13 RV Parks near Shelter Cove, California
Sep 2014 - $46.00
Shelter Cove is location, location, location. It is right on the coast and drop dead gorgeous. It is only about 30 miles from highway 101 (Redway) but it is a slow drive. Road is good but narrow with many tight turns including a few hairpins and a steep descent from the mountains. Use low gear! It took us an hour and a half to do the 30 miles in a 38’ class A towing a dingy. The park itself has full hookups but otherwise is minimal. Sites are close together on dirt with few trees and not level. But the view is fantastic. It sits right next to the community runway and occasionally small private aircraft take off or land but only during the day. Lots of fishermen (and women) and surfers as that is the main attraction here. No Wi-Fi and cell coverage (Verizon) is weak. Travel caution – the road between Shelter Cove and north to Ferndale (the Lost Coast) is terrible. The road itself is in horrible condition with dirt in a few spots. And since the pavement is in such terrible condition, the dirt is better. Many, many tight turns with many very tight hairpin switchbacks steep both up and down. We had to disconnect twice on hairpins. Speed is usually under 25 MPH and one still bounces all over the place. The drive is just not worth it. The view is nothing to speak of. Only a short view of the coast. Much better views can be had at Shelter Cove or Ferndale. - WillieBilly
Aug 2013 - $25.00
First of all, the 22 mile drive from Hwy 101 to this place is a real nail biter, especially pulling a 35 foot trailer. This town is a fishing village and if you don't fish ( we didn't) there is nothing to do. Campground is dismal as there are really no designated sites. No trees. We did not use the facilities except laundry and the washer and dryer were very old and rusty. Weather cold and foggy. We planned on staying for 6 nights but left after 3. Never again. - borregoannie
Jun 2013 - $25.00
The road in and out is a real tricky one, slow and easy. You're dropping to sea level here folks; those are mountains you came from! This is as rugged a get-away-from-it-all campground as you will find with accessability. A gorgeous BLACK SAND beach, nice owner, great fishing and tremendous beach combing and birding. Stayed a week and HAD to leave but WILL return. If you are into remote beaches, THIS IS IT and fairly easy to get to. - horsefolk
Nov 2016 - $35.00
We've been full timing for 7 years now. The place wins the award for the biggest dump we've stayed at. The site was paved but very narrow. It had been raining a lot so our coach was in a lake due to poor or nonexistent drainage and we were in a huge mud hole. The rest rooms were disgusting at best and the showers have a patina of crud every where you looked and were barely warm. There are a lot of full time folks with rigs covered with tarps and garbage everywhere. They have wifi but we could get nothing from their site. Verizion and MIFI works down there. Traffic nose from 101 is pretty loud but the traffic is only moderate. We may stay here again because it's the closest place to some friends we like to visit. Even if they dropped the price down to $5/night I wouldn't recommend it. They have a dump station that had the lid open and 6" of rain water standing in the containment basin. I really surprised that the health department hasn't shut this place down. - pumper9x9
Jun 2014 - $27.00
Stayed at 183 campground in the last 5 years since we retired - this has to be the worst ever.
In the 6 days we stayed there in March 2014 restrooms were not cleaned at all I took a GI shower in the MH as it was nasty. We finally moved to site with sewer but left a day early and gave up the money.
Park is full of run down Rv's that are in horrible shape. Most of the park is full time folks. Dogs running loose all over. I walked our dog out of the campground.
Good Sam rating of this campground is not to be believed. - rr2254545
Jul 2010 - $40.00
We wanted a stop over spot for one night, and had a RV site and a tent site. Dean Creek is a pretty little campground right off Hwy 101. You will hear the traffic. It is an older campground that looks like it is getting some upgrades, but has a ways to go. The staff was friendly. They have a pool, spa and sauna. They have an old minature golf course that is free and was fun despite needing repairs. The sites are very close, if you have slide outs you are right over the next site's picnic table or fire pit. I was also overcharged and am waiting to see if they make it right. - seabreezervers
Jul 2017 - $54.00
We used this park as a stopover for one night. Excellent staff service, very friendly and helpful. Site we had was level and had enough space for sitting comfortably. Close to Highway 101 so you do get a little traffic noise. The premium sites are on the end of the rows and are very nice with new lawn furniture. If you are staying longer go for these sites. - John Borajkiewicz
Jun 2017 - $59.00
Very nice park. It was close to the Hwy so there was some road noise. - 17Yosemite
Jun 2017 - $66.00
A typical KOA. All services included. Had to bring everything in at night as sprinklers go off. - HB Taxlady
Sep 2017 - $38.00
Very beautiful campground. There were not many campers so we were able it use a very large handicapped site so we didn't have to disconnect. We stayed only 1 night. The only down side was they charged for each dog, ( It is California) I have 3 and it's dry camping. Campground has 3 sections, one by the river. We will use again. - Gramacony
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
Jun 2017 - $18.00
I liked this park. We stayed here years ago and it has changed ownership and looked nice. We had 30 amp service, water, sewer and a pullthrough, so I was happy. Our site was nice and long and even though there were sites on either side of us, the owner alternated rv's so you weren't close to each other. The sites were wide and had a table, grill and firepit. The park had a nice looking park for kids that was freshly mowed. The laundry was a llittle expensive, $2 for washers and $1.75 for the dryer There are 4 washers and only 1 dryer. No sink in the laundry building and not the cleanest. There is a small store in the park and you can also get propane there. There is a gas station next door with minor groceries and this park is very close to Richardson Grove State Park. The owners were very friendly and advised us where to go for meat on our way out of town. We were in site 68, but 66 or 67 would have been better because they had shade. - Ginny H
Oct 2016 - $18.00
This is my second review of this RV park. I am upgrading my rating because our most recent stay was much better than our last stay a year back. Cleanliness has been greatly improved, dumpsters have been added, and most important the staff was wonderful. The RV next to us had major mechanical problems and the staff couldn't do enough to help them.
As mentioned in my last review access off of Hwy 101 is well marked and easy. There is tons of room to get into the park and maneuver, even for the largest RV. To the left of the store/office are a dozen or so level and wide pull throughs, easy in and out.
Keep in mind that this RV park is not very fancy, there is no pool or other upscale amenities, and some full timers are scattered about. However it is 1/10th of a mile from the giant Redwoods, very reasonably priced with PA, and lots of room for your rig. We will definitely stay here again. - Syncro
Sep 2016 - $20.00
The stay was basically a nightmare. The address says Garberville, but is about 8 miles south of the town. WIFI did NOT work. Was told "someone" had used all the bandwith and they could not reactivate. Was told it would be up and working the day after we arrived, but that never happened. Verizon Hotspot did not work either. Was told AT&T doesn't work at all there. We could at least make and receive calls. Was able to get the Hotspot about 5 miles south at the Piercy turnoff.
Park is next to a gas station/truck stop so a lot of noise from there and also the Hwy 101.
Grounds needed a lot of cleanup and men's bathroom close to RV parking had a sign that said the sink was broke and to use the main bathroom. A lot of older permanent rigs were parked around the grounds.
We will not return. - vwbluestar
Aug 2017 - $43.00
This is a very small campground. There are Redwoods but not very many. We stayed in site 44 which according to the manager was the most requested spot. Behind us was 3 trailers that were permanent residents. One of them was a little strange. The park itself was nice but the spaces were very close together. The first night we were there we had a space between us and the other trailer. But the next two nights we had a trailer that when they put their slide out was almost touching our picnic table. The cable had 25 channels with poor to good reception. The park managers are very animal friendly. We could not take our dogs down to the Eel River due to algae. We wanted to dump before we left but the dump station was not operational. Their alternative was an unused full hook up site but our hose wasn't long enough. Overall we had a nice stay but we will look for other campgrounds with more space between sites. This seems to be an older park but not too bad. I would go back but my husband doesn't think so. - Marilynn Johnson
Aug 2017 - $47.00
We had a pull through site and the site was clean and maintained. The campground is right on the river and it was really pretty. We got there after the office closed and we really liked how organized the after hours check in was set up. Pre-made envelopes for each available site. The main reason for only a 7 rating was that it looked like they had a number of permanent residents and those areas looked trashy and it really brought down they whole look of the campground. - Californiamini
Jun 2017 - $45.00
Pretty park in the redwoods. Rustic in a nice way. Awesome swimming hole on the south fork of the Eel river. Nice children's play area and off-leash dog park. Friendly staff. Some renovations under way. We would stay there again. They have a $2 dollar per night fee for more than one dog. I felt the rate was a bit high for amenities. Wi-Fi is free but very slow and primarily for checking email. Cell signal was intermittent at our site, not sure about the rest of the park. - gleem
Aug 2015 - $35.00
Stayed in Burlington campground. There's road noise from Hwy 101, recommend staying closer to Ave. of the Giants. Reserve carefully, some sites are smallish. We stayed in site 37, and had to go the wrong way on a one-way for a bit to orient our trailer to the site. The scenery is well worth a visit. I'd avoid weekends - the place gets a bit "party hardy". - Bruce Wray
Aug 2015 - $37.00
We stayed at the Hidden Creek Campground, which is carved into a relatively steep hillside. Sites fairly close together. Everthing either uphill or downhill, not the best for fairly fit senior walkers like me. Trails poorly marked and no distances listed, just signs that say to this place or that. Never got a sense we were among the redwoods. - 1947red
Sep 2012 - $35.00
Burlington Campground next to the Visitors Center. The campground is located between hwy 101 and Avenue of the Giants so no matter where you're camped, you'll get road noise. That being said, camping in a grove of redwoods is mystical. They did a good job of shielding sites with giant stumps and trees since there is no ground shrubs or sun because of the dense canopy. Bathrooms are new and 50 cents for 5 minutes for a hot shower is a luxury after hiking through the beautiful trails. There is AT&T cell coverage but not enough bars for Internet. Nice kitchen washing station and plenty of potable water faucets. - Thunderboldt
Sites: 57 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 11 Reviews
Aug 2017 - $49.00
We did not get to stay here because they said our trailer (27' Airstream) was too long. Which is the main reason I wanted to leave this review, because an earlier review, dated May 2017 said they let them stay (they were over 25') and they saw an even longer RV (35'). This was the only reason we attempted to stay here. I did not want someone else to go through what we did.
They had us drive through the campground to pick some spots. There were several that could easily accommodate us. The roads were a little tight for us but we went through the whole campground without a scratch. When we got back to the front where the ranger was that is when they turned us away because they said we were too long.
I am not leaving it a bad review because The place looks awesome. You are right in the heart of the Redwoods, The campground looked clean and we would have loved to stay here. - Californiamini
May 2017 - $49.00
Site 24 / 58 sites: $49. This is one of three campgrounds in the park. It is located on the Avenue of the Giants right next to the Visitor Center. Beautiful campground without hookups, among the Redwood Trees. There are two bathhouses with pay showers. You can walk the trails across the street and visit the exhibits in the Visitor Center. This is a nice campground and we really enjoyed it. The website says no units over 24ft but there were many sites that we could fit into it and we are over 25ft. There was even an RV in the campground that was over 36 ft. There seems to be a number of overnighters that stop here while traveling in California. - gsnakehill
Sep 2016 - $35.00
Campground is loaded with redwoods and is beautiful. $35 for a tent site with no electric is a little steep, especially when there are pay showers too. Sites not too close together, but nighttime noise, even though quiet hours are posted, is annoying with no consideration from other campers. Never saw a ranger once it was past quiet hours. Typical state park campground. We did not make a reservation and had plenty of first serve sites available. - Rick Frazier
Sep 2013 - $25.00
Agree with prior reviews -- great place, shady, quiet, off the beaten path. Do not bring a big rig here -- narrow roads, low branches, tight corners and campsites. Small trailers or motorhomes will do just fine. - Prof Dan
Jul 2012 - $36.00
For a deep redwood forest experience, this place can't be beat. Most sites are surrounded by big trees. Some are right next to a creek. It was very quiet and the sites were huge. The only negative is the 5-mile very narrow access road. The campground road goes between some huge redwoods and is about 9' wide in one spot. There is also a narrow bridge just before the ranger hut. Once we were in the park I had no problem backing our 22' trailer in. There are tons of hiking trails and plenty of streams. Again the redwoods are incredible. It's fine for dogs, although they are not allowed on the hiking trails. There are plenty of isolated forest roads and horse trails to take them on though -- most in deep forest. We really enjoyed it and would go back. - sky trailer
Aug 2017 - $35.00
Rustic camping among the redwoods Check in slow , wifi slow , no cell phone coverage. - Anon2690
Jul 2017 - $42.00
You'll camp beneath the redwoods. This isn't a large park, but it does accommodate campsites, motorhome sites, trailers, rental cottages and lodge rooms. This is an older park that is hard to locate. It attracts family gatherings and is more rustic than modern. The staff are friendly and helpful. The swimming pool was packed with kids having a great time as was kids at "Fort McCaffison", an elaborate, 2-story fortress-playground. There is no off-leash dog area, but there is plenty of wooded areas to walk your dog. The sites are large. On one side of the park you'll get some road noise from scenic 101, on the other you'll be where the cliff drops hundreds of yards to the river (there's a fence behind the RV sites). The "350" yard trail to the river is steep. It wasn't going down that worried me as much as struggling back up. Near the park is a mostly paved road that goes to the river the locals can direct you to. The Pub is small and cozy with friendly campers hanging out. We started out staying for two days and decided to lay back under the redwoods for an extra day. - Bobshoe
Jul 2017 - $48.00
Nice campground in the Redwood trees next to the river. Under new management, staff was very friendly and helpful. This was a one night stop, but got a good pull thru site with our Motorhome and tow car. - JeffnAnita