There’s no visitor center, so Mill Creek Campground is a hub of activity in this park, including (seasonally) guided walks, campfire programs, and of course, camping (145 sites). Open from May through September, Mill Creek’s trails are a good place to enjoy wildflowers in spring and colorful big leaf and vine maples in the fall. Amenities include bear-resistant lockers and rest rooms with showers. To make a reservation, call 800-444-7275 or visit www.reservecalifornia.com. The campground is about 7 miles south of Crescent City, 2 miles off Highway 101.
Another attraction, underrated by late sleepers, is the dawn chorus of birds. Click here for a sound sample collected in mid-June 2014.
Backcountry camping at Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park and the rest of Redwood National and State Parks is allowed at designated sites only. There are two designated sites in Del Norte, Nickel Creek (5 sites), and DeMartin (10 sites), both along the Coastal Trail. Permits are available at the parks’ Crescent City, Orick, and Houchi information centers.