Huckleberry Campground is one of four campgrounds in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and offers 30 tent campsites, some of which are adjacent to Sempervirens Creek. Huckleberry also has an inventory of 36 Tent Cabins, available by advance reservation only, which provide a unique camping experience with many of the amenities of home. Among the tent campsites, there are 7 walk-in sites available. The tent campsites includes a picnic table, fire pit/ring with grill, and a food locker.
Huckleberry Campground is a popular place to camp because of its location in the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal redwood trees, which are some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet. Big Basin Redwoods State Park covers more than 18,000 acres, and is cherished by trail hikers who enjoy more than 80 miles of trails for hiking and horse trail rides. Big Basin is linked by trails to neighboring Castle Rock State Park and the eastern edge of the Santa Cruz mountain range. The Skyline to the Sea Trail follows Willow Creek extending all the way to the ocean, and offers great hiking and backpacking with significant elevation changes – sea level to over 2,000 feet. Trail camps are available for backpackers at the nearby Jay Camp within Big Basin.
The park boasts a large amount of waterfalls and diverse landscapes, such as lush canyon bottoms to grassy chaparral hills, a wide variety of animals such as deer, raccoons, lots of bird life, and even bobcats occasionally.
Huckleberry Campground Bottom Line
On its own, Huckleberry Campground is an average place to go tent and car camping, however what makes Huckleberry Campground and the rest of Big Basin State Park special are the majestic Coastal Redwoods. Huckleberry Campground is a great spot for families to go camping, as the campsites are a decent size, they are semi-private, and there are plenty of recreational activities in the park to entertain children. If you are camping with children be sure to check out the many activities that the Park Rangers organize at the Visitor Center and Campfire Center.
If you are looking for last minute campsites in Big Basin during peak seasons, Huckleberry Campground is likely not going to be available.
Huckleberry Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||30 Tent Campsites, 36 Tent Cabins|
|Cost:||$35 per night for Tent Campsites, $125 per night for Tent Cabins|
|Showers:||Yes – Coin Operated|
|RV/Trailer Length:||RV: 27 Feet – Trailer: 24 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station Located at Park Entrance|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||End of March through Mid-October|
|Other:||Firewood sold at camp store near visitors center|
|Address:||21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006|
|Geo Coordinates:||37.175319, -122.206059|
|Nearest City:||Boulder Creek, California|
|Location:||Bay Area – Santa Cruz, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Approximately 1 mile at park headquarters|
|Directions:||The park is about 65 miles south of San Francisco and can be accessed via CA-9 from Saratoga or CA-35 (Skyline Drive) to CA-236. From Santa Cruz travel approximately 25 miles northwest via CA-9 and CA-236 to reach the Park Headquarters.|
Maps & Brochures
Camping Supply List
|Phone:||650.948.9098||Facebook:||Big Basin Redwoods State Park Facebook Page
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Reserve a Campsite Now|
When To Go
Anytime during the season. Holiday weekends can be extra busy with large group camps.
Winter: Cold, overcast and rainy. Big Basin receives the majority of its average 48 inches of rain. December through March average temperatures range from highs in the 50′s to lows in the 20′s.
Spring: Cool with showers and morning and evening fog. Average daytime highs in the 60′s, lows in the 30′s to 40′s.
Summer: Warm with cool nights. Morning fog in early Summer. Average highs 75 to 95, lows 40′s to 50′s.
Fall: Warm day to cold nights. Occasional early storms with rain. Average highs 75 to 60′s, lows 50′s to 30.
Acquired in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest State Park in California and holds the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal redwood trees, which are some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet.
Huckleberry Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson