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Redwood National Park, CA

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Redwood National Park, CA

Redwood National Park RV Vacations

You'll discover pristine coastline, rivers, prairies and a wide variety of wildlife at this national park in Northern California. Learn all about the magnificent redwoods and their history. It’s a vacation experience that can’t be missed.



An RV vacation to Redwood National Park provides much inspiration and enjoyment. Just ask anyone who has experienced an RV adventure in Northern California. Redwood National Park has more to offer than just the beautiful tall trees.


RV Camping in the Park


Spending your vacation traveling in an RV is wonderful in more ways than one. One of the advantages is the comfort of a mobile home and inexpensive camping right in the park. Here are the campgrounds that accommodate RV motorhomes. (None of the campgrounds have hookups)


Jedediah Smith Campground: This campground is open all year. It is close to trails, fishing and swimming.

  • 36-foot RV length limit
  • Showers
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits
  • Barbeques
  • Dump station
  • Within an old-growth redwood grove
  • On the shore of the Smith River

Mill Creek Campground: This campground is open from the first of May to the seventh of September. Close to a number of hiking trails.

  • 31-foot RV length limit
  • Showers
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits
  • Barbeques
  • Dump station
  • Shaded with maples and young coast redwoods

Elk Prairie Campground: This campground is open all year. Access to biking and hiking trails.

  • 27-foot RV length limit
  • Showers
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits
  • Barbeques
  • Wildlife and ancient coast redwoods

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground: This campground is open from April to September. Plenty of nearby hiking and biking trails.

  • 24-foot RV length limit
  • Solar Showers
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits
  • Barbeques
  • Easy access to a secluded beach


Your First Visit to Redwood National Park


Native Americans made their home in this area for thousands of years. Their villages dotted the coast and rivers. They hunted elk and deer and fished the rivers and the ocean. They picked nuts, berries and seeds to feed their families. The redwood forests provided them everything they needed.


Visiting Redwood National Park is a magical experience, with the bubbling streams creating background music beyond compare. The fog will roll in during quiet mornings, and the stillness offers anyone solitude and the perfect time-out from the day-to-day world. There is so much to explore and appreciate within the park, from high elevations of over 3,000 feet and the tallest of trees, to the beach and the crashing Pacific waves.


Ranger-led programs are always a favorite in Redwood National Park. A fascinating experience is to do the Tidepool Walks, discover the sea creatures that inhabit this hidden world and learn about this unusual part of our planet. Campfire programs are also fun for the whole family. You will see interesting slide shows, partake in music or storytelling. Nature Walks are also available and can last from one to two hours. Kids love the Junior Ranger Programs. These short one-hour programs allow kids to find out many things about the plants and animals of the redwood region.



Things to Do While You’re in the Park


Get out into nature and see everything the Northern California coast has to offer in this region. There is nothing to compare to Redwood National Park for the outdoor experience of a lifetime.


Hiking – There are a wide variety of hiking trails, short and long. Take your pick of how far you wish to roam. Here are listed just a few of the many trails.

  • Leiffer-Ellsworth Loop Trail: 2.6 miles, some grades but not steep. Takes you into a canyon filled with maples.
  • Simpson-Reed Trail: 1 mile, easy and level. Takes you through an ancient redwood forest and through a lush stream corridor.
  • Friendship Ridge Trail: 3 miles, moderate hike. You’ll see wildlife along this trail and get views of the coast.
  • Rhododendron Trail: 6.3 miles, moderate hike with some non-level grades. Lovely blooms in the spring and very green landscapes.


Wildlife viewing – One of the best activities to enjoy when you come to Redwood National Park is watching the wildlife. And there is plenty of it! From November through December and from March to April you can view the gray whales as they migrate along the coast. The best place to go for this activity is the Klamath River Overlook. Throughout the park you will see elk, and of course, enjoy all sorts of birds and marine life. The marbled murrelet is one bird you may catch a glimpse of as it rockets through the treetops. This endangered bird flies at a fast 60 miles per hour.


Scenic Driving – A ten-mile drive you won’t want to pass up is the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. You can stop along the way and walk some short trails or pull over to take photos of elk grazing. If your RV is 24 feet long, you can take Davidson Road, which you can follow to Fern Canyon.



Where to Find More Information for Redwood National Park


When you need to find operating hours, seasons, fees or reservation information, you can simply go to the Redwood National Park website to obtain the details you need to know.


Find a full list of hiking trails in Redwood National Park on their hiking page.


You will be able to check out the current conditions in the park by going to their conditions web page which is updated regularly.



El Monte RV Locations near Redwood National Park


The San Francisco El Monte RV location is the closest to Redwood National Park. You can fly into the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and we will pick you up at the Bart Station in Dublin. You will find the RV motorhome of your dreams here and can make a beeline for Redwood National Park to start your adventure. Call us to reserve your RV at (888) 337-2214. Our travel experts will also be happy to give you great travel tips.




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