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Which campground is best?

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Which campground is best?

Which campground is best between Jedediah Smith, Del Norte Coast and Prairie Creek? Would like to be near Crescent City but in the redwoods. It looks like Prairie Creek is about an hour from Crescent City, but would be willing to drive further to see/experience more or if the campground is better.

Will be tent camping two night in Aug with a four year old, must have flush toliets and showers would be nice.

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1. Re: Which campground is best?

My second message, I may be wrong about it being 50 Miles from the Redwoods, as there is more than one Redwoods N P (as my map shows) in this area. Below is one of the reviews from the Trip Advisor website.

Read all 10 Reviews, this sounds like what you may be looking for.

This is a great campground for tent car campers. It was clean and quiet (except for a bit of 101 noise) and conveniently located near the Redwood National Park area. It is a skip away from the Smith river, Jedidiah Smith park area which has tons of great trails and river fun opportunities. This campground seems to also be bear and critter free. The camp store is open til 10PM and has beer and milk and eggs and firewood ofcourse!

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We stayed at Prairie Creek Redwoods several years ago and we loved it. I recall that there was a wonderful longish flat hike through the forest and down to the ocean. On the way was a brackish area where there were lots of Roosevelt Elk. There are lots of elk in this park and they are very striking! There are several short hikes that your 4 year old could easily do. The camping was very good; large, well spaced camp sites with plenty of trees around.


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3. Re: Which campground is best?

Be sure to enjoy all three.

As you can tell from the SOS from Big Sur,

these parks may not be open much longer.


We really enjoyed tenting at Jedediah Smith due to we could also go swimming.

All are fun. have a great trip.

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4. Re: Which campground is best?

We just got back from the Redwoods and visited all the campsites and thought ours (Elk Prairie/Prairie Creek) was by far the best. Here is our reasoning:

1) best bathrooms/showers

2) best location (lots of trails nearby)

3) best trees (you're in old growth redwoods)

4) you get to see elk every day!

All the spots further in the loops are best, because you're in the trees. We stayed in campsite 63 and it had lots of space tucked in the trees. It's just a bit of a longer walk to the restrooms. Wherever you stay - enjoy! It's a great place to go.

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