Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp is one of two environmental campgrounds in Humboldt Redwoods State Park with only three campsites the campground offers a private, secluded camping experience. Access to Hamilton Barn is restricted by a combination locked gate that is obtained upon registering at one of the other staffed campgrounds, such as Burlington Campground. All three campsites are situated near Bull Creek, however only two of the campsites are under a canopy of redwoods, the third campsite is in a meadow along the creek. Bull creek offers opportunities for wading in the water for campers at Hamilton Barn, depending on the depth of the water and time of year.
All three campsites at Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp are walk-in campsites. Campsite #3 (Campsites #1 & #2 are located at nearby Baxter Environmental Camp) is 50 yards from the parking lot, campsite #4 is 150 yards from the parking lot, and campsite #5 is 200 yards from the parking lot. All three campsites include access to a fire ring, picnic table, bear locker, and pit toilet. There is no treated running water located at Hamilton Barn campground.
Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp Bottom Line
Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp is a great camping experience for those looking for tranquil camping without the bustle of a campground. Since there are only three 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.
The Hamilton Barn campsites are on reservations and book up pretty quickly, so plan your trip well in advance. We prefer campsite #5 as it is furthest away from the parking lot.
Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp Features
|Number of Campsites:||3 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 right-hand side of the road marking the gate for Hamilton Barn 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.
Thursday 02/21 0%
High 46° / Low 24°
Abundant sunshine. High 46F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday 02/22 0%
High 48° / Low 31°
Partly cloudy skies. High 48F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 02/23 70%
High 45° / Low 38°
Chance of Rain
Showers early becoming a steady light rain later in the day. High around 45F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Sunday 02/24 80%
High 46° / Low 41°
Cloudy with periods of rain. High 46F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Monday 02/25 90%
High 47° / Low 42°
Rain. High 47F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall may reach one inch.
Tuesday 02/26 80%
High 49° / Low 41°
Periods of rain. High 49F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
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
Hamilton Barn 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 Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp.