Huckleberry and Madrone campgrounds and Dawn Redwood Group Camp open a week before Memorial Day weekend; last night of camping for Huckleberry is 9/30 (closed beginning 10/1); last night of camping for Madrone and Dawn Redwood Group Camp is day before Labor Day (closed beginning Labor Day). Oak Flat campground is open July 4th weekend through Labor Day weekend; last night of camping is Labor Day.
Richardson Grove State Park
What is open now?
- Parking is now available.
- Camping is now available at Richardson Grove State Park. Group campsites will remain closed. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Walk-ins will NOT be allowed.
What is currently closed?
- Oak Flat campground loop (sites 79-169) remains closed.
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
Established in 1922, Richardson Grove State Park was one of California’s first redwood parks. It began with 120 acres—only 1/4 the size of Muir Woods National Monument today. With the help of Save the Redwoods League and other generous donors, the park has grown to 1,800 acres.
A four-hour drive from San Francisco, the park features stunning coast redwoods more than three hundred feet tall and a national “wild and scenic” river (the South Fork of the Eel). Visitors can swim or wade in the river in summer and try catch-and-release fishing for salmon or steelhead in the winter. Check out the walk-through tree and the bat tree; learn from the tree-ring study conducted in 1933. You can camp, picnic, and hike on nine miles of trails. Don’t miss the gentle “racetrack” path, which passes many unusual redwoods, including a chandelier tree with multiple trunks branching several feet above the ground.
Richardson Grove is liveliest in the summer, when the visitor center and nature store are open. Summer brings campfire programs, Junior Ranger activities, and guided nature walks.
Access is easy off Highway 101, which bisects the park seven miles south of Garberville.
Summer 75–95° F. Morning and evening fog is common. Winter 30–50° F. Be prepared for rain.
- No diving or jumping into the river.
- No lifeguards are on duty. Children should be supervised at all times.
- Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. No ground fires are allowed.
- All park features are protected by law and must not be disturbed in any way.
- Do not leave crumbs and food scraps or feed wild animals.
- Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet during the day and kept in your vehicle or tent at night.
- Except for service animals, pets are not allowed on hiking trails.
- Bicycles are allowed only on paved roadways.