Date of Stay: June, 2014
Burlington is adequate for a visit to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, but the more remote Albee Creek campground is more popular for good reason. Burlington suffers from road noise from highway 101 and the Avenue of the Giants, which runs right past the campground. The campsites are nice, with picnic tables and fire rings, but they are very close to each other with little or no privacy. There are impressive old growth redwood stumps everywhere, and the campground is well shaded under second growth redwoods. The bathrooms and showers were clean. The Eel River is a short walk away and was warm enough in late June to wade in comfortably. There is a large grove of old growth right across the Avenue of the Giants from the campground. The nicest thing about Burlington was having the park visitor's center next door, with Junior Ranger walks as well as adult/family nature walks in the old growth grove.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We were lucky to get site 22 on the Rogue River. This site is first come, first served. We showed up on a Thursday morning in late June and there were several campsites available. Our family loved Farewell Bend. The campground is beautiful, under the shade of a tall evergreen forest. The campsites are large and most have some level of screening shrubs between them, so we felt very private. The campsites are back in, with picnic tables and fire rings. The bathrooms were clean and had electrical outlets. No showers, however. They had grey water dump stations by the bathrooms and tap water, but no hookups. The Rogue River rages through a narrow rock chute on the northern boundary of the campground. It's beautiful and sounds great, but be Very careful if you have little ones…it's quite dangerous. There was a near drowning the day we arrived when a kid fell in and had to be pulled from the river, unconscious and bloody, but alive. Just downstream from the campground is the Upper Rogue River gorge, which would be certain death to anybody swept down that way. So keep an eye on the kids around the river! On a positive note, the campground is criss-crossed with great forest trails, perfect for biking, and there is a kids play area in the center. The Rogue River gorge is a short hike downstream and is beautiful. Union Creek Resort is on the highway right at the gorge, with a general store, ice cream shop, and a fantastic restaurant called Beckie's. Overall I highly recommend this campground.