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Red Bluff, California

Sycamore Grove Campground

Red Bluff, California


Red Bluff Recreation Area Rd.
Red Bluff, California 96080
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 30
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 40.156195649314
Longitude: -122.20166251541

Elevation: 264' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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19 Reviews

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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

I felt a little uncomfortable here because there were mostly people staying in tents and sleeping in vehicles here who looked homeless. I do not know that for sure, but it is unusual to see families and single men camping in tents in extremely hot weather. (I kept my porch light on all night and made sure all my outside storage areas were locked up. I know that I should be kinder to people down on their luck, but it bothered me as I travel alone.) Also, I was surprised that it looked so run-down because I thought it was a Corps of Engineers campground, but I believe it is part of Mendocino National Forest. About half the sites have electric and water and all are paved, but the sites are very narrow and asphalt is not in good condition. My site was a pull-through but tight and not appropriate for a big rig. The electric boxes did look fairly new and mine worked fine. Also, I got two bars of Verizon service because this is so close to the city of Red Bluff. Grass was dry and weedy, which I guess is to be expected this time of year, but it also had not been mowed in a long time. There is an interesting dam nearby and a fish ladder that has not been used in a very long time. I came here because of the senior rate but then discovered you have to go online or call Recreation.gov and pay a $10 registration fee--no dropping in and finding a spot at the last minute. That raised the $12.25 camping fee to $22.25, so I will probably not be back. The National Forest people need to do some maintenance here and enforce the 14-day rule. I can recommend this place only for a quick overnight. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice location away from the highway along the river. Sites all seemed large enough with many trees. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

First important fact is this is now a reservation only campground as of May 2017. No drive in's allowed. Also expect to see several large tents with lots of stuff outside. They appear to be permanent campers, disregarding the 14 day limit. Coin pay showers. Despite these facts, this is a good site for the money when paying the senior rate. Sites are level, paved but short, about 35 to 40 feet long. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Not what you'd expect from a park of this nature. Issues with the site...area is beautiful, however... 1. 50amp not working, was told by camphost to 'flick the breaker really hard-sometimes that works' Um, no it doesn't, there is no 50 at our site. Finally got the 30amp to work, but still, not what we wanted. 2. Pay Showers??? Really? And nowhere does it say that on the site. 3. ALL sites are paved, but they are very short sites, Not enough room for a 35' 5th wheel and truck together. 4. Looks to be several "campers" that have been here quite a while even though it states "14 Day Stay MAX" Some spots look like a run down rv park! I cannot recommend this park to anyone. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
24
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Verizon at 2-3 bars AT&T 1 bar TMobile 1 bar Yes I live fulltime and travel, so I have all 3 as I work from my rv.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Great little campground, easy off / on from I-5. Nice spots. About 1/2 have power and water. Others are dry camping. Clean, well maintained. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Site 24 was perfectly level for us. With the water and electric hookup, paved sites and bathrooms with showers this forest service site is a steal at the senior park pass rate. No useable ATT service at our site without a booster. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 456
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 48

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Good value with Senior pass. We had a fairly tight pull-through and were barely able to keep our tires on the asphalt. The campground is mostly level, but no effort was made to level out the sites. So they do have some slope to them, but we had no problem getting level. The 50 amp electric was good, we did not use water. No dump station is available here. The bathrooms had a code to access them. The host who we never saw has the code for them. Very quiet and dark at night. Lots of empty spots when we arrived mid-week. Over-the-air TV was OK, we did pick up a few stations. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 254
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed again on our way home and will do so in the future.
Where else do you get a paved site with W/E hookup for 12.50$ (after discount for National Park annual pass)? Good privacy too, since the sites are well spaced. We enjoyed the hiking/cycling trails around the campground and the quiet night just a few miles off the I-5. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a Forestry Campsite but has power and water hook ups at some sites. Our fifth is 34 feet. Site 21 was long enough for truck and trailer. Other hookup sites were not. We had puddles outside our door in pouring rain but disappeared quickly when rain stopped. Loved the trail system and open ambiance here. Large grassy area in centre of ring of sites. Showers were hot. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Walking and bicycling the trail system could occupy a few days. Also loved the big sycamores and oaks throughout the campground area. The town of Red Bluff is not much and would never go back to the McDonalds there.

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Review Count: 254
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Our second stay here after February 2014 and nothing has changed. Still the same (25$) rate for a W/E site and the 50% discount for National Parks Annual Passholders. Only two other campers in the park so we had free choice for sites. All paved and level. Some with hookups, most without. A quiet place just a few miles off the I-5, even without the discount it's a bargain. Gas stations and groceries at the I-5 exit.
We'll stay here again on the way home. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This pleasant US National Forest-run campground is set in a wooded park near the Sacramento River. There are sites for small rigs, and pull-through semi-circle sites and some back-ins for larger rigs. Some have complained about the tight squeeze, which mostly means you have to drive over some grass to make the rig fit, but nothing too arduous in our experience with our 35-ft 5th wheel. It is a treed park, so only a couple of sites will get satellite. There’s no Wi-Fi or cable TV, but our Verizon 4G worked well and there were several TV channels that came in over the digital antenna. A gate to the park closes 10PM-6AM, so late arrivals should get the gate code in advance by calling the number shown on this listing and have them give you the camp host phone if they don’t know it. We had a pleasant stay, and it was a weekend, the only noise coming from a family reunion that took up 3 sites. The cost is $25 for RV hookup sites, and those with the US senior citizens or disabled National Parks passes get half off. That was confusing because signs say “Lands Pass” is accepted, which is the common $80 America the Beautiful” National Lands Pass. But, alas, no. They need to change the signs to avoid confusion; or I guess until they change the signs just take the discount and don't ask the camp host to clarify it like we did! The campsites offer water and electric (we had 50 amp at our pull-through that worked well, no voltage problems). We did not use the restroom/shower facility. However, the fatal flaw of this campground is there is no sewer or dump station. A sign at the entrance mentions a nearby fairgrounds with $8 cost, however, without specific instructions of where to go to dump we didn’t want to drive in and get stuck, so we ended up dumping along our route at a Chevron mini mart (found on sanidumps.com) in north Redding, 5425 Mountain View Drive, for $5 (free with $100 gas purchase they said). The RV parks in town were all going to charge $10. So, add that to your cost of staying here as well. A series of paved paths lead through a beautiful oak woodland/meadow in a loop, and along a flood bypass of the Sacramento River, which was dry when we were there. The main river channel also passes the park, and there is a boat launch facility where you can boat downstream of the large diversion dam. The paths total about 4 miles and allow bikes except for one nature trail. We rode the trails to the north trailhead, which leads to the quiet Sales Road that accesses the park, and then rode on sidewalks across the flood channel, I-5 and the main channel (a scenic view from that bridge) into historic Red Bluff. It’s a very pleasant town, with restored shops on Main Street, and a few blocks of Victorians on Washington Street. We rode along the river for a bit in the Red Bluff City Park, and up a stream channel, doing a loop through downtown, for a total of about 10 miles including the park trails. All in all, we would return, but it’s not the deal that we were hoping for based on other reviews, especially taking into account the cost of dumping elsewhere. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 254
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Normal rate for a W/E site would be $25, but the annual pass for the National Parks gives you a 50% discount! Sites are paved and level but a little on the small side. Our rig is 51' combined and filled the pull through site completely. Hookups in good shape. Just a few miles from the interstate exit but very quiet at night. Verizon signal was good. Very nice hiking and biking trails right off the campground. Unbeatable value for money deal. We'll be back whenever travelling through the area. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 166
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice federal park and the rate was $12.50/night for power with the federal geezer card. It is right next to the Sacramento River and has some extensive bike and hiking trails that run through the park. The roads and sites are paved. We grabbed one of the electric sites and found that it had a bad leg on the 50 amp, and no ground (be sure and always test before you plug in). We moved to another electric site and it worked fine. The problem was fixed a couple of days latter. Verizon Wi-Fi works sort of. It seems to do OK in the morning but gets extremely slow at night. The showers have a code that you get from the host and cost 25 cents for 2-3 mins but the water is hot. The area is pretty quiet and it's a pleasant campground. If you have a boat, the ramps are very close. All in all, this is a nice spot and the only down side I see is that there is no dump station. I'd stay here again. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Showers are locked (due largely to the public access to the river close by), and you have to pay for using them. The park was mostly non-electric, lots of space in between sites, lots of walking paths and because it's a run by the US Forest Service, the National Park Pass is accepted. So we only paid $8/night. Park host was friendly and available. Nearby Red Bluff provided great antenna TV signals. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 321
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 79

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflects a Federal Lands Senior Card which is half price. This is a National Forest Service campground. Only some of the sites have electrical hookups, but those are a great 50 amps. A big issue is that there is no dump station, so you have to arrange that elsewhere. There are only a few sites with satellite coverage because of the trees. Verizon data plan worked well. The campground is easy to find and convenient to the Interstate. The park gets heavy use from locals as a hiking area. There are some hiking/biking trails in the park that are nice, if not that long. There are a lot of homeless folks in the area, sleeping under a close-by bridge, but that did not seem to be a problem in the park. There are park hosts but we only talked with them at check-in. The fire pits were full of ashes and not cleaned during our stay there. The park is fairly quite and fairly dark, which we love. We would stay here again. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Motorhome.

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