penn Campground. The group camp can accommodate from 9 to 100 people and as many as 18 vehicles. The campsite has a BBQ grill, picnic tables, a fire ring, restrooms with flush toilets and showers, and a covered cook area with hot and cold water.
Fee: $300 per night, plus a $150 permit fee.
Reservations: Call the park directly to make a reservation at (707) 677-3110.


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