Hickey Campground located in Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area is located in just north of the spot where California Highway 1 and US Highway 101 intersect in Mendocino County. Standish-Hickey covers just over 1,000 acres of land and has about ten miles of hiking trails in the adjacent canyon an many opportunities for camping, picnicking and fishing, with campsites available on the banks of the South Fork of the Eel River. It is one of the first campgrounds with “tall trees” in the area nicknamed “the gateway to the tall trees country”, and gives northbound visitors one of their first opportunities to camp and sleep under redwoods along Highway 101.

Hickey Campground is one of three campgrounds at Standish-Hickey, including Rock Creek Campground, and Redwood Campground. Each campsite at Hickey Campground includes access to bathrooms, a fire ring, and a picnic table. The campground is currently not on reservations and is first-come, first-serve.

Standish-Hickey is one of 70 California State Parks that was saved from closure in the summer of 2012, and is currently operated by the non-profit Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA). Standish-Hickey had been closed for the three years prior to it’s summer 2012 reopening to campers, operating on a special event permit.

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Hickey Campground Bottom Line

Hickey Campground is a medium-sized campground with located within Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area. Hickey Campground does not offer much in the way of amenities, but makes up for it with recreation opportunities at the near by Eel River and surrounding areas, and there are some nearby markets that offer supplies if needed. Only a few of the campsites at Hickey Campground have any significant privacy, but the campground is rarely full and you can usually find an out-of-the-way campsite to create your own private campsite.

Try to avoid the campsites 73, 72, 74, 76, 84, 85, and 86, as they back onto US Highway 101 and you can hear noise from the cars as they pass. The most private campsites are 64, 65, 67, and 70.

Hickey Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 64 Car Campsites
Cost: $25/Night
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes – Eel River
RV/Trailer Length: RV – 27 Feet, Trailer – 24 feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Verizon
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Open Year-round

Getting There

Address: 69350 U.S. Hwy. 101, Leggett, CA 95455
Geo Coordinates:  
Nearest City: Fort Bragg, California
Elevation: 920 Feet
Location: Mendocino County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Across US Highway 101 from campground entrance
Directions: The campground entrance is located 1.5 miles north of Leggett, California on US Highway 101.


Phone: 707.925.6482 Facebook: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area Facebook Page
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Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

Late Summer – Fall –  Hickey Campground is rarely busy, and the temperatures are moderate year round, however it is rainfall is common and heavy between September and May, and it is often foggy in the morning and evening during the summer months.

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The mild coastal climate is generally cool, windy and foggy. Temperatures range from winter lows in the high 30s to summer highs near 70 degrees.

Fun Facts

Standish-Hickey has one of the few virgin redwood stands remaining in the area within the recreation area boundaries and it can be seen when hiking on the Grove Trail.

Originally christened as a small campground acquired by the Save-the-Redwoods League in 1922, Standish-Hickey has grown through various land acquisitions and by adding land that was donated by the Standish family in the late 1950’s, which added more than five hundred acres. The park was named to honor Edward Ritter Hickey, son of a local lumberman who died of influenza while caring for the victims of the epidemic of 1918.

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Hickey Campground Pictures

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Image Credits: Justin Wilson


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