3 Parks near Garberville, California
Mar 2016 - $76.00
Very clean and well-run KOA from the 70's. concrete pads, strip with trees and grass between sites, full hookups. Because of it's age turns may be a little tight for big rigs, our 34-foot Class A towing had no trouble getting into an end site but could be problematic if the park had been full and/or with any larger length.
Very helpful and friendly staff at check-in and for delivering firewood. The pool wasn't open yet (mid-March) but looked nice.
We had a "premium" end site with a larger patio, plus they quickly delivered a portable fire pit for us - they only permit pits with a mesh cover which they can provide for free. Right by the 101 so road noise all night; also right by the stream which was high when we were there so pretty scenery.
You can walk on a landscaped path under the highway to the Benbow Inn; highly recommend a meal there to enjoy the history and the good service.
Overall a good spot to explore the redwoods nearby yet return to full hookups and amenities. - brucemcdou
Jan 2016 - $32.00
I have not had good experiences with KOA. They are mediocre parks, in my experience, with incredibly high prices and unsympathetic staff. Today, we are on our way home to Oregon from San Diego and needed a park. This was about the only place in this area with cable TV. So, we are camped at Benbow KOA in Garberville, CA. The park is old and in need of upgrading, which appears to be under way.
So, we have been pleasantly surprised by the friendly, helpful staff, and the fact that, instead of charging us the advertised $57 a night, we were charged $35 minus a 10% discount because I am a veteran! :) Not only that, but the cable service is good, and I can watch my Oregon Ducks as they lead the TCU Horned Frogs 31-0 at halftime in the Alamo Bowl. Way to go KOA. We will stay here again.
BTW, the park has a little golf course and a pool, for those of you who like that sort of thing. The setting is beautiful, in the California coastal mountains. So, I am warming to KOA...at least to this one. Thanks Benbow KOA. - punomatic
Aug 2015 - $57.00
Benbow has changed to a KOA campground, but little has changed. There are many permanent trailers, that look run down. Yes, there is a good golf and a new kids play ground. The Internet is not useable; INTERNET IS IMPORTANT and they just don't get it. Our site was next to a perm trailer and was not well kept. - JeffnAnita
May 2016 - $20.00
We stayed here May 25h and found the same as the rv ers that stayed in April.
We would stay here again. - twowoofs
Apr 2016 - $20.00
Passport America park. We stayed here 4 nights while visiting the Redwoods. WIFI rarely worked, even at the office. Several long term "campers", but the park was quiet. Some road noise from Highway 101, especially trucks braking as they came down the hill. Staff was very friendly. Early spring so gearing up for their busy season. Laundry facilities were poor--leaking washer and squeaky dryer. Restrooms could have been cleaner, especially the floors. Sites were spacious and the setting was pretty, and convenient for our needs. Overall we enjoyed our stay here. - Carl and Brenda
Nov 2015 - $21.00
This place keeps getting dis'd. It is what it is. It is an older park in a narrow valley filled with lots of tall trees, it's an isolated entrepreneurial island in a sea of tall trees, few roads, many miles from support services. It is also a P.A. and for FHU/30 amp the price is one of the best deals in any part of California. The showers and toilets were clean, with good water pressure, and plenty of hot water. Note they are old and look it but are clean. We stayed in the drive through sites and had lots of sun in the front most of the day. There is Hyw noise but it's not over whelming and pretty quiet at night. They have a slow wifi that's free. Verizion MiFi works but works slowly. Solar exposure has the potential to be pretty good where we were. It also has a large community hall that is available. It's the best deal in the area with the P.A. price, everything works and is clean. We'd stay here again. - pumper9x9
Oct 2014 - $33.00
Richardson Grove straddles highway 101 and contains a small but very nice old-growth redwood grove. Unfortunately they chose to build highway 101 so it runs right through the middle of the grove, cutting it in two and destroying the normal quiet of a redwood grove. It is a nice little park nonetheless and the campground is pretty good. It is a typical no-hook-up forest campground with flush toilets and water spigots around. The road is narrow but not too bad and many of the sites could handle a larger RV than our 31 ft. fifth wheel. There is decent space between sites, though most have driveways at right angles to the road, making backing in a bit tricky. There are a few pull-throughs. No dump station but there is a commercial campground nearby that has one. Our Verizon data reception was marginal but with our MiFi we got good Internet. - MrSunshine
Mar 2010 - $26.00
A nice park with very nice managers. Our site was great and very quiet. We were entertained by the stellar jays and woodpeckers. Wonderful redwoods all around the area. - wildhorsecoach
Aug 2008 - $20.00
It appears that all but two of the reviews below pertain to the Richardson Grove Campground and RV Park - NOT Richardson Grove State Park. They have been incorrectly posted. Therefore you may disregard the comments about the store, pool, etc. because there aren't any. Richardson Grove State Park offers a lovely camping experience in the woods. Typical for the vast majority of California state parks, there are no hookups, and there is no dump station. (You can pay to use the one at Richardson Grove Campground and RV Park.) However, there is a very nice swimming hole on the Eel River, although the beach is somewhat rocky. Just deal with it. There is plenty to do for people who actually like to be outside when they're camping. Walking among the redwood trees is an awesome experience. They have ranger programs and lectures. It gets very dark and quiet at night. We go back to this state park whenever we get the opportunity. I gave it a 9 because the sites are tight. Not tightly spaced, but tight maneuvering through the trees. - Maynard