Baxter Environmental Camp is one of two environmental campgrounds in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and only has two campsites. Access to Baxter is restricted by a combination locked gate that is obtained upon registering at one of the other staffed campgrounds, such as Burlington Campground. Both campsites are book-ended by small streams and are adjacent to Bull Creek under a canopy of redwoods. Bull creek offers opportunities for wading in the water for campers at Baxter.

Both campsites at Baxter are walk-in campsites. Campsite #1 is 50 yards from the parking lot, and campsite #2 is 150 yards from the parking lot. Both campsites include access to a fire ring, picnic table, bear locker, and pit toilet. There is no treated running water located at the campground.

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Baxter Environmental Camp Bottom Line

Baxter Environmental Camp is a great camping experience for those looking for camping without the bustle of a campground. Since there are only two campsites you are out in the wilderness almost on your own, you are pretty much roughing it. Since the campsites are walk-in be prepared to carry everything in to your campsite, backpacks are recommended.

The Baxter campsites are on reservations and book up pretty quickly, so plan your trip well in advance. We prefer campsite #2 as it is a little further away from the parking lot.

Baxter Environmental Campground Features

Campground Type: Environmental
Number of Campsites: 2 Campsites
Cost: $20/Night
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: No
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: No – Untreated Water available
Toilets: Yes – Pit Toilet
Showers: No
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season:
  • 1st Come/1st Served May
  • On reservations June – August; 1st Come/1st Served September – Mid-October 14
  • Closed all other times
Other:

Getting There

Address:
Geo Coordinates: 40.344042,-124.026567
Nearest City: Leggett, California
Elevation: 350 Feet
Location: Humboldt County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 20 miles south to Garberville
Directions: Travel north on Highway 101 from Garberville for 24 miles, take exit 663 toward CA-254. Turn left on CA-254/Avenue of the Giants, travel for half a quarter mile and take the first left onto Mattole/Bull Creek Flats Road, crossing over Highway 101. Travel on Mattole/Bull Creek Flats Road for about 6 miles until you see a small sign on the left-hand side of the road marking the gate for Baxter Environmental Camp.

Connect

Phone: 707.946.2409 Facebook:
Web: California State Parks Twitter:
Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

Mid Summer –  The campground is usually busy in mid-summer, however rainfall is common and heavy between fall and early summer. The park usually received between 60-80 inches of rain each year.

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Temperatures range from lows in the 50s to highs between 70-90’s degrees in the summer, and lows between 20-30’s to highs between 50-60’s in the winter.

What To Do

Baxter Environmental Camp provides access to many nearby hiking and mountain biking trails. In addition, there is also access to wading in  Bull Creek. Swimming is available in the South Fork of the Eel River 6 miles east.

Fun Facts

Several old apple trees are located near the parking area, which are remnants of the days when Bull Creek was a thriving town. A flood in 1955 and again in 1964 washed out the areas and caused a lot of damage and the entire Bull Creek watershed was eventually acquired by California for inclusion in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The remnants of an old rodeo ground is located not too far west on Mattole Road.  The Pioneer Cemetery and remnants of the old dance hall can be seen on the road into Cuneo Creek Group Horse Camp, located one mile west of Baxter Environmental Camp.

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Image Credits: Justin Wilson

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