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.
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
|Number of Campsites:||64 Car Campsites|
|Beach/Lake Access:||Yes – Eel River|
|RV/Trailer Length:||RV – 27 Feet, Trailer – 24 feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||Verizon|
|Operating Season:||Open Year-round|
|Address:||69350 U.S. Hwy. 101, Leggett, CA 95455|
|Nearest City:||Fort Bragg, California|
|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|
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
|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.
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.
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.
Hickey Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson