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.
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
|Number of Campsites:||2 Campsites|
|Drinking Water:||No – Untreated Water available|
|Toilets:||Yes – Pit Toilet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Nearest City:||Leggett, California|
|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.|
|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.
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.
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.