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
Inside the state park wood collecting is not permitted. Not even twigs or leaves may be gathered.
Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
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.
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.
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.